I love my Imperial characters because they are results of their upbringing and it just makes them so complex. Imperial culture just perverts everything like values and morals, but sometimes goodness and humanity still shines through making them sympathetic monsters. I love Pierce, I've loved every version of him that I've read in these forums so far.
Been too lazy to actually reply to this, but...yes. Well said. Many Imperial characters are fascinating, all the more so when you stop and think about what you just caught yourself cheering for. But, but there's goodness and loyalty and genuine kindness running through all the awfulness!