The first Ministries were created by Lucifer as means to ensure the efficient distribution of resources within the byzantine Court system, which was further complicated by allegiances to House and Legion (and in the Final Nights, Faction). In an ideal Court, the Ministries work together to strengthen its infrastructure and ensure a smooth progression of business, but most are riddled with corruption and internal rivalries.
Ministries are usually composed of Demons from lesser ranks, who gain prestige by working within their Ministry. While a high-ranking member of a Ministry is still subject to its local Tyrant, they are usually granted great leniency, to ensure that Ministry business is not contaminated with courtly intrigues.
Five great Ministries have existed since the time of the first Court. They are: