Ultimate Shi'ar Empire
An alien race that has evolved from avian or bird like creatures. They are a galactic power and command a vast empire under their banner.
They spy on humanity in secret, attempting to gather information and manipulate events to their favor, by operating churches called the Shi'ar Enlightenment and various front corporations.
The Empire is currently embroiled in a political civil war over who in the royal family should be proclaimed ruler of the Empire.