|Emile Falkner Liao
|Duke of Liao
Most of Emile's life is unknown as the official records start in 2308 when he led a ragtag fleet of merchant vessels against an FWL fleet led by Admiral Ishidai and managed to inflict heavy losses on them without losing much himself, starting the blockade of Liao which lasted until April of 2309. He did this to defend Arboris, which gained protectorate status from the Liao Republic.
In the years that followed the lifting of the blockade, Emile Liao raised both his planet's and his own influence, primarily through the accumulation of additional merchant shipping. At the time of his death, the merchant marine comprised more than a thousand vessels.
In addition to building a shipping empire, Emile also collected several new worlds for the Republic of Liao and transformed it into a full-fledged duchy in 2315, appointing himself Duke.
- House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), foldout (pp. 163–164 in PDF): "The Capellan Confederation's Line of Succession and Partial Liao Family Tree"
- Handbook: House Liao, p. 13