The Imperial Council is a major government body within the govenment of the New Shi'ar Imperium. It possesses legislative powers, subject to the veto of both the ruling Imperial Sovereign and the Assembly of Alien Races.
Council members are always of the Shi'ar race, and Council seats are inherited by the first-born children of former or dead Council members. If the old Council member lacks a child, a Council majority decides who inherits the vacant Council seat.
In the election of a new Imperial Sovereign, an absolute majority of the votes of Imperial Council members is necessary to enthrone a new Sovereign.
Before the creation of the interplanetary/interstellar New Shi'ar Imperium in Year 1001 (New Shi'ar Calendar), the Imperial Council helped the ruling Imperial Sovereign as part of the world government on Chandilar.