The Terran Empire

The Terran Empire was a major polity formed in 2387 on Earth. It replaced the inter-rim government which was a successor state to the Federated States  

Foundation

The Empire was founded on the 1st of September 2387 when August Solarin was crowned by General Desper Hammond of the ruling Junta as Emperor. The Empire replaced most of the existing structures of government with its own and took power. There was some resistance to this but the Empire became the primary government of mankind by 2389

Imperial House

House Solarin became the ruling Imperial House, based on Earth which was also named as their fiefdom. August Solarin was confirmed as Governor of Earth. After the 2406 summit, the title of Emperor would be elected on the death of abdication of the Emperor meaning that House Solarin wouldn't be certain of remaining imperial house. In 2429, Princess Regina Valane-Solarin ascended to the throne and was a member of both House Valane and House Solarin but primarily identifies as the scion of House Valane   see Great Houses of the Empire

Imperial Court

Emperor Solarin set up an Imperial Court on Earth in the capital city of Dhaka. The court would be the primary seat of government for the Empire but the planetary governors, once approved by the Empire, would have general autonomy to rule as they see fit and would also be allowed to appoint their own successors, with approval from the Emperor.

Planetary Governors

Each planet's governor, initially appointed by Emperor Solarin in conjunction with his allies in the coup, would serve a life term unless they chose to abdicate and would have an unrestricted right to appoint their own successors, essentially creating a hereditary aristocracy When the Governor of the Stark colony "sold" the colony to Fulbright Nolan, new rules were put into place that if someone outside of the current rulers family was named as successor, this would be subject to review by the Council of Governors   The exception to this is Fort Pitcairn which is ruled by an elected Governor, as per its own agreement as a colonized world and its own internal constitution

Great Houses

Planet House
Furnace Sondeheim
Stark Gage-Hawkins
Jasper Kallis
Fort Pitcairn Elected Governor
Van Allen's World Bluth
Vodhyna Valane-Kroenen
Fort Kurzon Jospin
Skerrit's World Overhelm
Van Diemens World Yardley
Fort Verekker Hammond
Prospero Gosmay
New Silesia Cappotelli
Lightning Point Krane
Avalon Belzen
New Corinth Tancredo
Vanheim Leonhardsen
New Carthage Brahms
Technopolis Grumman
Nova Terra Maquessa
St Lawrence Collingwood
Gaia Rivers
Whitworth McQuaid
Earth Solarin
Mars Valane
Eden Swafford

Notable Positions

Rexes

  1. August Solarin I - 2387 -2405
  2. Isaac Solarin -2405-2429
  3. Ivy Solarin-Valane -2405-2429 (co rule)
  4. Regina Valane - 2429-2460
  5. Aurora Valane 2460-2476
  6. Colamere Tancredo 2460-2476 (Co-rule)
  7. Azrael Krane -2480-2498

Chancellor

The first Lord-Chancellor appointed by the Emperor was Boal Leaven, the CEO of Holliston, a major hedge-fund.
  1. Boal Leaven -2387 -2390
  2. Lord Troy Maquessa - 2390-2400
  3. Boal Leaven -2400-2405
  4. Lord Cort Yardley -2405-2410
  5. Lord Joachim Brahms - 2410-2425
  6. Lord Aldrich Collingwood -2425-2440
  7. Lord Hayden Tancredo - 2440-2460
  8. Lord Stafford Collingwood -2460-2463 *
  9. Lord Pike Cappotelli -2463-2465
  10. Lord Kotek Grumman -2465-2475 **
  11. Eleutheria Ashpool -2475-2480 ***
  12. Lord Cabbot Brahms 2477-2480 ****
  13. Lord August Solarin 2480-2490
  14. Lord Hallam Tancredo -2490-2495
  15. Prince Desper Valane -2495-2498
*Stafford Collingwood became the first Chancellor to be assassinated in his role
**Kotek Grumman was the first former Chancellor to be arrested
***Eleuhteria Ashpool was the first AI to be Chancellor and also served as Regent
****Cabbot Brahms ruled as Chancellor Pro Tempore during "The Contested Regency"

Lord Chamberlain

The Lord-Chamberlain's main duties are the maintenance of the Imperial Palace and the capital city of Dhaka. However, the Lord Chamberlain also possesses a lot of political influence due to their close proximity to the Emperor and are often considered the "gatekeeper" to power
  1. Lord Winston Brahms -2388-2400
  2. Lord Joachim Brahms -2400-2405
  3. Savintor Seadon -2405-2410
  4. Hadden Morrow - 2410-2415
  5. Lord Albion Hawthorne -2415-2420
  6. Lord Kreak Tancredo -2420-2424
  7. Lord Cort Yardley -2424-2425
  8. Lord Fulbright Nolan - 2425-2435
  9. Lord Joachim Brahms -2435-2440
  10. Lord Drake Grumman -2440-2455
  11. Lord Kotek Grumman -2455-2465
  12. Lord Cabbot Brahms - 2465-2470
  13. Princess Charlotte Valane-Grumman -2470-2475
  14. Lord Cabbot Brahms - 2475
  15. Lord Maddox Collingwood - 2476-2477
  16. Hallam Tancredo - 2477-2480
  17. Lord Reid Sondeheim -2480-2495
  18. Prince Clay Tancredo -2495-2498

Lord Treasurer

The office of Lord-Treasurer became one of the "key" offices of state with the expansion of the Imperial bureaucracy and the treasury. It oversees the vast treasury which is responsible for gathering taxes and then setting out the Imperial budget
  1. Lord Fulbright Nolan -2410-2420
  2. Lord Albion Hawthorne -2420-2435
  3. Prince Alexander Solarin -2435-2440
  4. Lord Clemence Irons -2440-2445
  5. Lord Stafford Collingwood - 2445-2460
  6. Lord Pike Cappotelli -2460-2463
  7. Lord Galen Hammond -2463-2465
  8. Lord Pike Cappotelli - 2465-2475
  9. Lord Prescott McQaid - 2475-2480
  10. Lord Athos Cappotelli -2480-2490
  11. Lord Gael Grumman -2490-2495
  12. Detmore Killian -2495-2498

The Military

The senior figures in the junta were granted honorific titles apart from General Hammond who was granted the "Lordship" of Fort Kurzon. The senior body for the military is the Imperial General Staff, headquartered on Earth in San Diego. The chairman of the Imperial General Staff works closely with the Lord-Marshall  
Chief of the Imperial General Staff
  1. Lord Desper "Bull" Hammond (Marine Corps) 2388-2399
  2. General Elizar Brosh (Marine Corps) -2399-2406
  3. Admiral Lucy Stargher (Imperial Navy)-2406-2415
  4. General Hobyn Clarke (Marine Corps)-2415-2420
  5. Admiral Gale Mabbut (Imperial Navy)-2420-2430
  6. Admiral Eton Coetze (Imperial Navy)-2430-2435
  7. Admiral Lanckaster Whittingham (Imperial Navy)-2435-2450
  8. Admiral Horus Inkerman (Imperial Navy) -2450-2465
  9. Admiral Keeley Dalton (Imperial Navy) -2465-2470
  10. Admiral Meredith Cuttler (Imperial Navy) 2470 -2476
  11. Admiral Pavantarr (Imperial Navy)- 2476-2480*
  12. Admiral Everann Sickles (Imperial Navy) -2480-2490
  13. Admiral Gnaes Calqvist (Imperial Navy) -2490-2496**
  14. General Nils Britton (Imperial Marines) -2496-2498
*Admiral Pavantarr was the first Indirian to be Chief of Staff. He was also the first Chief of Staff to be killed in action.
**Admiral Calqvist was assassinated, presumably by Karkouri Agents  
Lord-Marshall
  1. Lord Danesh Hawthorne -2388-2405
  2. Lord Desper Hammond -2405-2410
  3. Lady Maya Belzen -2410-2435
  4. Lord Drake Grumman -2435-2440
  5. Lord Maya Belzen -2440-2445
  6. General Cabbot Brahms -2445-2450
  7. Lord Solway Ashpool -2450-2460
  8. Lord Elliot Hawthorne -2460-2465
  9. Lord Solway Ashpool - 2465-2470
  10. Lord Cabbot Brahms -2470-2475
  11. Lord Kotek Grumman -2475
  12. Lord Alexius Solarin - 2475
  13. Lord Horus Inkerman -2476-2480 *
  14. Lord Alexius Solarin 2477-2480 **
  15. Lord Elyon Maquessa -2480-2490
  16. Lord August Solarin II -2490-2495
  17. Lord Decius Collingwood -2495-2498
*Lord Horus Inkerman's run as Lord Marshall was during the Contested Regency
**As was Lord Alexius Solarin's second run as Lord Marshall

Intelligence Services

Imperial Intelligence services consist of three branches of service:
  • Imperial Intelligence Services (IIS) headquartered on Mars.IIS deal with intelligence, foreign policy intelligence and some counter intelligence.
  • - Civilian Intelligence Services (CIS) headquartered on Earth. CIS deal with counter-intelligence, organized crime and preventing terrorist attacks and plots inside the Empire - Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) headquartered on Earth. ONI deals with plans and intelligence gathering for the fleet and is the only agency that is entirely military lead. ONI's leadership are appointed by the Fleet All branches of intelligence are part of the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry is lead by Minister of Communications  
    Minister of Communications
    1. Duchess Matilda "Tilly" Valane -2388-2405
    2. Admiral Benson Valane -2405-2420
    3. Hisato Yamamoto -2420-2425
    4. Lord Gossamar Bluth -2425-2445
    5. Lord Ordell McQaid -2445-2450
    6. Lord Gossamar Bluth -2450-2455
    7. Lord Ordell McQaid (2nd Term -2455-2456
    8. Esteban Wincott - 2456-2460
    9. Lord August Solarin -2460-2465
    10. Lord Maddox Collingwood -2465-2476
    The Ministry was abolished due to Intelligence reforms in 2476, with the IIS being directed to answer to the Lord-Chamberlain, the CIS to answer to the Minister for State Justice and The ONI to answer to the Lord Marshall   In the interrim period, the IIS has reported to the Minister of State for Intelligence:
    Minister of State for Intelligence
    1. Lord Hallam Tancredo -2480-2490
    2. Prince Desper Valane -2490-2495
    3. Lord Kentan Sondeheim -2495-2498

    Downfall

    The Empire fell after a catastrophic defeat to the Karkouri Regime in 2498 after Lord Marshall Decius Collingwood betrayed the Imperial Navy, costing half a million people their lives and wiping out all credible resistance. Whilst Emperor Krane intended to resist, the Karkouri Navy had the capacity to bombard Earth into rubble and the Council surrendered. Emperor Krane died of a heart attack at the scene and the Imperial government, with muddy authority, surrendered. The Karkouri then dismembered the Empire into several new successor states.  

    Major Legal Reforms

    The Prosperity-Mount Agreement 2406

    • On the death, abdication or other removal of the Emperor, the new Emperor will be chosen by a "Grand Council" of Colonial Governors with each governor getting one vote.
    • The "Grand Council" can also convene to vote to veto a decision of the Emperor with a simple majority.
    • If the Grand Council is empowered to remove the Emperor from office if he has committed "grand crimes" against the state
    • An Imperial Parliament will be set up, directly elected from the colonies. This body, which will have a ten year term, will be an advisory body to the Emperor and his government.

    The Monopolies and Corporate Security Act 2420

    • As of the commencement of this Act, the following shall be legal and binding by Imperial Law:
    • No corporation shall be allowed to form a merger with another member of the “big six” without clearance from the Lord-Treasurer and a commission of 2 other member of the current government which must include the Lord Chancellor or the Emperor/Empress
    • a. Any corporation acting in contravention to the above will have its trading licenses suspended and, as an ultimate sanction, will be subject to Imperial Administration
    • Any corporation above the size of 60 wealth will be subject to a new corporation’s tax grade
    • Anti-trust laws will be put into place to heavily fine and/or confiscate corporate property where there is price-fixing and other market irregularity
    • Corporations Military Assets: the corporations shall be allowed to remain armed with the following exceptions:
    • No corporation is permitted to own or operate a capital class ship. Any that are currently possessed will either need to be mothballed, scrapped or handed over to to:
      a) the Empire for compulsory purchase
      b) Corporations shall pay a tax for any frigate class ship
      c) All corporate warships must be registered as part of the Fleet’s reserve and be subject to call up.
    • Ships called into duty from the reserves are paid for by the Empire including costs to repair or replaced
    • The responsibility, unless otherwise stated, for regulation, appeal and enforcement of the above shall lay with the Lord-Treasurer

    The Existence and Intelligence Laws 2449

    • All transfers (of consciousness) must have written consent and occur after the user has deceased. The decisions of the deceased in this regard cannot be overturned by anyone else
    • Only one instance/copy of any given consciousness may exist at any time
    • The receptive vessel must not contain any other consciousness or AI
    • The new consciousness contains the same rights as a human (e.g. deletion is murder)
    • Under no circumstances is anyone to be placed in a toaster or any non-humanoid vessel

    The Democratic Reform Act 2462

    • The Imperial Parliament is empowered to pass laws that have been agreed by a majority of the Parliament
    • The Imperial Parliament is able to veto any law passed by the council of Governors with a 2/3rd super majority
    • The Council of Governors are able to veto any law from the Imperial Parliament with a simple majority
    • The Council of Governors receive one vote in the Imperial Conclave, granted to the Preferatti who receives a majority of the Parliaments support

    The Ethical Taxation Act 2467

    • A tax to be imposed on corporations selling technology that would amend biological life to immortal or near immortal lengths
    • Consideration to create a Citizen Panel or Tribunal to judge this tax to be fair or not

    Continuity of Government Act 2485

    This law is to protect the continuity of the Imperial government in the event of the death of one of the key officers of the court or the Rex  
    • If the Rexes are incapacitated, killed or otherwise unable to exercise their powers, then the powers of the Rex will be divested to a Regent
    • The Regent will be designated in advance by the Rexes
    • The Regent will be assumed to have the power of the Rexes until a new Rex is elevated
    • Or until they are removed from office by a majority vote of the Counc
    • If the Chancellor is incapacitated, killed or otherwise unable to carry out the duties of their office then the Lord-Treasurer will assume the office of Lord-Chancellor
    • On assumption of the office of Lord-Chancellor, the office of Lord-Treasurer would be vacated and filled at the pleasure of the Chancellor or Rex
    • In the absence of the Lord-Treasurer being able to take up the office, then the line of succession is:
    1. Lord Marshall
    2. Lord Chamberlain
    3. Foreign Minister
    4. Minister of State Justice
    5. Minster of State as designated by the Rex
    • Any chancellor who is defeated by a legal vote of No Confidence must resign
    • Their replacement is selected by the Rex
    • In absence of the Rex, the new Chancellor is selected by the Regent
     

    The Imperial Parliament

    The Imperial Parliament was initially set up as an advisory committee. Over 1000 MPs were elected with a minimum of one per world and representation based on population. The Parliament was denied law making powers and was largely ignored   In the 2440 budget cuts, the Imperial Parliament had much of its budget cut, reducing its support staff, salary and expenses which saw 25% of the current MPs not seek another term in parliament   With the Democratic Reforms of 2462, Parliament has now been empowered with law making powers and even veto power over the Council of Governors   The new budget of 2465 saw MP's receive, as per their own vote, a per diem as well as reasonable expenses.  

    The Speaker of the House

    The Parliament elects one of its members as Speaker of the House who will chair and oversee debate. They are required to resign any party or faction affiliation and be impartial. As per convention, no major party will then contest their seat in election  

    Judiciary

    see the The Imperial Court of Appeals  

    Resistance

    There was major political and military resistance to the Empire and many worlds went into open rebellion. However, despite a few strategic victories, the Rebels never gained traction and in 2403 they agreed to disarm and re-join the Empire.

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