State protocol

PROTOCOL GUIDE – PART 1
Forms of Address

For Members of the

Government Administration

This document, which should be read in association with Part 2, outlines the correct forms of address to be used in composing text-based communications, in text-based salutations, in direct conversation and in formal introductions, for Members of the Imperial Thracian Government Administration.

In Imperial diplomatic and other public circles, “Sir” is generally considered an acceptable alternative to the formal mode of address in both written and spoken greetings, except for persons of Noble Rank. The term “Madam” is the preferred alternative for female addressees who are not of Noble Rank.

Members of the Government Administration should always be addressed initially by their official title when communications are conducted within the context of official business. Members of the Government Administration who are also members of the Nobility may secondarily be addressed according to their Noble Title. Such persons are also entitled to use the recognized pre- and post-nominals for any Thracian Noble Title or Imperial Honour which they hold, in text-based communications, in order of precedence.

The Emperor

Superscription: His Imperial Majesty the Emperor of Thrace
Commencement: May it Please Your Imperial Majesty
Conclusion: With Profound Respect and Regards
Personal Address: Your Imperial Majesty, and henceforth as Sir

Formal Introduction: His Imperial Majesty, Viktor I Aleksandr, by the Grace of God and the Acclamation of the People, Emperor of Thrace, Grand Duke of Dacia, Moesia, Macedonia, Count of Panonia, Baron of Dardania, Eternal Defender of the Faith, Head of the Imperial House of Von Lothringen

Titular Pre/post-nominal: HIM _______(Short form: HIM ________)

The Prime Minister

Superscription: The Most Honourable John Doe, Prime Minister of the Empire of Thrace
Commencement Most Honourable Prime Minister
Conclusion: With Respect
Personal Address: Prime Minister, and henceforth as Sir
Formal Introduction: The Prime Minister of Thrace
Titular Pre-nominal: MH John Doe

Ministers and Acting Ministers

Superscription: The Right Honourable John Doe, Minister of _______
Commencement: Dear Minister
Conclusion: Most Respectfully
Personal Address: Minister, and henceforth as Sir
Formal Introduction: The Minister of __________
Titular Pre-nominal: RH John Doe

Consuls (The High Court Members)

Superscription: The Very Honourable John Doe, Consul of the Empire of Thrace
Commencement: Dear Mr. Doe
Conclusion: Sincerely
Personal Address: Consul Doe, and henceforth as Sir
Formal Introduction: Consul Doe
Titular Pre-nominal: VH John Doe

Imperial Ambassadors

Superscription: His Excellency John Doe,
Imperial Ambassador to __________
Commencement: Sir, or socially according to Noble rank
Conclusion: With Respect
Personal Address: Your Excellency, and henceforth as Sir
Formal Introduction: Imperial Legate John Doe
Titular Pre-nominal: HE John Doe

PROTOCOL GUIDE – PART 2
Forms of Address for Members of the Imperial Nobility & For Persons Holding Imperial Honours

This document, which should be read in association with Part 1, outlines the correct forms of address to be used in composing text-based communications, in text-based salutations, in direct conversation and in formal introductions, for Members of the Imperial Thracian Nobility, and for persons holding Imperial Honours.

Nobles and holders of Honours who are members of the Government Administration should always be addressed initially by their official title when communications are conducted within the context of official business. They may then secondarily be addressed according to their Noble Title.

Such persons are also entitled to use the recognized pre- and post-nominals for any Thracian Noble Title or Imperial Honour which they hold, in text-based communications, in order of precedence.

Titular precedence in Thrace is as follows:

1. Title within the Government Administration

2. Noble Title

3. Imperial Honours

Thus, a Duke who is a Member of Parliament and who also is a Member of For the Crown Order would be styled as follows:

VE John Doe, DI, CO
VE (The Very Eminent) refers to his Senatorial position.
DI (Duke Imperial) refers to his Title of Ducal Nobility
GIO (Great Imperial Order) signifies his Membership of the Great Imperial Order

Members of the Imperial Nobility:

Prince

Superscription: His Highness Prince John Doe
Commencement: Your Highness
Conclusion: With Profound Honor
Personal Address: Your Highness
Formal Introduction: His Highness Prince John Doe
Titular Pre/post-nominal: HH John Doe, Prince Imperial (abbreviated form: PI)

Duke

Superscription: His Grace Duke John Doe
Commencement Your Grace
Conclusion: With Sincerity and Respect
Personal Address: Your Grace
Formal Introduction: His Grace Duke John Doe
Titular Pre/post-nominal: HG John Doe, Duke Imperial (abbreviated form: DI)

Count

Superscription: His Excellency Count John Doe
Commencement: Your Excellency
Conclusion: With Sincerity and Regards
Personal Address: Your Excellency
Formal Introduction: His Excellency Count John Doe
Titular Pre/post-nominal: HE John Doe, Count Imperial (abbreviated form: CI)

Titles for female Nobles are expressed in text-based media using the same Latin forms as for male Nobles. English-language feminine forms (Princess, Duchess, and Countess) may be used in the case of formal introductions.

Holders of Imperial Honours:

Members of the Great Imperial Order

Superscription: none used
Commencement: Dear Sir or Madam
Conclusion: With Honour,
Personal Address: Sir or Madam
Formal Introduction: The Worthy John Doe
Titular Post-nominal: John Doe, GIO