Managing Empire is hard hard work.
It can be much too much for the privileged elite.
Luckily, there are many a minion available and eager to serve.
Why do the minions serve?That is a complex question.
That is a much simplar process to understand. The minions must deceive two groups, those above them and those below them.
The elite above must not come to suspect that something is going horribly wrong below.
The wretched peasants below must not come to suspect that something is going horribly wrong above.
Only then, can the minions survive, secured in their position on the pyramid, between the powerful elite above and the deluded masses below.