Nicholas plays the "Imperial" Strategy Card.
He draws the top card from the Objective Deck and places it face up in the common play area next to the other Public Objective cards.
Each player can see this new Public Objective and may plan to achieve it in the Status Phase of the game. There are now 6 Public Objectives. That was the last of the "Stage 1" Public Objectives. The top of the Public Objectives deck now shows a blue Public Objective Card "Stage 2".
Stage 2 Public Objectives are usually higher Victory Point cards and more difficult to achieve. It's also now possible that the next Public Objective card could end the game since the game-ending "Mecatol Rex" card is in that stack.
Nicholas now receives 2 Victory Points.
Play resumes with Steve playing the Secondary Ability of this Strategy Card.