The Empire is a lossely knit alliance of power factions, mainly those of the Noble Houses, the Church and the Merchant League.

After the fall of the Second Republic there was chaos and as the power factions stabilised, many wars were fought over worlds, assets and political power.
When the barbarian incursions started, the Known Worlds were crippled and the power factions unable to withstand the heretical hordes. This led to the uniting of the Known Worlds under one leader - Vladimir Alecto. With the combined power of all the factions, Vladimir could repell the barbarian invaders and declare himself Emperor of the Known Worlds. Upon his coronation, the new Emperor was assassinated, plunging the Known Worlds once again into chaos.
However, the power factions now understood their weaknesses and quickly established a system of Electoral Votes with which to elect a new Emperor. But because the Electors could come to no accord, a temporary regent was appointed for 10 years.
Although this system was created as a temporary measure, it would be several centuries before an emperor once again would ascend the throne of the Known Worlds.

Not until the great and bitter conflict known as the Emperor wars would a new emperor step forward - Emperor Alexius Hawkwood. Instead of cementing the power of his house, Emperor Alexius decided to found a new power faction - the Phoenix Throne. By playing the various factions against each other, allying with the minor sects, noble houses, guilds, aliens and freemen, Emperor Alexius is slowly building a foundation for a stable Empire.

Some say that with several Throne Worlds, the Imperial Navy and a growing host of Questing Knights at his disposal, Emperor Alexius is prophesised to be the man who will finally unite the Known Worlds and bring humanity back into an age of light and prosperity. Others whisper that he and his successors coulod be the final blow to individual freedom and the beginning of an absolute reign of tyrants.


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