The Daimos Imperium

INTRODUCING: The New Imperium

Obsequium est Vita. Obedience is Life. This is the Imperium's mantra. Order is everything; anyone who denies this is a threat to the survival of humanity and must be taught the error of his ways, or be eliminated. Life is sacrosanct, but if a life stands in the way of the progress of more life, then away it goes. The Daiman systems thrive economically under such rigid structure, but science, knowledge, and innovation do not. However, medical science is well-developed, and physical quality of life is outstanding. Psychological quality of life is another matter entirely.

General Info

Player: Tony Fanchi
Contributions from: Erik Henriksen

Military Might: Strong
Intelligence Assets: Adequate
Production Capacity: Robust


Daimos (capital)

History and Disposition of the Imperium

Before the Sundering, Daimos was popular vacation spot, due in no small part to the remarkably mild and pleasant climate. Daimen were known throughout the Republic as an educated, enlightened people who treasured their democratic freedoms. And while the population survived the immediate aftermath of the manifold shutdown, a powerful solar flare followed by a devastating planetary pandemic ended democratic freedoms for the Daimen.

Although no one knows how, a genetically engineered virus that had been forgotten in the depths of an abandoned research facility was released. It ravaged the population for almost a century, killing nearly 95% of the planet’s population. Daimen called this virus “the Gargoyle,” for the way it grays and hardens the skin before the onset of death. A cure for the Gargoyle was never forthcoming but rather the doctors and scientists working feverishly on a cure had discovered ways of extending the life of those that were infected. As a natural result, scientists and doctors became an elite social class, given unprecedented power so that they would be able to continue their work to cure the virus. Over the years, this elite group evolved into the “Dynasty,” which charged itself with providing for the needs of all Daimen. The Daimen had traded freedom for a gilded cage.

Eventually, the Dynasty abandoned their search for a cure to the Gargoyle and instead, focused on improving the human genome to become resistant to its effects. A complex breeding program, careful cloning and genetic manipulation eventually succeeded in creating a human being that was immune to the Gargoyle. But the Dynasty didn’t stop there. They continued selective breeding over the centuries and Daiman society changed to account for the results. Several distinct “castes” were created: the Helos (workers), the Stratoi (soldiers) and the Ephors (supervisors). Members of the Dynasty, Daimos’ ruling class, are chosen from the Ephors and are known as [[[|Dynastor|Dynastors]]]. And from among the Dynasty, a supreme ruler (the Dynast) is elected for life.

Daimen live in a very sterile and structured, albeit benevolent, environment. Everything is monitored and controlled by the Dynasty and their Ephors. The rules of living are selected for them; clothing, meals, leisure, inter-personal relationships and jobs are all structured and controlled. A host of doctors and psychologists chosen from among the Ephors, continuously monitor the physical and mental health of all Daimans. While the concept of liberty is foreign to most Daimen, it cannot be said that they are neglected or abused. Daimen are some of the healthiest individuals in human space. Helos work harder, Stratoi fight better and Ephors are smarter than most humans. At least, that’s what the Daimen believe.

Two and a half centuries after Daimos was cut off by the manifold failure, a resistance movement emerged to challenge the Daiman way of life. They called themselves “Sleepwalkers” although the Dynasty referred to them by a different moniker: Antimorphs. The Antimorphs were primarily contained to the Helos but isolated cases could be found among the Stratoi and Ephors as well. The Dynasty expended a great deal of effort over the next two centuries to eradicate the genetic errors that called themselves Sleepwalkers by initiating a series of “recalls.” From an outsider’s perspective, Recalls would appear to be nothing more than mass executions. However, the Dynasty truly believed that the rebellious tendencies of the Sleepwalkers were a genuine genetic contamination, an error created during gene sequencing and subsequent DNA duplication. The only way the Dynasty knew how to correct the anomaly was to terminate entire genetic lines that had demonstrated the anomaly.

Recently, the Antimorphs engaged in a mass exodus from Daimos to a neighboring star system. While the Dynasty was happy to see them go, it continues to search for Antimorphs on Daimos and its colonies on Martinvale and Manchucheko. Currently, the Imperium has no formal diplomatic relations with the Antimorphs and the Dynasty considers the Shelby Accord a breeding ground for genetic contamination. It is content to allow the Sleepwalkers to exist so long as the Antimorphic anomalies do not disrupt Daiman society. The result is that civil disobedience or even aberrant behavior within the boundaries of the Imperium are blamed on the Shelby Accord. Unrest, criminal behavior and even off-hand expressions of free thinking by members of the Daiman population could all be considered casus belli against the Accord.


Daiman society is rigidly planned along preset lines, separating all Daiman citizens into one of three “castes.” Movement between the castes is not possible; Daimen who seek to improve their predetermined role in society are labeled “antimorphs” and are immediately removed from the active population.


The workers of the Imperium are called Helos. They account for more than 80% of the total population and are bred to excel at manual tasks and non-violent conformity. While they are not automatons, Helos generally lack strong ambitions or a desire for a better life. Genetically, Helos are “programmed” to produce an over-abundance of the monoamine oxidase enzyme that regulates anger and violent behavior. Anti-depressants and other mood-altering drugs are incorporated into their daily food supply, making Helos less likely to respond negatively to their environment. In addition, dopamine capsules are ingested at the beginning of a Helo’s workday and are programmed to release their contents whenever a Helo achieves a work-related task. This makes success in the workplace the most pleasurable experience a Helo can have. Close contact between Helos are strictly monitored by the Ephors and are, in most cases, prohibited. While Helos do make friends amongst each other, anything more than casual contact with another Helo is discouraged. In fact, fraternization rarely occurs because to be distracted by your co-workers lessens the chance that work-related tasks will get done (and thereby making it unlikely that the Helo will be rewarded with dopamine). A Helo’s activities, tasks and associated rewards are monitored and dispensed by the Managers (see Ephors). To outsiders, while clearly intelligent, Helos seem detached and euphoric, possessing an odd enthusiasm for the minutiae of their work.


Stratoi make up less than 10% of the population. Like the Helos, they are genetically coded to make them more law-abiding and less likely to possess strong ambitions. Unlike the Helos, they are not treated with gene sequencing or drugs to restrict their violent tendencies. The Stratoi begin their development as soldiers from birth as they undergo extreme mental and physical training which includes phrase repetition conditioning, running, weapons training, wrestling, boxing, and desensitization to violence. Once they become fully functioning soldiers, they are further augmented by the use of drugs, hormone stimulation, hypnosis and biofeedback to enhance agility and endurance. Adrenalin regulators (worn at the wrists) are carefully monitored and controlled by the Handlers (see Ephors). Stratoi are ruthlessly unemotional and do not typically socialize with anyone.


Making up a little more than 10% of the population, Ephors are the intellectual glue that hold the Daiman social system together. Selective breeding, prenatal testing and genetic engineering are all employed to produce individuals that have a predisposition for leadership, intellectual pursuits and creative thinking. With enhanced cognitive and physical capabilities, the Ephors are essentially the “ruling caste” of Daiman society. While the Ephors are not subject to the same genetic and drug-enforced behavior modifications that the Helos and Stratoi receive, conformity and allegiance to the state is still a fundamental part of the Ephors’ social indoctrination. In addition, the Ephors’ position at the top of the social pyramid generally reinforces their loyalty to the status quo. Ephors can be divided into five smaller sub-groups. Managers are in charge of the massive Daiman workforce of Helos. Handlers monitor and instruct the actions of the Stratoi. Enforcers are security and investigative specialists. Finally, Directors are Ephors that create, guide and organize all aspects of Daiman society on the macro-level. Directors are the primary decision makers and it is from this sub-group that the Dynasty emerged. The social roles that Ephors play are more varied and flexible than those of the Helos or Stratoi. While a typical Ephor does not generally choose his or her own path in life, it is not unheard of for a Manager to become a Handler, or even an Enforcer. This very limited form of “meritocracy” is the only segment of Daiman population wherein social mobility is possible.

Government and Religion

Governance of the Imperium is the strict purview of the Ephors. Stratoi and Helos do not participate in active government on any level. Even the typical Ephor’s sphere of authority is limited by their predetermined role. The highest level of authority in the Daimos Imperium is the Dynasty.

The Dynasty

The Dynasty is the ruling council of the Imperium. All major decisions are made by the Dynasty including the selection of the supreme ruler, the Dynast.

It is said that the Dynasty was formed by the pre-eminent scientists and doctors that saw Daimos through the Gargoyle epidemic. Regarded by Daimen more as demi-gods than actual statesmen, the Dynasty is the sole source of law and justice in the Imperium. The legislative, judiciary and executive functions of the government are all carried out by the Dynasty. Since the reactivation of the manifolds, the Dynasty has become more withdrawn and secretive. It is not known just how many individuals make up the Dynasty but external observers theorize that it numbers at least a dozen.

The Dynasty is generally believed to assemble in an artificially generated virtual reality called “the Reliquary”. This construct is exceedingly simple on a technological level but the end result is that no two members of the Dynasty are ever in the same location. Among the Daiman population, the Reliquary has taken on a pseudo-spiritual significance reminiscent of Mount Olympus in Greek mythology. No one outside the Dynasty has ever entered the Reliquary and lived to describe it.


While Daimen do not believe in an afterlife or the immortality of the human soul, they have adopted a parallel ideology called "Renewal" that has transformed what was once scientific theories and practices into a spiritual belief system.

Although no formal doctrine exists to support or promote it, Daimen believe that it is possible for the consciousness of a human being to be medically transferred to a human “receptacle” upon death. This belief springs from a curiously tenacious myth regarding the early days of the Gargoyle epidemic. The myth describes how a small circle of doctors and bio-scientists discovered a way to transfer the memories, personality and consciousness of a human being from the original (presumably diseased) body to a cloned copy. The myth goes on to describe how these doctors and scientists (later called the Dynasty), faced with the total extinction of the Daiman population, preserved the surviving members of the society by creating clones and transferring the consciousness of a dying Daiman into a clone. Later, when the population expanded sufficiently, the Dynasty discontinued the practice among the general population but continued to transfer themselves from copy to copy. This effectively makes members of the Dynasty immortal demi-gods in the minds of the Daiman population.

In an added twist to the mythology, Daimen have adopted the notion that despite the fact that the “transference” procedure was discontinued, the phenomenon continues without the intervention of the Dynasty . Daimen actually believe that the process of transference has evolved from a medical procedure into the "Renewal," a metaphysical occurrence. Daimen further believe that by accepting one’s role in Daiman caste society, duty to the Imperium, obeying authority and fulfilling social obligations is the only way to ensure that they will Renew. Furthermore, a growing number of Daimen have begun to suspect that it is actually possible to move from one caste to another (i.e., from Helo to Stratos and from Stratos to Ephor) by carefully and dutifully adhering to social obligations. Although the people of Daimos are technically atheistic, outsiders see this subtle emergence of theology too convenient and suspect the Dynasty of engineering a new religion to reinforce and validate social stratification.


Daiman economics, like its society, is rigidly structured and planned according to the needs of the state. Strictly speaking, the economy of the Imperium resembles that of other fascist states. The Daiman economy favors Corporatism, wherein power is given to Ephor civic assemblies called “corporations” (not to be confused with contemporary business corporations). These corporations are unelected bodies with an internal hierarchy; their purpose is to exert control over their respective areas of economic life. For example, the large agricultural corporations on Daimos are composed of all the leaders in the farming industry, coming together to discuss means of expanding efficiency, planning expansion, and submitting reports and requests to star system-level ruling councils.

The Daiman economy does encourage the pursuit of private profit but only among the Ephors and only insofar as it serves Daimos. Additionally, the Dynasty offers many benefits to large businesses but they demand in return that all economic activity should serve the interests of the Imperium. Although the Dynasty is still considering the economic ramifications, since the reactivation of the manifold, foreign trade has generally been discouraged. The Dynasty believes that too much interstellar trade would make the Daiman economy dependent on foreign capital and therefore vulnerable to economic sanctions. The preservation of Daiman self-sufficiency is a major economic goal of the Dynasty.


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