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First City, Qo'nos
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Emperor of the Klingon Empire
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Chancellor of the High Council
High Council of the Klingon Empire
Klingon Defense Force
Klingon Imperial Intelligence
The Klingon Empire (also referred to as the Imperial Klingon Empire or Klingon Imperial Empire) is the official state of the Klingon people, founded in the 9th century by Kahless the Unforgettable, who first united the Klingon homeworld of Qo'noS. Since then the Klingon Empire has expanded its sphere of influence by conquering numerous systems and incorporating them into the Empire.
Non-Klingon subjects of the Klingon Empire are called "jeghpu'wI'", a status greater than slave, but less than citizen.
Government & Politics
See also: Klingon history
The Klingon Empire was first formed around the end of the first millennium, though this Empire fell to the Hur'q. As well as the ancient Karsid Empire. The Klingons soon recovered and began to rebuild their Empire. By the 22nd century the Klingons had become a major power in the Beta Quadrant.
Officially, the Klingon Empire is a feudal monarchy, with power residing in the Emperor, who is traditionally a descendant of Kahless. In reality, however, power lies with the Klingon High Council. The position of emperor was abandoned (but not officially abolished) in the mid-21st century, but was revived in 2369 when a group of clerics created a clone of Kahless, who was accepted as the new Emperor, albeit only as a religious figurehead.
The Chancellor, the true leader of the Empire, is head of the High Council, which consists of twenty-four members representing various Great Houses (tuqmey, essentially, the nobility). The Chancellor is protected at all times by the memoryalpha:Yan-Isleth (Brotherhood of the Sword).
Women are not normally permitted to hold seats on the High Council. Despite that, Azetbur, the daughter of Chancellor Gorkon, was permitted to succeed him as Chancellor in 2293. Chancellor Azetbur was later assassinated by a Klingon named Ditagh, who hoped that after her death the more powerful General Kaarg would rise to power. Kaarg did indeed rise to power and it was he who would forbid women ever on the High Council again.
Various factions almost constantly challenge the leadership of the Empire, and so over time the Klingons have developed a strict and rigorous Rite of Succession to determine their leader. According to tradition, one was permitted to challenge the leader on the grounds of cowardice or dishonorable conduct and fight in single combat. Should the challenger slay the incumbent, he assumed the role of the new leader.
Because of the Klingon propensity for violence, shrewd Klingon chancellors have always redirected hostilities outward, where they would otherwise cause a civil war. In the 2150s, the Klingon chancellor instructed Duras to recapture Jonathan Archer after the latter escaped imprisonment on Rura Penthe. In this way, the chancellor focused the blame for certain internal problems on an external cause. Likewise, Gowron focused his soldiers' energies on invading first the Cardassian Union and later the Federation in order to avoid internal conflicts at home.
Aside from challenges to the primary leadership of the Empire, there is also frequent feuding between the various Great Houses. Most often, the challenge is made on the floor of the High Council and resolved on the battlefield. However, on occasion, some "dishonorable" House leaders choose to make more insidious attacks by undermining the standing of their enemies.
See also: Klingon Defense Force
The Klingon Empire is a warrior culture and embraces these attributes. The role of expansion and defense are both prided and conducted by the Klingon Defense Force. While the agency controls the starships that bring new worlds into the empire, it is the Planetary Regiments that conquer the world itself and secure it in the name of the Empire. The upper levels of the Defense Force consist of the Klingon High Command.
Much of the Klingon Empire's scientific breakthroughs have been made by the subjugation of advanced technological societies.
The flagship of the Klingon Defense Force is the IKS Sword of Kahless.
See also: Klingon
Klingon law is quite brutal towards offenders, with criminal sentences including imprisonment on the ice mines of Rura Penthe or even death. During the trial, the Judicial Charter of Koloth allows the Advocate to attack the charges made against them at any point during the tribunal.
Klingon colonies tend to be equipped with special structures that appeal to the Klingon race such as the Hunting Grounds and Hall of Learning.
Religion plays an important part in the Klingon Empire, and many are devout worshipers of Kahless, or the Kuvah'magh. Many Klingons also celebrate religious holidays, including the Day of Honor and the Kot'baval festival.
The immediate neighbor of the Empire is the region of space where the members of the United Federation of Planets are located. The Klingon Neutral Zone was originally formed as a result of the Organian Peace Treaty, which defined a border between the two powers, but was abolished with the signing of the Khitomer Accords. The Alshanai Rift is one region of space that borders the two states.
The Romulan Star Empire is also an immediate neighbor of the Empire.
See also: Great Houses