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.
- 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
- Controlled Territories
- Neighboring Nations
- Organization Vehicles
- Notable Members
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