|Positions|| Emperor of the Galaxy|
Surface Marshal of the Imperial Army
Imperial Chief of Staff
Imperial Army Commanding Officer
Director of Imperial Diplomacy
Minister of Defense
1st Assault Battalion Commanding Officer
Trey Connel was the sixth Emperor of the Galaxy (Year 1 Day 212 — Year 1 Day 320). He had previously served as Imperial Army Chief of Staff and Chief of Staff to Emperor Piett. During his long service as Army Chief of Staff, Connel's relationship with his naval counterpart, Gorn Veynom, was notoriously stormy and culminated in mutual accusations of treason.
The only Imperial Army officer to ever serve as Emperor, Connel's reign was brief and most notable for the defection by supporters of his rival, Veynom, to form the Imperial Core. After his abdication in favour of Mccarthur, Connel disappeared for a period before returning as Minister of Defence. Many years later, during the reign of Emperor Vodo Bonias, he would again serve as Army Chief of Staff.
Connel was an ambitious officer in the Imperial Army and quickly rose through the ranks. He was assigned to the First Assault Battalion as its Commanding Officer, where he scored many successes, eventually becoming the Commanding Officer of the entire Imperial Army. He served in this position under at least two Emperors, Spytek and Piett. When Spytek abdicated, in the absence of a clear successor, the Empire was divided into those supporting Connel's claim to the Throne and those supporting rival claimant Admiral Gorn Veynom. However, while Connel's forces engaged Veynom's in orbit above Coruscant, Grand Admiral Piett's fleet appeared out of hyperspace and proceeded to engage and cripple both Connel and Veynom's forces. Connel, disadvantaged by his inexperience in space combat and having no fleets at his disposal, was unable to withstand the Grand Admiral and swiftly surrendered. Connel was spared further punishment and remained in his position under Piett, gradually ascending to the position of Piett's Chief of Staff and second-in-command of the Empire.
His rivalry with Veynom did not end with the ascension of Piett however. Throughout the Emperor's entire reign, there would be incidents between officers loyal to respectively Connel and Veynom. The rivalry reached its peak when Connel accused his nemesis of plotting to overthrow the Emperor. Due to a lack of evidence and in an attempt to end the infighting, Piett relieved both Commanding Officers from their posts, as well as several of their officers. The situation escalated even further and Grand Admiral Veynom, Surface Marshal Connel and Admiral von Esling were all arrested and tried for High Treason. An arrest warrant was also issued against former Emperor Vodo Bonias, but he managed to escape with the help of some officers still loyal to him. Emperor Piett eventually pardoned all three officers and Connel was released again. Not much later, Piett decided to retire and left his Chief of Staff, Connel, in control of the Empire.
Angered by the choice of Lord Piett, Veynom departed for the Unknown Regions. Many of the Imperial Navy's officers, loyal to their Commanding Officer, revolted against Connel and formed the splinter group known as the Imperial Core, claiming Veynom is the only true Emperor.
A Brave Decision
Although he was a good leader to the Empire, the departure of many high-ranking officers left the Empire in a bad state. Connel attempted to repair the damage, but came to be under a lot of pressure from the continuing defections and the constant threat of the Imperial Core. At the behest of his most trusted advisers, notably former Emperor Spytek, the Emperor decided to abdicate, hoping that a new Emperor would be able to reunite the two Imperial factions. Before he could make the announcement however, Connel's shuttle exploded en-route to the Imperial Palace. His body was never recovered and he was presumed to be dead. Immediately rumors surfaced, claiming that the Imperial Core had sabotaged the shuttle, or that Veynom himself was responsible.
Back from the Dead
Mccarthur, one of Connel's close advisers, ascended the Throne and became the new Emperor, despite protest from certain others. On Year 1 Day 353, not long after his abdication, Connel was learned to have survived the explosion of his shuttle. He returned to Imperial territory and was welcomed by Mccarthur, who appointed him Minister of Defense. This appointment was greatly criticized by external observers, including the Imperial Core, and garnered a stinging public rebuke from former Supreme Commander Fox Spookers of the Rebel Alliance who described Connel's appointment as "the return of a coward."
To stifle further criticisms, Connel publicly explained his disappearance and reappearance in an official GNS broadcast: "My mentor and teacher, Former Emperor Spytek, suggested that I take a break from the Empire, and get my life together. I took his advice to heart and faked my own death."
The Emperor was not phased by the criticism and two weeks later elevated the new Minister of Defense to the position of 'First Executor', thus preceding the other Executors, Thomas Cherokee and Charon in the line of succession. Connel remained as Mccarthur's Minister of Defense for several months before retiring from Imperial service on Year 2 Day 81, leaving Cherokee and Charon as the sole contenders for the Throne. He briefly returned under Vodo Bonias to again lead the Imperial Army before retiring a second time.
|Ruler of the Galactic Empire|
Year 1 Day 212 — Year 1 Day 320