Thousand Scales

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The Ministries of the Thousand Scales form the Imperial Bureaucracy of the Realm. They run the day-to-day functions of the Realm ranging from collecting taxes to publishing the debates of the Deliberative.


The bureaucrats of the Ministries are almost entirely mortal Dynasts and patricians, with only the highest ranks home to the Exalted. Positions are filled and new clerks recruited through a system of comprehensive examinations held annually in the Imperial City.


There are well over a hundred divisions within the ministries and some of them are quite small and others are mundane (tracking standardized weights and measures). However, there are some ministers and ministries that are powerful enough to help shape policy in the Realm... though this power has seen them come under political attack from Great Houses displeased to see possible rivals within the Realm’s structure.


The most important ministries are the Assessors, who collect the Realm's taxes; the Imperial Treasury, which decides how that money will be spent; and the Foreign Office, which advised the Empress (and now the Regent) on foreign policy. Recently, following the Empress' disappearance, these three ministries successfully pushed for the removal of the Magistrates from oversight over the Thousand Scales, but they have been loosing power to the Great Houses as time passes.


Technically, the Imperial Legions were part of the Thousand Scales, until the ministers transferred them to care of the Great Houses.


Departments and Ministries of the Thousand Scales


Imperial Treasury


Humble And Honest Assessors Of The Imperial Tax


Wise and Knowledgeable Advisors of Foreign Tributaries


Bureau of Climatic Deliberations


Honorable and Humble Caretakers of the Common Folk

--- Devoted Wellspring of Municipal Beneficence

--- Eternally Vigilant Wardens of Detritus

--- Imperial Census

--- Guardians of the Realm

--- Benevolent Stewards of Health and Utility

--- Determined Brigades Firm against Blazing Conflagration


Imperial Library

--- Keepers of Records and Notable Events

--- Office of Censors


Infallible Conveyors of Official Messages and Heartfelt Expressions (Imperial Post)


Imperial Ministry of Jade Management and Mountain Folk Relations


Incorruptible Observers of Geomantic Harmony


Ever-Flowing Office of Foreign Acquisitions


Keepers of the Mandate


Meticulous Administrators of Accredited Concurrences and Mercantile Contracts


Ministry of Renewal


Ministry of the Imperial Gardens


Northern Juche Militia


Office of the Divine Elemental Essence


Office of the Imperial Overseer of Airships


Ministry of Natural Coordination


Principled Upholders of Perfected Mandates


Righteous and Accountable Ministry of Weights and Measures


Righteous and Perfect Examiners of Illicit Scents {Jade Sniffers}


Right and Responsible Office of Official Education


Splendid and Just Arbiters of Purpose


Wardens of the Blessed Journey

--- Wardens of the Broad and Twisting Journey

--- Wardens of the High and Winding Journey

--- Wardens of the True and Turning Journey

--- Wardens of the Wide and Steady Journey

--- Wardens of the Strong and Flowing Journey


White Ministry

--- Secretariat of Minor Charms and Baubles


Azure Department for the Smooth and Harmonious Transport of Materials


Nine Jade Bureau for the Preservation of Immortal Works


Chamber of Florid and Fluid Masters of Pen and Brush {the Imperial Registry} (dispersed)

--- Infallible Arbitrators of the Imperial Way (dispersed)


Enlightened Regulators of Essence Engineering (dissolved)


Immovable Gatekeepers of the Ancient Paths (dissolved)


Ministry of Scrupulous Observance of History (dissolved)


Thousandfold Transformation Office (dissolved)


Purveyors of Sweet Winds and Happy Ways (dissolved)


Subtle and Skillful Sentries of the Generous Purse (all contact lost)


Efficient and Exemplary Manciples of the Martial Table (dispersed)


Imperial Legions (dispersed)