Following on from a discussion on the Discord channel I have been wondering about how people view the smaller Houses.
When I first ran Dune my players were part of a Minor House. They and all of the other Minor Houses on the planet were fairly traditional, they controlled an area of land (Half a continent or a very large island) and were very militaristic or were the Great Houses stewards.
Looking at the current rules there are options for a lot more different styles of House. An Industrial Understanding domain House is more likely to hold campuses & offices than swathes of land & numerous legions.
Yet land is still considered important. The description of a House Minor suggests it controls about a third of a planet. Suggesting a maximum number of about 4 to a planet.
My current view of a Minor House is that the territory it controls isn’t that important. They will all control some I’m sure, but unless their Domain is something that requires large spaces like fields they may only control a single city or island. How much land does a Political Expertise House require if they can hang around near their House Major?
This means that you can have a lot more Nascent & Minor Houses on any one planet. Maybe a dozen or more for a heavily built up planet controlled by a Great House. Geidi Prime may well be swarming with Minor Houses, all squabbling for House Hakonnens favour and to avoid being backstabbed by their peers.
That is how I see them at least. How does everyone else view the Nascent & Minor Houses in Dune?