The Royal Cabinet of Valyria is the decision-making body of the executive branch of Valyria, called the Crown. It consists of twelve appointed officers, called executors, who oversee nine different departments called Crown Branches. These executors are empowered to hire ministers called to administrate these departments, and to direct the affairs of the same. As Valyrian government and legal traditions consider the personage of the King to be the “fount of law” in the kingdom, the power that resides in each of the ten Royal Cabinet executors is considered to have been metaphorically delegated by the King to each of them. In theory, whether the department in question deals with lawmaking, or with justice, with leadership of an army, or even decision-making about game preserves, all of these represent powers and purview of a monarch that have been assigned in their stead to the Royal Cabinet.
Each Valyrian king chooses the appointees of his Cabinet at his pleasure, and may even create or dissolve new Cabinet positions and departments entirely. The appointees may be drawn from any social class in Valyrian society, though typically the Royal Cabinet executors are at least gentlemen. No matter what social class an executor comes from, or whether or not he is actually a feudal lord, when fulfilling the office of any Royal Cabinet position, an executor is granted the courtesy title of “Lord.”
The first and most important three Royal Cabinet executors are termed “The Great Officers of State“, and in order of are:
The Lord Privy Seal (Hand of the King) , who is the primary officer of the Royal Cabinet and oversees all other Cabinet officers and departments.
Currently the other nine Royal Cabinet positions include:
Lord Steward of Trade, who keeps track of extant trade agreements and manages tariffs and tolls, and liaises for new trade contracts on behalf of Valyrian merchants.
Lord Diplomat, who is the chief executor responsible for foreign affairs.
Lord Inquisitor, who is the executor in charge of domestic intelligence, headquartered in the .
Lord Intelligencer, who is the executor in charge of foreign espionage, also working through the .
Lord Justiciar, who is the chief executor of justice in .
An executor of the Royal Cabinet should be addressed as “The Right Honorable the Lord Chancellor” and in person as “Your Lordship” or “My Lord.”