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« on: 04/19/12 13:14:38 »
Welcome to the Galactic Empire. Here you can find general information on the Empire, as well as all of the organizations within it.

Table of Contents

I. Government
II. The Sith
III. Army
IV. Navy
V. Imperial Intelligence Bureau
VI. Stormtroopers
VII. Royal Guards
VIII. General Life in the Empire
IX. Imperial Genetic Combine
Foreword: A History of the Empire

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I. Government

The Galactic Empire is an autocratic entity. There is no Senate or congressional body which votes upon policy. Instead, the Emperor functions in a dictatorial role and assumes almost complete leadership de jure and de facto; his word is effectively law.

The Empire’s territories are controlled by regional governors. They are not elected officials, but are instead placed in their respective areas personally by the Emperor. Many times, they are political entities and old officials who formerly served under Immortus’ regime on Ketaris, or officials absorbed into the new Empire from the previous Sith Imperium or Empire-in-Exile. Sometimes, especially enterprising citizen-leaders of local Imperial-sponsored clubs can rise and be appointed for leadership roles in the government.

The gubernatorial system is divided into, by ranking order, Prefects, Governors, Moffs, Grand Moffs, and the Grand Vizier. Prefects control small regional areas on a planet, and are in charge of overseeing the implementation of the Empire’s laws on a day-to-day scale, as well as other activities such as providing citizens under their control for conscription, and apportioning the local workforce according to its needs. They answer to the Governors, who are in charge of the overall operations on the entire planet, who themselves report to Moffs. A Moff presides over a group of planets, called a Sector. Together the Moffs form a Moff Council, the closest entity the Empire has to a senate, and discuss the overall operations of the Empire, as well as problems and possible solutions. Especially noteworthy, trusted or capable Moffs may control more than one Sector, in which case they are known as Grand Moffs. The Moff Council is led by the Grand Vizier, who answers directly to the Emperor himself, and is in charge of presiding over the Moffs and the Moff Council, ensuring that it is being led effectively. The Grand Vizier functions as the Emperor’s right-hand policymaker, and can overrule the decisions of any Moff or move to strip a Moff of power and replace him with a new one, although ultimately it is the Emperor who decides who stays and who goes.

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« Reply #2 on: 04/19/12 13:18:07 »
II. The Sith
The Sith of the Galactic Empire compose the government's only real religion. While the vast majority of Imperial officials are, in fact, not Sith or in any effective way affiliated with the Sith Order, they are indoctrinated with many of the same beliefs. The overall desire for strength and order stems from the core of Sith teachings.
While Sith within the Galactic Empire may occasionally also hold positions within the government, this is extremely rare. The Sith Order, overseen by the Dark Lord of the Sith, is primarily responsible for maintain a constant vigilance on the activities of other force users throughout the galaxy. However, they may also be directed by the Dark Lord to complete other tasks as deemed necessary.
In order to accomplish their varied objectives, the Sith employ a specific organization. Amongst the highest spheres of the Sith Order is the Triumvirate. These three senior Sith make-up the governing core of the organization under the direction of the Dark Lord. Each of the three individuals is tasked with direct oversight over one of the Sith Order's three functional areas:
Inquisitorious - a division of the Sith Order consisting of dark side Force-sensitive agents known as Inquisitors, or "truth officers. Their main role is to ferret out those disloyal to the Galactic Empire or the Sith Order. They are also responsible for hunting any and all wayward force users refusing to submit to the truth of Sith supremacy.
Prophets - a division of the Sith Order composed primarily of Sorcerers and Sorceresses. These Sith have the greatest knowledge of the finer workings of both the Force and the Sith Arts. They are often used to interrogate, re-socialize, and indoctrinate anyone deemed necessary. In addition, they are responsible for expanding the influence and control of the dark side.
Sith Commandos - the only purely militaristic division of the Sith Order. The Sith Commandos are used almost exclusively for the very specific purpose of overpowering enemies of the Sith.
Unlike any previous incarnations of these organizations, all members of the Sith Order are, in fact, trained Sith. The use of Dark Jedi and other 'tainted' souls while sometimes accepted is hardly the norm. Individuals of such a diluted grade are often forced into being mere slaves to the will of their superiors.
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« Reply #3 on: 04/19/12 13:18:42 »
III. Army

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« Reply #4 on: 04/19/12 13:19:52 »
IV. Navy

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« Reply #5 on: 04/19/12 13:20:21 »
V. Imperial Intelligence Bureau

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« Reply #6 on: 04/19/12 13:20:55 »
VI. Stormtrooper Corps

The Stormtroopers are the elite infantry units of the Empire. They originated from the clone troopers of the Galactic Republic, which eventually became absorbed into the First Empire under Palpatine. They continue to exist in the Imperial successor state with much the same role as before, being a separate branch from the Army with their own command structure.

Although the first Stormtroopers were originally clones, Imperial recruitment of non-clone human ranks has gradually changed this. Stormtroopers are typically selected from other branches of the Imperium military, usually the Army. To be selected for induction into the Stormtrooper Corps, a soldier must meet certain physical and mental requirements, and must have performed admirably in their previous branch of service or have distinguished themselves in some other fashion. Because a higher level of physical and mental aptitude is demanded of Stormtroopers when compared to soldiers of the Army, the burnout rate in the Stormtrooper Corps is significantly higher. Typically, 40% of the prospective class quit before training is completed.

With their signature white armor, Stormtrooper units are regarded as the face of the Empire’s might. Their presence is seen across the galaxy wherever The Galactic Empire holds sway, and their infantry and armored divisions are usually present at every major battle. There are also numerous specialty divisions within the Stormtroopers themselves, such as Sandtrooper, Snowtrooper, and Storm Commando divisions. Their command structure is entirely separate from other branches, although they have the same ranks as the Army.
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VII. Royal Guards

The Imperial Royal Guard is a highly elite cadre of fanatic men acting as the Emperor’s personal protection unit for both himself and his family, composed of the Imperium’s best troops. They answer directly to the Emperor himself, and sometimes carry out missions on his accord.

Candidates are chosen from the best men of the other Imperial military branches, whether it be the Army, Marines, Navy, or the Stormtrooper Corps, although most Royal Guardsmen are former Stormtroopers. To qualify for Royal Guard training, a soldier must meet the Empire’s most grueling set of physical and mental requirements. They must display intense mental aptitude under pressure, as well as conform to the strictest of physical rules that leave no room for imperfections, such as being male, at least six feet in height with 20/20 vision, with less than 10% body fat. It is said that prospective trainees of the Royal Guard are disqualified for even a tooth filling. Additionally, prospective members must display fierce loyalty to the Emperor, and undertake an oath to serve and protect the Emperor until death.
Training is even more of an arduous process, and the mortality rate is high. It is not uncommon for there to be only one survivor in a class of thirty men at the end of Guardsman training. They are trained in the Echani martial arts, as well as with various other ranged and melee weapons. It is also not unusual for Royal guardsmen to possess mild latent Force-sensitivity. However, if they possess a great deal of Force ability, they may instead become indoctrinated into the Sith religious order, in order to prevent too much ambition from rising in the ranks of the Guards themselves.
There are four ranks within the Royal Guard; trainees, regular Guardsmen, Shadow Guards, and Sovereign Protectors. Normal Guardsmen are highly proficient in melee and ranged weaponry, and in addition to serving the Emperor, can also simultaneously be rotated into service in other Army, Marines, or Stormtrooper divisions as Officers. Shadow Guards are a higher special operations unit within the Royal Guard, consisting of Royal Guards who possess mild Force-sensitivity and are given basic training in the Dark Side. They often carry out missions on the Emperor’s behalf, and are given command of a cadre of other special operations units, such as Storm Commandos. Their role is similar to the Sith servants of the Empire, except they are not indoctrinated into the cult of the Sith, and thus not as extensively trained in the use of the Force.

The highest rank one can achieve within the Royal Guard is that of Sovereign Protector. These are the commanders of the Royal Guard, considered the elite of the elite. There is no finer soldier in the Empire. In addition to performing duties similar to the Shadow Guards, they may also occupy high command ranks in other military branches, and are also responsible for recruiting and training new prospective Guardsmen. Their martial prowess rivals that of a Jedi or Sith Master, although they are not as gifted in the use of the Force.
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VIII. General Life in the Empire

The Empire operates within a social-capitalist economy. Capitalism exists, at least on the surface; citizens own their own homes and businesses, although the market is highly regulated and the collective needs of the state are emphasized over the individual. Citizens choose their own professions, however laws prevent citizens from leaving their job without their employer’s consent, effectively making it difficult to quit. Worker unions and collective bargaining have been abolished, but the Emperor’s law mandates that every worker is afforded basic benefits and sufficient wages. Laws also make it difficult to fire workers, creating an atmosphere with less available jobs, but greater job security and an emphasis on skilled laborers. However, the Emperor’s constant military and infrastructure projects remedy the lack of job availability by providing strong temporary jobs, as well as the fact that Imperial law has stripped businesses from certain alien species and re-allocated them to humans.

The Empire has also adopted a firm humanocentric policy, taking after the First Empire under Palpatine. Imperial doctrine holds that humans are the true dominant race of the galaxy, and seeks to unite all humankind in "Pax Humana" against other so-called inferior races, which allegedly have subverted or polluted human culture and commerce in the past. Palpatine's iron-fisted preparation for the Yuuzhan Vong invasion over a hundred years prior is oft-quoted rhetoric for humans to be wary of other alien species and instead focus upon strengthening themselves. To this end, many races deemed "inferior" in Imperial territory have been discriminated against, including being stripped of their businesses, prevented from joining the Imperial government or military, or being outright killed.

 
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IX. Imperial Genetic Combine

Eugenics plays a major role in Imperial society and doctrine. Under Emperor Vanco Serath, new laws have been passed that impose regulatory breeding programs upon the populace. The Imperial Genetic Combine works tirelessly to oversee these breeding programs as well as monitor their results, and strives to eliminate physical and mental diseases, as well as other “undesirable” traits from the Imperial population.

The Combine monitors reproduction in a high percentage of the population deemed physically and mentally superior, seeking to genetically advance humanity beyond its normal functional capabilities through breeding these individuals together. Meanwhile, every human child born in the Empire is tested for deficiencies. With advances in genetic research from laboratories implemented on Bastion, science in the Empire has become so advanced that geneticists can accurately predict a newborn’s future physical and mental strengths and limitations, and assess possible future career options for the child. Simultaneously, infants deemed too deficient or undesirable, or with too many diseases, are sacrificed to the Combine, who harvest their tissues for future experiments and operations. As well as this, existing members of society deemed too unfit for reproduction are sterilized by the Combine, but allowed to remain in society as eunuchs. The result of this is a society in which a person’s career path is almost entirely determined by his or her genetics. Certain mutations are even deemed favorable, if they benefit specific jobs and duties. For instance, as part of a showcase of the Empire’s scientific prowess to the rest of the galaxy, the Combine bred a child with a mutation that gave him an extra digit on each hand, and trained him as a child prodigy on the nalargon. The Empire then held galaxy-wide concerts showcasing the child’s unbelievable virtuosity.

Beneath its veneer as a social program, the Combine actually has deep roots in Sith theology. According to the Sith religion, society must be constructed in a way that allows only the strongest to survive, thus advancing the species. Additionally, the Emperor and his Sith cohorts believe that centuries of the Combine’s breeding programs will eventually produce the Sith’ari, or the Dark Side counterpart to the Chosen One, a being of unfathomable power with the Force and the potential for nearly complete omniscience. It is said that this being will fulfill the prophecy of bringing the Sith to eternal dominance within the galaxy. Likewise, it is also believed by some, including the Emperor, that the old Sith, ending with Darth Plagueis, were behind the virgin birth of Anakin Skywalker, and used genetic selection as a way to create the Chosen One. Thus, it is believed that similar processes undertaken by the Combine will produce similar results, if given enough time. It is estimated by Sith seers that the coming of the Sith’ari will occur approximately three hundred years from present.

The appointed head of the IGC is Dr. Erich Ganner, who operates out of the Combine’s main facilities on Bastion.
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« Reply #10 on: 08/19/12 15:17:05 »
Addendum: Is Your Character an Imperial?

If you are wondering whether your character would be a proper fit for the Empire, consider these points. Be advised that these are simply guidelines; there are certainly other reasons for characters to pledge their loyalty to the Empire, such as economic or specific personal benefits.

That said, a typical loyalist Imperial believes in most or all of the following:

1. That parliamentarianism is an inherently flawed ideology, and breeds only weakness, deceit, and unaccountability

2. That certain sacrifices must be made for the greater good of the species; thus, liberal eugenics is justified

3. That authoritarianism allows for the best and most deserving of the populous to rise to positions of power through their own force of will

4. That not all races are created equal, and that Humans are of a superior race

5. That the needs of the Human species have been subverted in the past, and must come before the needs of certain alien species

6. That the Sith ideology of "survival of the fittest" and "culling the weak" is an ultimately beneficial way of governing a society; thus, genetics play an important role in society
7. That strong social programs such as universal health care, breeding regulation programs, and laws that regulate nutrition are essential in cultivating a truly strong species