Bulagean humans
The largest group in the Empire, with about twelve million souls as of the 50th year of the Emperor’s reign. The inheritors of the defunct Holy Verdant Empire, the Bulageans make up the majority of large landowners, most chairs in the Imperial Diet, and a plurality of the nobles and major generals. This is due to the former hegemony that the Bulageans held over all others in the Holy Verdant Empire, but represents a major decline in power from the previous era. The Emperor himself hails from the House of Llothrin, and is of mixed human and elven descent, though the Aodilli are fond of pointing out that 9 of his 10 most recent ancestors were human.

Aodilli elves
About ten million elves live in the Empire as of the Emperor’s golden jubilee, the vast majority in their heartland of Aodil. The Emperor reigns over the Aodil as their Primarch, and in many official Aodil publications is referred to as Emperor-Primarch. Though outnumbered by humans in empire-wide bodies like the Imperial Diet, elves feature strong majorities in their own independent assembly, the Chorus. They are the only group, other than the Bulageans, with their own assembly and guaranteed representation. The elven Yeagers, an independent part of the Imperial Army, are also under the elves’ control except in times of war, another hard-won concession.

Khieke dwarves
With close to six million souls living in and around the spine of the Trondvald range, the Khieke dwarves have long been vassals of the Bulageans. In fact, there has never been an independent dwarven kingdom or state, something that has sat increasingly poorly with the dwarves in the Empire as industrialization has increasingly relied on the toils of majority-dwarf miners. Foreign funds have been alleged to be behind increasingly strident dwarven calls for autonomy and an equal stake to the Aodilli. While dwarven troops are present throughout the Imperial Army, they are primarily employed as artillerists and airmen.

Waya and Kelu orcs
Three million Waya orcs and two million Kelu orcs reside in the Empire as a result of its acquisition of lands from the dying Panorcias state to the south. Though they speak different languages with independent (and often adversarial) streaks, they are typically recorded as Waya-Kelu in the Imperial census. As the latest addition to the Empire, the orcs are often restive and violence against Imperial authorities are common. Nevertheless, they have produced several luminaries, including the highly decorated General Umet. A large number of orcs serve in the Imperial military as infantrymen and laborers, as well.

Huash goblins
About four million Huash goblins were forcibly incorporated into the Empire following the dismemberment of their homeland in the Peace of Muisyle, a fact the goblins note with some bitterness as it was the late arrival of goblin heavy arquebusiers that turned the tide in the Empire’s favor during the Secong Great Panorcias War. Nevertheless, the goblins have been forbidden from speaking their language within the Empire, and have been granted no autonomy of their own, with the administration of their lands split between the humans and the elves. Despite their small stature, goblins are renowned marksmen, and the industrial era has provided them with ever more sophisticated firearms with which to hone their skills. As such, they are often used as snipers, scouts, and light infantry by the Empire.

Ukelan halflings
Three million Ukelan halflings live in areas once part of the Great Khanate, the halfling empire that conquered and rules the known world for nearly a hundred years. They as a people have fallen far from their former glory, and due to their close kinship with both humans and elves, halflings are disproportionately targeted for integration and assimilation into Bulagea or Aodil. Many with halfling ancestry choose to conceal it, and avoid speaking in their ancestral tongues, in order to gain advancement as a human or an elf. When they are employed as discrete army units, halflings are usually infantrymen but their small statue has earned them some favor as pilots.

Maniya gnomes
With a population of two million souls, the Maniyan gnomes are found scattered in multiple small enclaves throughout Imperial territory, without any one area in which they constitute a majority. Once itinerant herders and pastoralists, they have never been an independent polity much like the dwarves, and the increasing mechanization of Imperial agriculture has led to gnomes increasingly moving to major cities in search of industrial work. As the smallest sapients in the Empire, they are rarely used as front-line troops and instead normally serve in logistical roles as drivers, cooks, quartermasters, and the like.

Shuu beastfolk
The one million Shuu, known as the beastfolk for their reputed resemblance to and descent from wild animals, are the lowest rung of Imperial society. Forbidden from any labor other than menial work, even in the army, the Shuu are relentlessly exploited, stereotyped, and degraded at an official level, thanks to religious teachings that hold them to be the twisted descendants of particularly vile sinners. This, in turn, has led to many of them being increasingly drawn to political extremism. A Shuu assassin’s bullet ended the life of the Emperor’s grandfather, his immediate predecessor.

Ibbari dragonbloods
The great Ibbari drakes of old no longer sit on their hoards in the Trondvald, but they have left their mark on many who once served them as vassals and thralls. Close to a million claim dragonblood in their ancestry in the Imperial census, but the real number is likely far higher as many conceal their ancestry to avoid discrimination. In addition to being able to manifest certain draconic gifts, such as fiery breath or, rarely, the ability to assume the form of a great drake themselves, the dragonbloods generally are content to either keep to their own close-knit communities or to conceal their ancestry.

Halfbloods and mixed parentage
It is generally held by those with modern scientific leanings that all sapients in the Empire share a common ancestor, and as such intermarriage and the birth of mixed-parentage children can occur. Cultural taboos generally prevent this, but over time large self-identified populations of up to half a million have accumulated in larger urban centers. Due to the strong social (and often religious) stigma against them, even those who openly claim mixed parentage on the census often conceal the fact in their daily life, and only the largest cities can be said to have anything approaching a distinct culture.

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