I'm looking to expand this, as I like the idea of an Imperium endorsed religion. I imagine the Church would be found throughout the Imperium, be the primary religion of the armed forces, and Nobles and Emperors would be supported by the Church.Church of Sylea
Description: The Church of Sylea (later the Imperial Church of Sylea, and later still, the Imperial Church) is another tool for the Third Imperium's expansion efforts. Where the Imperium cannot go, missionaries can. Their dogma preaches the value of unity of belief and political organisation. They are adept at incorporating the beliefs of various faiths into their own, thus attracting followers of all sorts. Worshippers include Solomani, Vilani and Sylean alike. They use this diversity to advantage in their missionary work.
The administration breakdown I see like this:
The Patriarch presides over the entire Emperium, and is bishop of the Holy City on Sylea
Archcardinals oversee domains (ie, the Archcardinal of the domain of Deneb). They form a college that supports and advises the Patriarch
Cardinals oversee sectors (Cardinal of the Spinward Marches). They too are part of the college that supports and advises the Patriarch
Archbishops over see subsectors (Archbishop of Mora)
Bishops oversee worlds (Bishop of Mora/Mora)
Priests oversee parishes on worlds
I envision the religion to be a monotheistic with strong background in the Roman Catholic Church, but not a part of it. They believe in a trinity consisting of a Creator deity (God), his avatar (the Son), and a manifestation of his divinity (the Holy Ghost).
Anyway, this is really just a bit of stream of thought and I would be very interested in your input.