List of Imperators of Caphiria
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The Imperator of Caphiria is popularly and aristocratically recognized chief of state and head of government for the Imperium of Caphiria, wielding power over its citizens and military. Under its republic era, regions of the empire were ruled by provincial military governors answerable to and authorised by the "People and Legions of Caphiria". Caphiria and its senate were ruled by a variety of magistrates – of whom the Imperators were the most powerful. Imperators were generals with decades long successful military careers who were able to transition that into a political one. With the respect of the military and the support from the people, Imperators held extreme power and influencer, and would eventually become the sole legal and practical dominant citizen with power over all other magistrates. The republic era would end and birth the Imperium and its head of state, its Imperator. Early imperators were careful to maintain the façade of republican rule, rejecting claims of tyranny, dictatorship, and the title of emperor with their own claims of already having the two most important powers: imperium maius and pyramidis imperia; supreme executive power and being at the top of the pyramid of military command.
Historically, the term 'Imperator' as the head of state is relatively new, with the first individual to hold the office being Sabius Aticus Rahla in 470 CE. However the term 'imperator' referring to the de facto general of the army and political ruler has existed since the Kingdom. The term has evolved to include any historical head of state because it emphasises the strong links between the ruler and the army (on whose support the ruler's power depended), and does not discriminate between the personal styles of rule and titles in different phases of the Imperium. Because of this (lack of) distinction, there is no definitive list of how many Imperators there have been, or how many there have been. According to the Ministry of Statistics, the first Imperator is Sabius Aticus Rahla and instead of having a numbering system which implied a start and finish, Rahla believed that the title was alive; the two powers needed to become Imperator moved from individuals.
Assassination is responsible for virtually all in-office deaths, with only a dozen Imperators dying of natural causes in-office. Currently, only one former Imperator is alive. There has only been a single female ruler of Caphiria, Ausonia Clennia Nessus who gave herself the title Caesari.