Five years later those first colonist encountered alien lifeforms and a war broke out. Treaties were later formed with a newly formed Empire created by those original colonists fifteen years later.
That Empire has ruled ever since.
Line of Succession
2215: Emperox I
Lost House or unknown mythical pan-House figure, everyone claims, might not have been a House at all
2315: Emperox II
Empress Juliana ruled over the Maternum Pax et Prospera. Known for ruthless efficiency and judicious use of the tax code. Her reign is marked by a growth of the economy and empire resulting from increased imperial spending. Unofficial histories speculate that the Empress was really a triumvirate of Eridanii rather than a single ruler.
2415: Emperox III
[house?] Emperox, Known as Emperor Diomikato
2515: Empress IV
Empress Crux Helena, better known to history as the Mother of Mercy, served as Emperox from her election in 2515 to the end of her term in 2615. Her reign saw the codification of the laws and legal systems still observed today, and is remembered in both House Crux and the wider Empire as the height of the Imperial Golden Age.
The date of her birth (often cited as the 24th of December, although this is contended by some historians) is celebrated as Weihnacht (Hieran, translated as holy night) on Hiera.
2615: Emperox V
2665 to 2901
No clear Emperox during this time
2901: Empress VI
The time of Empress Aquila Alejandra Ari is known by many as one of Acheron Rho's most bloody periods. Empress Alejandra Ari's moniker was The Blood Eagle. This name isn’t spoken in public or in the company of certain people for fear of insult.
2962: Emperox VII
The Masked Emperox’s reign was a time of cultural renaissance and revival with fresh art and literature movements flourishing, spreading Common Lyric all over The Empire. Countless monuments dedicated to the lives lost and The Empire’s struggles during The Silence and the years of bloody conflict were also erected.
3062: Emperox VIII
The Shining Star's reign was a time of peace and prosperity. Emperox Vela Padma Noy promoted freedom of expression, collaboration between the Noble Houses, increased discussion on ethical, political and legal matters amongst the Spiritual and Corporate entities of the sector, and fostered an atmosphere of innovation and creativity. The Empire saw an immense growth in wealth and technological improvements during their reign.
3162: Emperox IX
3201: Emperox X
Emperox to be determined
History of The Empire
In the year 2215 The Empire was founded after the War for Human Prosperity was over.
Hierarchy of The EmpireThe Empire has a strict hierarchy that every citizen is judged by. Not everyone agrees with this though and are actively fighting against this structure, but as a whole it influences everyone's daily lives.
At the top is the holy God that governs all.
The Highest human among the hierarchy, few can tell them what to do. The High Church of Messiah-as-Emperox has some say as long as the Emperox is following the holy decrees.
The High Church
The High Church is adjacent but still high within the structure. They make sure that all nobles adhere to holy law.
The Houses Noble
The Houses Noble contain all of the citizens of noble blood. Within the House Noble there is further hierarchy.
The Imperial House
The house that the current Emperox belongs to, reigns over the other houses and often has more power, during their rule. There is currently no Imperial House. It was House Cygnus before the War Against the Artificials
The Houses Major
The Houses Minor
This include the houses that do not have as much influence. The remaining houses are grouped here.
The undefined bloodline. People below this line cannot ascend the hierarchy without extreme politicking, manipulation, and luck. Nearly impossible without some proof of linage.
Live slightly outside the structure. While The Corporates are technically not nobles, they are rich and powerful enough to have similar political power as a noble. They often have control over many serf & indentured employees.
Serfs that have proven themselves extremely valuable to a Corporation or Noble can call themselves freemen. While often still indentured servants, if they play their cards correctly they many be able to join The Corporates.
The majority of the people within The Empire. These are the workers, laborers, and servants that have very little any agency within the structure.
The entities that exist within The Empire that have absolutely no power, agency, or rights. Aliens, Synthetics, Animals and any humans that have committed heinous crimes, and other scum and lesser than persons.