The Prince is the leader of a city, generally to whom all the Barons have unanimously sworn an oath of allegiance. The Prince will generally also hold Baronial rank and must be of noble blood. The Prince is the symbol and embodiment of the power of the Crown. The Prince is invariably a city's most honoured, highly respected citizen; the leader (in behaviour, ideals and morality) and one of the major guiding forces of the City-State.
The powers of the Prince are to define the city - as a state - and to appoint the Prime Minister and the Field Marshall. Oft-times the Prince will directly appoint the various heads of the ministries (see HELP GOVERNMENT) though this task is typically delegated to the Prime Minister. The Prince is the source of noble titles, giving or stripping, and is a perquisite signature on any treaties affecting the City-State and its present or future status.
Princely appointment is through the baronial council. All Barons swear an OATH of loyalty: to no-one, to themselves or to a prospective Prince. Princely rank is only bestowed when the council is undivided: unanimously supporting the chosen Prince or majority supporting with NOBODY swearing loyalty to a rival candidate. Princely rank is stripped as soon as a Baron changes his/her oath to declare publicly for an alternative choice (as opposed to oathing nobody). NOTE: it is not possible to depose a Prince merely by swearing an oath to oneself - it must be an oath to another member of the baronial council, thus evidencing support rather than leaving a city without a leader for the sake of a solitary self-oathing.
The Prince has various specific commands and many shared with his or her chosen Prime Minister (see HELP CROWNING) but as the 'de jure' leader of a City-State the power of a Prince lies as much in his/her freedom to use the full range of commands available than their mere existence. The Prince is, by default, an aide to all ministries - for the purpose of command-set availability. Certain extra Princely command are listed below:
PRIVS CITY Review the civic commands based on your noble rank.
POWERS Lists commands and powers acquired by Crown privilege.
PREFIX/SUFFIX To change a citizens' prefix or suffix.
AIDE/UNAIDE To give out aideships (or remove them) as you see fit.
GUILDHOUSE On your homeland soil, reviews home guildhouses.
BUILDINGS Reviews all constructed buildings on home-city soil.
DECREE Declare emergency autocracy by decree (see HELP DECREE).
Princes and city/village leaders are able to walk through orb of protection shielding on their homesoil locations. Princes may not hold divine protection or duellist status outside of home unoccupied soil. Permission to enter restricted areas is next-to-instant and the Prince is able to act in lieu of dormant guildmasters on behalf of Guilds within his or her city walls.