Feudalism in the Galactic Empire
Feudalism is the predominant political structure in galactic politics, championed and exemplified by the Third Empire of Man. Feudalism is a hierarchical series of rights and obligations that provides a convenient way to organize a large, interstellar empire. While most feudal structures, particularly on the planetary level, are simple hierarchies, the Imperial structure is complicated by the interplay of the feudal hierarchy, the Imperial central government, the royal family, powerful peasant organizations, the Rationalist Church and the Order of the Architects.
The Imperial Royal Family
The Imperial royal family is the House of Dondrukov, which traces its descent to Admiral Vadim Dondrukov, a heroic admiral who liberated the world of Ab Endiran (now Dondrukovskrad) from its mad king and began the Wars of Unification. Contrary to popular belief, it is perfectly legal for a non-Dondrukov to hold the Imperial throne, but only if a reigning Dondrukov abdicates in favor of a non-Do