Students generally begin their formal schooling at age five, when they enter primary school. They remain there for seven years before moving on to intermediate school, which lasts three years. Most, but not all, then move on to secondary school, which lasts a further four years. (In Velamneşĭr and Aḱănja provinces, intermediate and secondary schools may be combined, as low population density makes it inefficient to maintain multiple separate schools in all areas.)
While in school, students study mathematics, science, Trinian language, history, and geography. In some areas, they may also study one of Trinia's minority languages, and once out of primary school, they will study at least one foreign language. In secondary school, students gain a certain amount of choice over what they study, being able to select between an curriculum focused on arts and humanities and a curriculum focused on mathematics and science. At most schools, students can also study traditional art, music, and technology.
For the average Trinian school student, the school day lasts from 9am to 3pm, on seven of the ten days in the Trinian week. Many Trinian schools are single-sex, although most newer schools are not. All are state-run, although some of the older schools have a certain level of input from particular religious institutions. Historically, boarding schools have been common, but this practice is rapidly dying out. Students generally wear uniforms.
The Trinian Empire has seventeen officially accredited universities. Of these, fourteen are state-run and three are private, although the private universities receive a certain amount of state assistance after having agreed to implement certain national standards.
The oldest and most prestigious universities are Koroven University and the University of Viŭris, although they are also among the smallest, with strict entry requirements. The largest is the University of Kurin, which is also well regarded. Other prominent universities include the University of Melaker, Duke Inigăre University (in Zotĕa), the University of Torlon, the University of West Melaţin (in Kaişur), and the University of Arkay.
Most universities offer students a wide choice of disciplines, although certain specialised subjects are not always available. Some universities have a reputation for certain topics - the University of Kurin, for example, is regarded as having the best law school, the University of West Melaţin is known for its civil engineering program, and Duke Inigăre University excels at the fine arts.
Although children are required to attend state primary and intermediate schools, there is no requirement to attend secondary school. Most do so, but some of those who do not opt to continue their education through religious institutions instead. Those seeking to enter the priesthood will almost certainly take this route. Religious education has traditionally taken the form of seclusion in a mountain monastery, but in modern times, some temples have established more conventional educational institutions in the larger cities. These typically combine both secondary school and university level study, although technically, they count as neither.
The Trinian health system is overseen by the Ministry of Charity, and is provided by a mixture of groups — the Ministry itself provides a great deal, but there are also facilities run by the temples, several Houses, and by a university. Medical practitioners must be licensed by the state. All Trinian citizens are considered to have a right to treatment, but are nevertheless expected to pay for medical services to the extent that they are able to.
The Trinian Guard is responsible for law enforcement and border control in the Trinian Empire. It is also the closest thing Trinia has to a military. The Guard is under the control of the Trinian Ministry of Security.
The Trinian Guard are the police force of Trinia, and are responsible for all areas of law enforcement. This includes regular police patrols, incident response, criminal investigation, and prison management. Most officers of the Trinian Guard are unarmed in the normal course of their duties, although many receive weapons training and there are specialist armed units around the country who can be called upon when needed.
The Trinian Guard has duties which cover the functions typically performed by customs officers and coastguard units in other countries. Officers of the Guard are responsible for screening people entering and leaving the country, and ensuring that they are not carrying items prohibited under Trinian law. This requires both posts at Trinia's physical borders with neighbouring countries and at Trinia's seaport and international airports. The Guard is also responsible for the small flotilla of patrol boats maintained at Kurin, the country's only port - although Trinia has a small coastline, the shipping which calls at Kurin is extremely important for the country's economy.
To an extent, the Trinian Guard also has functions in the area of emergency response, although only in certain circumstances. In urban areas, local authorities are usually responsible for things such as extinguishing fires and medical evacuations, but the Trinian Guard has primary responsibility for these things in the country's more remote areas. Forest fires, for example, are generally dealt with by the Trinian Guard, as there will often be little in the way of local capacity to perform a task of that scale.