Fall of an Empire

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Totally not a Star Wars ripoff inspired by commercials for a new video game.

EXTREMELY early planning for my next space/future game which will take place once I get around to finishing up the Realms of Darkness game (still plan to run that for quite a while).

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ATTENTION IMPERIAL FORCES, TERRORIST STRIKES HAVE RESULTED IN THE ASSASSINATION
OF THE EMPEROR AND HIS ENTIRE INNER COUNCIL.  ALL SENIOR MILITARY LEADERSHIP
PRESUMED DEAD.  CHAIN OF SUCCESSION ASSUMED BROKEN.

OMEGA PROTOCOL INITIATED.
REPEAT, OMEGA PROTOCOL INITIATED.

ALL MILITARY OFFICERS OF PAYGRADE O-10 OR HIGHER ARE ORDERED TO TRANSMIT
CREDENTIALS ON FREQUENCY 802.11 USING THETA LEVEL ENCRYPTION PROTOCOLS.

ALL FORCES ARE TO BEGIN IMMEDIATE RETREAT TO SECURE AREAS AND AWAIT FURTHER
ORDERS.  IF NO FOLLOWUP IS RECEIVED WITHIN 48 HOURS, YOU ARE ORDERED TO
RENDEZVOUS AT YOUR SECTOR HQ.  IN EVENT MULTIPLE OFFICERS OF EQUAL RANK
RENDEZVOUS, OFFICERS WITH GREATER NUMERICAL STRENGTH ASSUME COMMAND.

ASSUME ALL UNENCRYPTED TRANSMISSIONS COMPROMISED.

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Background

The known galaxy has thrived in peace under the rule of the Galactic Empire. Once the Galaxy was ruled by a massive Republic that was so slow to react to crisis due to the formation of committees that would tie things up for years. Eventually an outside force invaded and managed to conquer fully half of the Republic over the course of three years before a single unified military could be formed due to said committees. The leader, one Grand Admiral Augustine Zarate (pronounced Za-raw-tay), forged an efficient force that cut through the enemy reclaiming the Republic. He handed the Republic back command of the military, which was largely disbanded and broken into smaller regional forces.

A few years later the Republic would enter into a similar situation, only 6 months into the war the military voluntarily reformed itself and called upon him to serve before the Republic could even begin their debate. He joined them and quickly set about reclaiming the lost territories, with several regional forces linking up under his command.

The Senate meanwhile feared the amount of power he would wield if they called him back, but after seeing the forces forming on their own they quickly named three of their own to command the new military and attempted to conscript the independent force that was already fighting on their behalf. The forces under Zarate's command refused to accept the conscription and fought until the war was over under his command.

Upon his victory, the military and reclaimed territories voted to name Zarate Emperor. He begrudgingly accepted this, seeing the Republic as a sprawling bureaucracy that could not effectively manage the 2/3 of the galaxy it supposedly ruled over. The Republic forces gathered around the capital planet of Proxima IV in a token effort to prevent Zarate from sacking the Galactic Senate. As Zarate's force arrived, they did not open fire. A few Republic vessels opened fire but quickly went silent and allowed Zarate to land at the Senate with a Battalion of Commandos. They entered the Senate and bloodlessly seized control of the Galaxy.

That was nearly 500 years ago and The House of Zarate was still beloved by the Galaxy for its ability to provide what is needed within weeks of the need arising as well as military response times measuring in hours.

Major Actors

The Empire

The Empire is ruled by the Galactic Emperor.

Political Hierarchy:

  1. Galactic Emperor
  2. High Council - 20 members, at least 3 of which are typically members of House Zarate.
  3. Grand Houses
  4. Minor Houses
  5. Planetary Governors

Imperial Military

There are three major branches to the Imperial Military:

  • Navy
    • Star Ships
    • Most Pilots fall under the navy.
  • Army
    • Storm Troopers - Unlike star wars they don't wear stupid white armor unless on ice planets.
    • Commandos - Wear no underpants.
    • A few pilots fall under the Army, mostly troop transports and planetary bombers.
  • Intelligence

Ranks

Yes this doesn't follow modern convention, I am 100% aware and don't care due to this being fictional and streamlined to eliminate some bureaucracy.

Paygrade Navy Rank Army Rank Pilot Rank
N/A Galactic Emperor
N/A Defense Chancellor
N/A Defense Vice-Chancellor
O-12 Lord Admiral N/A N/A
O-11 Grand Admiral N/A N/A
O-10 Fleet Admiral Field Marshal Flight Chief Marshal
O-9 Admiral General Flight Marshal
N/A Head of Grand House
O-8 Vice Admiral Lieutenant General Flight Vice‑Marshal
N/A Head of Minor House
O-7 Rear Admiral Major General Flight Commodore
N/A Planetary Governor
O-6 Commodore Brigadier General Group Captain
O-5 Captain Colonel Wing Commander
O-4 Commander Lieutenant Colonel Squadron Leader
O-3 Lieutenant Commander Major Flight Lieutenant
O-2 Sub-Lieutenant Lieutenant Flying Officer
O-1 Midshipman Ensign Pilot Officer

Noble Houses

Houses are broken into the following categories:

  • Royal House - Only 1 of these has ever existed, House Zarate.
  • Grand House - 17 of these currently exist. The rule over regions by will of the Emperor. Two of the current houses are Cadet branches of the royal house that are no longer considered to be part of the royal line of succession.
  • Minor Houses - 520 of these currently exist, they tend to rule star systems or clusters beneath a Grand House, though 8 report directly to the Royal House in systems that neighbor Proxima.

The Emperor can for any reason:

  • Create a Noble House.
  • Promote a Noble House to a Grand House. Done 10 times.
  • Demote a Noble House from a Grand House. Done 3 times.
  • Disband a Noble House. Only done once for extreme corruption with no viable options heirs to select as replacements. Disbanding led to the failed "Byzantine Coup", named for the resulting skirmish that resulted after the disbanding.
  • Replace the head of a noble house. Has happened 9 times.

Royal House Zarate

Believed to be dead as of the start of the campaign beyond perhaps some stray bastard lines scattered amongst the common people of the galaxy. It's head was Galactic Emperor Ferdinand Zarate III. He had three known sons, two brothers, and six nephews a few weeks prior to the start of the campaign. All are presumed dead.

Home Planet: Proxima

Succession Rules: If two or more male descendants are alive at the time an Emperor dies or steps down, the Grand Houses vote until there is a 51% majority in favor of a single son. If one or fewer sons are alive, then uncles are considered to be candidates, then male cousins, and so on until a vote can be held. About 50% of the time the eldest son inherits the throne, 33% of the time a younger son, 10% of the time to a grandson. and the remaining 7% to descendants from other lines in the family such as uncles or cousins.

Replacing a sitting Emperor: The Council of Grand Houses may call for a vote of no confidence on a sitting Emperor. To do so, 1/3 of the House must transmit codes to a military installation that is logged within 1 month of each other. Automated processes shall determine if enough calls have been made to begin the process. Once initiated, the Council has one month to meet, during which the military is autonomous and works independent of the Noble Houses and High Council. The Emperor is also forbidden from making any changes or additions to noble houses during this time. The military oversees the meeting and votes. The votes are not made public and results not made available to the Emperor (though he usually finds out). It takes a 75% vote in favor of removal along with the selection of a replacement before any removal can take place. This has happened successfully twice in the history of the Empire. It has failed 50 times, with 24 failed attempts in a single 2 year period early on in the Imperial history.

The Rebellion

In actuality the Rebellion is a group of human religious extremists determined to expunge aliens from a galaxy that they view as theirs. Their doctrine states that humans are the only native species to the galaxy and all other races are alien and therefore do not belong.

Character Creation

You are all within the Imperial Armed Forces in (likely) varying roles. No matter what you will all have base training covered below.

  • TL: 10 with super techs or flat 11.
  • Starting Points: 1XX
  • Magic: Not our existing magic system as-is for sure.
    • I might allow magic-like powers that more or less emulate Jedi or Sith abilities, this would require each to be a specific advantage that you buy.
    • <10% Chance I may consider a sort of adaption to our magic system. Something like making it cheaper but requiring you build talents for specific spells instead of making it so wide open.

Base Training

You must have a skill and attribute level that meets the following without equipment or other conditional bonuses.

  • ST 12 [20] - Higher if necessary for gear you intend to carry. Encumbrance Level 1 is the max you should plan for on missions.
  • DX 10
  • IQ 10
  • HT 12 [20]
  • Brawling (or other lethal martial art) 11
  • First Aid 10
  • Hiking 11
  • Knife 10
  • Rifle (beam or whatever) 12
  • Running 11
  • Soldier 12
  • Stealth 12
  • Survival (at least one) 9
  • Tactics 8

According to my math the above would cost around 103 points if bought outright treating it like a template.

Species

Droids

Possibly playable, but like in Star Wars would DEFINITELY be viewed as property not as people.

Humans

Others

I *might* be convinced to allow other extremely human-like races. By that I'm thinking anything that is known to cooperate with the Imperial Military.