2017-02-05 23:54:11 UTC
The galactic emperor rules justly and with due concern for all those affected by his decisions. Because if not, the emperor dies.
You see every few decades, the emperor undergoes immortality treatments. These prevent the emperor from dying from old age. But there is a side effect. During the treatment, the emperor sees every single thing they have done in their life. With intense recall.
If the emperor has made too many decisions which were without empathy, which were cruel to those under the emperor's rule, the replay of those memories will kill him.
Does this sound familiar?