Government and Society
The colonies are organized into Provinces, of which there are seven. Each province is governed by an elven Moizhian, similar in power and role to a royal governor. The Moizhian maintains a cabinet of officials who oversee various aspects of the government, and the Moizhian is directly answerable to the leadership back home. Smaller municipalities are governed each by a Lahn or a Dahr, depending on how large – the former being for cities and large counties; the latter for towns and smaller areas. These officials are in turn answerable to the provincial Moizhian. There is no single ruler of the colonies as a whole; rather, the provincial leaders are assumed to work together when necessary for the common good.
The Old Realm, governed at the top by ancient elves, maintains a large and hierarchical civil service, overseen by the elves but made up mostly of humans and other short-lived races. Some dwarfs also work in this capacity. The Hehlen (HAY-len), or civil service, is made up of people taken in for schooling by the elves at a young age and brought up in the language, culture, and legal and procedural norms of elven rule, then tasked with carrying out the policies of the government in a wide variety of capacities. Children are brought into the Hehlen through various means: purchase from orphanages, given or sold by parents, and often through application from parents who seek a life and career for a child that has upward mobility and social cachet.
The Hehlen is the caste, essentially, that exercises virtually all legal and administrative authority in the Old Realm, outside of the elves, who are always at the top of every department of government. This is also so, for the most part, in Ahris, although the breakdown in communications and connections over the last few generations has pushed colonists to find solutions to their own problems, necessitating a facilitating the rise of more local authority and a sense of capacity for self-governance.