DuneFishUK wrote:Yes, but the Emperor cannot be expected dictate every micro-detail.
Never said he did.
That's why planets and systems are given as fiefs to the Great Houses: they do the "micro-managing". So the results differ depending on the character of each House. I would imagine the people of Caladan had a much better time of it than those on Giedi Prime.
Is the Imperium managed solely in smoky backrooms with backhanders, kick-backs and promises of allegiance?
Isn't that the picture you get?
Whatever the nature of its origins those two thousand or more years before the Jihad (whether from some democratic alliance between worlds to ensure safe commerce and travel and to prevent mutual aggression between members or from an alliance of the downtrodden against a central Imperial authority), it's probable that its character changed over time as the overall social structure of the Imperium changed to a more rigid, feudal one under the Corrinos.
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