The Kathrinkas Family have been ruling the planet of Novabella since it was first settled. Initially, this was by right of the fact that they were the leaders of the colonisation effort. In time, the regional Administratum offices confirmed the lineage as Planetary Governors.
For the most part the Kathrinkas have ruled well, even though some rulers were more devoted to enriching their coffers rather than the Imperium’s. Only one ruler ever came into direct conflict. This ruler was Marduk Kathrinkas, who had failed to promptly deliver the requisite tithes roughly 200 years ago. The Thule Sub-Sector Administratum directed a purge that eliminated him along with seventeen percent of the population. Since that time, all tithes have been successfully collected.
The title of ruling Planetary Governor, also known locally as the Bountiful Lord, has been passed down to the family’s oldest child from a parent—or to next eldest surviving sibling— without military action nineteen times. This level of stability has led to a remarkable degree of consistent ruling philosophies within Novabella’s highest-ranking noble family. In part, this is because the family’s lesser heirs have always been offered supporting roles within the planet’s government. Over the centuries, increasingly distant relatives have assumed stewardship of many of the world’s small agricultural communities. Loyalty to the family has been a powerful motivation to keep these towns productive and working in accordance with expectations.