The Imperial Charter, also known as the Imperial Constitution or Constitutions of the New Order, is the highest set of laws in the Galactic Empire. It is the branch of Imperial legal statues concerning constitutional matters. The Universal Constitution of the Galactic Republic was the basis for the Charter, although with many great differences including the nature of the executive branch, the military and law enforcement, and Rights of Sentience as well the laws passed by Palpatine as Supreme Chancellor. The Emergency Military Powers Act, Capital Powers Act, and Decree AL-69871 are amendments to the Charter. Both the Imperial Senate and the Emperor (19 BBY-present) had the ability to pass amendments to the Charter. In 0 BBY, the Senate was dissolved by order of Emperor Palpatine, and a new edition of the Charter was published, omitting references to the Senate.