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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
The second level of noble rank (Soc C) is the baron, and is the lowest level accorded membership in the peerage. Several styles of address are used, including attaching a prefix to the surname (such as von-, haut-, or hault-) or using the title Baron. When a barony includes a fief, the the title is generally followed by the fief's name (such as Baron Solvenos). An individual accorded a barony may receive a fief of land on a single world, generally not more than 100 square km.
Ref: SUPP-11, 1107; MT-ENCYC, 1120,