Over the course of the game, you can play as a free officer, a regular officer, or even a Viceroy or Ruler. Each role has its own unique playing style, allowing you to experience the game from different perspectives.

Foreign commands can only be proposed by a Ruler or the Ruler's War Minister and are capable of greatly altering the destiny of the force.

Viceroys are next in command after the Ruler and can contribute greatly to the development of the force as the leader of a district, and through various other actions.
Additionally, certain officers such as Zhou Yu may change into even more splendid outfits if they are appointed as a Viceroy.

Governors are in charge of developing the city they have been assigned to.
Once you have obtained 30,000 Merit, you can be appointed as a Viceroy.

If you become a Minister, you can propose your missions to the Ruler, Viceroy, or Governor for approval.
Once you have obtained 10,000 Merit, you can be appointed as a Governor.

Regular officers can earn Merit by completing missions and fighting in battles, and work their way up the promotion ladder.
Once you have obtained 3,000 Merit, you can be appointed as a Minister.

Free officers can raise a banner of their own or look to join other rulers, enabling them to strike out on their own path amidst the Three Kingdoms in an effort to unite the land.

Differences in Playing Style Between Statuses

Ruler A Ruler serves as the guiding hand for a force, and contains sweeping powers covering everything from foreign relations and personnel decisions to awards and punishments for subordinates. Rulers can appoint Ministers, and also Governors to supervise each city, thereby receiving assistance in the gargantuan task of managing an entire realm.
Rulers can negotiate with other forces, and must focus on filling the ranks of the force with capable officers, meaning that the fate of the force is largely up to how well a Ruler can see the bigger picture and take the necessary steps to achieve the ultimate goal.
Viceroy After a Ruler, a Viceroy is the next in command. As the leader of a District, he or she will have control over multiple cities throughout the realm, and can also appoint Ministers and Governors to assist with various tasks. Though they do not handle diplomatic commands and the reward and punishment of subordinates, they do oversee various other areas, which puts them in an optimum position to help realize the force's goal of uniting the land.
Additionally, they can also hold Councils to give assignments to the Governors that have been assigned to the cities throughout the District.
Governor A Governor is responsible for ruling a city, and can give orders to the officers that are assigned to it. The Governor's primary focus is to build facilities and develop City Tech in order to create a city that can make positive contributions to the force.
Additionally, Governors are also capable of appointing their own Ministers.
Minister Ministers have the right to propose assignments for themselves in regards to matters such as domestic and military concerns.
Ministers assigned to a Ruler, Viceroy, or Governor can also give orders regarding their area of expertise, and given that their superiors may ask for their opinion when voting on assignments to carry out, Ministers are in a strong position to influence the development of the force and its cities.
Officer Officers carry out missions given to them by their superiors such as a Ruler or Governor, and they are also able to propose missions at the Ministry, both of which will earn them Merit that can be used to receive a promotion to a higher Status.
Free Free officers are able to apply to a force they wish to join, or can even create a new force of their own.
When raising their own banner, it will be important that the free officer has formed Bonds with other officers across the land in order to ensure that the new force has plenty of capable subordinates to start off with.
Proposals to deploy armies or engage in foreign relations usually require that the officer be of a certain Status, but as your Rank increases, you will receive Privileges, which can be used to propose deployment or a diplomatic mission.
※Images taken from in-development Windows® system version.