While Big Bro Skynich took top honors at Space Academy, Schmoonich, ten years his junior, had to make do with gaming at home and going to Galactic Overlord Camp.
His wealthy family provided him with a huge fort for him to live out his megalomaniacal fantasies. Little did they know that the kid's sharp brains and shady connections made at a strategy gaming forum turned the play fort into a tank-killing castle of doom.
01. Dr. Point
Called a mad scientist or evil genius by the mass media, Dr. Point nontheless firmly believes that he is doing right in his bid for real ultimate power. Back in the days of Imperial control, authorities exiled him to an outpost near a black hole, figuring he'd get himself sucked in by another of his risky experiments. Instead, he made a breakthrough discover in high energy physics and tapped a new power source on which to build an army.
01A. Clone Point
With his typical, and perhaps unethical, ingenuity, Dr Point created a clone, who would turn out to be a not just merely a copy but superior in all ways and ultimately rising to greater greatness than the original.
02. Polly Siffan
Visionary administrator of the Imperial Bureau of Knowledge, Siffan founded thesprawling bureau out of three seperate agencies to create an Imperium within the Imperium. Nowadays, with no central oversight, the projects have gotten bolder, while new methods have been devised to acquire funding.
03A. Lizzy Kay
Naturally, both the imperial government and its short-lived communist successor left many common folk disenfranchised and angry. Among them was Lizzy Kay, who began her activist career campaigning for youth rights before being swept up in the numerous antiwar movements throughout the Eighth and Ninth Galactic Wars.
Taking to the spacelanes, the People forced Crystal Gonhu's resignation and promptly set about rebuilding a peaceful society. Prosperity soon attracted the attention of latter-day Halliburtons and other war profiteering corporations, however, drawing Lizzy into the conflict.
04. Basileus Naviwinat
The last of the Emperors, Naviwinat's reign was brief and marked by rampant paranoia. Fearing a plot against him, Naviwinat dissolved the Senate. The ensuing chaos consumed the Galaxy. Fleeing the Capital, Naviwinat established a new base of power at his winter palace.
05. Zol Ventis
Though political order has fallen in the Galaxy, other institutions survive, among them the series of Ventis Societies founded by Zol Ventis. These organizations continue to promote orderly development in sectors where membership is strong.
At the height of his power, the Ventis Society held clandestine control over most of the galaxy and seemed poised to snatch the Overthrone. Although defeated, the Society never dies, it continues to lurk in the dark stars and dark matter of the universe.
History is no stranger to actors turned politicians, though actors turned military leaders remain far and rare. Holomovie superstar Barchild nontheless managed to augment his on-screen popularity among all genders into a cultlike following of fans willing to live, die, and shoot lazors at Barchild's every whim.
Despite numerous scandals involving liasions with a certain Mr. Vun and repeated assassination attempts by the Nid Society, Barchild's popularity remains well in the three digit range.
07. Captain Imperium
His original name difficult to pronounce, the celebrated explorer and fighter pilot has long gone by the moniker of Captain Imperium, Defender of Everything. He claims to have singlehandedly discovered and charted dozens of exotic star systems, met their interesting inhabitants, and then killed them in preparation for human colonization.
08. General Ordin
After serving with distinction on the Imperial Frontier, General Ordin was reassigned to Homeworld Security, putting him in a prime position to secure himself a slice of the galaxy when the breakup began. An expert in propaganda, Ordin also has the might and the know-how to back up his words with laser weapons.
09. Mr. Y
Known only by his initial, the reclusive starship tycoon Mr. Y has only recently raised eyebrows as businesses suspected to be fronts for his corporate empire have bought up critical infrastructure and bought off local officials in certain strategic parts of the galaxy. As always, his true intentions are secret.
Founder of the Danz Group, Danz expanded into the military market to protect his investments and keep the trade routes open. Shares in the Danz Empire, Inc. have skyrocketed following the conglomerate's acquisition of two additional planets last quarter.
11. Min Grah
Tough as titanium, Min's career in law enforcement spans years of experience in Precinct 147, the roughest sector of the Galaxy. Under his brutal but benevolent leadership, some semblance of order has remained while other sectors have sunk into complete anarchy. With the motto "Justice is best served cold", those crossing Min's path often find themselves on a slow ship to the edge of space.
12. Ivan von Kristof
A professional criminal, von Kristof started out with rocketjacking in the Central Core and gradually moved his way up into laser running before settling on warlording. Although Imperial authorities eventually caught up with him on charges of failing to pay Social Security taxes, his top notch legal team spared him execution until the collapse of the Imperium led to his jailbreak. Back in command of his mafia, von Kristof now seeks command of all of underspace.
13. Kit Chuss
Commies in space! Longtime enemy of the Imperium, Comrade Chuss's insurgency has been a perennial thorn in the Imperial side. Now with central power fading, though, the Galactic Communist Party (GECCP) has moved from guerilla warfare to establishing bases of power. Advocating a radical form of Tassadarist thought, Kit's plan calls for major red shift across the galaxy.
14. Ken Banobi
Rising to power as a leader of the anti-genetic engineering movement, Reverend Banobi worked as a peaceful activist around the galaxy for many years prior to the Fall. Seeing the spreading disorder as a sign of the Third Coming, Ken has rallied his congregation into a brigade of holy warriors with a mission to create Heaven in the heavens.
15. Lord Vetko
A brilliant tactician and supreme strategist, Lord Vetko would undoubtedly gone down in history as one of the Imperium's greatest military leaders, that is until he attempted to seize the throne in a daring coup. While he succeeded in assassinating the Emperor, he was overwhelmed by greater numbers in the ensuing power struggle, and was forced to retreat to the back end of the galaxy. Until now.
16. Colony I
In the early days of the Imperium, the expense of moving people across the stars led to the automation of many mining and energy gathering colonies. Each of these massive systems were controlled by supercomputers of the Colony series. Colony I was written off after it ceased functioning during a solar flare. However, it appears that some of the circuits survived, and left unmonitored for centuries, developed an artificial sentience.
17. Senator Danq
Long before chronic infighting led to full collapse, Senator Danq had been pushing for reform in the unweildy Imperial Government. Assuming de facto command of the Capital and a few remaining planets still obeying the central government, Danq faces a long uphill battle to rebuild galactic order.
18. Agath Agathari
From the Collected Wisdom of Master Agath Agath: "To fight over space is to fight over a whole lot of nothing." After years of comtemplating how to ethically solve the problems of the universe, the Master has been forced from abstract philosophizing to implementation when his monastery was invaded by bandits.
19. Ciann Pollus
In earlier days, Senator Pollus guided the Imperium through a period of peace and prosperity. Keeping the peace was stressful, however, and Ciann retired to his orbital resort in a distant part of the galaxy. Leadership was in his blood, though, and before long he found himself back in local politics, and had risen to Sector Governor by the time of the breakup of the Imperium.
20A. Professor Morrisa
Formerly a chemist, Professor Morrisa turned to political science after funding cuts made her an expert in unorthodox methods of securing research funding.
Her authoritative analysis of the Eighth Galactic War, General Theory of Bases, Production, and Build Points, hit the bestseller list and catapulted Morrisa into fame and fortune at the outbreak of the Ninth Galactic War. Using the new theory of renovating captured bases into new homes, Morissa transformed several abandoned outposts into a thriving stronghold.
With the sour economy in the Imperium following the war, Tashi left his homeworld to become an expatriate teacher of Imperialish in recently galacticized societies on the Galactic Rim.
With the rapid spread of the conflict, however, Tashi found himself amidst it again. This time, with the support of numerous students and others drawn to the chaotic but colorful society of the Imperium, Tashi returned home and prepared for war.