The following men and one woman have served as the State Ministers of the French Empire, the second-most powerful position within the Empire next to the Emperor and one of the most influential government posts in world affairs.

List of Ministers of State

Name Tenure Notes
Michel Ney 1820-1832
Napoleon Francois Charles Bonaparte 1832-1844
Raphael Aubergine 1844-1846
Clemency d'Epignay 1846-1853
Paul Jerome Seychard 1853-1858
Pascal Charles-Francois Giles 1858-1859
Jérôme Valencourt 1859-1875
Hippolyte de Bray 1875-1880
Jacques-Francois Jourdan 1880-1890
Jean Poul de Bray 1890-1894
Francois Koehner 1894-1900
Jacques de Celestine 1900-1903
Peter Dulard 1903-1908
Jules Edouard Roels 1908-1911
Gaspard LaRouche 1911-1918
Joseph Potayal 1918
Albert Bonaparte/Albert I 1918-1925
Desmond Aumange 1925-1927
Philippe Nife 1927-1931
Rene Ducard 1931-1932
Edvard Zollestheir 1932-1934
Francois Baptiste 1934-1936
Fredric de Blount 1936-1938
Francois Baptiste 1938-1943
Roger de Narantal 1943-1947
Vladimir Sergetov 1947-1950
Jacques Stephon de Bray 1950-1952
Vilhelm Koerder 1952-1956
Patric St. Joseph 1956-1961
Francois Senestal 1961-1965
Ronald d'Itan 1965-1966
Francois Ramon 1966
Georges Predeval (1966-1968)
Valery d'Estaing 1968-1972
Patric Renaud 1972-1980
Valery d'Estaing 1980-1984
Francois Mitterand 1984-1990
Bernard Gattainon 1990-1993
Alexander Neveshkin 1993-1997
Henri Alustaine 1997-2002
Marie Baptiste-Thibodeau 2002-2007
Jacques Renaud 2007-2009
Dimitri Woolles 2009-2011
Arnold Schwarzenegger 2011-Present

Role of the State Minister

The State Minister is the chief officer of the Ministry of State and thus a member of the Imperial Cabinet, which itself is a wing of the French Imperial Office as a whole. While this effectively makes the State Minister a role equal to that of the other powerful Ministers (Foreign, Interior, Defense, Security, Churat, Trade, Financial, etc.), the role of the Ministry of State - that of the Ministry which runs the other Ministries and is in charge of managing the day-to-day affairs of the French State and its bureacracy - mean that the Minister of State is afforded a level of influence under the Imperial Office that other ranking bureaucrats do not enjoy.

Also, the role of the State Minister is traditionally that of the Emperor's second-in-command. During the 1800's, the State Minister was seen as the most capable bureaucrat in the Emperor's service, typically one who commanded a great deal of respect. Michel Ney, Napoleon I's most trusted general, was the first State Minister, and he was succeeded by Napoleon's own son. After the death of Clemency d'Epignay, Louis I's closest ally and trusted statesman, the role of the State Minister was diminished somewhat for the next fifty years, in particular due to the "taint upon the office" by Paul Seychard, who actively warred with Louis I from his role and was the first State Minister to be dismissed from the role, which set a precedent of the Emperor firing State Ministers he disagreed with. Previously, all other State Ministers had died (d'Epignay), resigned (Ney, Raphael Aubergine) or ascended to the Emperorship (Napoleon II). With the disgraceful dismissal of Seychard and the prompt death of his successor, Pascal Giles, the office lost much of its luster. Similarly, the assassinations of ambitious State Ministers such as the de Bray brothers knocked the role of the State Minister down to the chief of the bureaucracy, especially during the strong, personality-driven reigns of Philippe and Louis II.

Gaspard LaRouche, the State Minister during the height of the Colonial Wars, changed the role of the State Minister significantly. LaRouche was an ambitious, driven politician who had also served as the head of the Grand Assembly and understood basic Imperial politics. Arguing that the size of the Empire now required a larger government, he led sweeping reforms to assume more direct power over the expanded bureaucracy under his seven years in the office. LaRouche is credited as the father of the "modern State Ministry," and his belief in a strong central government with bureaucrats recruited from strong local governments was not lost on two of his proteges, Philippe Nife and Francois Baptiste, who are two of the men directly credited with helping Albert I come to power.

Albert I, Louis II's younger of two sons, was given the State Ministry due to Louis II's personal distaste of the power LaRouche had influenced on the Empire and Colonial Wars themselves, in order to keep Imperial power within the family. Albert I would later topple his elder brother, Napoleon III, in the Iron Revolution much thanks to the power he had assembled as State Minister, thus fulfilling his father's greatest fears.

Throughout the Albertine age, the State Minister, a role held by a variety of Albert's allies, was a position used by the Emperor to combat his political enemies indirectly - this made the role largely that of a figurehead. Following the French Civil War, the State Minister became the effective head of government during reconstruction alongside the President of the Grand Assembly, who was the head of the legislature, both equal to one another under the Emperor. With the establishment of the Imperial Office in 1950 under Sebastien, the office of State Minister was an important governmental role. Sebastien's State Ministers often acted as head of state as well, going abroad as the face of the Empire while the increasingly reclusive Sebastien stayed at home. Every single State Minister during the rule of Sebastien was routinely dismissed whenever the Emperor grew displeased with them, and the control Sebastien exercised over government diminished the actual power of the role.

Coupled with the coronation of the more liberal Albert II, State Ministers with strong personalities such as Patric Renaud, Valery d'Estaing and Francois Mitterand wielded a greater amount of influence than their predecessors. However, the disastrous wars in Vietnam and Siam ruined the reputation of Mitterand's successor Bernard Gattainon, who was fired in 1993 during a nationally televised broadcast by Albert II on Shroud Day.

Alexander Neveshkin, Gattainon's successor, was referred to as the most powerful State Minister since the Albertine era as he got the Empire out of Siam while butting heads with the powerful, entrenched military. In 2002, Marie Baptiste-Thibodeau, daughter of celebrated two-time Grand Assembly President Xavier Thibodeau, was appointed by Albert II to be the first female State Minister in French history in the wake of firing Henri Alustaine due to an ongoing financial crisis. She would serve for five years and resign office in 2007 as one of the most influential State Ministers in history, due to her expansion of the bureaucracy to integrate more thoroughly at the local and nationwide levels and for seeing through the transition of power between Albert II and Maurice Napoleon I. The current State Minister is Arnold Schwarzenegger, who previously served as Grand Marshal of the French Empire until he was tabbed to replace Dimitri Woolles on Shroud Day 2011. |}

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