- "Far back in the mist of ancient time in the great and glorious days of the former Galactic Empire, life was wild, rich and on-the-whole tax free. Mighty star ships plied their way between exotic suns, seeking adventure and reward amongst the furthest reaches of galactic space. In those days, spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri."
- —The Guide on the Galactic Empire[src]
The (Imperial) Galactic Empire was a galactic empire that mainly governed the galaxy, but 10 million years ago, was plunged into poverty after Magrathea became extremely rich. Therefore the government changed into a democracy. The galactic govenment had "a president" which directed attention away from the real ruler of the Universe, a man in a shack on a barren world that can only be reached by Improbability Drive. The presidents mentioned are Zaphod Beeblebrox and Yooden Vranx.
The Galactic Empire appeared in:
- The third episode of the TV series.