The Skeleton Empire is a dictatorship of skeletons led by the Skeleton King. It was established sometime in September 2016, and shortly after they kidnapped Grand Illuminati King Chill and took control of Billville. After a war with Vynland, they were defeated by Billvillian resistance and banished to the Nether. In January 2017, the Skeleton King successfully built a Nether portal for him and his subjects to escape their banishment. This portal reactivated the Nether portal in the abandoned church in the Sunflower Kingdom, where they emerged. As the kingdom was mostly abandoned at this point, Skeleton King took over with no opposition and the Nether began to spread once again.