The Shire
 What is a Shire?
 What can a Shire do?
Shires may grant a limited number of awards, and no ladder award may be given above rank 2 or 3, depending on which kingdom they're under; BL limits them to 2, while EH permits 3. Most shires are not allowed to give any titles of Nobility, though some kingdoms allow shires to grant a sheriff that stepped down after a successful term the title of Lord.
 The next step
Once a shire grows to an average of 20 people per week in a six month period, they qualify to become a Barony.