The Credixian Imperium was centered around the First Empire Province of Credix. Although its boundaries fluctuated during the millennia, the core systems in the same Spiral Arm as Credix were always part of the Imperium.
Name: The Credixian Imperium
Symbols: Crown-and-Starship, motto "Rayet Kealorum"
Leadership: Imperator and Reichstaag. The Imperator holds near-absolute power, but the Reichstaag controls the succession. List of Dynasties and Imperators.
Currency: Credixian Mark
Overview: The Credixian Imperium maintained within its boundaries a standard of living almost equal to that which obtained through the First Empire.
Calendar: Modified First Empire calendar: 12 months
of 30 days, plus 5 intercalary days per year. Dates were counted
by the Year of the Imperium, which was a continuation of the TE
Religions: KBM Cult, Lorecanism after c. 7950 CE, both fused with a strong component of ancestor-worship
Language analog: German
Overview: The Credixian Imperium preserved First Empire culture. The Imperium was not stagnant, but it was very stable. Stability was valued over expansionism and innovation. As much as possible, the Imperium isolated itself from the Galaxy outside its borders.
Breeding, like inheritance, was controlled by primogeniture. The oldest child could breed (2 children); younger children could get breeding permits from the Imperator for a large number of reasons, but the availability of such permits depended on total Credixian population.
Since the religion of Credix involved ancestor worship, it was desirable for each Family to have children, in order to honor the ancestors through time.
At times during the Interregnum, breeding permits were granted for exploration, archaeological discoveries, works of art, etc.
Overview: see Interregnum Timeline
Credixian Imperium torn by civil war, with the LaVerne and Saava families fighting for the post of Imperator. The struggle was settled when Leonora Saava, granddaughter of Carla II and niece of Antonia LaVerne (the LaVerne claimant), married Carson Koerner of the Vetret royal family. The Reichstaag was only too glad to accept Carson and Leonora as co-Imperators (Carson I and Leonora VI), disinheriting both the Saava and LaVerne families, and voting the new Imperators full military forces to end the war.
One of the provisions of the Act of Settlement was that the Imperial succession could not pass through the Saava line; the Imperator formed an alliance with Mailla Sukalo, a Kala Phenkae woman, and his issue (the Koerner Dynasty) became the new Imperial house.
The Jaret Dynasty was dominated by the struggle between the sisterhood of Meletia and the Kala Phenkae dominated Reichstaag. After Mark III and Gordon V, pro-Kala Phenkae Imperators, the sisterhood killed Antonia VI; the Reichstaag was forced to accept Elenor IV, High Priestess, as Imperator. Again, when Mark III accepted a Kala Phenkae-approved mate, his daughter Augusta was killed, and High Priestess Nina was the only viable candidate for Imperator -- she became Nina IV.
In 2575, the Kala Phenkae used the same tactics, poisoning Daniel, heir to Daniel IV; in 2581they poisoned Marcia III and their own Anna I became Imperator, since the grandson of Daniel IV was still a minor. However, in 2653 Philip VII died, perhaps murdered -- his son Stephen was still a minor, so Augusta, the daughter of Aurick (grandson on Daniel IV) and Marcia, High Priestess of Meletia (herself great-great-granddaughter of Marcia II) took over as Augusta VII.
The conflict ended in 2837 with the death of Elenor V -- Prime Minister Fredric LaVerne was voted Imperator as Fredric V; from High Priestess Marcia Jaret he forced the concession of the Pragmatic Sanction of 2838, which ruled that no Priestess or High Priestess of Meletia could occupy the Throne.