CORUSCANT (IIS) – In a momentous event being widely hailed as testament to the Empire’s extraordinary stability, Jai Meridan ascended to the Imperial Throne following the abdication and retirement of Empress Inwe Ventidius I. The peaceful transition of power, marking the fifth consecutive succession, was celebrated with great pomp and grandeur throughout the Empire.
The coronation ceremony took place within the hallowed halls of the Imperial Palace, where Emperor Meridan I was anointed by the Imperial House of Lords. Distinguished guests, including members of the Imperial High Command, leaders from the Imperial Union, and esteemed diplomats, witnessed the august event that will shape the future of the Empire and the galaxy.
In keeping with a tradition begun by his predecessor, the Emperor’s procession from Throne room to Palace balcony was lined by promising officers from the Imperial Military, Regional Government, and COMPNOR’s Sub-Adult Group. Following the proclamation of the ascension, a decidedly older tradition was upheld as the applause and cheers from the millions-strong crowd approached truly deafening levels.
In the skies of the galactic capital, the might of the Imperial Military was on full display as several groups of Star Destroyers and innumerable waves of TIEs displaced the stars. Legions of Stormtroopers marched in precise order down the great plazas of state in Coruscant’s Palace Court district. Similar displays of power and strength were seen across the galaxy, where, alongside the show of force, striking and spontaneous expressions of unity were observed. Across Imperial Space, street parties erupted and city blocks shut down to contain the commemorations. Many chose to take part in a new element of the ascension, by taking up the offer of swearing an oath of allegiance to the new Emperor. Some Core Worlds reported the reverberations of the chanted oaths had been recorded on their seismic monitoring equipment.
Following the ceremony, Lady Ventidius made the following speech. “It has been the honour of my life to serve the Empire as Empress over the past two years. I set out to ensure that my reign saw prosperity, and I believe that together we have achieved that. The Empire is a tapestry of worlds, each of which weaves the threads of its culture into the Empire’s own, and as each world becomes more within our Empire than it was without, so too the Empire is richer; we are more than the sum of our parts. I am proud to stand beside your new Emperor, who has been fundamental to not only my own government but those of Emperors Seele and Ndengin before me. There is no finer to lead you into the future.”
Emperor Meridan’s path to the Throne is a testament to his unwavering dedication and service to the Empire. Beginning his illustrious career as a TIE Interceptor pilot in the 1st Fleet during the Churnis Campaigns, Meridan demonstrated exceptional tactical prowess and an innate aptitude for logistics. These qualities earned him recognition and led to his transfer to the Imperial Mining Corporation, where he quickly rose through the ranks to become CEO, overseeing vital resource extraction operations across Imperial territories.
His meteoric rise continued as Meridan assumed the role of Minister of Industry, becoming an integral part of Emperor Guinar Ndengin’s trusted Inner Circle. Under Emperor Seele’s reign, Meridan’s leadership abilities were further recognized, and he was appointed as the Grand Vizier of COMPNOR, a position of immense influence within the Empire’s political structure. With his vast expertise in infrastructure management and logistics, he played a pivotal role in spearheading crucial reforms and organizational improvements.
Having served as the Grand Vizier during Empress Ventidius’ reign, Emperor Meridan’s transition to the Imperial Throne has been met with great anticipation. Renowned for his meticulous planning and strategic vision, Meridan is poised to boldly lead the Empire into a new era of progress and prosperity.
When the time came to speak to his new Empire, Emperor Meridan spoke clearly and concisely, in an address simulcasted live across the holonet to trillions of sentients.
“As your Emperor, I stand before you to make a solemn promise. Under my rule, the Empire will prosper. Our enemies will be crushed, our friends rewarded. I know there are some who fear change. But let me assure you, my fellow citizens, that the Empire represents progress. Our military might is unparalleled. Our technology is unmatched. And our determination is unyielding.”
“Togther, we will build a brighter future. One where peace and prosperity reign. But make no mistake, we will not tolerate dissent. Those who would stand against the Empire will be swiftly dealt with. Long live the Empire!”
To ensure a seamless transition and maintain the Empire’s unparalleled military might, Emperor Meridan has appointed the esteemed Cihl Rezik as his Executor. Rezik, a seasoned veteran and former head of the Imperial Military, brings a wealth of experience and tactical acumen to his new role. Together, Emperor Meridan and Executor Rezik will forge an indomitable partnership to safeguard the Empire’s interests and face the challenges of an ever-evolving galaxy.
As Emperor Meridan embarks on his reign, citizens of the Galactic Empire eagerly anticipate the implementation of his visionary policies. With commitment to infrastructure development, the Empire is poised to achieve new heights of efficiency and prosperity under his wise and visionary leadership. The Empire stands united, ready to support Emperor Jai Meridan as he paves the way for a future defined by strength, progress, and unwavering allegiance to the principles that have guided the Galactic Empire through recent generations.