|Occupation||Colonization expedition leader|
|Relations||Henson Duval (brother)|
Marlin Duval was a wealthy woman who lead a long expedition across unexplored space and eventually discovered and colonized the Achenar system. Marlin was the founder of the Republic of Achenar. She's the sister of Henson Duval, the first emperor and founder of the Empire.
Marlin Duval had grown disillusioned by the ever increasing rigidity of Earth governments and stifling social conformity. She lead an expedition into unknown space and discovered Achenar. They colonized this star system in the 23rd century. The colony had peaceful ideals, grew quickly and prospered. It became the Republic of Achenar. The population on Achenar lived under idealistic democratic rule with elected Senators who represented the people. In 2296 Marlin Duval perished in a speeder crash with her partner and children. Her brother Henson Duval assumed control and changed the Republic of Achenar into the Empire.
The Empire has become such a dominant presence in human culture that it is easy to forget that for almost a century the heart of what was to become the Empire was just a single system. The Achenar system was first colonised in the middle of the 23rd century. It was founded by an expedition led by Marlin Duval, a wealthy woman who had grown disillusioned by the ever increasing rigidity of the Earth governments and stifling social conformity. 
The system of Achenar was chosen for the outdoor world orbiting one of its gas giants, already capable of supporting human life, now known as Capitol. There was already life on the planet and though Duval didn’t know it at the time, one of the few known sentient species watched their landings.
Back then, life was known to be plentiful throughout the galaxy, though it wasn’t appreciated how rare sentient life was. Before long the species was made extinct by the settlers, mainly through imported bateria. Much later, this extinction would later be used as a pretext for Federal intervention in the system.
Under Marlin Duval the population lived under idealistic democratic rule with elected Senators representing the people. This changed dramatically after she died in a speeder crash. Her brother, Henson Duval, then assumed control and established the now familiar line of imperial succession. Some claim that he killed his sister to claim power, but this was never proved.