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PostHeaderIconCalisay Kuchta

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Emperor of the First Terran Empire TE 254-275
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Emperor
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Human (Mundane)
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Birthdate/place: 
5 March 227
Deathdate/place: 
6 July 275, New York, Terra
Biography: 

Calisay Kuchta was the second child of Emperor Ami Kuchta and Robert Churchill. Developed in vitro and born when her mother was only 18, Calisay was raised under the direction of her grandmother, Mandike Kuchta. Calisay was a product of the Kuchta genetic enhancement program begun by her great-great grandfather Sten Kuchta (123-237). Calisay showed mathematical and pattern-forming abilities rivalling those of her mother. She had a forceful personality, and soon came to dominate her brother and sister.

Calisay was the last Kuchta to be affected by Sten Kuchta's program. In 234, when she was only 7, her genes were combined with those of Councilmember Karl Lütken to produce an in vitro son, Pilip Lütken. Pilip, like Calisay and her siblings, was raised by Mandike Kuchta. (Sten Kuchta died in 237; with his death came the end of formal genetic manipulation of the Kuchta line. However, data from the program found its way to the Idara Kristeller and the clandestine Kala Phenkae breeding program.)

Calisay was educated with an eye toward the Throne; although she was only 15 when Datu Kuchta ascended to the Throne, she immediately became one of his chief advisors. When Datu died in 254, Calisay (age 27) had little trouble convincing the Imperial Council to confirm her as Emperor.

Calisay's reign of 21 years was second in length only to Maj Thovold's 32-year reign. It was a peaceful time, a time of expansion. (In TE 260, for example, the Empire boasted 4,275 worlds and was adding new colonies at an average rate of 42 per year.) Calisay was a popular Emperor, widely viewed as just and wise.

Daily imprinting of the State of the Empire Report upon her brain caused Calisay to age much faster than normal, and by the time she was 45 she was visibly nearing senility. In 275, at the age of 48, Calisay Kuchta died peacefully in her sleep.

Her sister, Judai Kuchta (age 44) was offered the Throne. Judai, however, had by then established a successful career as a writer of historical fiction (under the pen name Voëlle Acier), and refused the Throne. The Imperial Council voted for Calisay to be succeeded by her son, Pilip Lütken.


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Parents: Ami Kuchta and Robert Churchill
Sibling(s): Datu Kuchta, Judai Kuchta
Children: Pilip Lütken
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