It is a dark time for the Imperium Galactica. The death of the Emperor, Shiram Morghanos IV, has brought his long and peaceful reign to an end. But the Emperor has left no heir, and so the throne is up for grabs. Already, powerful lords scheme and plot to grab power through conflict and assassination. War is everywhere. Who will win the favor of the noble houses and claim the Imperial Throne? Will they follow the path of benevolence, or claim righteous authority from the gods? Will they turn a blind eye to the sufferings of the people, seeking only to grab power at all costs, and claim absolute authority over this vast empire?
Even now, a revolt brews as rebel forces prepare to deal a swift and terrible strike against the Imperium. But other, ancient powers, once dormant, have again risen up bringing fear and ruin. They prepare their own move against the poorly defended worlds on the Imperium's frontier.
To make your claim:
1). The size of an initial claim will be limited to around fifty (50) hexes at first (with exceptions, see rule 6) with an option to expand into additional territories after a period of time and activity requirements are met.
2). The map is divided up into hexes which are, as far as claiming goes, considered to be a single territorial unit. Some claimable hexes are cut off from the main imperium, but these can be claimed regardless of any visible connection.
3). Claims do not have to be contiguous. You may claim an area of three hexes or larger that are disconnected from your main claim.
4). Claims will be considered on a first-come first-serve basis. Denied claims will be given a chance to resubmit a modified claim once before the area they are trying to claim once again becomes available to openly claim. Cartography reserves the right to make claims whatever color they need to in order to keep maximum clarity and visibility of claims.
5). All expansions must be approved by moderation first and then RPed. No exceptions. There is no upper limit to how many times you can expand so long as it’s approved and RPed.
6). You must also choose your noble title when making your claim. There are some advantages and disadvantages to each noble rank.
Archduke: They can vote on the Emperor and vote to designate a Regnier. There can only be nine and they will be given out on a first-come first-served basis. An Archduke cannot be the Regnier.
Duke: If a duke may choose to claim 47 hexes instead of 50, and upgrade their home world from a major world to a capital world. Capital worlds host a Church Patriarch and those who control them can vote on the Regnier. (Please include in your claim if you chose to go the capital worlds route or else you may not get it)
Margrave: a margrave’s primary claim must be on the border of the Imperium. They can also claim two (2) additional hexes.
Count: Counts can only claim 40 hexes, but a Count can roleplay as a non-human (ie an alien) House.
7). With the support of a simple major an RPer may become the Regnier. This person serves as Imperial Regent. As Regnier they can grant an expansion of up to five (5) hexes to one RPer or an expansion of one (1) hex to up to five RPers. Any noble can be nominated as Regnier (except Archdukes). Archdukes and Dukes with capital worlds then vote on the candidates.
8). An RPer can become Emperor only with the support of five (5) or more Archduke’s. An Archduke can become Emperor with the support of all eight (8) other Archdukes. Once Emperor, the RPer can grant out the Imperial Offices.
Regnier: (see rule 7)
Magistrate: Serves as Governor of Taer Atlos including its military garrison.
Patrician: The Master of Commerce. This position can impose taxes and tariffs on other Houses.
Strategos: Commander of the Imperial Navy and Imperial Legions, the Supreme Military Commander over the entire Imperium.
Treasurer: The Imperial Treasurer has direct oversight of the Imperial Mint and the Imperial Reserve.
Justicar: Responsible for the interpretation of the law, as well as overseeing all courts, and also weeding out corruption within the Imperium.
9). As long as it does not contradict the rules or lore of the setting, RPers are free to worldbuild their territories as they see fit. This includes laws and customs, culture, and planets.
Included with your claim image should be:
[b]Name of House: Capital World:[/b] (please include its location on your claim) [b]Leader: Noble Title:[/b]
OOC: Thanks to @Prydania , @Yalkan , @Andrenne , @North Timistania , and @Nogori for their invaluable feedback.