Goal of this country: Conquer the rest of Marhnzon
The Etingnean Empire is a powerful state controlled by an Emperor or Empress. The ruler has most of the power and can do everything he/she wants but it should be self-explanatory that even the most loyal citizens can get enough of a ruler if said ruler abuses their power. This is why the Emperor/Empress usually tries to act like a wise ruler instead of a tyrant. There is also a Senate that backs the ruler up and takes care of different areas to take a load off the ruler's shoulders - managing everything alone would be almost impossible, especially when you are the ruler of an Empire.
The Senators are like advisors and ministers. They often hold meetings with the ruler to discuss the state of the Empire, how to proceed next and to talk about other things. Most Senators also have a specific area they take care of, like the economy or education. Senators are extremely helpful and are highly respected because of that. As such, players of Senators should try to keep in mind that they have to play nice with the other Senators even if they secretly hate them or are corrupted. Going openly against the ruler is also a really bad idea and can even lead to your execution if you are accused of treason. (If you plot in secret, try not to get caught.)
The Empire is divided into several regions that consist of several cities and areas each. The smallest but most important region is the capital. All other regions consist of provinces that have been conquered in the past and were annexed by the Empire, either with military power or other means.
The oldest regions are stable pieces of the Empire while the newer ones can still have some people that are furious because their country got annexed and merged into the Empire. Younger regions are the areas with the most rebels roaming around because of that.
Each region is ruled by a governor, a high-ranking politician who has authoritative power over the region but still has to obey commands from the capital. Governors take care of most business themselves, like the economy, security, cultural integration, and other matters and are often chosen by the people living there, giving the people in that region a way of self-governance which highly reduces their desire to rebel and makes them feel like they are an actual part of the Empire (plus, they are all considered citizens).
The Imperial Army is massive and divided into several armies because of that. Each army is commanded by a general that has free control to manage their troops and decide their training. Each army is different because of that since the generals are different from each other as well - there is even an army that consists mostly of war orphans and others that have lost their family.
Each general may have full control over their army but every one of them still has to answer the call of the Grand General of the Imperial Army. Said Grand General possesses the highest rank in the military and can give direct orders to generals. The Grand General is also one of the few people that are allowed to call the Senate and/or Emperor/Empress for a strategic meeting. You will rarely see the Grand General on the battlefield because he/she is busy planning conquests, war strategies, and the deployment of armies.
Edited by Gota