IC positions/ranks are usually given based on the players capabilities and not the characters, considering the characters have nothing to make one more appropriate for a rank than another being just a bunch of skill points and HP. It's the player behind the character that holds the attributes rank is based on, they're the one thats trusted, capable and active. Thus the new character qualifies for a rank based on the same criteria as the old character did, just there OOC criteria. Thats unavoidable except in rare cases where the player states the character is going to be different (i.e a thief) or happens to be one of the minority that concentrate on RP to show that character as different (providing another layer than just skill points and HP that can actually be judged), thinking otherwise is just rediculous. At best all a faction can do is add arbitary time requirements before promotion in order to see what the player does with the character, which are unlikely to be at all effective as unless they RP that basically means wait to see if they steal.
It's a stupid question, obviously ICly people shouldn't just recieve their old ranks back but it's not something that can or should be enforced. How a faction handles it is up to a faction and come combat factions won't want to discourage there armies from respawning so will likely ignore what makes sense IC for what actually makes sense.
Edited By: Ralgarrch on Year 9 Day 89 15:41 ____________