An Imperial Citizen is the status of a person recognized under Imperial Law as being a legal member of the Empire. This is a social class above Imperial Slave. Their interests are represented by a Client.[1] The Empire has over 1.7 trillion citizens as of 3304 CE.[2]

An Imperial Citizen can file a petition to their Client. A citizen petition is where a slave or child of a Citizen, or even a foreigner, petitions to become an Imperial Citizen. For children this is a fairly informal process, which is really a coming-of-age party with a brief ceremony at the start, which happens when they reach 21 years old.[1]

Names for Imperial citizens

The terms "Imperials" or "Imps" are also used for Imperial Citizens.[3] Examples:

'Federals, Imperials and Alliance,' Turner said, walking around to the head of the table. 'Good. I require your full attention. is will not take long, but I think you'll find it most interesting.'[4]

One Commander said: "I'm here to protect the barnacles – I don't care about Feds or Imps. This is a prime example of politics getting in the way of what's truly important. They need to get off their high horses and discuss how we can protect the barnacles."[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Governments and politics in Elite Dangerous
  2. Empire populated systems
  3. 3.0 3.1 Freelance Report: Federal Expansion Brought to a Halt - 11 JUL 3302
  4. Elite Dangerous: Premonition, page 330
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