In the hands of the emperor he has concentrated all the fullness of legislative, executive and judicial power. In fact, the emperor and ruled the church by appointing and shifting patriarchs. Emperor relied on the bureaucracy and strict hierarchic state apparatus. Born autocracy - consecrated church sole power of the emperor. Relations between society and the government were based on the principles of citizenship. The social system was of a corporate character. Corporation craftsmen and traders were completely dependent on the state. Peasant neighborhood community is the supreme owner of the land and was responsible to the state for taxes. Thus, the Byzantine Empire acquired traits traditionally eastern states.