Imperial Senate Complex - Krylos City
Under the Empire, one can only stand for election to the Senate if one is of senatorial rank, and to be of senatorial rank, one had to be the son of a senator. If an individual is not of senatorial rank, there were two ways for that individual to become a senator. Under the first method, the Emperor grants that individual the authority to stand for election to the Senate, while under the second method, the Emperor appoints that individual to the Senate by issuing a decree.
The power that the Emperor holds over the Senate is absolute, which is due, in part, to the fact that the Emperor holds office for life. During senate meetings, the Emperor sits between the two Consuls, and usually acts as the presiding officer. Senators of the Empire can ask extraneous questions or request that a certain action be taken by the Senate. Higher ranking senators speak before lower ranking senators, although the Emperor can speak at any time. Besides the Emperor, Consuls and the President of the Senate can also preside over the senate.
Members of the Senate are distinguished by their distinctive formal dress.