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[Lore] Fanon - The Imperial Inquisition

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***Disclaimer: This institution is not confirmed as an actual bureau or agency under the Sith Empire. All work in this thread is fan created lore. Furthermore, no art shown in this thread is owned by me, and all respects to their rightful owners and creators***

The Imperial Inquisition

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The Sith Empire is a nation of laws, regulations, procedures, and sovereign directives. The Imperial Inquisition, under the authority of the Sphere of Sith Philosophy and the Sphere of Laws and Justice, is in place to ensure such edicts are obeyed. Composed of dutiful and diligent Sith and their retinue of imperial forces, the Inquisition is a feared, respected, and highly regulated organization tasked with ensuring loyalty, obedience, and the adherence to law for sith and citizen alike.


Ranks and Heirarchy

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The ranks of the Inquisition, while separate, retain some correlation to the standard titles of the Sith Order. Consolidated within an assembly of Inquisitors, the chain of authority and command are as followed.

Inquisitor:
Introductory rank within the Assembly. This status is often granted to standard sith and newly appointed Lords.

Lord Inquisitor:
Mid tier rank within the Assembly. This status if often granted to Sith Lords who have proven themselves to the Empire and newly appointed Darths.

High Inquisitor:
Senior Rank within the Assembly. This status if often only granted to long serving Darths who have proven themselves to the Empire and demonstrated their capacity to lead, enforce, and investigate.

Directorate:
Administrative Seat of Power within the Assembly. This status if granted specifically to only long serving High Inquisitors. Directorate members are considered executive figures, and oversee the rest of the Assembly of Inquisitors.

Grand Inquisitor:
Leader of the Inquisition. The Grand Inquisitor oversees the Directorate and reports directly to the Minister of Laws and Justice and the Minister of Philosophy.



Responsibilities of the Inquisition

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The responsibilities of the Inquisition, while intimately connected, retain some distinction due to the separate Spheres that oversee the organization. Thus, depending on the Sphere of Influence that each Inquisitor is aligned to, their assignments could differ. While there is a distinct line between the two spheres, crossover can and does occur frequently.


Sphere of Sith Philosophy:
Assignments under the Sphere of Philosophy are specifically geared toward the field of heresy. Inquisitors under this domain would often be tasked with investigating, hunting, arresting and reeducating, or outright killing lightsiders, be they sith or citizen. Inquisitors of this Sphere would take steps to ensure that no other religious faction or philosophical teachings could taint the minds of the Sith Empire. They would also make certain that the Sith Code was being exercised correctly by the members of the Order. Because of this focus, Inquisitors would also monitor the education of the various Academies and individual masters to watch for any sign of deviation that needed correcting.

Sphere of Laws and Justice:
Assignments under the Sphere of Laws and Justice encompass a wider variety of unlawful misconduct. Inquisitors under this domain investigate and enforce general and high profile criminal activity of both sith, military personnel, and imperial denizens. Due to their allotted military police forces, these Inquisitors would also work to augment the Ministry of Defense in protecting hyperspace tradelanes within imperial borders, quelling widescale civil unrest, combating organized crime and homegrown dissidents, providing crisis relief for natural disasters, and standard law enforcement procedures.


Judicial Power

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While investigation and enforcement are main aspects of the Inquisition, members also retain the judicial power of criminal sentencing; however, this power is not absolute. Detained imperial military personnel of impressive rank, Darths, or well established Sith Lords may require an extended judicial process before their sentencing. In such instances, a committee of Inquisitors from the Assembly would be selected by the Directorate to review the case and issue a group decision. High profile cases may require a direct sentencing from the Directorate themselves.


Military Police

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While directly under the purview of the Ministry of Laws and Justice, members of the Military Police can be requisitioned into the service of the Inquisition. Their ranking follow the same structure of the Imperial Military: Private, Specialist, Corporal, Sergeant, Ensign, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Colonel, General, and even Moffs. At the top of the non-force sensitive chain would be the Police Commissioner, a Moff, who reports directly to the Minister of Laws and Justice. These soldiers and commissioned officers would serve as detectives, police officers, crisis negotiators, and administrators.

Those who serve in the Military Police would be trained at imperial military academies, having to pass the same training regimen and standard set forth by the Ministry of War. Their education would be further augmented with courses in administration, criminal justice, criminal investigations, criminology, and psychology.


In-Game Members of Laws and Justice:
In-Game Members of Philosophy:
Report all crimes to the Ministry of Laws and Justice for due processing. It is not only your responsibility, but your moral and legal obligation to ensure the safety and security of our sovereign territories. Failure to notify Imperial authorities of unlawful elements is a punishable offense, resulting in appropriate sanctions.
Posted Dec 23, 16 · OP · Last edited Jan 15, 17
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Fantastic guide, thanks.
Quick Question: Does the Grand Inquisitor only report to Laws and Justice or are they also subject to Sith Philosophy?
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Quick Question: Does the Grand Inquisitor only report to Laws and Justice or are they also subject to Sith Philosophy?

Ah, thanks for that. He would report to both. I'll make that edit now. :)
Report all crimes to the Ministry of Laws and Justice for due processing. It is not only your responsibility, but your moral and legal obligation to ensure the safety and security of our sovereign territories. Failure to notify Imperial authorities of unlawful elements is a punishable offense, resulting in appropriate sanctions.
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Also, since a Moff is the MP Commissioner, does that mean the Ministry of War doesn't have total ownership of the Moffs?
Sorry, my brain is bursting with questions now.
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Also, since a Moff is the MP Commissioner, does that mean the Ministry of War doesn't have total ownership of the Moffs?

As we've seen with the Empire, there is often constant overlap between the various Spheres. A member of the Military, including Moffs, who just happen to serve under a different Sphere of Influence outside of the Ministry of War ( AKA - the Spheres of Offense, Defense, and Strategy) would report to the hierarchy of the Sphere they are directly serving under. General Threnoldt is a fine example of this - a high ranking imperial military man who served as the leader of the Imperial Reclamation Service, under Ancient Knowledge. However, this does not mean that there is not inter-sphere communication occurring.

If the Minister of War wished for a Moff under Laws and Justice to report, it would likely be given. This is very similar to how the Minister of Logistics would report to multiple Dark Councilors due to the economic expansiveness of that division.

TLDR?
While the Ministry of War takes heavy precedence over the Moffs, they can be appropriately allotted to other Spheres of Influence under the right circumstances- just like any other military asset.

Mail me any other inquiries you might have :)
Report all crimes to the Ministry of Laws and Justice for due processing. It is not only your responsibility, but your moral and legal obligation to ensure the safety and security of our sovereign territories. Failure to notify Imperial authorities of unlawful elements is a punishable offense, resulting in appropriate sanctions.
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seraph or someone else better yoink varict into the inquisition/deathwatch
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Curious why the Sphere of Sith Philosophy would care about and hunt down lightside citizens. Sith make sense. Ensuring Sith adhere to traditional values is their purpose, but hunting down lightside citizens that are non-sith seems outside their sanction. Particularly since many Imperial Citizens are a result of being conquered. They also don't follow the religion and teachings of the Sith. The Sith are just their masters and rulers. I can't imagine them going door to door and purging everyone they sense a hint of lightside in. That would just incite rebellion. And while this isn't the same setting as Palpatine's Empire, you never saw him do that. Considering how popular Acina is said to be, I highly doubt she'd sanction that either. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding your phrasing/wording? I'm curious because of potential RP hooks.
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Curious why the Sphere of Sith Philosophy would care about and hunt down lightside citizens.

Hello! You read a little too far into the expansiveness of how invasive the Inquisitors would be. When I said that they would hunt down lightsiders, be they sith or citizen, I refer to them overseeing charges of heresy. If a non-force user was preaching Jedi philosophy ( Or other theologies, such as Bendu Philosophy), I can assure you that an Inquisitor of Sith Philosophy would be picking them up. The same would go to large scale religious movements (ex- Prophet-like figures) who were calling the Sith Faith into question and posing a valid threat and or competition to the Sith Code. Spiritualities that are not in conflict to the Sith code, such a Miraluka sith who privately practiced the worship of Bogan - the embodiment of the darkside, would not be targeted. A miraluka worshiper of Ashla, however, would.

The Sith Empire is a theocracy, thus their religion and spiritual philosophy are important culturally factors to take into account. C:
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Curious why the Sphere of Sith Philosophy would care about and hunt down lightside citizens.

Hello! You read a little too far into the expansiveness of how invasive the Inquisitors would be. When I said that they would hunt down lightsiders, be they sith or citizen, I refer to them overseeing charges of heresy. If a non-force user was preaching Jedi philosophy ( Or other theologies, such as Bendu Philosophy), I can assure you that an Inquisitor of Sith Philosophy would be picking them up. The same would go to large scale religious movements (ex- Prophet-like figures) who were calling the Sith Faith into question and posing a valid threat and or competition to the Sith Code. Spiritualities that are not in conflict to the Sith code, such a Miraluka sith who privately practiced the worship of Bogan - the embodiment of the darkside, would not be targeted. A miraluka worshiper of Ashla, however, would.

The Sith Empire is a theocracy, thus their religion and spiritual philosophy are important culturally factors to take into account. C:

I gotya. That makes sense! The post said "lightside citizens" so I was like "wait what" and wondering if you were rping some sort of Nazi SS style regime where they'd go door to door looking for anyone with jewish ancestry. "Better round up Bob! That guy is nice to everyone and even tips well!" <- was sort of what I was getting the impression of.
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Nah, just those who were outright proselytizing and blatantly following a philosophy and or religion that contrasts and or competes with Sith Philosophy and moral teachings. C: AKA - Basic Heresy.
Report all crimes to the Ministry of Laws and Justice for due processing. It is not only your responsibility, but your moral and legal obligation to ensure the safety and security of our sovereign territories. Failure to notify Imperial authorities of unlawful elements is a punishable offense, resulting in appropriate sanctions.
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