The Age of Reform
To offset overexpansion and declining enlistment, the High
Guard for the first time opens its ranks to non-Vedran personnel.
Many historians believe this move marked the beginning of
the reforms which lead to the establishment of the Commonwealth.
The Perseid Insurrection against Imperial authority is brutally
crushed, but only after bitter fighting and the mutiny of
several High Guard squadrons. Widespread public revulsion
leads to the establishment of the Conclave, the Empire's
first popularly elected consultative body. The reform movement
will continue to gain strength over the next several decades.
Under the leadership of Vedran spiritual guide Sucharitkul,
the Conclave votes to officially dissolve the Empire and
replace it with a fully democratic Systems Republic. The
Imperial government resists, and civil war seems imminent.
The tense standoff ends when High Guard supreme commander
Sani nax Rifati brokers a compromise. The Vedran Empress
will remain as titular leader of her former empire, but
with political power ceded to an elected government. The
Systems Commonwealth is born, and with it a new era of peace
and prosperity throughout the six galaxies.
A variety of higher learning institutions throughout the
Commonwealth decide to pool resources by affiliating themselves
together. The All Systems University is born, which will
grow to become one of the Commonwealth's most visible and
indispensable bodies, educating trillions of sentients and
collecting the wisdom of known space into one body.
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