The Pherrax Empire
A true empire in name and form. The Pherrax Empire consists of several hundred subject species and is located anti-spinward of the Alliance on the next spiral arm. The pherrax species themselves are an old star fairing race that has dominated this part of the galaxy for thousands of years. The pherrax are not overly cruel or despotic as a species, but they seem to be empire builders by nature. Most of them regard it as a matter of fact that they should be the dominant power in the galaxy by virtue of their superior culture and a sort of “manifest destiny”.
Other sapient species in the empire are granted imperial citizenship, but their actual status is informally judged by their worth to the empire, making some more privledged than others, and none as equal as loyal pherrax themselves.
The political body of the empire is headed by an emperor or emporess chosen from among candidates from several royal families. The monarch serves for life or until disability or a vote of “no confidence” forces them to retire and a new monarch is selected.
The supreem executive power of the emperor is checked by the represenative branches of the Imperial Senate and the House of Planetary Lords.
The third division of government is composed of the offices of the Imperial Justicars. The Justicars are tasked with upholdong the laws and traditions of the empire and their authority in these matters is all but unasailable.
Military power in the empire is under the supreem command of the emperor with the aproval of the represenative branches and the Justicars, though this is often mearly a formality.
The Planetary Lords are charged with tithing ships and troops to the Imperial Fleets and Legions in addition to maintaining their own house guards and system defense forces. Planetary lords traditionaly hold high command rank in the Imperial militaries, but in practice command is usually given to proven generals and admirals to safeguard against incompetents leading by virtue of nothing save their birth rites.
WORLDS OF THE EMPIRE
Throne – Pherrax homeworld and capitol of the empire.