The Empire is the largest civilization in the world with the largest and most advanced population. Founded over 800 years ago and remarkably peaceful for most of that time since, The Empire spans from East to West of the largest continent in the world, however the Northern and Southern borders have been steadily receding over the last couple hundred years. Stories more fitting to The Wilds have begun creeping out of the border towns. Two years ago one of the largest cities in the empire was very suddenly destroyed, South Port had been emptied of its people.
The Empire is ruled by an Emperor, who takes that (Emperor) as the tile. The seat of the imperial bureaucracy is in Center. The Empire’s founders had longed for a simpler state, but their desire to reduce complexity grew into a mindset of Apathy and stagnation. Though the Empire still stands, and has no true enemies that could destroy them, the government is by no means flourishing. New ideas are looked at with scorn and change is fought harder than death.
There is not body that could be considered to be the standing military of Empire. The only true government soldiers are those of the Imperial Guard that stay close to the Emperor. The rest of the enforcement done within the Empire is done by Mercenaries. Center has a guild that does ALL its contracts with the government, hiring out Adventurers and Mercs but they do not fall directly under Center jurisdiction. Many outlying towns require mercenary troups or citizen militia to act as guards against bandits or worse.