The Tzenkethi are an obscure, reptilian people known for raiding colonies and outposts on the edge of frontier space. The ruler of the Tzenkethi is the Autarch, a totalitarian tsar that leads by ruthless example, following a mer-ciless drive towards expansion, conquest, and obliteration of everything that might stand in the way.
The Tzenkethi do not anticipate any likely threat strong enough to penetrate their defences. But should such an attack be forthcoming a final defence lies ready: a powerful orbital defence shield that can repel all but the most sustained bombardment.
Overlooking the capital city sits the fortress of the Autarch. From here he rules with an iron fist. None would dare defy him, nor fail to pay the steep taxes needed to fund his rule of terror.