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The Shogun was also a part of the Kuge, and ranks above all others except the Emperor. Some would say that the Shogun had more power than the Emperor because he commanded the armies and maintained a far more visible profile, but the Shogun must swear fealty to the Emperor, who reigned supreme.
Next came the Clan Champions and then the Minor clan daimyo only slightly below them. In practice however the greater available resources meant that the Great Clan Champions would have more sway over the courts. The fact that the minor clan daimyo were considered almost equal was merely a gesture of respect, nothing more. The daimyo of a great clan family would again outweigh a minor clan daimyo, despite status.
Lowest of the Kuge were the immediate family of the leaders of each family, like the spouse or child of the Clan Champion.
Below the Kuge Edit
Ranked below the Kuge were the Buke, the servants. All the minor clan samurai counted as buke, except the leaders.
- ↑ Player's Guide: 2nd Ed, p. 21
- Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 27