This page is about the leader of the Galactic Empire. For other uses of the title, see Emperor (disambiguation).
The Emperor (also known as the Emperor of the Galaxy, Emperor of the Known Universe, or Galactic Emperor), is the Head of State of the Galactic Empire. The Emperor has absolute authority within his dominion and its subject states. Of the eleven individuals to hold the title, all but one began their career in the Imperial Navy, although a number had long since moved into other branches of the Galactic Empire.
There is some disagreement about the order of reigns of the early Emperors. The present official Imperial History records Vodo Bonias as the second recorded emperor, reigning between Drayson and Suntzu. However, a number of earlier sources; including the previous Annals of the Emperors and the records of the Imperial Core War Library record him as the third. The present incumbent is Guinar Ndengin.
A total of ten men have reigned the Empire eleven times:
- Emperor Hiram Drayson
- Emperor Suntzu
- Emperor Vodo Bonias (first reign)
- Emperor Spytek
- Emperor Piett
- Emperor Trey Connel
- Emperor Mccarthur
- Emperor J. Charon
- Emperor Greyson Uebles
- Emperor Vodo Bonias (second reign)
- Emperor Thomas Cherokee
- Emperor Guinar Ndengin
After "the golden age" of Emperor Piett's reign, a schism occurred in the Empire between the supporters of Emperor Connel and Grand Admiral Veynom. Veynom departed for the Unknown Regions, but his supporters still refused to serve Connel. Dubbing themselves "the Imperial Core" and taking much Imperial equipment with them, the separatists formed their own government and proclaimed Veynom their Emperor. However, Veynom never returned to lead the Core and the organization later united with the Sith Order to form "the Dark Empire." Vodo Bonias became Emperor of the Dark Empire.
- Dark Emperor Gorn Veynom (Year 1 Day 214 — Year 3 Day 294)
- Dark Emperor Vodo Bonias (Year 3 Day 94 — Year 3 Day 290)
During the reign of Vodo Bonias, a split occurred between his supporters and a loose coalition comprised largely of enlisted personnel and former Charonists. The separatists left the Empire and formed the New Imperial Order, although they refused to appoint an Emperor.