Domus Publica
“Sic Transit Gloria” is an article about the collapse of the Galactic Empire in general and the Imperial State in particular in the years following
the disastrous Battle of Endor in 39 rS. It is the result of several years of refinement and development, with indispensable assistance from such
persons as Messrs. Derek Benz, Adam Gehrls, Jay Shah, Matthew Trias, John Vermazen, and many others who cannot be mentioned by name
not because of any insignificance in their contributions, but rather because of the author’s inability. Major Premises and Part I were published
together on 24 November 2004; Part II was published on 06 February 2005, Part III on 18 April 2005, and Part IV on 10 May 2005. After
years of research, countless revisions and two complete rewrites, the article is complete, and hopefully serves as a useful guide to the familiar
question, “How did the Empire fall so quickly?”

The title is a reference to a striking part of the Papal coronation ceremony (discontinued in 1963); thrice during the coronation the master of
ceremonies would kneel before the new Pope carrying a brass staff mounted by a brazier containing a piece of smoldering cloth and recite the
warning “
Sancte Pater, sic transit gloria mundi” (Latin: “Holy Father, thus passes the glory of the world”), a memento mori recalling the
ancient triumphs of Rome’s conquering generals. The subtitle can of course be recognized as an homage to Edward Gibbon’s
The History of the
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

This article is dedicated to Dr. Curtis Saxton, whose dedication and superb work stand as an inspiration to the author; without his scholarly
example, there would have never been a Domus Publica.

Major Premises

  • Ubi Imperator, Ibi Imperium. Technically speaking the Imperial Throne was never vacant until the Galactic Emperor’s death at
    Onderon in Empire’s End. Therefore, the legitimate ruling authority of the Galactic Empire in the post-Endor period was located not
    on Imperial Center in the Core Worlds, but on Byss in the Deep Galactic Core. For the purposes of clarity, however, during the
    Galactic Emperor’s secret convalescence in the Deep Core, this article will treat whomever was in actual control of the Empire-
    without-the Core — that is, the “Empire proper” — as being the legitimate head of the Imperial State. Other factions and groups will
    be defined relative to this person or group.

  • Send in the Clones. The Dark Empire Sourcebook describes cloning as “a science of infamy and horror to most citizens of the
    galaxy” and even explicitly states that cloning is a “long-banned technology.” Nevertheless, the Imperial Marines (i.e., the
    stormtroopers) are predominantly clones, and the majority of the galaxy’s population — including the rebel Alliance — appear to be
    ignorant of this fact. In “Pax Empirica — The Wookiee Annihilation,” a single template of “GeNode” is said to account for not less
    than 40 percent of all troopers in the Imperial Marines, and the story mentions at least three other templates (one of which had been
    discontinued by the time of the story). In The Last Command, Pash Cracken tellingly draws a comparison between Grand Admiral
    Thrawn’s cloned Naval Aviators and the Empire’s ubiquitous stormtroopers. Nevertheless, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and even Mara
    Jade (a former Emperor’s Hand) were shocked and outraged by the discovery of Thrawn’s reintroduction of clone warfare during
    Thrawn’s War in Dark Force Rising and The Last Command.

  • The Dustbin of History. The self-styled Empire of eight Sectors in the Outer Rim, more often called by the appropriate nickname
    “Imperial Remnant,” is not the same entity as the Galactic Empire; this polity’s establishment ex nihilo by “Grand Admiral” Gilad
    Pellaeon in 47 rS is described by the New Republic Historical Council in The Essential Chronology, having used resources taken by
    Fleet Admiral Daala from Imperialist warlord states earlier that year, in Darksaber. As it is fundamentally and constitutionally a
    different organism than the Empire (although it mimics the form of the Imperial State in many respects), the Imperial remnants will not
    be discussed herein.

  • Balkanization. Independent, quasi-Imperial polities like the Pentastar Alignment, the Empire Reborn, the Kaarenth Dissension, the
    Second Imperium, &c., although created by former Imperial leaders and officers or else by leaders politically or ideologically
    sympathetic to the Empire, are not really legitimate authorities when viewed in the context of the Empire itself. In most cases, they are
    in fact created by deserters, separatists, secessionists, and political opportunists whose behavior would probably be legally considered
    barratrous, mutinous, or treasonous under Imperial law. These “warlord states” will be discussed only insofar as they relate to the
    Empire proper.

Table of Contents:


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Roundel having been smashed to pieces, done by the author in March 2007.