Empire of Dominia Great Houses

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Emperor Bolesław

Imperial standard of Emperor Boleslaw Keeser.

"His Majesty Emperor Bolesław Keeser, by the Grace of God and the Tribunal, King of the Holy Nations of Moroz and Chief Precenator of Moroz, Grand Emperor of the Imperial Alliance, Holy Lord of Ofassel, Eternal President of the Confederate States of Sovereign Findasuh, King of Sparta, King of Alterim Obrirava, King of Alterim Balteulis, Overseer of Sun Reach, High Lord Commander of the Dominian Imperial Armed Forces, Holy Liberator of Moroz, Ten Medal Immortal of the Tribunal Commandos honoris causa, First of the Great Houses, Lord Noble of House Keeser, Doctor of Laws honoris causa of the Juro School of Genetics and Bio-Sciences, Pirate King of the Orion Spur and the Tribunal's Divine Instrument." - Full title of Emperor Bolesław

House Colors: Red Shades

While the records of Boleslaw Keeser’s life before his election as Emperor, and the reasons for him being chosen are currently unknown, it is rumored that he was a skilled soldier and engineer. Using slow, creeping, seemingly innocent moves, within years he consolidated power out of the hands of the Unathi lords, amassing high popular support with his embracing and establishment of the Moroz Holy Tribunal. He is considered to be a fair and just man, though behind his mask lies a very clever and conniving leader.

House Han’San

Standard of House Han'San.

House Colors: Green Shades

Lord Noble: Kasz Han'San (Male Unathi)

A militaristic Unathi-led house that owes its status due to its part in the Unathi invasion. They provide many of the commissioned officers and military officials of the Imperial Army, with their house's advice on matters related to the military science being highly respected. Members of House Han'San are well known for a strict obedience to the common Code of Honor in Dominia, even more then other Great Houses, however on augmentation the family is split, as the more conservative elders warn against the perversion of the body through biological as well as synthetic changes. This belief is persistent within the House, as many members who are otherwise Tribunal adherents feel that one can't claim any honor in a battle won through genetic enhancement because the victory was not through their own efforts. It was the Han’San’s bravery at the Battle of the Five Points during the War of Unification that decided the day, with a melee charge through machine-gun fire breaking the Coalition's lines.

While otherwise allying with the Emperor, the Han'san, by virtue of their powerful influence on the military, leverage this to protect their special privilege's and status within the empire, including protecting its members that still practice the old faith of th'akh with a near total autonomy in their internal affairs, including the rare Right to Reprobation (or refuse) certain laws not in their favor, though that is politically risky. Han'san's officers talented and skillful, but also crass and boastful and with a tendency to rush into things. They tend to have more room to maneuver with plots against other houses because of their influence within the army making retaliation from the Emperor tricky.

House Han'San is also responsible for the Imperial Armaments Company, the primary weapons and equipment producer of the Imperial Army, and the large Imperial Arsenals are managed under their discretion. The vast war materials needed by the Army and Navy from tanks, rifles, swords to combat RIGs and artillery are researched, designed, and built by House Han'San in these immense factories and storage facilities. They also form the majority of the Imperial General Staff, and work closely with House Zhao and Caladius, as well as numerous smaller houses, in military matters of both training and budgeting.

Han'san and Kazhkz are wary of one another, because they are each other's greatest rival but also most important ally. While they constantly bicker and feud, each House occasionally moves to help the other in disputes to maintain the status quo.

House Volvalaad

Standard of House Volvalaad.

House Colors: Blue, Black

Lord Noble: Landi Volvalaad (Female Human)

Based on the genetic scientists and leaders of the original Moroz colonies, House Volvalaad’s power is in its research and diplomatic dominance. Believing strongly that it is God’s will that Humanity improves upon itself genetically, Volvalaad has innovated new gene-therapy not even seen with medical juggernauts such as Zeng-Hu, along with advanced bio-chemical enhancements. House Volvalaad was instrumental in the creation of human Primaries, starting with selective breeding of the original Moroz colonists, and transitioning to basic gene therapy that allowed the average Primary to be taller and stronger than any other segment of Humanity in the galaxy. Volvalaad scientists in large study at Juro University, and provide large patronage to the school. Smaller nobles are likely to be part of the Biological Augmentalist faction of ATLAS. House Volvalaad is the house most in favor of integration with human nations, with many members wishing for trade/diplomacy channels to be completely open.

House Volvalaad is responsible in one way or another for a large majority of the Empire's research, on topics ranging from weapons, engineering, and agriculture, to medical areas such as genemodding and augmentation. They work closely with all the other Great Houses in areas related to their focuses. Many members of House Volvalaad travel outside the Empire seeking experience in engineering, research, and medical fields to further improve the knowledge base of their House.

House Kazhkz

Standard of House Kazhkz.

House Colors: Orange, Red, Yellow

Lord Noble: Salak Kazhkz (Male Unathi)

One of the more brazen houses with their wealth based firmly in privateering, these spacefarers provide many skilled seaman for the Imperial navy - those that do not become quasi-legal privateers. The Kazkhz are the other half of the Unathi invasion force - more traditionally Unathi then the Han’San, and partly responsible for the mixing of Sk’akhism into the Moroz religion. They, unlike house Volvalaad, are against the integration of Dominia into a ‘globalist’ economy on a galactic scale, seeking to remain in the isolation that the nation has prospered in. Like Han'san they also shy away from augmentation, as even their younger members believe it trivializes the trials before them, or to even "cheat" at life and battle.

House Kazkhz provides many of the great naval tacticians and officers of the Imperial Navy, with invaluable experience and knowledge on all matters related to seamanship in space. They are the primary teachers at the Imperial Naval Academy, and provide many captains of the Imperial Navy. They work closely with houses Zhao and Han'San on matters related to the realities of manning, equipping, and operating a large modern navy. This influence within the navy gives them immense sway similar to the Han'san's influence on the army. They protect their members that still practice Sk'akh and holding the priviledged Right of Reprobation against laws or decrees that they oppose, though this is politically risky.

They continue their pirate tradition with some of their privateers operating without a Letter of Marque from the Emperor in a display of relative autonomy. While this means any captured Kazhkz won't be protected if captured, they rarely are. Lord Noble Kazkhz is coy when it comes to whether his Houses' raiding activities are being sanctioned by the Emperor. This leads to understandable tension between the Empire and its neighbors, and the Kazhkz are frequently engaged in a quiet tug-of-war with the Emperor over their pirating ways.

Han'san and Kazhkz are wary of one another, because they are each other's greatest rival but also most important ally. While they constantly bicker and feud, each House occasionally moves to help the other in disputes to maintain the status quo.

House Caladius

Standard of House Caladius.

House Colors: Purple Shades

Lord Noble: Marcus Caladius (Male Human)

Based on humongous banking institutions formed after the second wave of immigration, House Caladius is considered to be the wealthiest noble house in terms of sheer economic power. Using complex and efficient administrative systems, House Caladius manages to squeeze every Imperial Pound out of every inch of land that they control, they then take this money and invest it in new infrastructure and businesses. One example of large infrastructure funded by House Caladius was the Imperial Railroad, turning huge profits in the last 20 years. House Caladius manages to keep itself in political power by giving large ‘tithes’ to the Holy Tribunal, more so than any other noble house. Due to its meritocratic founding, House Caladius adopts more Secondaries than any other noble house, with Secondaries making up approximately 30% of the house.

House Caladius manages the central banking system of the empire, headquartered at the Imperial Bank of Moroz in the capital. The efficient bureaucrats of House Caladius play a large part in the inner workings of the Empire, especially in areas related to fiscal and administrative areas. They work closely with the Emperor, as well as the commanders of the Imperial Military, to ensure adequate funding is received each year.

House Zhao

Standard of House Zhao.

House Colors: White, Gray

Lord Noble: Imeral Zhao (Male Human)

Forming the basis for the formal Dominian Navy in recent decades, House Zhao has maneuvered itself into prominence and prestige. House Zhao stepped up to the plate when it came to the formation of the navy, and used a large amount of their allocated Ma'zals and family funds to build shipyards and spacecraft when no other house was willing to take on such a responsibility. Lucrative naval contracts for everything varying from shuttlecraft, to fighters, to capital ships have been awarded to the Zhao, and have become increasing lucrative with recent expansion efforts by the Navy, especially after a much larger naval budget was announced for 2461. Being rewarded for their efforts by the Emperor, the High Lord Admiral of the Navy was given to a Zhao Minor Lord.

House Zhao's expertise in civil engineering, ship architecture, and fortification design are well known. Some of the best civil engineers in the Empire come from House Zhao, and their engineers are second to none in the design of naval weapons, armor, electronics, and munitions. House Zhao recently received popular acclaim for the invention of a new design in the area of armor founding for ships by the famous ship architect Arabel Zhao, well known for her innovative ship designs. They work closely with all of the Houses, as the demands of the Navy are very prominent in the Empire both politically and economically.