A civilian is a resident of the United Empire of Earth (UEE) who has not taken the steps to become a Citizen. At the age of 17 SEY, a civilian can own property, can vote in local elections and legislation, and must start paying taxes. All civilians are eligible to hold planetary-level political office. Civilians cannot serve on the UEE Senate seat or be elected to the office of Imperator. Although not afforded some of the privileges of Citizens, civilians are still protected members of the UEE.