Leviathan is a series of missions to take place over the next five years where the Commonwealth Space Program (CSP) is planning to land a manned presence on Sorana as well as establish a planetary base of operations and an orbital launch station. The Empireís aerospace program has been seen to be relatively stagnant since the 2060s when it joined the VA, critics claim the VA despite its vast resources has been too cautious in regards to space exploration and calls for a more aggressive research base program has been proposed.
Archon Lydia Galanis has seen her popularity in the polls sag to their lowest point since she took office five years ago, they rest at just 45% of the public approving of or giving the benefit of the doubt to the Archon while a large 46% of the remaining respondents disapproved partially or entirely with the direction of the Empire. This yearís elections to the Synedrio (legislature) will prove critical as to whether the remaining five years of Archon Galanisí term are with a majority or an opposition controlled legislature.
The Palace confirmed the engagement had the blessing of the entire Imperial Household as well as the enthusiastic support of Basileus Leto. The wedding is expected to be held at the Salt Palace in three months time with what will likely be one of the most high profile and star studded weddings in recent memory.
Basileus Leto has been able to avoid any major scandals for himself but also for the entirety of the Imperial Household which has been a welcome departure from the scandals that plagued his family while he was growing up as well as the entirety of the 1900s when questionable marriages and some very public disputes played out in the tabloids.
The Great War (2017 - 2023) was during the final years of Basileus Isidorus Iís reign and while the family contributed as best they could to the war effort, ultimately it was their close business ties and relations with the Union that would sour public opinion and when in 2028 Isidorus died and Leto ascended it was his first act as Basileus to divest from the Union. This proved to be an immensely invaluable asset come the Egian War (2042 - 2044) where the Union and the Empire fought a one on one battle for control of the Egian Archipelago. Imperial members publicly and almost fanatically in favor of the Empire that several members even volunteered in the military or with the war effort.
This has allowed some to note that the popularity of the Imperial Family is hovering in the mid 75% range as of late and with the recent wedding announcement that number is expected to climb higher. A stark contrast to the current government ratings received by Archon Galanis. Though it is that the Imperial Household is non-partisan and ceremonial in nature, it has seemingly won over the public during the last half century.