| An integral part of the bureaucratic behemoth that is the Amarr Empire, the Emperor Family acts as an extended court of the chosen sovereign. Upon his coronation, a new Emperor is expected to take his immediate family and trusted members of his royal house to join the families of previous Emperors. The structure of the Emperor Family promotes continuity and conservatism, as many key positions in the Family are invariably held by allies of Emperors past. This passive safeguard against change has helped the Amarr Empire remain stable for nearly 1400 years.
Since its creation during the Moral Reforms, the Emperor Family has always been a quiet political power, with the edges of its web touching upon every facet of imperial administration. The mixed heritage of the Family denotes that no single royal house is ever in complete control of Amarr, and that the Emperors must maintain good relations with all houses, constantly balancing expansion of power and the division of influence. The Family's secretaries and bureaucrats have no explicit power, as they are retained purely to implement the Emperor's will. However, the nature of such an organization allows them to subtly thwart edicts and initiatives that conflict with their own agendas.
The Court Chamberlain of the Amarr Empire is often chosen from among the most able members of the Emperor Family, and former Chamberlain Dochuta Karsoth was particularly adept at managing the disparate political wills of the Family. Through his contacts within the Emperor Family, Karsoth was able to remain in that position through the reigns of two Emperors, and effectively steal the power of the throne after the death of Doriam II.
Although it is uncommon for an Emperor to demand a member of the Emperor Family to leave the court, it has become a regular occurrence under the reign of Empress Jamyl I. Karsoth had many close allies within the Family, and Jamyl's agents spent the better part of YC110 and YC111 purging the court of dissenters. Until the Empress can be certain of the loyalty of the group, the Emperor Family remains in a greatly weakened position.
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