|Samuel Messer VIII|
|Role||Eighth Imperator of the UEE|
|Years Held||2701 - 2715|
Samuel Messer VIII was the eighth Imperator of the UEE. His mother Illyana Messer named him as her successor in 2697. The appearing Vanduul threat in the "West" was largely overlooked by him and his regime. Notorious for his penchant for brutality, he was assassinated in 2715, stabbed to death in bed. His sickly older brother Galor Messer ascends to become Messer IX amidst much controversy and concern that he is in no condition to run the empire.
"The new Imperator took the Vanduul threat even less seriously and seemed to be much more interested in using his newfound power to torment an already subjugated population into further submission."
Samuel Messer was the son of Illyana Messer, and brother of Galor Messer. After his mother died of a sudden stroke, cousin Astrid Messer seized power for her own. Agents loyal to Illyana smuggled Samuel away from Earth before he could be assassinated. Astrid devoted much military resources to locating him, but ended up being assassinated by Samuel's agents in 2701, at which time Samuel ascended to become Imperator.