The Galactic Empire: An Empire Reborn
Imperial Officers' Manual
Major Revision: 2.0 – 2008.10.31
An adaptation of the pre–Endor document and policies.

Ranks & Rank Equivalence Overview

Many GE Divisions and Institutions conduct routine operations independently, yet are intermixed through the common Galactic Empire... Naval ranks constitute the "centrepiece" ranking system of the GE. Other ranks that can be compared to naval ranks in terms of being senior, equal, or subordinate are considered part of the rank equivalence system. (E.G.- An Army Colonel is senior to a naval Lieutenant, equal to a naval Captain, and subordinate to the ISB General.) As a rule of thumb, all officers who wear a rank plaque on their left breast are senior, equal, or subordinate to one another regardless of their division.

Officers should note their overall placing in rankings, as titles between divisions often differ. For convenience, a visual chart of the Rank Equivalence System has been published below...

Rank Equivalence Chart

* - Denotes a rank currently in disuse.

** - Denotes a pre-Endor rank that has been officially dissolved out of existence.

[ITALICS] - Denotes a rank that is "frozen", and not currently achievable by any officer.

{ } - Denotes a rank that has been granted an honorary elevation of seniority.

Other Ranks

Most – but not all – GE ranks are part of the rank equivalence system. When a rank is not part of the system, it cannot be compared to a naval rank in terms of being senior, equal, or subordinate, and no rank equivalence is said to exist. Officers with no rank equivalence to each other are expected to function in mutual co-operation.

The chief area of ranks separate from the rank equivalence system is the majority of ranks, positions, and titles held by civilians (including Imperial Dignitaries). Moffs are a very particular and prominent exception.

Terms of Address

The operations of most major sections of The Galactic Empire find their roots in military structure & protocol... To help address the various questions of correctness raised by officers, Grand Admiral Daemon herein detailed the officially–accepted terms of address in the Imperial forces...

  1. Unless otherwise stated, there are two correct methods for addressing a senior or superior officer:
    1. By the title "sir". Alternately, "ma'am" is correct in the specific case of a female senior or superior; however, due to the unisex nature of the military, "sir" qualifies as proper protocol regardless of the gender or species of one's superior.
    2. By their rank. The statement "Yes, Admiral" is equally valid to "Yes, sir". Unless a situation demands a high level of formality, all varieties of Admiral, General, Captain, and Colonel may be referred to simply as "Admiral", "General", "Captain", and "Colonel", respectively.
      The option to address by rank is rarely exercised toward superior non-commissioned officers.
  2. In the case of a Moff, the sole correct term of address from all those other than his superiors is "Your Excellency" (which may be abbreviated "Y.E." in all but the most formal of situations). This is in recognition of a Moff's exceedingly high political status throughout the Empire.
    In referencing a Moff as a third-party, "His Excellency" (or "H.E.") may be similarly used, particularly in documents or transmissions of high formality.
  3. In addressing a junior or subordinate officer, a superior may elect to address the officer solely by name if the situation does not demand formality, although officers who are more military-minded will find this to be overly informal as a rule. Many superiors will therefore elect to address a subordinate by rank, or by rank & name. Beyond a simple maintenance of formality, a superior who takes the time to place a subordinate's rank before their name shows that they acknowledge the officer's achievement of that rank.
    If the subordinate is a non-commissioned officer, there is the alternative (and typically exercised) option of prefixing their name with "Mr." (or "Ms."). A non-commissioned officer's name is usually only prefixed with their full rank as part of a formal document.
  4. Where no rank equivalence exists between two officers, it is recommended that address by rank or by rank & name be employed, unless a relationship of informality has been established between them, taking into account that:
    1. Imperial Dignitaries will often carry their own, unique titles and terms of address, as detailed in individual High Command descriptions. Although no rank equivalence exists, Imperial Dignitaries are to be regarded with all due respect, as their name suggests.
    2. A Planetary Governor or System Governor's formal term of address is "Governor".

The words "Distinction and Honour" have long been associated with the Imperial Navy of old, but now more than ever, they are an objective for the entirety of the Empire to maintain... An objective that begins with each Imperial officer's high personal standards, and pride in their Empire, of which these protocols are an overt reflection.

Any further questions of Imperial rank or protocol may be freely directed to the Supreme Commander.