Though the Military may at first seem like a tool of the Illumian empire, outside observers would never know that the Imperial Family does not concern itself with expansion. The Military is largely left to its own desires, granting it immense power.
When the Military of the city, and of the empire, was formed, it did not wield very much power. However, a gradual transformation has taken place. As the Empire became Expansionistic, the Emperor began listening to the concerns more and more from his tacticians, most of whom came from the Lask, much more skilled in warfare than the Kyuran. In this way, the Lask subtly regained their power. Now, under the banner of the Illumian empire, they war, conquer, and take the spoils. Any outside observer will be shocked to see how many of these spoils go to the military branch of the empire, as opposed to the emperor himself. Technically, at any time, the Imperial family could crack down on them, but doing so would weaken the entire empire, so the Military holds massive sway in politics.