In my book, the Constellar Imperium is overthrown and replaced with...something. I'm not entirely certain that it precisely resembles an empire, but I'm even less certain how government will be organized going forward. Currently, the Imperium is led by 10 Constellates, one among them being premiere and referred to as 'Constellator' instead. There are those, however, who believe that this group of ten does not rule collectively, but rather answers to the sole Constellator, who is always a direct descendant of the man who founded the Imperium, and they merely play at being a diverse body. (These people may be correct. *cue Shrug of God*) Immediately below them, there are two similar but separate ranks. First is the High Admirals and their Fleet Admirals. These men and women are responsible for the military, and protecting the general populace from piracy. Then you have the actual governing hierarchy that spans from as small as countries, to the planetary and system-wide representatives, all the way to Sector Command, who regulates things like inter-system treaties and trade deals on behalf of smaller governments (which are run in whatever style best suits the inhabitants of the planets). ---------------- Having said all that (and I think I've said enough to make sense, let me know if I need to elaborate): if you were of a mind to eliminate the current rulers of a galaxy whom you believed to be too brutish and high-handed (and also possibly racist, but w/e), how would you go about reorganizing a galactic government who means to represent not just the issues of the dozens of space-faring species who insist on being heard, but the people themselves? Is it possible, I wonder, to be so grand in scope that you can represent a galaxy in one room, even if it has to be as big as the Senate chamber from Star Wars, and yet still have the attention to detail that each planet and star system might require? On a similar note, if you've never left your home planet and never plan to, would you notice or care about the people on the other side of the galaxy calling the shots? If the war never fired on your home, and supposing important supplies were never limited, would you even notice there was a war on if you weren't told? I keep trying to write one of my other in-universe projects when inspiration stalls on this story, but without knowing what I'm actually putting in place of the Constellature, I really don't know what to do.