The goal of imperialism is to exercise economic and political control over a dependent territory. Such control is often accomplished through settlement, sovereignty or less direct methods.
The ultimate goal of imperialism is control. Imperial nations gain control of dependent territories through various methods. Certain nations may use economic means, such as state-mandated tariffs, to exercise control over a segment of a population. Imperialist regimes maintain political control eliminating voting or by placing only select candidates on the ballot.
Other imperialist societies use ethnocentric methods of control, in which the cultural and ethnic practices of people groups in the dependent territories are seen as inferior. Religious methods include conversion of dependent people groups to the predominant religion of the imperialist regime.