In the modern era, your old empire needs to be modernized. All the new inventions that will be discovered, will give you the new options in the fields of industry, energetics, infrastructure, tourism or conquering the universe. Your country needs to be rebuild that can face your competitors. Also the requirements of the cities will change. If you listen them and give your people what they want, you can be a good leader and your people will love you. Or rule by the force as a dictator, but be ready to suppress the revolutions by army.