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. The Empire has over 1.7 trillion citizens as of 3304 CE.
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.
Names for Imperial citizens
The terms "Imperials" or "Imps" are also used for Imperial Citizens. 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.'
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."