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The '''Imperial Bureaucracy''' of the [[Third Imperium]] is the group of governing bodies that administers to the needs of the Imperium and is divided into three parts:
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# Civil Ministries of the Imperium  
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The [[Imperial Bureaucracy]] of the [[Third Imperium]] is the group of governing bodies that administers to the needs of the Imperium and is divided into three parts:
# Defense Ministry of the Imperium  
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# [[Civil Ministry of the Imperium]]
# Offices of the Emperor  
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# [[Defense Ministry of the Imperium]]
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# [[Offices of the Emperor]]
  
== Description (Specifications) ==
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== Description ([[Specifications]]) ==
 
The [[Imperial Bureaucracy]] is the bones and body of the [[Third Imperium]]. While the [[Emperor]], [[Moot]], and the [[Ministry of Justice]] form the eyes and mind of the corpus. While those high [[institution]]s and leaders legislate and adjudicate in important ways, the day to day running of the Imperium comes from local nobles and bureaucrats who have sworn loyalty and service to the Imperium through its figurehead of the [[Emperor]]. In a very practical way, the ''Imperial Bureaucracy'' is the most visible part of the [[culture]] of the Imperium.  
 
The [[Imperial Bureaucracy]] is the bones and body of the [[Third Imperium]]. While the [[Emperor]], [[Moot]], and the [[Ministry of Justice]] form the eyes and mind of the corpus. While those high [[institution]]s and leaders legislate and adjudicate in important ways, the day to day running of the Imperium comes from local nobles and bureaucrats who have sworn loyalty and service to the Imperium through its figurehead of the [[Emperor]]. In a very practical way, the ''Imperial Bureaucracy'' is the most visible part of the [[culture]] of the Imperium.  
 
* A. The largest part are the civil ministries which support the inner workings of the {{Imperium}} and are overseen by [[Imperial Nobility|High nobles]].  
 
* A. The largest part are the civil ministries which support the inner workings of the {{Imperium}} and are overseen by [[Imperial Nobility|High nobles]].  
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=== Bureaucracy Organization ===
 
=== Bureaucracy Organization ===
 
The three primary groupings of the ''Imperial Bureaucracy'' each perform specialized tasks:
 
The three primary groupings of the ''Imperial Bureaucracy'' each perform specialized tasks:
# '''Civil Ministries of the Imperium:'''  ([[Ministry of Administration]] & [[Ministry of State]]: Administrative needs such as justice, commerce, communication, science, etc.)
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# '''Civil Ministries of the Imperium:'''  ([[Ministries of State and Justice]], [[Ministries of Commerce and Communication]] & [[Ministries of Science and Technology]]: Administrative needs such as justice, commerce, communication, science, etc.)
 
# '''Defense Ministry of the Imperium:'''  ([[Ministry of Defense]]: Military needs such as defense of the realm and maintenance of the starways)
 
# '''Defense Ministry of the Imperium:'''  ([[Ministry of Defense]]: Military needs such as defense of the realm and maintenance of the starways)
 
# '''Offices of the Emperor:''' ([[Ministry of the Emperor]]: Needs of the Emperor such as security, ceremonial functions, lodgings, travel, etc.)
 
# '''Offices of the Emperor:''' ([[Ministry of the Emperor]]: Needs of the Emperor such as security, ceremonial functions, lodgings, travel, etc.)
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The civil ministries are overseen by the ''[[Imperial Nobility]]'', it is the duty of the high nobility to serve as the minister and director of each of the ministries within their demense. The civil ministries within the Imperium are:
 
The civil ministries are overseen by the ''[[Imperial Nobility]]'', it is the duty of the high nobility to serve as the minister and director of each of the ministries within their demense. The civil ministries within the Imperium are:
  
''' A. State & Justice Ministries:'''
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==== A. State & Justice Ministries ====
 
* A1. [[Ministry of Colonization]]: Selects worlds for colonization and expansion of the Imperium.  
 
* A1. [[Ministry of Colonization]]: Selects worlds for colonization and expansion of the Imperium.  
** [[Imperial Colonial Office]] (ICA)
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** Imperial [[Colonial Office]] (ICO)
** [[Imperial Ministry of Assimilation]]  
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** Imperial [[Ministry of Assimilation]]  
** [[Imperial Terraforming Bureau]] AKA Imperial Terraformation Bureau  
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** Imperial [[Terraforming Bureau]] AKA Imperial Terraformation Bureau  
 
* A2. [[Ministry of Justice]] (MOJ): Exercises authority over violations of Imperial law.  
 
* A2. [[Ministry of Justice]] (MOJ): Exercises authority over violations of Imperial law.  
 
** Imperial Inquisitorial Branch
 
** Imperial Inquisitorial Branch
 
** Imperial Penal System
 
** Imperial Penal System
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** [[Justice Special Branch]] ([[JSB]])
 
** Sector Court Branches
 
** Sector Court Branches
 
** Supreme Court of the Third Imperium
 
** Supreme Court of the Third Imperium
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*** Imperial Bureau of Investigations
 
*** Imperial Bureau of Investigations
  
''' B. Commerce & Communications Ministries:'''
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==== B. Commerce & Communications Ministries ====
 
* B1. [[Ministry of Commerce]]: Responsible for maintaining trade and commerce.
 
* B1. [[Ministry of Commerce]]: Responsible for maintaining trade and commerce.
** Imperial Customs Authority
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** [[Imperial Customs Authority]]
** Imperial Shipping Commission (ISC)
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** [[Imperial Shipping Commission]] ([[ISC]])
** Imperial Travel Assistance Bureau
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** [[Imperial Surplus Service]] ([[ISS]])
** Imperial [[Starport Authority]] (SPA)  
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** [[Imperial Travel Assistance Bureau]]
** Trading Standards Bureau (TSB)  
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** [[Starport Authority|Imperial Starport Authority]] ([[SPA]])  
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** [[Trading Standards Bureau]] ([[TSB]])  
 
*** [[Trade Station]] Commission
 
*** [[Trade Station]] Commission
 
** Imperial Treasury (ITY)
 
** Imperial Treasury (ITY)
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*** Strategic Planning Office  
 
*** Strategic Planning Office  
 
*** Imperial Xenosociology Department  
 
*** Imperial Xenosociology Department  
** [[Imperial Office of Education & Inculcation]]: Maintains [[Educational Institutes]], the [[Imperial Interstellar Library]] ("The Encyclopedia"), and (Regulation & Prevention of Psionics).  
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** [[Office of Education & Inculcation]]: Maintains [[Educational Institutes]], the [[Imperial Interstellar Library]] ("The Encyclopedia"), and (Regulation & Prevention of Psionics).  
** [[Imperial Ministry of Information]]  
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** [[Office of Information]]
  
''' C. Science & Technologies Ministries:'''
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==== C. Science & Technologies Ministries ====
 
* C1. [[Ministry of Conservation]]: Oversight and preservation of non-renewable resources.  
 
* C1. [[Ministry of Conservation]]: Oversight and preservation of non-renewable resources.  
 
** Department of Endangered Creatures
 
** Department of Endangered Creatures
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** Department of Resource Management
 
** Department of Resource Management
 
** Imperial Office of Interstellar Ecology
 
** Imperial Office of Interstellar Ecology
* C2. Imperial [[Ministry of Health]]
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* C2. [[Ministry of Health]]
 
** TBD
 
** TBD
* C3. Imperial [[Ministry of Science]]: Oversight of scientific research and the establishment of measurement standards within the [[Third Imperium]].
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* C3. [[Ministry of Science]]: Oversight of scientific research and the establishment of measurement standards within the [[Third Imperium]].
 
** Department of Metempsychosis  
 
** Department of Metempsychosis  
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** [[Imperial Ship Builders Association]] ([[ISBA]])
 
** [[Ministry of Cloning]]
 
** [[Ministry of Cloning]]
 
** [[Ministry of Genetics]]
 
** [[Ministry of Genetics]]
 
** Imperial Weights & Measures Bureau
 
** Imperial Weights & Measures Bureau
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** [[Travellers' Naval Architecture Society]] ([[TNAS]])
 
* C4. [[Ministry of Technology]]: Oversight of technological advancement and research stations.
 
* C4. [[Ministry of Technology]]: Oversight of technological advancement and research stations.
 
** Imperial Commission on Technological Level Standardization
 
** Imperial Commission on Technological Level Standardization
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The Minister, also known as the [[High Imperial Marshal]], is in charge of advising the [[Emperor]] on military affairs, evaluaing the general state of the Imperial military, and supervising long-term military planning, research and development. The [[Minister of Defense]] is appointed by the [[Emperor]] and reports directly to him.  
 
The Minister, also known as the [[High Imperial Marshal]], is in charge of advising the [[Emperor]] on military affairs, evaluaing the general state of the Imperial military, and supervising long-term military planning, research and development. The [[Minister of Defense]] is appointed by the [[Emperor]] and reports directly to him.  
  
* [[Imperial Ministry of Defense]]
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* Imperial [[Ministry of Defense]]
 
** '''A. Imperial High Command (Office of Military Command for the [[Unified Forces of the Imperium]]):''' The Imperial High Command, consisting of the First Lord of the Admiralty and the Lord Marshal of the Unified Armies, also report directly to the Emperor. The role of the High Command is to set military policy and perform strategic planning.  
 
** '''A. Imperial High Command (Office of Military Command for the [[Unified Forces of the Imperium]]):''' The Imperial High Command, consisting of the First Lord of the Admiralty and the Lord Marshal of the Unified Armies, also report directly to the Emperor. The role of the High Command is to set military policy and perform strategic planning.  
 
*** A1. Office of Military Administration
 
*** A1. Office of Military Administration
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**** Imperial Surplus Service  
 
**** Imperial Surplus Service  
 
**** Office of Technology Standardization
 
**** Office of Technology Standardization
** '''B. Admiralty (Office of the Navy):''' The Naval office of the Ministry of Defense, also know as the Admiralty, is in charge of the [[Imperial Navy]]. The Naval office is run by the First Lord of the Admiralty, who heads the Board of the Admiralty.
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** '''B. [[Admiralty]] ([[Office of the Navy]]):''' The Naval office of the Ministry of Defense, also know as the Admiralty, is in charge of the [[Imperial Navy]]. The Naval office is run by the First Lord of the Admiralty, who heads the Board of the Admiralty.
 
*** B1. '''[[Imperial Navy]]'''  
 
*** B1. '''[[Imperial Navy]]'''  
 
**** '''[[Imperial Marines]]:''' The Commandant of the Marines, who commands  the [[Imperial Marines]], is part of the Admiralty. The Commandant advises the Imperial High Command.
 
**** '''[[Imperial Marines]]:''' The Commandant of the Marines, who commands  the [[Imperial Marines]], is part of the Admiralty. The Commandant advises the Imperial High Command.
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** [[Reservations Office]]: Manages the Emperor's holdings outside of the Imperial palace.  
 
** [[Reservations Office]]: Manages the Emperor's holdings outside of the Imperial palace.  
 
* B. [[Office of Security]]: Provides the security to the Emperor, the Imperial family, and the Palace.
 
* B. [[Office of Security]]: Provides the security to the Emperor, the Imperial family, and the Palace.
** [[Imperial Bureau of Internal Security]] ([[IRIS]])
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** [[Imperial Bureau of Internal Security]] ([[IBIS]])
 
** [[Imperial Guard]]: An elite military force assigned directly to service of the Emperor.
 
** [[Imperial Guard]]: An elite military force assigned directly to service of the Emperor.
 
*** [[Imperial Household Armor]]
 
*** [[Imperial Household Armor]]
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** [[Precursor Foundation]]: While the [[Ancients]] are the best known [[precursor]] race, evidence exists of contemporaries, other [[precursor]] races with access to advanced or exotic [[technologies]]. This office researches the exploration of sites not believed to involve the Ancients.
 
** [[Precursor Foundation]]: While the [[Ancients]] are the best known [[precursor]] race, evidence exists of contemporaries, other [[precursor]] races with access to advanced or exotic [[technologies]]. This office researches the exploration of sites not believed to involve the Ancients.
  
== History & Background (Dossier) ==
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== History & Background ([[Dossier]]) ==
 
When [[Cleon Zhunastu|Cleon]] founded the Imperium, there were five primary bureaucratic agencies. Over the years these agencies have grown, split, intermingled, and rejoined. The bureaucracy at any one point in time can be wildly disparate. For instance, the [[Imperial Quarantine Agency]] was once a stand-alone branch of the [[government]], but it was subsumed into other parts of the Imperial Bureaucracy when [[technology]] changed. The Quarantine's many roles were distributed to the Navy, Scouts, and others.  
 
When [[Cleon Zhunastu|Cleon]] founded the Imperium, there were five primary bureaucratic agencies. Over the years these agencies have grown, split, intermingled, and rejoined. The bureaucracy at any one point in time can be wildly disparate. For instance, the [[Imperial Quarantine Agency]] was once a stand-alone branch of the [[government]], but it was subsumed into other parts of the Imperial Bureaucracy when [[technology]] changed. The Quarantine's many roles were distributed to the Navy, Scouts, and others.  
  
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# A failsafe program to safeguard [[civilization]] in the case of an apocalyptic event or a second [[Long Night]]
 
# A failsafe program to safeguard [[civilization]] in the case of an apocalyptic event or a second [[Long Night]]
  
== References & Contributors (Sources) ==
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== References & Contributors ([[Sources]]) ==
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{{Sources
 
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|S1= {{CT}} [[High Passage 1]] in Article: Justice Special Branch by [[Craig Johnson]]
|S2= [[GURPS Traveller: Nobles]]
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|S2= {{CT}} [[High Passage 2]]
|S3= Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology [[User:Maksim-Smelchak|Maksim-Smelchak]] of the [[Ministry of Science]]
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|S3= Dragon #35 in Article [[IBIS]] ([[Imperial Bureau of Internal Security]]) by [[Kenneth Burke]]
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|S6= Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology [[Maksim-Smelchak]] of the [[Ministry of Science]]
 
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The Imperial Bureaucracy of the Third Imperium is the group of governing bodies that administers to the needs of the Imperium and is divided into three parts:

  1. Civil Ministry of the Imperium
  2. Defense Ministry of the Imperium
  3. Offices of the Emperor

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Imperial Bureaucracy is the bones and body of the Third Imperium. While the Emperor, Moot, and the Ministry of Justice form the eyes and mind of the corpus. While those high institutions and leaders legislate and adjudicate in important ways, the day to day running of the Imperium comes from local nobles and bureaucrats who have sworn loyalty and service to the Imperium through its figurehead of the Emperor. In a very practical way, the Imperial Bureaucracy is the most visible part of the culture of the Imperium.

  • A. The largest part are the civil ministries which support the inner workings of the Imperium and are overseen by High nobles.
  • B. The second part is the Ministry of Defense which oversees, and is run by, the Imperial armed forces through appointed nobles and officials.
  • C.The third and smallest part are the various Imperial Offices, which report directly to the Emperor. They serve the Emperor's needs and function as a personal office, cabinet, and advisory.

Bureaucracy Organization[edit]

The three primary groupings of the Imperial Bureaucracy each perform specialized tasks:

  1. Civil Ministries of the Imperium: (Ministries of State and Justice, Ministries of Commerce and Communication & Ministries of Science and Technology: Administrative needs such as justice, commerce, communication, science, etc.)
  2. Defense Ministry of the Imperium: (Ministry of Defense: Military needs such as defense of the realm and maintenance of the starways)
  3. Offices of the Emperor: (Ministry of the Emperor: Needs of the Emperor such as security, ceremonial functions, lodgings, travel, etc.)

Civil Ministries of the Imperium[edit]

The civil ministries are overseen by the Imperial Nobility, it is the duty of the high nobility to serve as the minister and director of each of the ministries within their demense. The civil ministries within the Imperium are:

A. State & Justice Ministries[edit]

B. Commerce & Communications Ministries[edit]

C. Science & Technologies Ministries[edit]

Defense Ministry of the Imperium[edit]

The Minister, also known as the High Imperial Marshal, is in charge of advising the Emperor on military affairs, evaluaing the general state of the Imperial military, and supervising long-term military planning, research and development. The Minister of Defense is appointed by the Emperor and reports directly to him.

  • Imperial Ministry of Defense
    • A. Imperial High Command (Office of Military Command for the Unified Forces of the Imperium): The Imperial High Command, consisting of the First Lord of the Admiralty and the Lord Marshal of the Unified Armies, also report directly to the Emperor. The role of the High Command is to set military policy and perform strategic planning.
      • A1. Office of Military Administration
        • Admiralty Command (Interstellar Forces)
        • Generalship Command (Planetary Forces)
        • High Imperial Marshal (Marshal of Admiralty & Generalship)
      • A2. Office of the Commando (Special Forces)
      • A3. Office of Communications (News & Public Relations)
        • Imperial Pax Department
          • Imperial Communications Authority
        • Imperial War Department
          • High Imperial Censor
      • A4. Office of Logistics
        • Imperial Depot Stewardship
        • Imperial Procurement Service
        • Imperial Ready Reserve Fleet
        • Imperial Surplus Service
        • Office of Technology Standardization
    • B. Admiralty (Office of the Navy): The Naval office of the Ministry of Defense, also know as the Admiralty, is in charge of the Imperial Navy. The Naval office is run by the First Lord of the Admiralty, who heads the Board of the Admiralty.
    • C. Unified Armies Command (Office of the Army): The Lord Marshal of the Unified Armies along with the General Staff of the Unified Armies manages the Imperial Army.

Offices of the Emperor[edit]

These offices are part of the Emperor's staff and oversee various aspects of the Third Imperium that do not belong to the other ministries.

Primary Service Offices[edit]

Secondary Service Offices[edit]

  • E. Office of Chronology & Temporal Periodization
  • F. Office of Heraldry
    • Imperial Division of Heraldry: Concerned with the propriety of the Imperial Nobility, Orders, Awards, and all matters related.
    • Imperial Registry of Nobility: This office tracks the families of all current Imperial nobles with Imperial sanction. That includes the Noble Houses.
    • Imperial Registry of Non-native Nobility: This office tracks all of the non-Imperial nobles, usually planetary nobility predating Imperial re-contact although Imperial Clans are also tracked.
  • G. Office of Imperial Concerns

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

When Cleon founded the Imperium, there were five primary bureaucratic agencies. Over the years these agencies have grown, split, intermingled, and rejoined. The bureaucracy at any one point in time can be wildly disparate. For instance, the Imperial Quarantine Agency was once a stand-alone branch of the government, but it was subsumed into other parts of the Imperial Bureaucracy when technology changed. The Quarantine's many roles were distributed to the Navy, Scouts, and others.

Bureaucratic Origin[edit]

The original bureaucracy of the Third Imperium was based upon the governmental institutions of the Sylean Federation and the corporate structure of Zhunastu Industries. Cleon I cleverly blended the two into a unified institution designed to handle rulership of a people and the direction of a mercantile empire.

  • Later Emperors adapted these bureaucratic structures to the needs of their times. After the First Civil War, Empress Arbellatra decreed that the institutions be given further authority to continue running even when an Emperor might be inept or infirm... Or the Moot might be locked into indecision.
  • In a very real way, the Imperial Bureaucracy is the Third Imperium.

Grand Dukes[edit]

Grand Dukes were a part of the prefoundational state of the Third Imperium, the Sylean Federation. They had vast stated power and fiefs in excess of the current ducal title. The title was later stricken from the Nobility Lists. The role that Grand Dukes once played has now been replaced by Archdukes.

Domain System & Archduchies[edit]

During the period of the Pacification Campaigns in 76, the Emperor Artemsus subsequently created a new form of Archduke when he initially established the original six nominal Domains of the Imperium, each of which having an Archduke exercising overall control of his/her respective Domain, and acting as an intermediary between the Emperor and the other levels of nobility (except for the Domain of Sylea, where the Emperor himself acted as the titular Archduke). The intended goal of these new Domains and their associated Archdukes was to give each Archduke the responsibility for the prosecution of the "pacification" and integration of new systems into the Third Imperium within the defined boundaries of the given Domain by whatever means were most expedient.

By the late 6th century, the feudal confederation of the Third Imperium had devolved into a state of Civil War under the Emperors of the Flag over what were largely instances of petty ducal and archducal infighting by squabbling dukes. Certain problems were direct antecedent causes of the Civil War of course, but the core issue of preventing the splintering and secession of worlds and regions from the Third Imperium had remained a problem of the Emperors since its founding.

Arbellatrian Reforms[edit]

In response to and as a result of the struggles of the Imperial Civil War, the power and authority of the Archdukes within their Domains was gradually diminished by the Empress Arbellatra after the conclusion of the Civil War, at which time the Domain level within the bureaucracy was restructured and became largely bypassed. The titles of Archdukes who had been either deposed for disloyalty or who had died without a clear heir were allowed to become extinct, resulting in a situation after the Civil War in which most of the Domains of the Imperium did not have an appointed Archduke.

Strephonian Reforms[edit]

In more recent times, and in order to stave off the perceived gradual fracturing of the Imperium into local regional loyalties, the Emperor Strephon has been once again expanding the role of Archdukes and the Domain level of the Imperial bureaucracy, appointing new Archdukes to previously vacant titles.

Imperial Governance & Long-term Stability[edit]

One of the far-reaching goals of several of the Emperors of the Third Imperium has been to explore and achieve aeonic stability, or the establishment of a perpetual system of stability and prosperity, a system that preserves and promotes a peaceful and vigorous civilization without inhibiting it. After studying the eventual failures of the First Imperium and the Second Imperium, it has become apparent that the current model of civilization has its limits and the social constructs of sophontdom rise and fall with frightening regularity. The very existence of the Imperial Bureaucracy is rumored to be part of this program to achieve aeonic stability.

Imperial Longevity Programs[edit]

A number of programs have been launched in the over a millennium of the Third Imperium's existence including the following:

  1. Exploration of and experimention with Psychohistory
  2. Deliberate programs of sophont species inclusion and diversity
  3. A program to establish Imperial Cultural Regions and establish diversity and tolerance of thought
  4. A program to establish Imperial Autonomous Regions and greater self rule
  5. Gradual improvements to the Imperial Bureaucracy to create continuity, flexibility, and stability of governance
  6. The rumored existence of a special agent program to expand the reach of the Emperor
  7. A failsafe program to safeguard civilization in the case of an apocalyptic event or a second Long Night

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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