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The Imperial Senate is the main political body of the Archadian Empire in Final Fantasy XII. 200 years before the start of the game, the Senate was actively engaged in the rule of Archadia before the rising power of the military caused a turn towards an imperial system. While the emperors ruled the nation with the power of the Judges, the Senate, now a mere rubber stamp council, remains in the capital of Archades, having little role other than to scheme against the head of state.
In Final Fantasy XII, the Senate fears the rising strength of the young and ambitious heir to House Solidor, Vayne, and so moves to have him executed for treason, citing the loss of the 8th Fleet of the Imperial Army. In his place they hope to prop up the child Larsa. Vayne comes to Archades to confront his father, Emperor Gramis, but finds that the elderly and sickly emperor prefers Larsa. In a single move, Vayne destroys his enemies: he kills his father and then blames the crime on the head of the Senate Chairman Gregoroth. Using the Judges, Vayne has the entire Senate arrested, giving him complete control over the whole of the Archadian Empire. Judge Drace alone attempts to stop this coup d'etat, but she is executed on the spot by her fellow Judges.
The further fate of the Senate is never revealed, and it is unknown if the body was ever restored.
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The Imperial Senate was established in 19 BBY after the Empire was founded by the self-appointed Galactic Emperor Palpatine. Although at the time of the Empire's formation a supermajority of senators were loyal to Palpatine, the Imperial Senate was still a prime (if often clandestine) source of resistance to Palpatine's authority, and despite its changes, came to be known as the "last remnants of the Old Republic". Certain Senators (many of whom later joined the Rebellion) were known for using the Senate as a platform to voice proposals attempting to moderate Palpatine's rule, although always under the guise of perfect loyalty.
In 0 BBY (35:3:5), Palpatine ordered the Imperial Senate to be shut down "for the duration of the emergency", ostensibly due to the widespread dissemination of the Declaration of Rebellion over the previous months; it was never revived. It was succeeded as the Imperial legislature by various councils, most composed of Moffs: the Central Committee of Grand Moffs, the Interim Ruling Council, and finally, the Council of Moffs.
According to the Bureau of Operations of Imperial Intelligence, the Rebel Alliance managed to rescue many former senators who were willing to use their political influence to oppose the Galactic Empire. To prevent these politicians from openly supporting the Rebellion, Imperial Intelligence sent teams to attack the senators' hideouts.
Besides the name, its organization differed somewhat from its Republican forebear. Whereas the Galactic Senate had held both legislative and executive power, the Imperial Senate held legislative power (and some of it in the hands of the Emperor, as he was partly ultimate authority) by orders of the Senate Constitution. Despite such, it still held limited judicial authority, enough to try high ranking officials in the Empire and, possibly, handle cases tied into the Supreme Court (for as long as it lasted). The Senate could advise the Emperor, work on the Imperial budget, and pass laws in the Empire. However, the Emperor could introduce, veto, and pass Senate legislation, and both called and dismissed the Senate at will.
The day-to-day head of the Senate was no longer the Vice Chair, but the Grand Vizier. The Senate was, at least in theory, responsible for choosing a new Emperor upon the death or abdication of the current holder of the throne.
The Imperial Senate was made up of groups of congressmen: Senators and representatives, representing sectors in the Empire. Some were elected directly, while others were appointed by a planet's ruler.
Because of "Human High Culture", most of the alien Senators were replaced by Humans, who ended up representing worlds that were entirely nonhuman. However, alien senators were not unheard of, especially in the early days of the Empire.
Committees and Subcommittees include:
Documents relating to the Imperial Senate included:
The Imperial Senate was the legislative branch of the Sith Empire on the capital of the Sith Empire, Dol Glorath and more specifically Dol Gara.
It was also used by the Dark Galactic Empire.
The Imperial Senate was formed on 68 ABY with the first few planets reprasentated in the Senate being newly taken planets from the former Imperial Remnant from the mission to Bastion conducted by Darth Matas and Darth Tarna. Soon as more planets continued to be taken by the Sith Empire, more senators representing their planets would join the senate. Although they were part of an Empire, the Senate had a major part in daily activities in the Empire. Unlike their predecesors, the Imperial Senate of Palpatine's Empire, this Imperial Senate thrived in the Empire. The Senate would manage all the planets and advise the Emperor about economic, social, and military issues occuring in the Empire. During the Chiss War, the Imperial Senate would advise the Emperor much on war issues and suggestions for actions to take. The Senate building was almost completly destroyed in the Jeeno attack of Dol Glorath.