The rank of kou (侯, marquis, margrave[1][2]) is held by the highest ranking members of the monarch's court. Courtiers holding the rank of Kou (侯) include the following:

  • The Sankou (三公) - The three lords-of-court, the monarch's advisors who serve under the Saiho and are responsible for the monarch's education. They do not hold any power to make political decisions.
  • The Chousai (冢宰, High Mandarin) - The Prime Minister of the royal court, oversees the Six Ministries.
  • The Provincial Lords (州侯, Shuukou) - The governors appointed by the monarch to serve as the governor of a province in a Kingdom.

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