The Imperial Service
The Imperial Service (AIIS, ISI, AIDSA, DSAI, or IS) is the Defense and Security Agency of the Aksum Imperium. It is charged with supervising all agencies and functions of the Imperium directly related to defense, security, health, and, as of Imperial Decree #144, foreign affairs. It has existed in many names, including the Imperial Guard and the Imperial Armed Forces. It is responsible for the oversight of the Imperial Military Service, Imperial Police, the Imperial Guard, the Imperial Forces Command, Imperial Health Service, and the Imperial Diplomatic Service.
The IS is the primary source to achieve full Citizenship status in the Imperium. Everyone must serve a minimum six good months, without a break in service, or without inactivity. Its headquarters is located just outside of Aksum City.
The Imperial Guard
The Imperial Guard of the Aksum Imperium was the first armed and security force. It was created when the initial founders ventured into the unknown. The young explorers discovered that their leader was more than he or they knew. Xavier Reikaz, the security expert and self-proclaimed chaplain of the group discovered ancient text. He along with a group influential in forming the Imperium came together and pushed to create the organization because they all new that the lands they found and their leader needed to be secured . The Imperial Guard eventually became the Order of the Guardian and the responsibility of defending and securing the new Imperium was transferred to the Imperial Armed Forces and the Imperial Police. Nemesis Sass became head of the Imperial Guard, Varon Vanderpeck became the Lord Marshal and leader of the Imperial Armed Forces, and Xavier Reikaz became the Director General of Police. The Imperial Guard's charge became the Emperor and the Imperial Palace, and detachment accompanied the Emperor as Supreme Commander on the battlefield.
The Imperial Armed Forces
The Imperial Armed Forces was created to defend the Imperium and fight and win its wars. Varon Vanderperck is credited with its inception. He was followed by Cayleb Nuubert who led the IAF for the longest. When the IAF and the Imperial Police transitioned back to the Imperial Guard, Katy Hemby, the former head of the Imperial Aero Forces, became the new Lady Marshal. The Imperial Armed Forces was later changed to the Imperial Military Service as it stands today. The IMS is the higher headquarters for the Imperial Army, Imperial Navy, Imperial Aero Forces, and Imperial Marines. It provides the forces to the Imperial Service Quadrant High Marshals.
Imperial Service Functions
Purpose of the Imperial Service
The Imperial Service in its current form is charged with several duties and responsibilities. These duties are specified in the Imperial Charter, decrees, and policy statements. These duties and responsibilities can be broken down into three basic functions:
- To protect the peace and security of the Imperium, and to provide aid and assistance to the Sovereign States that make up the Imperium;
- To enforce Imperial laws, regulate shipping and space travel, and to establish the rules for safe navigation within Imperial Space, and;
- To perform basic research in the physical and life sciences, survey known and unknown areas of space, and to expand Imperial Space through exploration and colonization.
Imperial Service as a Military Force
The primary function of the IS is to protect the Imperium, its properties, planets and all its peoples. As such, the IS is the Imperium's first line of defense and in times of war, it is the IS that has the primary responsibility for the planning and engagement of enemy forces within and outside Imperial Space. During such times, the Imperial Service has the authority, with the Emperor's approval, to declare martial law, conscript personnel, assemble fleets, commandeer spacecraft and restrict space travel and other movement within the Imperium.
In order to most effectively carry out this function, the Imperial Service maintains a large fleet of spaceborne and planet borne warships, planetary ground vehicles, and other armed vessels required to support its military role. The Emperor as supreme commander has directed the Service to design, build, and maintain the necessary vessels and equipment .
In addition to protect the Imperium from invading forces and insurgencies, the protection of trade is also of vital interest to the Imperium. Much of the raw materials for manufacturing must be transported from planet to planet within and without the Imperium. Any interruption of the supply of needed materials would greatly affect the economy and therefore the security of the Imperium. Therefore, it is necessary that the transport of these materials be protected from enemies, pirates, and other illegal activities.
As part of its military duties, the Imperial Service has the additional duty to aid any ally or other non Imperial state in special emergency situations. Such emergencies may include military aid to put down illegal rebellion or insurrection. This can only be ordered by the Emperor, whom by law is the only one to authorize deployments outside of Imperial Space.
In addition to military assistance, the Imperial Service may be utilized to supply aid to any neighboring nation or state at their requests.
Majority of all military operations are conducted through the Imperial Military Services.
Imperial Service as a Law Enforcement Agency
In addition to protecting the Imperium from enemies known and unknown, the Imperial Service also has the function of enforcing Imperial law within its boundaries. As such the Imperial Service, through the Imperial Police Service functions as a type of state police monitoring the space lanes for vessel compliance, and enforcing laws in each state on each planet.
As part of its law enforcement duty the Imperial Service has the responsibility to apprehend and detain all criminals and fugitives from justice in Imperial Space. This includes fugitives from foreign entities as well as from Imperium authorities. However, the IS will only exercise this authority within Imperial Space.
In the enforcement of Imperial Laws the Imperial Navy has broad search and seizure powers through the Imperial Star Navigation Authority. With due cause, usually as a result of a routine ship scan, private as well as commercial crafts can be stopped, boarded, and inspected by the Imperial Service personnel for proper documentation, content, safety equipment, and proper navigational beacons. As part of its law-enforcement authority, the Imperial Service through the Imperial Police, can issue citations for the violation of any safety regulation or ship handling practice. In addition, items found to be contraband can be immediately confiscated, the ship seized, and the vessel's personnel detained.
As the Imperium grows a lot of traffic throughout will increase and will likely be non-military. As such, the need for specific regulations, traffic corridors and space lanes are needed to prevent collisions in space. Therefore, Rules of Space Navigation are created. These rules, when approved by the Imperial Council of Deliberation, are designed to prevent collisions in space by establishing basic ship handling standards and practices.
To regulate traffic density in Imperial Space, vessels are required to submit flight plans and other documents to the Imperial Service outlining the intended destination, cargo, passengers, course, nominal sped, and the specific corridor of travel. Only the IS has the authority to approve or disapprove any flight plan submitted. Any ship found to travel without a flight plan or has diverted from their approved flight plan can be stopped, cited or the vessel seized and the crew arrested.
Commercial and cargo vessels must also submit to IS a manifest listing the goods and materials being transported by the vessel. Manifests and documentation are subject to inspection by the IS at any time, and vessel crews are required to cooperate with IS authority at all times.
Every vessel of the Imperium must be registered and documented with the IS and cannot legally operate without such documentation. The IS issues registry credentials only after a complete inspection of the vessel has been completed. Spacecraft, which only operate within a local system, need not register with the IS, but are subject to seizure should they travel outside the boundaries in which they are licensed to operate. State and system governments can regulate within their areas in coordination with the IS.
As part of its law enforcement role, the Imperial Service also functions as the judicial arm of the Imperium in deep space. Imperial courts do not extend to the outer boundaries of Imperial Space, but do have jurisdiction where there is Imperial property, and therefore, the Imperial Service is empowered with judicial authority in the outlying territories and as such, has the authority to establish courts within these regions. The senior commander can exercise the judicial authority in those areas within the oversight of the Imperial Council of Magistrates and with the advice of a member of the IS Judge Advocate Corps. This authority is only granted to commanders of line ships.
The Imperial Service as a Scientific Organization
The Imperial Service is the chief science and research agency of the Imperium. To meet this obligation, the Imperial Service has established the Imperial Service Science and Research Command (ISSRC) under the Imperial Service Materials Command within the ISHQ. The ISSRC includes, but not limited to:
- Science and Technology Division
- Physical Science Division
- Life Science Division
- Social Science Division
- Agricultural Division
The pure scientific research the IS engages in ranges from astrophysics to alien zoology. Such pure research is vitally important to the IS, which has important benefits. The IS has engaged sin the examination of using black holes as travel corridors, studying the benefits of the gravitational fields of different stellar bodies. These studies are important because the IS ships uses warp fields that are highly sensitive to even minor gravitational fluctuations and has already begun assisting with building the Imperial Star Highway.
Besides the physical sciences, the Imperial Service will also be engaged in agricultural projects and terraforming. Colonies are being established using these projects. The knowledge gained from these studies will be used to aid colonization throughout Imperial Space and expansion.
In addition to pure scientific study, The IS is also tasked with engineering research and development. It is the IS function to determine and develop practical applications from the scientific knowledge gained. Such applications may include, but not limited, to a new propulsion systems, new weapons, improvements in the materials used to construct space stations, or a new consumer systems. The Imperial Service conducts engineering and research through the Imperial Service Advanced Research and Engineering Command ISAREC. This command operates the shipyards and armament centers. It includes but not limited:
- Shipyard and Armaments Division
- Space Research Division
- Special Research Division
The IS maintains facilities at the Academy, each Star Base, and a number of classified locations. In addition, the IS can make agreements with many commercial manufacturers and technical institutes in the research and development of new or improved technologies.
Finally, IS vessels, including line starships, are equipped with laboratories and other equipment for the performance of scientific research. When not actively on a mission, starship crews are always engaged in some type of research. Results of research, unless classified will be shared through the Imperial Government.
Imperial Service as an Exploration Agency
By Imperial Decree, the Imperial Service is the chief exploration and colonization agency for the Imperium. The purpose and rationale behind exploration and colonization are:
- Survey and map the galaxy,
- Expand Imperial Space
- Establish colonies
- Establish trade and commerce centers,
- Find new resources
- Interact with new nations and states.
Exploration is done primarily through the Imperial Rangers, a subdivision of the Imperial Guard. They work in conjunction with the Grand Architect of the Imperium and the various offices. The overall responsibility for colonization rests with the Grand Chancellor.
As Imperial Space is still being mapped, the Rangers have submitted reports that ultimately created the four quadrants that make up Imperial Space. The IS still seeks to expand its boundaries to create buffer zones to extend the distances from potential enemies to the populated worlds.
Private and commercial enterprises, as well as the Sovereign States may undertake exploration missions and establish colonies with approval of the Imperial Security Council. If approved, Imperial authority expands to those areas.
Imperial Service as a Consular Agency
The Chancery of External Affairs negotiates treaties and accepts new diplomats. The Imperial Service through the IS Diplomatic Service/Consular Command provides the ambassador and staff. The IS can conduct diplomatic functions if the Chancery of External Affairs is not available. A starship on a diplomatic mission is under the mission control of the assigned Ambassador. That Ambassador is not in control of the ship itself. If no ambassador is available a ship captain serves as such, provided they have the proper training and been designated as such.
All agreements negotiated by the Imperial Service are submitted through the Council of State and then the Imperial Council of Deliberation for approval. In some cases the Emperor may be directly involved and approve them.
Imperial Service as an Intelligence Agency
To support its military and security role, the Imperial Service is the primary source for all intelligence for the Imperium. The former Imperial Intelligence Agency now rests within the Imperial Service, specifically under the Imperial Guard. The Imperial Intelligence Service provides intelligence to both internal and external organizations.
Imperial Service as a Support Organization
The IS is the primary agency for logistics support for all States, systems, star bases, colonies, and expeditions. In addition to logistical support, the IS provides humanitarian and any other assistance to any Imperial area when disasters occur.
The IS Material Command leads logistical support planning and operations.
Supreme Command of the Imperial Service
The Supreme Command of the Imperial Service includes the Office of the Supreme Commander and Marshal , the Office of the Grand Marshal, Office of the Vice Grand Marshal the Office of the Command Chief Warrant Officer of the IS, the Chief High Marshal of the ISHQ, the Chief Knight Marshal of the Imperial Guard, the Chief Marshal Commander of the Military, the four Imperial Service Quadrant High Marshals. The Supreme Command is the primary leadership of the Imperial Service and advise and assist the Imperial Command Authority with decisions on defense and security policy. They form the nucleus of the Imperial Security Council
Imperial Security Council
The Imperial Security Council is the deliberative body for defense, security, health, and foreign policy. It consists of members from the Imperial Council of State and the Imperial Service.
Imperial Service Command Council
The Imperial Service Command Council consists of the Supreme Commander, Grand Marshal, the Vice Grand Marshal, the Command Chief Warrant Officer of the IS and the Chiefs of all the Major IS Commands. The current membership includes:
Supreme Commander: Supreme Marshal Rasim Aeon
Grand Marshal: Grand Marshal Duke William Sang
Vice Grand Marshal: Vice Grand Marshal Duchess Samara Barrett
Chief Marshal of the Training Education and Doctrine Command (TREDCOM): Marshal Clem York
Imperial Service Major Commands
Until 24 September 2022, The Imperial Service is organized into four major commands. The Imperial Service Headquarters Command (ISHC), the Imperial Service Operations Command, the Imperial Service Support Command, and the Imperial Guard. These commands oversaw other commands with specific functions and responsibilities. Imperial Directive 22-02 reorganized the structure of the Imperial Service, setting a basic and broad framework for the Grand Marshal to manage the service. The Imperial Service Headquarters Command and the Imperial Guard remains major commands. The Imperial Service Operations Command becomes the Imperial Service Forces Command (ISFC). The Imperial Service Support Command is merged into the ISHC forming the Imperial Service Headquarters and Support Command (ISHSC). The Imperial Military is removed from the Imperial Service Support Command and is now a major command.
Imperial Service Code of Conduct
The Imperial Service Code of Conduct is the base code by which all members, enlisted and officer hold each other accountable. It was formally decreed as a law for the Imperial Service on the 24th of April 2021. It is as follows:
I am a professional Imperial Service member.
I am sworn to follow the rules, regulations and guidelines of the Imperial Service and Aksum Imperium wherever it exists.
In carrying out my duties I will obey all applicable provisions and guidelines of the Imperial Service.
I will obey the orders of my superiors.
I will enforce the guidelines of the Imperial Service professionally without prejudice or partially. I recognize that persons I encounter in my presence as a member of the Imperial Service are entitled to be treated with respect and courtesy.
As a member of the Imperial Service, I acknowledge that I am a servant and protector of the Imperium and that my authority comes from the Supreme Commander through the leaders appointed over me; and I will never abuse this honor. As such I will conduct my duty with honor and integrity.
I will never sacrifice my integrity or the reputation of the Imperial Service.
In preparing reports and in giving oral or written statements, I will provide only truthful testimonies.
I will scrupulously safeguard all evidence, property, resources, and personnel for which I am responsible.
I will politely decline any gratuity I may be offered during my duties and will encourage the other members of my team to follow my example. I will immediately report any attempt to bribe any Imperial Service member or witness, and will take actions against the individuals where appropriate by filing the proper report to the proper authority.
I will respect the property of others and will attempt to avoid or minimize any damage to that property.
As a member of the Imperial Service I will constantly strive to improve my professionalism through education, training, and experience.
The Imperial Service Code of Justice
The Imperial Service Code of Justice is the body of language the Sovereign and Supreme Commander has decreed as law for the Imperial Service. It is a part of Title 22 of the Imperial Code. Since the Sovereign has the sole prerogative to command and control the Imperial Service, a decree is issued. In the ISCJ the Grand Marshal exercises duties delegated to him by the Supreme Commander, however, the Supreme Commander may at anytime perform those functions.
Directives, Policies, Regulations, and Instructions
The Supreme Commander (SC) issues directives and instructions to the Imperial Service as a whole or to individual parts of it. As a general practice, the SC gives directive guidance to the Grand Marshal of the Imperium, who in turn issues directives in his name. Each Service may further issue documents for their specific areas as long as they do not take away from those documents issued by higher.
Ranks of the Imperial Service
The ranks of the Imperial Service are broken into five (5) tiers and each service and branch have their own ranks.
|I||Supreme Officer||Senior Imperial NCOs|
|II||Imperial Officer||Imperial NCO|
|III||Flag Officer||Senior NCO|
|IV||Senior Officer||Junior NCO|
|V||Junior Officer||Junior Enlisted|
|Tier||Grade||Imperial||Insignia||Military||Insignia||Army||Insignia||Navy||Insignia||Marines||Insignia||Imperial Guard||Insignia||Imperial Police||Insignia|
|I||O-18||Vice Supreme Marshal|
|I||O-16||Vice Grand Marshal|
|II||O-15||Chief High Marshal||Chief Marshal Commander||Chief Knight Marshal||Chief Provost Marshal General|
|II||O-14||Vice Chief High Marshal||Vice Chief Marshal Commander||Vice Chief Knight Marshal||Vice Chief Provost Marshal General|
|II||O-13||Senior High Marshal||Marshal Commander||Field Marshal of the Army||Fleet Marshal of the Navy||Force Marshal of the Marines||Knight Marshal||Provost Marshal General|
|II||O-12||High Marshal||Marshal||Field Marshal||Fleet Marshal||Marine Field Marshal||Vice Knight Marshal||Deputy Provost Marshal General|
|II||O-11||Marshal||Vice Marshal||Vice Field Marshal||Vice Fleet Marshal||Vice Marine Field Marshal||Knight Commander||Provost Marshal|
|III||O-10||Vice Marshal||General||Admiral||Marine General||Knight General||Deputy Provost Marshal|
|III||O-9||Lieutenant General||Vice Admiral||Lieutenant General||Knight Captain||Commissioner|
|III||O-8||Major General||Rear Admiral||Major General||Chief Knight||Assistant Commissioner|
|III||O-7||Brigadier||Commodore||Brigadier||Master Knight||Chief of Police|
|IV||O-6||Colonel||Captain||Colonel||Senior Knight||Deputy Chief of Police|
|IV||O-5||Lieutenant Colonel||Commander||Lieutenant Colonel||Knight||Assistant Chief of Police|
|IV||O-4||Major||Lieutenant Commander||Major||Squire||Police Major|
|V||O-3||Senior Lieutenant||Senior Lieutenant||Senior Lieutenant||Aspirant||Police Senior Lieutenant|
|VI||C4-1||Army Cadet||Midshipman||Marine Cadet||Police Cadet|
|Tier||Grade||Imperial||Insignia||Military||Insignia||Army||Insignia||Navy||Insignia||Marines||Insignia||Imperial Guard||Insignia||Imperial Police||Insignia|
|I||E-14||Command Chief Warrant Officer of the Service|
|I||E-13||Command Chief Warrant Officer||Chief Warrant Officer of the Millitary||Chief Master at Arms of the Guard||Chief Inspector of Police|
|II||E-12||Chief Warrant Officer||Chief Warrant Officer||Chief Master at Arms||Chief Inspector|
|II||E-11||Senior Warrant Officer||Senior Warrant Officer||Sergeant Major of the Army||Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy||Sergeant Major of the Marines||Senior Master at Arms||Master Inspector|
|II||E-10||Master Warrant Officer||Master Warrant Officer||Command Sergeant Major||Master Chief Petty Officer of the Armada||Command Sergeant Major||Master at Arms||Senior Inspector|
|III||E-9||Warrant Officer||Warrant Officer||Sergeant Major||Master Chief Petty Officer||Sergeant Major||Sergeant at Arms||Inspector|
|III||E-8||1st Sergeant||Chief Petty Officer||Master Gunnery Sergeant||Master Trooper||Master Constable|
|III||E-7||Sergeant First Class||Master Petty Officer||Master Sergeant||Senior Trooper||Senior Constable|
|IV||E-6||Senior Sergeant||Senior Petty Officer||Gunnery Sergeant||Trooper||Constable|
|V||E-3||Private First Class||Crewman First Class||Lance Corporal|
|V||E-2||Private Second Class||Crewman Second Class||Senior Private|
|VI||R4-1||Army Recruit||Naval Recruit||Marine Recruit|