The vast star-spanning Third Imperium dominates charted space and provides Humaniti and its many other sophont citizens both security and prosperity. One source of imperial security is the Quarantine: the specialized agency (and agents) and the policies that protect against the alien dangers that could devastate whole worlds and destroy entire biomes.
Jonathan Bland is such an agent: a Decider, empowered by the Emperor himself to deal with the inevitable crises of empire. In the service of the Empire, he has scrubbed worlds and killed more people than anyone in the history of Humaniti; he has saved a thousand times as many lives. Bland died centuries ago, but they re-activate his recorded personality whenever a new threat appears. When the crisis is over, they expect he will meekly return to oblivion.
He has other ideas.
The chronicle of Bland steps through details and secrets of the history of the interstellar empire spanning 400 years from early period (about year 300) through the post Civil War period (about year 700) touching everyday events, political intrigue, deadly dangers, Arbellatra, Capital, Encyclopediopolis, the Karand’s Palace, and a Tigress-class Dreadnought.
If you know the Traveller science-fiction role-playing game, then some of this is already familiar; if not, no matter; this story is set in the Traveller universe, but requires no game-playing knowledge or experience. But, this story introduces the vast human-dominated interstellar empire of the far future in ways only its designer and chronicler can.