The Ministry of (Foreign) War and (Domestic) Peace is dedicated to, when requested by the glorious Emperor, going out and bringing barbarian lands under his control. The Minister of War, or MinoWar, is also responsible for maintaining Law and Order among the citizens of the great Vulpine Imperium; for defending the person of his Majesty via the elite Stoatorian Guard. Due to the inherient stresses and likelyhood of peace with Woodlanders or otherwise, the Ministry is often refered to as the Ministry of War.
The Current MinoWar is Nadia Darkon.
This August body- which despite the name was founded in midwinter- is in charge of maintaining the system which keeps the Imperium, if not precisely happy, at least running. The Ministry is also in charge of going out an expanding said Imperium via... well, hitting the other side with sharp things until they give up.
In fact, the succession of War Ministers can be described in much the same way. According to Footz & Bary's Compendiume of Historie, the ancient rite for succession to power involves the chant "I hath provene my claim from ye ancient warriors bye the slittinge of mye predecessore's throat, and I shalle do the same to anye of ye poor suckeres who dareth challenge me."
The Ministry used to be called The Ministry of War and Peace, but that was dropped after an author of some note tried to launch a campaign claiming this was the title of one of his books. Said author died a death of natural causes (because, after all, it's natural to die when there's a dagger in your ribs), but, after the War Minister of the time read the book, he- a dedicated sadist- got his friend the Minister of Niceties to ensure that the book was required reading for all Imperium schools. Since the book would now be circulated widely, the present title was adopted for the Ministry.
Given the requirements for leadership, the War Ministers themselves have tended to be a very dangerous, and occasionally even intelligent, lot. The first War Minister was, however, an exception. Anthony 'Fluffle' Marcellus died a quick and fairly painless death.
The Succession of Minowar is as follows: