5,000,000,000 BBY was a year long before the rise of the Galactic Republic. It was estimated by xenobiologists on the planet Goroth Prime who lived during the rule of the Galactic Empire that their homeworld's first vestiges of life were born five million millennia before them.

Proem[edit | edit source]

Following the creation of the galaxy around the year 13,000,000,000 BBY, stars began to form within it, developing planets and becoming star systems. One of these systems, which would go on to be called the Goroth system, developed around a star named Goroth Alpha, with a second, Goroth Beta, orbiting.[1] After several millennia in existence,[7] the system had four planets revolving around Alpha between the suns. The system's second planet would become known as Goroth Prime.[1]

The galaxy in 5,000,000,000 BBY[edit | edit source]

Xenobiologists native to Goroth Prime who lived during the reign of the Galactic Empire,[1] formed in 19 BBY[8] to begin the Imperial Period,[9] studied their planet's biological history. Their estimates placed the world's first forms of life as emerging by the year 5,000,000,000 BBY.[1]

Impact[edit | edit source]

Those forms of life evolved over billions of subsequent years until achieving semi-sentience one million years before the Battle of Yavin,[1] the epoch of the Galactic Standard Calendar.[8] This was relatively late when compared to the rest of the galaxy. The fully sentient Gorothites then emerged 990,000 years after that.[1]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"The world of Goroth is a relative newcomer among worlds that are home to sentient life. According to native xenobiologists, life arose on the planet Goroth more than five billion years ago, but remained primitive until "recently" (cosmologically speaking, of course)"
―Goroth: Slave of the Empire[src]

5,000,000,000 BBY was mentioned in West End Games's Goroth: Slave of the Empire, a 1995 expansion to Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game written by Nigel D. Findley.[1] It was then established in The Essential Guide to Alien Species (2001) by Ann Margaret Lewis as the approximate birth year of the galaxy.[10] The juxtaposition of these events caused something of an issue, as it took many millennia to form planets.[7] The Essential Atlas (2009) by Jason Fry and Daniel Wallace later clarified the year 13,000,000,000 BBY as the approximate birth of the galaxy, rectifying this potential inconsistency.[11]

The Expanded Universe practice of dating its events using the Battle of Yavin as an epoch was standardized out of universe with the release of The Essential Chronology in 2000.[12] It did not formally exist when Goroth: Slave of the Empire came out in 1995. The specific reference within Goroth was relative to the events of that expansion, which occur at a time vaguely during the Galactic Civil War,[1] the conflict during which the Battle of Yavin took place.[12]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Goroth: Slave of the Empire
  2. The New Essential Chronology established the endpoint of this era as 25,053 BBY.
  3. Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Book Two—Prisoner of Bogan establishes the year 36,453 BBY as the date of the Tho Yor Arrival, which is the zero point of the Tho Yor Arrival dating system, meaning the difference between the calendar based on the Battle of Yavin and the TYA year-notation system is 36,453 years. This date is derived from simple math based upon other confirmed dates.
  4. The New Essential Chronology states that the Great Hyperspace War began in 5000 BBY, which is 1,347 BTC in Star Wars: The Old Republic's Galactic Timeline, so the difference between the calendar based on the Battle of Yavin and the calendar based on the Treaty of Coruscant is 3,653 years. This date is derived using simple math based upon other confirmed dates.
  5. The New Essential Chronology states that the Ruusan Reformation occurred in 1000 BBY, which is the zero point of the calendar based on the Ruusan Reformation, so the difference between the calendar based on the Battle of Yavin and the Ruusan Reformation's year-notation system is 1,000 years. This date is derived using simple math based upon other confirmed dates.
  6. The Essential Atlas places the Battle of Yavin, the zero point in the Galactic Standard Calendar, in 35:3 under the Great ReSynchronization dating system. The Essential Atlas also places the Battle of Selaggis on 43:2:28 and the Battle of Dathomir on 43:3:21. The Essential Guide to Warfare and The Essential Atlas both place the Battle of Dathomir in 8 ABY. The Essential Guide to Warfare also places the Battle of Selaggis in 7 ABY, confirming the placement of the division between each Galactic Standard Calendar year as the third month in the Great ReSynchronization year. Thus, there is a two-month gap between the two dating systems, and the first two months of a GrS year are the last two of the preceding Galactic Standard Calendar year. The Great ReSynchronization was instituted in 35 BBY, so there is a total difference of 35 years and 2 months between the two systems. This article's date is therefore derived from simple math based on this reference explanation.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Living Force Campaign Guide established that it could take several millennia for planets to form.
  8. 8.0 8.1 The New Essential Chronology
  9. SWAJsmall.jpg "Into the Core Worlds"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 7
  10. The Essential Guide to Alien Species
  11. The Essential Atlas
  12. 12.0 12.1 The Essential Chronology

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