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Political information
Type of government Military autocracy
Head of State Orphaea Imperium
Commander-in-Chief Draith Shadux
Executive branch Moff High Council
Legislative branch Moff High Council
Judicial branch Imperial Intelligence
Affiliation None
Societal information
Capital Halowan
Territory Fakir Sector
Language(s) Galactic Basic
Currency Galactic Credit
Historical Information
Formed from Katana Fleet
Date of establishment Year 15 Day 260
Date of dissolution Year 16 Day 127
Status Defunct
Holosite N/A
"As the senior Imperial officer prior to the ascendancy of the current regime who is not attached to that regime, it is my duty to form a government in true succession to Imperial thought, as well as my sad duty to inform the galaxy that, for the fifth time since Emperor Drayson formed it from the ashes of the failed Galactic Republic, the Empire is once again at war with itself."
Orphaea Imperium[1]

The Empire-in-Exile was a short-lived militant force formed in opposition and competition to the Galactic Empire, claiming that the dynasty established after the Fourth Imperial Civil War has proven to be incompetent and supporting former Executor Orphaea Imperium as the legitimate successor to the Imperial throne. The formation of the Empire-in-Exile represented the commencement of a new Imperial Civil War, the fifth since the Empire’s formation in 10 BCGT, but saw no notable conflicts between parties.


The Empire-in-Exile follows a more egalitarian form of traditional Imperial ideology, in particular eliminating species-based discrimination and loosening economic and security controls. Initiatives include the "Victory Without War" programme focused on developing diplomatic and economic relations regardless of prior alliances and affiliations, and a more open and inclusive approach to leadership and foreign relations described as the "New Order with a Personal Face." Other changes include the establishment of a paramilitary association called the Imperial Knights, which allows members to follow light, grey, or dark side teachings in the Force in the service of the Empire.[1]


Conclusion of the Fourth Imperial Civil War

"I'm happy to stay around but I have one condition - well, a request. Be a damn good Emperor - if I never make it there myself, at least history will prove I was right."
Orphaea Imperium to Thomas Cherokee[2]

At the close of the Fourth Imperial Civil War, Emperor Vodo Bonias resigned in the face of then-Grand Moff Orphaea Imperium's successful coup d’etat[3][4] and the Imperial High Command’s unwillingness to accept the catastrophic losses that would result otherwise.[5] The negotiations bringing an end to the conflict, Thomas Cherokee ascended to the throne with Imperium as Executor. Shortly afterwards, Cherokee reneged on the agreement, demoting Imperium to Grand Moff (although no longer the senior officer of regional government) and appointed his long-time advisor Guinar Ndengin as Executor. While disappointed, Imperium acquiesed, recognising the need for stability and a peaceful transition after the years of domination by Bonias, and recognised that Cherokee might be able to provide that stability.[2] Tension remained, however, as the throne remained wary of Imperium and restricted his activities with Imperium, in turn, grew frustrated at his inability to fully serve the Empire due to these restrictions - such as being prevented from waging battle for territories despite claiming the most successful aggressive command record of any Imperial serving at the time.[6][7][8] Imperial's rivals eventually seized the opportunity to remove him from Imperial High Command, appointing him to the position of Attorney General. Seeing the position as not unlike those used by Bonias to isolate internal political opponents and troublemakers, a disillusioned Imperium resigned shortly thereafter. Despite these personal conflicts, the Empire was generally prosperous, including the Imperial acquisition of the territories of the Ailon Nova Guard, and Cherokee passed the throne to Ndengin in due course.

Collapse of the Imperial Union

Despite commencing his reign with the Empire at the peak of its diplomatic, military, territorial and economic success, Emperor Ndengin supervised the decline of the Empire to its lowest point in over a decade, with two events in particular cementing its descent. The first of these was the complete disintegration of the Imperial Union, with every constituent faction other than the Empire resigning membership[9] before subsequently unifying as the neutral Galactic Concordiate.[10] Imperial diplomats claimed that these events were due to disagreement between the constituent states regarding military defence contributions. Detractors cited Seele's lack of tact as a key obstacle in negotiations and claimed he belittled the other heads of state throughout the lengthy and arduous diplomatic process. Despite Seele's voluntary removal from the charter discussions after only a month, several delegates of the Imperial Union signatories continued to cite Seele's abrasiveness from months earlier as reasons to refuse support for the key planks of the new charter. Diplomatically isolated after the loss of its material allies, the Empire resorted to signing with minor governments Tresario Star Kingdom and Black Sun[11] and, later, the Anzatan Commonwealth[12]. The Imperial Union, once the greatest galactic alliance in living memory, became a distant third to the other diplomatic superblocks, the Galactic Alliance and the Galactic Concordiate.

Bending the Knee

The second event was the kidnapping of Seele by Syn, second-in-command of the Eidola Pirates. Seele had been lured to Eidolan territory and subsequently captured and held for ransom for the princely sum of one of the Empire’s prized Super Star Destroyers.[13] Despite vocal protests by the Imperial rank-and-file and Imperial supporters elsewhere, quoting Seele himself that "no one is indispensible," Ndengin became the first Emperor to bend the knee to pirates, delivering the Super Star Destroyer now known as the Ragnarok to Eidola. This action caused great dissent within the Empire[14] and dissatisfaction outside, with several Imperial officers retiring in protest shortly afterwards.[15] Much of the blame also fell on Imperial High Command, which was considered by many Imperials to be composed based on personal loyalty to Ndengin and Seele, and/or lack of personal influence to pose a challenge to the established leadership.

Dissent and Creation

Serious thoughts of revolution began to ferment. Several loose organisations formed within the Empire with the objective of overthrowing the throne and installing more competent leadership, with one such group approaching the retired Orphaea Imperium for leadership and guidance. This quickly led to offers of support to Imperium from both inside the Empire and outside, from other former Imperials who were dissatisfied with the leadership (some of whom had retired for this reason) and others who were supportive of the Empire but who had been dismissed by the Ndengin regime and remembered the egalitarian Imperium’s service.

Despite the circumstances behind his departure, Imperium’s willingness to wage war against the Empire he had helped build was lacking, and while he encouraged the groups to unify in message, he also opened discussions with the throne in the hopes of acting as an intermediary to help address the dissent. As was to be expected, Ndengin lacked the strength of will to address the issues causing dissent in any meaningful way, and Seele was openly scornful of the protests and Imperium’s push for peaceful resolution. While support was strong, the intransigence of the Imperial throne and the absence of a willing leader in Imperium led to the movement going quiet, with its supporters in the Empire resigning to other pursuits or moving further underground. Imperium himself returned to his own pursuits.

With the issues within the Empire remaining unaddressed, the Empire continued further into stagnation, with numerous officers departing or being discreetly pushed to leave and many others making plans to leave in the event that Seele or another of those members of Imperial High Command seen to be puppets ascend to the throne. A handful of the original dissenters who approached Imperium remained in contact, and eventually Imperium was swayed that the leadership of the Empire had failed, and those claiming to lead would not be removed through diplomatic means. While the furor and support post-kidnapping had dulled, as the senior most Imperial officer serving at the establishment of the post-Bonias regime that was not irrevocably tied to the current regime and its woes, Imperium saw his duty to re-establish legitimate Imperial leadership and declared the formation of the Empire-in-Exile on Year 15 Day 260 with himself at its head, with the objective of restoring competent and legitimate leadership over the Galactic Empire by whatever means necessary.

Dissolution and Reformation

On Year 16, Day 127, the Empire-in-Exile was effectively dissolved as a new Force-based organization replaced it.

Government and Politics

The Empire-in-Exile was an autocracy, advised by an appointed Moff High Council. The Commander-in-Chief was also the heir presumptive, while the senior government officer of the Council was known as the High Moff and served as head of government. Each member of the Council held the title of Moff in addition to their standard civil or military rank; unlike prior iterations of Imperial structure, governance of a sector was no longer a prerequisite to serving on the leading council, nor was it a guarantee of appointment.

Civil services were loosely organised under four departments:

  • the Imperial Mission served as the diplomatic and information arm of the government;
  • the Resources and Engineering Corps supervised infrastructure and resource operations;
  • the Department of Defence Materiel managed hardware research and procurement; and
  • the Merchant Marine handled civilian transport and logistics.

Economics and Territory

As an exile movement, the Empire-in-Exile had not invested significantly in territorial dominance, preferring to operate on a more mobile basis. However, the Empire-in-Exile did maintain control of the the Fakir Sector, including the significant Yirt-4138-Grek-12 shipyard complex.

Foreign Relations and Military

The Empire-in-Exile sought to maintain positive relations with all groups which are not overtly opposed to it in the Imperial Civil War, including those factions which would traditionally have been foes. The Empire-in-Exile maintained a full diplomatic advisory service with travel advice for its citizens.

Like other Imperial factions, the Empire-in-Exile maintained a navy, army, and intelligence service. Unlike other Imperial factions, members were encouraged to specialise in a particular field (e.g. fighter command or capital ship command) rather than progressing between specialisations based on rank. The Empire-in-Exile also maintained a force-based paramilitary organisation, the Imperial Knights which, while somewhat cloistered for training purposes, were encouraged to maintain relationships and continue service in their prior capacities where possible.

Society and Culture

See Also

Similar movements


Organizations and theory


  • (Year 15)


Leadership Orphaea Imperium · Draith Shadux
Departments Imperial Navy · Imperial Army · Imperial Intelligence · Imperial Mission · Resources and Engineering Corps · Defence Materiel · Merchant Marine
Territory Fakir · Marasa Nebula

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