Marble was activated on January 1st, 2358, as part of a larger effort from the government to ensure law and order in the infant state. After the signing of the Migilancy, the founding document for Maruba, crime syndicates entered along with the hordes of roklavians fleeing the new order arising there. These were threatening the state and the common folk alike, which resulted in the entire Department of Justice reforming from the court alone, which up to that point only held council for major cases of whether one were to be accepted in or not, into three branches.
Aside from the Court, which remained a separate branch of the department, the justice bureaus were made. These were Marble, as well as the BFI, the Bureau of Federal Investigations, of which less is known as public information, due to them being involved in matters of national security which are surrounded by much secrecy on the government’s part. The two bureaus co-operate on several cases however, where circumstances dictates accordingly.
The Maruban bureau of law enforcement has been nicknamed Marble by the common folk and employees of the same authority are nicked “Marblers”. Since 2366, their brass badges are in the shape of a scallop to mirror this name.
Marble is a hierarchical system, headed by the Commissioner and his Captains in respective operational locations around the state. To increase the bureau’s sense of belonging and to keep morale at its highest, the holders of these positions are as a rule always picked from amidst their ranks. New commissioners are picked by the head of the Department of Justice, who sits on the Council. He in turn promotes people to captaincy. Every person who fancies becoming a Marble Officer, a senior member that is, has to go through a number of lower ranks, which, if completed without foley takes a decade. These ranks are the following:
The Cadets receive their higher education in two places. They learn the arts of using their body, daggers and batons, as well as protocol and proper morals. This is crucial, for not only are the marblers law enforcers, but they also make up the countries fire brigades. Parallel to this more physical part of their education, the Cadet has to follow through on a theoretical exam regarding law and different criminological techniques. This course takes 4 years to complete. Anyone with a maruban personal identification number may apply to join the force, however the high bar in the physical parts have resulted in a vast male majority in the force. Marubi are taken as a separate category, as their customs and habitats make them suitable for different tasks.
After their education, the Cadet receives his brass Marble badge, in exchange for the oath to the state. THe oath goes as following:
"I hereby solemnly and sincerely declare before Svetla that—
—I will faithfully discharge the duties of a member of the Maruban Bureau of Law Enforcement with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding the Migilancy and the laws and according equal respect to all people,
—While I continue to be a member, I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all my duties according to law, and
—I do not belong to, and will not while I remain a member form, belong to or subscribe to, any political party or secret society whatsoever."
Once the marblers leave this event, they are officially Marble Constables.
Constables are marblers who have served for less than 6 years. These conduct the less complex tasks of patrolling streets after dark and collect the tariffs at the port and at the gates (i.e. acting customs). They are after their first 3 years also deployed to help a senior officer, and thereby gain experience through participation, in serious work, such as becoming part of the fire brigade, or making arrests. In general, Constables are promoted to the rank of Marble Officer by the end of their 6th year of employment. If misbehavior or other complications arise however, this period bay be delayed as the captain in question sees fit.
New constables lack markings other than their badges, making the statement of their juniority. Those who have been taken on as proteges however, get one red star embroidered onto the right shoulder of their uniforms.
The Marble Officers are the bulk of the Marble. These are the veterans who’ve served for over 6 years and who now are fully initiated into the force, protecting the state from a range of threats going from fires, through illegal substances, to organized crime. Luckily for them, since the early 2370’s little to no of the latter has been observed in the city. During their career they are assigned constable apprentices for three year periods, during which they educate the younger generation and give them proper work routine.
Those constables who so wish may apply for the rank of Customs Officer in certain border regions rather than Marble Officer. These officers handle the gates to the realm, taxing incoming shipments and caravans alike. They are also tasked with educating the constables in the task.
Marble Officers gain with their seniority a second red star onto their right shoulder.
Customs Officers gain due to their separate branch of work a black star, also known as a “customs star”, onto their right shoulder, next to their red one.
The Captains are the heads of the precincts of Marble. They are elected by the Commissioner himself and answer to him alone, other than the Council of course. It is their duty to make sure that their region is up to the task of protecting the citizens in all the ways a threat presents itself. Captains are ranks given until retirement, or until the commissioner no longer sees the marbler in question capable of the task of captaincy. Then another one is chosen to assume the rank.
To become a captain, one must already have achieved the rank of officer, as well as having since served for two consistent years in the force. One can then apply should ones own captain retire or be relieved. From this pool, the commissioner then picks the most favorable candidate.
Captains can pride themselves with a uniform which has no less than three red stars embroidered onto its right shoulder.
The Commissioner is the head of the serpent in the Marble hierarchy, although he too answers to the head of the Department of Justice, who is the one to elect the commissioner. This is because the two has a workplace relationship which demands close daily contact, to ensure everything to work properly. The commissioner has a more organizational role than an investigative one. He oversees precincts, elects marbler captains, and assures that the cadets are up to scratch.
The Commissioner of Marble is has four red stars on his right shoulder, which understandably is the most stars of anyone within the Bureau.
Marble is divided into regional groups, which are manned proportionally to the number of inhabitants in the region. The capital is seen as one region, while the mining region of Kirugrad is seen as another, and the surroundings of Piterud yet a third. Each region has its own captain and acts independently to other regions, while still following the same laws and guidelines. To ease the task of capturing criminals on foot, the Central Precinct, which is located in the same building as the High Court, collects the updates in the regional archives on a monthly basis. Apart from the Central Precinct, the marble stations are housed together with the customs to ease the workload of both authorities.