It certainly treated itself seriously half of the time - more than half of the time in certain parts, which I felt were the weakest parts. When it was trying to be funny, it usually (though not always) was; when it wasn't, I was usually bored.
There's a reason that entire line was crossed out, ya know. Namely, it was a joke. You weren't supposed to see it as an actual point
"DO NOT test my patience. I have little of it for those who would undermine my authority." High Queen Breydice of the Primus Imperium in Empire