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The Xi'an Empire is a hereditary absolute monarchy located along the border of the Eastern Systems. It comprises at least fourteen known systems and is governed by Emperor Kray. The emperor has a High Council of Advisers, each representing a facet of the government. The title of Emperor passes down through the family line. A similar government structure is found on each Xi'an controlled planet, with every planetary council member reporting to their respective counterparts on the Emperor's Council.

The Xi'an are the masters of diplomacy in the Star Citizen universe. They are patient and refined, but can and will throw down if the situation calls for it. They live for centuries; for this reason, propagation of the species is carefully monitored and directed by the government to prevent overcrowding. While their placid demeanor can often be interpreted as aloofness or apathy, their long lifespan means that they act with decades in mind, not years.


Cold War (2530-2789)[]

The Xi'an Empire became known to humans in 2530 when the Gaia Planet Services attempted to terraform the planet Pallas III without authorization. Turns out the planet wasn't uninhabited. A new race, later discovered to be the Xi'an Empire, showed up while the terraformers were building the equipment. This encounter immediately escalated into a 259 year "Cold War" (2530-2789).[1][2] In the darker era of human history, the Imperator and government often used the Xi'an threat as a means to terrify their own citizens and swell the power of the military. Although neither side declared open war, there were many casualties on both sides from covert operations, sabotage, and espionage. Due to their extended lifespan, there are Xi'an from that era that are still alive, such as Kray, the current Emperor, who negotiated the daring peace accord with Senator Akari in 2789.

The Xi'an and Humanity have had a tumultuous relationship over the years. While the Xi'an have generally regarded Humanity as short-sighted and impetuous, they have acknowledged our capacity to destroy and treated us accordingly. While their technology might seem superior to ours (it certainly looks nicer), most of that is simply due to its alien origin. Our two civilizations are on relatively equal technological footing. This ability for mutual annihilation is probably what kept either side from attempting an all-out attack.

The Perry Line (2789)[]

A line of systems that acted as a no-man’s-land between the UEE and the Xi'an. These systems (Tohil, Oya, Gurzil, Horus, Pallas, Hadur, Indra and Virtus) became known as the Perry Line. After the Peace Treaty of 2789, the Perry Line was divided between the UEE and the Xi'an with Tohil, Oya, Gurzil and Horus going to the UEE and Pallas, Hadur, Indra and Virtus going to the Xi'an.


Relations with the Xi'an have warmed over the centuries, but it would be difficult to call them friendly without a slight hint of sarcasm. ‘Guarded’ is probably a more accurate term. There are undoubtedly members of the Xi'an government who still regard the UEE with suspicion and distrust. The current Imperator has always been clear that the futures of two nations are intertwined. As more human Corps enter into tech-exchange deals with Xi'an companies, apparently they feel the same.

Military Service[]

Service in the Military is compulsory for every male and female in the Xi'an Empire. After an obligatory term of service (fifteen earth years) in one of the branches of the military all Xi'ans are considered to be reserve members for the rest of their lives. The standing Xi'an armed forces consist currently of over sixteen million members, not including the civilian populace, all of which effectively have combat training.

While not inherently aggressive or expansionist in their nature, the Xi'an history is rife with civil war and power struggles. However over the last 500 years the Xi'an have adopted alternate methods to warfare preferring subtlety and manipulation to overt conflict. Xi'an influence is suspected in the revolution and subsequent overthrow of Imperator Messer XI in 2792.


Xi'an ships[]

All Xi'an ships seem to have a vertical design.

Ships with Xi'an technology[]

Xi'an Empire systems[]

Diplomatic status[]

Faction Stance
Banu Friendly
Kr’Thak Tense, formerly at war.
United Empire of Earth Neutral, formerly hostile. Trading.
Vanduul Indifferent, but not welcome.

See also[]


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  2. "2789: A Cold War Thaws". Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  3. "Xi'an Scout Ship Specs". Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  4. "Letter From The Chairman 27 Million". Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  5. RobertsSpaceInd (2014) Around the Verse Episode 07 3:44. Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  6. "Monthly Report: April 2014, Foundry 42 section". Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  7. "2789: A Cold War Thaws". Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  8. "How Ideas Take Flight: The Star Citizen Ship Pipeline, Current Ship Status section". Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  9. "Xi'ann Scout Ship Specs". Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  10. "MISC Reliant Variants". Retrieved July 16, 2021.
  11. "Galactic Guide: MISC". Retrieved July 16, 2021.