Messer Era

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The Messer Era, or Messer Regime was a period in Human history between the founding of the UEE by Ivar Messer in 2546 and the fall of Linton Messer XI on May 3, 2792. During this period, ten members of the Messer family ruled as Imperators of the UEE, plus one titled posthumously. Today, they are seen to have been malevolent dictators who pushed Human expansionism at unethical costs. Many conspiracy theories surround the notoriety of the Messers.

Ivar Messer

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Reign: Prime Citizen 2546, Imperator 2547, died 2592

Ivan Messer was the founder of the UEE, Prime Citizen and its first Imperator. He rose to power as a victorious hero of the First Tevarin War, leveraging fear of the Xi'an to justify his desire for power, and has been more recently implicated in having employed his wartime allies to perform terrorist attacks in a ruse intended to help him gain the title of Prime Citizen. After succeeding in becoming Imperator, he Initiated numerious classified research projects on devastating weapons of war including Project Vespa. He also oversaw and endorsed a terraforming boom, which inspired the founding of the Gold Horizon Corporation. He also built a strong relationship with Aegis Dynamics.[citation needed ]

Deacon Messer II

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Reign: Imperator 2592, abdicated 2628 [1][2][3]

Ivar's son,[1][4] Deacon oversaw the UEE's victory during the Second Tevarin War, and used it as a way to cement his power.

Livia Messer III

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Reign: Imperator 2628, abdicated 2643 [5]

Livia Messer [6] conducted a media smear campaign against Terran secessionist Senator Assan Kieren. She was a promoter of the Monumentalism style of architecture.[7][8] After a spaceship incident in orbit over the Earth, she lost her husband and son but sustained her heavy injuries. She abdicated two years later.

Marius Messer IV

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Reign: posthumously declared Imperator in 2643

Livia Messer's son, who was honorably made an Imperator after his death.[9]

Corsen Messer V

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Reign: Imperator 2643, assassinated 2592 [10][11][12]

Corsen was Livia Messer's brother, who nationalised all "Terraforming support" concerns when Gold Horizon relocated to Terra, leading to the collapse of Gold Horizon. He established the Orville Prison in Dellin, Charon III - a blacksite for the Messer regime.[citation needed ]

Illyana Messer VI

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Reign: Imperator 2662, [12][10] died 2697 [13]

Illyana assassinated her father Corsen and her brother. She opted not to commit resources to Leir to consolidate that power, inadvertantly enabling the Outsiders' takeover on Mya. She was the UEE's Imperator when first contact with the Vanduul took place in 2681.

Astrid Messer VII

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Reign: Imperator 2697, assassinated 2701

Her reign was overshadowed by the struggle for the throne with Illyana's son, Samuel Messer. She spent large amounts of resources concerning Samuel's elimination until she was assassinated by his agents.

Samuel Messer VIII

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Reign: Imperator 2701,[14][13][10][14] assassinated 2715

He is believed to have denied military support to Caliban following the Fall of Orion to leave the Vanduul enemy as a justification for the harsh militaristic government. He sent a delegation to obtain access rights to the Banu system Gliese amidst the Vanduul recession, uncharacteristic of the anti-alien stance of the Messers. He ordered the removal of Orion and all jumps to it from the UEE's non-military maps. The ICC refused, and were backed by prominent military members. He planned retaliatory measures but was stabbed to death in his bed before they could be enacted.[citation needed ]

Galor Messer IX

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Reign: Imperator 2715,[10][15] died 2751

Galor was the older brother of Samuel Messer VIII and was disinherited by his mother, due to a chronic illness. After the death of his brother he became Imperator anyway.

He pulled military forces out of Tohil, unwittingly enabling the Nyx - Tohil - Virtus smuggling route known as Revolutionary Road. Anti-UEE activists would use it to get 'undesirables' out of the UEE to the Xi'an Empire. Galor was Imperator during the Siege of Tiber and subsequent Fall of Tiber and Fall of Virgil. [citation needed ]

Ulysses Messer X

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Reign: Imperator 2751 [16][15], deposed and committed suicide 2781 [15]

Ulysses undertook a 10 year architectural project beginning while still High Secretary, culminating in the building of Khanos Stadium on Angeli in a misguided effort to win back the Messers' public favor. The stadium was bombed by his daughter Fiona Messer and a group of revolutionaries who had been recruited by his son Linton Messer in a coup. Ulysses subsequently committed suicide.[15]

Linton Messer XI

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Reign: Imperator 2781, [15] deposed 2792-05-02 and killed 2792-05-03 [17]

Linton founded a revolutionary movement to dethrone his father. Later, however, that same movement would end up overthrowing him and ending the Messer Era. During his reign, Linton oversaw the wanton destruction of a developing species on Garron II, and the subsequent Massacre of Garron II. He also commissioned weapons that would later end up as the initial Apocalypse Arms designs.

Aftermath

After his dethronement, Messer XI was succeeded by Imperator Erin Toi who reformed the UEE into a government far more akin to the former UPE only now with a head of state in the form of an Imperator.

Other Messers

Other related figures

  • Lane Corpos, Administrator of Magnus in 2757, distant cousin of Ulysses
  • Ellis Netemi, cousin of Linton and Fiona Messer, adviser of Linton Messer
  • Aemilia ..., cousin of Livia Messer, eponym of Kiel 3a.

Family Tree

Missing relationships are indicated by the ??? symbols, which means that the father or mother of this character is not known.

It seems that the oldest of Imperator's children are appointed (regardless of their gender) to be the heir of the entire realm.

Only three regents died a natural death in their office: Ivar, Illyana and Galor Messer. Ivar was also the Imperator with the longest time in office (45 years). The chronic ill Imperator Galor Messer IX died age 85 and reigned 36 years.

  • Ivar Messer I (* 2516, Prime Citizen 2546, Imperator 2547, † 2592)
    • Deacon Messer II (* 2567, Imp. 2592, abdicated 2628, † 2661)
      • Livia Messer III (* 2593, Imp. 2628, abdicated 2643, † 2661 ) ‿ Daniel Scota, pilot, † 2641
        • Marius Messer IV (* 2625, † 2641, posthumously declared Imp. in 2643)
      • Corsen Messer V (* 2609, Imp. 2643, † 2592 murdered)
        • Gammon Messer, † 2662 murdered
          •  ??? N.N.
            • Astrid Messer VII (* 2667, Imp. 2697, † 2701 murdered)
        • Illyana Messer VI (* ?, Imp. 2662, † 2697)
          • Samuel Messer VIII (* ?, Imp. 2701, † 2715 murdered)
            • Galor Messer IX (* 2666, disinherited as child, Imp. 2715, † 2751)
              •  ??? N.N.
                • Ulysses Messer X (* 2702, Imp. 2751, † 2781 deposed)
                  • Linton Messer XI (* ?, Imp. 2781, † 2792-05-03, deposed)
                  • Fiona Messer, * 2768, disappeared 2792, † ?
                • ? N.N. (brother or sister of Ulysses)

References