The Imperial Senate, also known as the Solarian Senate, Imperial Congress, or Solarian Congress, was the legislature of the Solarian Empire from 2387-2407.
The Imperial Senate was established in 2387 shortly after the Solarian Empire was founded by self-appointed Solarian Emperor James Hasley. Although at the time of the formation of the Empire a supermajority of Senators were loyal to the Emperor, the Imperial Senate was still a prime (if cladestine) source of resistance to Hasley's authority and despite it's heavy renaming and modifications, came to be known as "the final remants of the old Federation". Certain Senators were known for using the Senate as a platform to introduce proposals attempting to moderate Hasley's rule, although always under the guise of perfect loyalty and obidence.
In 2307, Emperor Hasley ordered the Imperial Senate shut down for "emergency means", due to continuing political pressure and resistance that, the Emperor claimed, would threaten the stability and safety of the Imperial Government, and the Solarian Empire as a whole; it has not been revived since. The Solarian Council of Ministers assumed, at least in a de-facto manner, the responsbilities of the former Imperial Senate.
The organization differed considerably from it's Federation predessecor, the Federation Council. While the Council had held legislative, executive, judicial, and foreign power, the Imperial Senate only held legislative power, and even that in accordance with the legislative powers of the Solarian Emperor. Despite this, it still held limited judicial authority, enough to try, as well handle cases related to Senators and some other government officials. The Senate cermonially advised the Emperor, formally adjusted the Imperial budget, and passed most laws in the Empire. However, the Emperor introduced, vetoed, passed, or modified Senate legislation, and could both call and dismiss the Senate from meeting at will.
Because of the Regional and Sectorial Governors, the Senators (unlike their counterparts, the Federation Councilmen) no longer served or held the power to act as governor-delegates for their respective territories.
The Senate had the nominal right to pass or repeal amendments to the Constitution of the Solarian Empire, and could, at least cermonially and symboically, supervise the Imperial Military and Government.
The Senate's daily sessions were lead by the Senate President, who was appointed and dismissed by the Emperor at will. The Senate was, at least symboically and nominally, the body responsible for officially annointing the new Emperor, upon the death or abication of the current indiviual holding the throne.