A planetary governor was the ruling official of a single planet in the Galactic Empire. Most planetary governors were placed in power by the planetary system's respective Moff, whom the governor would then report directly to and receive orders and directives from. A planetary governor was given control over his own Imperial Military forces to maintain peace and order on their given planets. Some governors on certain Imperial worlds were elected by the populace, though this was rare and typically allowed on more Imperial-friendly worlds.The planetary governor would be succeeded by the lieutenant governor should any unforeseen events incapacitate the governor or render the governor unable to perform his duties. The governor typically resided in his own governmental palace.