The Eternal Empire
"Some may feel that "Eternal" is a euphemism for the long lives of dragons, but one need only look at what they have accomplished, and what we have not, to realize that they are truly intent on making something that lasts forever." - The Monarch, Ruler of the Shiang Federation, in a private conversation with his son-in-law, Caleb Sergalbane, on the need to reconsider hostilities with the Dragon Empire.
The Eternal empire is lead by the Emperor, who takes on the traditional name of "Father". This is a hereditary role passed down through the "Royal Bloodline" despite the actual royal bloodline having been overthrown for religious reasons roughly seven million years ago. The current bloodline has passed through a line of Emperors known outside the Empire as Grallax (/grawl-lax/) to the most recent, Grallax XIV. Serving Father as Steward and Prime Minister, is a Zanth picked by Father for the role and who is known as the High Chamberlain. In the absence of Father's direct say so, the High Chamberlain speaks with Father's voice. All High Chamberlains are wither Stage 1 or Stage 2 Zanth hybrids. The current High Chamberlain is a modest boar by the name of Tranak. Below the High Chamberlain are various Ministers who oversee different aspects of the day-to-day of the Empire, as well as members of the High Court, the representatives of the Major Houses of dragonkind, and the Synod, those members of the Lower Houses from other races, the representatives of specific worlds which operate under one government regardless of the species living on them, and those species which have only just been adopted into the Empire, collectively known as the House of Commons, who have not been officially given their own house to represent them. The Ministries are typically run by either a Stage 1 Zanth hybrid or a normal Zanth, or, in some cases, a dragon from the House of Jade. Jade dragons recognize their fellow ministers as equals, a rarity among dragons. This is because the Zanth are the direct servants of the Obsidians, the only dragons all other dragons recognize as above them. There are ministries for everything, with cross-training, cooperation and information sharing being the norm for promotion of efficient governance. Jades are nothing if not efficient bureaucrats. The High Court, as noted before, is made up of the Major Houses, each for a different type of dragon. The "first among equals" is House Obsidian, composed of the black dragons and basilisks. The Imperial Bloodline comes for this house, though it is difficult to trace and the process of working through the various claimants when a new Emperor must be selected is an arduous one that only the most dedicated take on. The other houses are Jade, the floating oriental dragon bureaucrats who collectively make sure that the empire stays eternal, the Ruby, fiery drakes who burn as brightly as the stars of which they claim to be avatars, and the Pearl, sea dragons and serpents with a mucus lining to their hides that has regenerative properties in most other species. House Obsidian is represented by the High Chamberlain, who speaks for the Emperor and His kind in His stead. House Jade is represented by the Heavenly Beasts, a trio of dragons who represent Storm, Sea and River. They are mentally linked and speak, think and act as one. House Ruby is represented by His Illuminated Magnificence, the Cataclysm Sagittarius A*, Igneous I. And House Pearl is rarely present for any meetings or deliberations, save at the most auspicious of time, for good or ill. The leader of the House of Pearl is the Midgardian, Leviathan, who sleeps and dreams at the bottom of a limitless ocean, attended by functionaries who relay his prophecies and commands to the Court. The Synod is populated by the best and most talented telepaths of a given species or world because when they meet to discuss policies that affect non-dragons, they cast their consciousnesses into the Great Meld so they can come to a consensus quickly. So many mouths speaking in turn would never see anything done on a timescale that would be relevant to the brief lives of these lesser species. The Synod races come from the amboran, human and a handful of other races with populations not large enough to warrant having their own distinct houses. It is the amborans and humans who comprise the bulk of the Empire's population. Notable minor populations include Tyroleans, a canine-like species from Tyrol VI, having been a colony of Tyrol Prime, but not as violent, and an asylum house of former Federation species displaced by the Sergal Uprising that killed the royal family, apparently down to the last member.
The Eternal Empire officially promotes the well-being of their citizens ahead of everything else. The philosophical position is that the Obsidian Throne serves the people, offering protection, structure and stability so that they can go about their daily lives without worry about shelter, food, or a lack of meaningful work or play. Minimal standards of living are provided to give each citizen a base that is health, safe, and mentally stimulating. The desire for greater things, ambition, or artistic goals are encouraged, but not required. The only mandate placed upon the citizenry is that they maintain a healthy level of activity so that they don't burden society with undue health concerns. The Eternal Empire has an open immigration policy for most races. The exception is the Sergal, who have a long and storied history with the Obsidians. They are forbidden from entry other than as individuals and even then, for public safety, they are monitored carefully. Only two exceptions have ever been made and both were under extraordinary circumstances.
The Empire control over 60% of the Milky Way galaxy. The assets, however, are mostly concentrated in the core the galaxy, where only Ruby and Obsidian dragons can harvest them. Of the habitable parts of the galaxy, the Empire controls roughly 30% of the areas spinward of Sol. They control some 5000 habitable worlds of the estimated 16000 in the Milky way. Most are involved in the production of consumer goods, military hardware, and exploration equipment for finding new habitable worlds.
The Empire controls the entire core in the deep radiation zones out to just under a third of the galaxy, and nearly a third more of everything on the spinward side. They are bordered at the core and on the driftward edge by the Federation. They do not share a border with the Alliance. Their spinward border is frontier space. They control just over 60% of the Milky Way.
- Geopolitical, Empire
- Alternative Names
- The Dragon Empire
- Government System
- Monarchy, Crowned Republic
- Power Structure
- Unitary state
- Economic System
- Post-scarcity economy
- Officially the Empire uses "Credits" as their currency, but in a post-scarcity economy, any form of currency is really perfunctory. Most goods are acquired through automated distribution hubs which make certain that an individual citizen's basic needs are met and that their luxury acquisitions are balanced by their social contribution. This is where credits come in, allowing the system to do the bookkeeping on the back end so that the citizen can simply make the request up front. Any need to "work off" their requests is front loaded before goods are provided, incentivizing citizens to contribute before they ask for rewards. This doesn't stop crime from occurring. So long as there are goods, even for free, someone will try to take what someone else has. The Jades take a dim view of this behavior, and their punishments are, in a word, draconian. They are also fair. Value is determined in terms of time spent apprehending, cost of goods stolen, expenditure require to replace, and social cost of rehabilitation. Once the total value of stolen goods, or wrongs done to society exceeds the projected future value extracted from the perpetrator, the only remaining punishment is death.
- Judicial Body
The Empire, being a well-run bureaucracy, has rules, laws and policies for just about everything that can be judged, legislated and presided over. The Jade are the only judiciary, and their rulings are based exclusively on the facts of the case and the legal accounting required to balance the "Ledgers of Heaven". Actions have a costs, penalties are applied based on said costs, and each potential punishment has a value that is compared to the cost of the crime.
- Expulsion from the empire, typically for non-citizens who commit minor offenses. They are deported back to their systems of origin, possibly to stand trial there for their crimes.
- Restitution, also typically for non-citizens, but for more expensive crimes. Then they're also deported back to their system of origin, possibly to face additional charges there.
- Forced Servitude (Permanent). This is imposed when the crime is beyond the capacity for the perpetrator to ever repay, but does not warrant execution. The option to be executed instead is always offered. See "Dalva" subsection below in this section.
- Forced Servitude (Timed). This punishment is offered when the perpetrator has commited a crime of significant value, but not out of malice or not of their own volition. With the permission of the wronged party, or their representative, a duration of service is determined based on the value of the crime. As with the above "Permanent" version, execution is traditionally also offered, though it is more often considered the "wake up call" for repeat offenders.
- Execution. When all else fails, and/or someone has committed a crime of such a magnitude that no amount of service or restitution can make it right again, their existence is determined to be a burden to society itself. The only option is to end their life. See the entry on "Executions" below.
- Related Ranks & Titles
- Neighboring Nations
- Notable Members
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