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Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far Future
The fourth level of noble rank (Soc E) is the count, a "local area" noble associated with two or three worlds within a subsector. Counts are referred to by their title, followed by their surname or the name of one of the worlds within their county. An individual accorded a county may receive a fief of land on a single world, generally not more than 10,000 square km.
Ref: SUPP-11, 1107; MT-ENCYC, 1120,