Suntzu (October 1997 - November 1997) was the second Emperor of the Galaxy and the earliest known commander of the Imperial Navy. He is perhaps best known for the briefness of his reign, which lasted only one month. Before his ascension to the Imperial Throne, Suntzu was the Commander of the Imperial Navy and retained this position throughout his reign.
The leader of the Imperial Army, General Balsaraph, accused Emperor Suntzu of implementing policies that favored the Imperial Navy. Balsaraph soon gained the support of a former emperor, Drayson. Together, Balsaraph and Drayson formed the Order of Darkness. This latter collective claimed that Suntzu was a puppet of Vodo Bonias. As these beliefs gained prevalence, Suntzu was viewed as weak by his subjects and forced to abdicate.
There is some disagreement about which individual then became Emperor. The current Imperial History records Vodo Bonias as preceding Suntzu; however, the Annals of the Emperor and the Imperial Core War Library record Vodo as succeeding him. As such, the question remains whether Vodo Bonias or Spytek were chosen as Suntzu's successor.