The King has absolute power in the Kingdom. All lords swear fealty to him.
In the west, the Prince of Krondor has absolute power, but his decision can be overridden by the king. The Prince of Krondor is the King's Lord-Marshall in the West and the only ruler besides the King who may muster the Knight-Generals).
Only nobility may rule. There are exceptions, such as that of Pug ConDoin (adopted) and Duke James of Krondor (given squireship for saving Arutha's life, son-in-law to Pug). Important merchants can sometimes be as powerful as barons, however, have no the same power as them. Guilds can challenge the nobility, which often causes irritation between the two groups.
The ranks of nobility work as such:
- Duke (Controls a Duchy)
- Earl (Controls an Earldom)
- Baron (Controls a Barony)
The Empire of the Kesh has a similar system to the Kingdom.
The Truebloods are related to the Emperor, Empress of Kesh. They are the only ones allowed in the palace of Kesh. After that, commoners can't be appointed as rulers, but do not stand as high as the Truebloods.
The system of Lordship in Kesh is unknown. Governors rule regions.
In Queg, rich merchant families are in control, and act as nobility. However, nobles do exist.