Novaquark’s Dual Universe is by all accounts an ambitious game in the making. Promising a pioneering server technology, in-depth sandbox features, and an infinite number of detailed planets, the game has captivated the minds of thousands of players. Despite a strict non-disclosure agreement, the fascinated and curious alike continue to gather in droves. A claimed policy of openness and community interaction has sparked a self-sustaining cycle of community generated content. The game recently entered its Alpha stage of development and the community site boasts over 2,000 organisations. The official community Discord (founded by a player – but now run by the game’s developers), has over 3,500 members.
As the game progresses in its development, Outpost Zebra meets the game’s most popular organisations and asks the questions that matter.

One of the most stable organisations in the top ten, the Empire is also one of the most reserved. Formed and lead by Kytheum, the organisation has one of the longest streaks of stable growth. Ever marching upwards, Kytheum’s brainchild is Dual Universe’s third largest organisation. Like the Terran Union, it was also formed quite early.

‘The Empire was founded on the 18th of August in 2016, which is as I recall, at most a week after the organisation’s page was launched.’ Kytheum told us.

The Empire has developed or at least, adhered to notable aesthetics almost unique to it. With a logo that is as minimalist as its foreign policy, exactly where did the inspiration for the Empire come from?
‘The name can be taken directly out of the Star Wars Universe. Referring to an organisation as just the “Empire” really brought a lot of weight and made everything…more impactful. The Empire’s policies themselves are original to a degree. The Empire wants to demonstrate that Autocratic organisations don’t have to be tyrannical dictatorships but can be secure and prosperous societies.’ With clear-cut goals set for the future, how would Kytheum have described his organisation a year ago?
‘…Prosperity, Formality and Power.’

Kytheum divulged a bit more about the Empire. The organisation has gone through a lot of internal changes and series of refinements have succeeded in streamlining and optimising its structure. Back then, he states, the future was uncertain.
All the effort seems to have been worth it. As far as he is concerned, the Empire is:
‘Stable, Secure and Prosperous.’

We enquired what moment best defined the Empire. The answer we got was one of stability.
‘During the period that mmtheboss caused havoc – from the creation of Solar Secure to the collapse of Unity League, the Empire really stated its position as a stable and secure power.’  
The first soundtrack from their composer, the activation of their organisation website, and the many times they have moved up in the Top Ten Organisations Page…
‘There are so many [achievements], it’s difficult to isolate one.’ Kytheum said.

Steadiness and prosperity aside (the organisation had 342 members the last time we checked), there’s a small identity problem.
‘I would change the fact that some members of the community believe the Empire to be a Star Wars organisation…’  
While most organisations race to increase their interaction with the Dual Universe community, the Empire treasures its seclusion.
‘The Empire exists in its own secure environment away from most of the politics of the other organisations. This results in us not receiving any of the problems they would be facing…’

Along those lines, Kytheum would grade his organisation with a 5/10 in its involvement with Dual Universe. According to him, the Empire has allies. True to the established nature of secrecy, he isn’t willing to divulge which of them is the closest.
‘The Empire generally keeps its relations tight, therefore we do not publicly disclose who they are.’  
Further questions on the dynamics of diplomacy with the arrival of combat mechanics earned us an even more unruffled response.
‘No, I believe [the allies and foes] will remain fairly similar.’
We could, however, elicit a proper response with a hypothetical question. If he could pick five organisations as allies when diplomacy goes south…
‘Silverlight Industries…The Eldritch Nation…Dark Star Imperium…Objective Driveyards…and The Solar Empire…’
Curiously, the Terran Union isn’t listed among those five. Perhaps, it’s because they scare him the most.
‘…since they own so much of the Dual Universe population, any decision they make could affect the entire game. If they do something controversial, it might turn away people from Dual Universe itself.’  
Speaking of controversial, there are numerous organisations on the Dual Universe community page – some more outlandish than others. What organisation name made the stoic leader crack a smile?
‘Buttclenchean LTD, along with 👌👌👌👌👌👌.’

With a great emphasis on stable and careful policy, his view on personal leadership is surprisingly pragmatic. According to Kytheum, he hasn’t said or done anything he’s regretted.
‘…although, it does feel like an inevitability.’  
The Empire has a solid public image, and we couldn’t stop wondering what best would embody the organisation. Kytheum’s reply was somewhat philosophical:
‘Not an animal, but I have described the Empire as a fluid before. It’s stable and can continue to change and adapt to fit into any given situation.’

The Emperor didn’t mind admitting something quite…expected. If his organisation were to exist in any popular space opera, it would be on the side of the Empire or the First Order…from Star Wars. Its activity would be in support of ‘a stable autocratic government rather than a corrupt and chaotic republic.’
What would be the weapon of choice for the Empire? Nukes or hypersonic missiles?
If you nukes are the de facto weapons of all empires, you were wrong.
‘Kinetic hypersonic missiles, there is less collateral damage and no fallout left behind.’
Who would the leader of the Empire find tolerable? Jar Jar Binks or C3P0?
‘[REDACTED] and C3PO? Well, of course, you want C3PO. I mean, have you noticed his red arm?’ 


Will you be heeding the clarion call? Provided you promise to be a good citizen, there’s a place for you in the Empire. Visit their Discord server here. Before the next edition comes out, we’ll be getting our background history checked, security clearances prepared and connections scrutinised. Join us as we enter The Eldritch Nation.

Many thanks to Kytheum for his patience and time with our questions.