Located the closest to the nebula on the galaxy’s lower arm, the Empire is an absolute monarchy, with the Emperor regarded as a demi-god, descending from a Prophet that emerged from the nebula itself. The Emperor is known to perform unexplainable miracles. The Empire relies on its theocracy and the clerics to keep its many territories and peoples together. The expansion of the nebula has been interpreted as punishment for disbelievers, which need to be weeded out and converted by force.
No more information is available on this faction for now. It will become available after the first major update after the game is released.