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"We are […] an Empire ruled by a new Constitution!"

The Imperial Charter or Constitutions of the New Order was the highest set of laws in the Galactic Empire. It represented the branch of Imperial legal statutes concerned with Constitutional law. The Galactic Constitution of the Galactic Republic presumably was the basis for the Imperial Charter, with several major changes including the nature of the executive branch, military and law enforcement, and Rights of Sentience as well as the laws passed by Palpatine as Supreme Chancellor. The Emergency Military Powers Act and Decree 77-92465-001 were apparently part of them. The Imperial Senate had the ability to pass amendments to them. Whatever constitution the Empire used was presumably overridden by the state of emergency declared in 0 BBY.

It is not clear if the constitution of the Imperial Remnant, the successor government of the Galactic Empire, was anything other than the Imperial Charter, but from c. 12 ABY, a new de facto political constitution had emerged, with political and military power being held by the Regional Governors of the Moff Council, in alliance with Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet. At some point, following the Second Galactic Civil War, the Imperial monarchy was restored by the Fel dynasty after decades of interregnum, though Moffs continued to hold considerable power.

One of the Charter's passages stated that senators could not question an edict of the Galactic Emperor. It also included segments detailing the relationships (including political, military, colonial, transportation, and economic) between the Imperial government and the local systems it ruled.

Leia Organa considered the Empire's use of energy weapons on a primitive species such as the Coway a gross violation of the original Imperial Charter, but acknowledged that by this time, the Empire was largely unconcerned with maintaining such appearances.[1]

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