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A Refrector is an official within the Capellan Confederation who serves as the representative of a planet's population to its noble ruler. The position was officially created by Sundermann Liao in response to the reign of "Kalvin the Mad" and the institution of forced relocation, as a way for the people to voice their anger to their government in a productive manner. Refrectors may appeal to a Diem or their superiors on behalf of an individual or group or - in rare cases - may appeal the House of Scions itself. The inviolability of the position is guaranteed by both the House of Scions and the Prefectorate.
In theory a refrector is chosen from among the people for whom they represent and charged with looking out for their well-being. In practice, refrectors are appointed from among the noble class, and even those who took their task seriously quickly found it almost impossible to stand against the will of the nobility. Within a generation of its creation, the vast majority of those appointed to the refrector position were abusing it for their own agenda.
Typically a refrector also served as commander of their planet's militia forces. However, with the institution of the Xin Sheng Campaign, militia forces throughout the Confederation increasingly came under the authority of the Home Guard.
- House Liao (The Capellan Confederation) , p. 61
- Handbook: House Liao, p. 22
- Handbook: House Liao, p. 101