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Imperial Interregnum

As an old patriot, the period of the Imperial Interregnum has been a difficult period to research and write about objectively. However, I have never let personal opinion block my professional neutrality. What is clear in these last days is that those who allowed this phase of our history to occur should have been tried for treason.

The Interregnum was actually nothing of the sort. Interregnum implies a period between the rule of two monarchs or emperors. However, with Durin Bonash’s “reforms,” the return of Imperial reign was all but impossible. He saw to it that the central authority Terrans needed was lost. This phase in our history was marked with instability, individual self-centeredness, and general lack of concern for future generations.

The Interregnum introduced a period of rampant fraud. With the easements of central control, the Soup data library computers were not properly updated. Exploration had resumed during the High Imperium, and new systems were added. However, research shows that as many profitable systems were held from the Government as were reported. Had the Interregnum not happened, this degree of fraud would not have occurred. As a result, we have since experienced the same difficulties as during the Terran Decline. In fact, this period is being known as the waxing years of a [Second Decline](/chronology/second-decline). With the Cathan Navy shorn of its responsibilities, compelling trans-system ships to share their information is no more.

The closest attempt to reform an Imperial rule might have been possible during the Hundred Bloody Days, but while anyone can become a despot, only those chosen can become Emperor. In the end, those bloody days did as much to spell the end of society as had Durin Bonish and his “reforms.”


  1. Durin Bonish
  2. Hundred Bloody Days
  1. Imperium Edition Index
  2. Hundred Bloody Days
  3. Second Decline
  4. Durin Bonish
  5. Terran Decline
  6. Chronology/Seconddecline