Along with the political structures and hierarchies, there are the ecclesiastical ones, so I set out to figure those out. In this case I detailed the hierarchy of the Ecumenical Suùšite church.
The first step was to decide on the basic structure of the hierarchy. I decided th
at both Suùšite churches (Ecumenical and Autocephalous) both had a similar hierarchy, and so I went to the description given in the Losòmìkur article, which gives us the following basic structure: Primate, Grand Prelate, High Prelate, and Prelate. This basic structure is existent in both churches, with the Autocephalous church having several co-equal High Primates while the Ecumenical church has a single Archprimate.
Having based the Dòkràkr on a list of the states of the Holy Roman Empire on Wikipedia, I already had various ecclesiastical states on my list of states, so I already had a good starting point. I marked each of those states on a temporary layer on my master map and then roughed out the extent of each of those realms on the map, giving me the following map.
|1.00||Resò, Primate of|
|2.00||Durm, Lord Primate of|
|3.00||Kòrzbèrs, Lord Primate of|
|4.00||Srusùsursu, Primate of|
|5.00||Fauros, Primate of|
|6.00||Lausòem, Lord Primate of (Archprimate)|
|7.00||Kòemz, Lord Primate of|
|8.00||Srear, Lord Primate of|
|9.00||Rukderda, Primate of|
|10.00||Ròskmaug, Primate of|
It is important to note here that this map does not imply that the Ecumenical church is dominant in those regions, only that they have appointed hierarchs, much as the Catholic church has bishops and arch bishops in the US without it being the dominant church.
What I then did for each of the marked Primacies was to count the number of states (not provinces, some
of the states are single provinces, but others vary from 2-8 provinces). From there I chose a number of states that divided into the total nicely, generally between 5 and 7, depending on the total. I then marked out those blocks of states giving me the following result. [Insert ES GP Map.jpg]
The next step was to arrange the various levels into a nice usable list, looking like this:
|1.00||Resò, Primate of||Ib-09.1|
|1.01||Vukaròmèò, Grand Prelate of||Vr-04.0|
|1.011||Dòkem, High Prelate of||Vr-03.0|
|1.0111||Surdbars, Prelate of||Vr-01.1|
|1.0112||Zvemsambars, Prelate of||Vr-01.2|
|1.0113||Dòkem, High Prelate of||Vr-03.1|
|1.0114||Rušamdurk, Prelate of||Vr-03.2|
|1.012||Kakdrambèrs, High Prelate of||Vr-02.0|
|1.0121||Obsxàmòkr, Prelate of||Vr-02.1|
|1.0122||Jameka, Prelate of||Vr-02.2|
|1.0123||Berdamô, Prelate of||Vr-02.3|
|1.0124||Kakdrambèrs, High Prelate of||Vr-02.4|
|1.013||Vukaròmèò, Grand Prelate of||Vr-04.0|
|1.0131||Vukaròmèò, Grand Prelate of||Vr-04.1|
|1.0132||Àmrôkam, Prelate of||Vr-04.2|
|1.0133||Srajeku, Prelate of||Vr-04.3|
|1.0134||Vamsòvurek, Prelate of||Vr-04.4|
|1.014||Sixruv, High Prelate of||Vr-05.0|
|1.0141||Karom, Prelate of||Vr-05.1|
|1.0142||Bebrek, Prelate of||Vr-05.2|
|1.0143||Kèrser, Prelate of||Vr-05.3|
|1.0144||Sixruv, High Prelate of||Vr-05.4|
|1.02||Arkrom, Lord Grand Prelate of||Ib-04.1|
|1.021||Domzes, High Prelate of||Ib-01.0|
|1.0211||Dimòbèrs, Prelate of||Ib-01.1|
|1.0212||Rukešam, Prelate of||Ib-01.2|
|1.0213||Domzes, High Prelate of||Ib-02.1|
|1.0214||Môsòrd, Prelate of||IB-03.1|
|1.022||Arkrom, Lord Grand Prelate of||Ib-04.1|
|1.0221||Arkrom, Lord Grand Prelate of||Ib-04.1|
|1.0222||Rarekuèrs, Prelate of||Ib-04.2|
|1.0223||Arambèrs, Prelate of||Ib-05.1|
|1.0224||Kasavurd, Prelate of||Ib-05.2|
|1.0225||Bôkda, Prelate of||Ib-05.3|
Please note that this is just a sample of the list, the actual one is much larger, having 2435 entries.
I have decided that the various Autocephalous Suùšite has a similar structure with some overlap (particularly in the Primacy of Srusùsursu, of which there are 2, one Ecumenical and one Autocpehalous).
At this point I have not decided what sort of hierarchy, if any, the other churches have.
If anybody is interested in how much time this exercise took, well it took about 2 weeks of working on it for the best part of each day… I never said that world design wasn’t going to take a lot of time.