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896 before the Battle of Yavin (BBY) was part of a time period known as the Great Peace of the Republic. In this era, parts of the Deep Core of the galaxy were opened to the Galactic Republic, and previously unexplored regions of the Outer Rim Territories were settled. 896 is the birth year of Yoda, future Grand Master of the Jedi Order.

Proem[]

The conflict known as the New Sith Wars—which saw a thousand years of fighting between two major Force-user factions, the Jedi and Sith—finally ended in 1000 BBY. The Galactic Republic was in ruins and was reorganized by the Ruusan Reformation, announced by Supreme Chancellor Tarsus Valorum.[7] The winning faction of the previous long war, the Jedi Order, was codified as a branch of the Republic's Judicial Department.[8]

The galaxy in 896 BBY[]

The era of the Great Peace of the Republic began with the Ruusan Reformation more than one hundred years before the year 896 BBY.[9] During these years, the Republic opened the Deep Core of the galaxy, and unexplored then Wild Space parts of space were charted by scouts and chartographers. The latter areas later became part of the Outer Rim Territories.[7]

Yoda, a Force-sensitive member of a green-skinned species, was born in the first quarter of the year.[10]

Impact[]

After 896 BBY, the expansion of the Galactic Republic continued during the Great Peace of the Republic, which lasted nearly nine hundred more years. In the following years, economic forces acquired more and more power in the Republic, as companies established the Corporate Sector from star systems brought in the Tingel Arm.[8]

At one hundred years of age, Yoda became a Jedi Master. In the following centuries, he trained countless Jedi apprentices until they reached knighthood. His many years of contribution to the Order gained him a seat on the Jedi Council. Eventually, he ascended to become Grand Master of the Jedi Order.[11] For centuries, he served as the leader of all Jedi, thus turning him into the "face" of the Council and the embodiment of the Order.[12]

Notable events[]

Jedi Master Yoda was born in 896 BBY

Behind the scenes[]

"When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not."
―Yoda, to Luke Skywalker[src]

In Return of the Jedi, Yoda implied to his apprentice, Luke Skywalker, that he was nine hundred years old.[17] The movie was set four years after the Battle of Yavin, featured in the first Star Wars film, A New Hope. In 1998, LucasArts released Star Wars: Behind the Magic, an interactive database on CD-ROM, which was the first to state that Yoda was born in 896 BBY.[1]

Sources[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Star Wars: Behind the Magic
  2. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 363 ("Great Peace of the Republic") establishes that the Great Peace of the Republic lasted between the Ruusan campaign and the beginning of the Clone Wars, which The New Essential Chronology dates to 1000 BBY and 22 BBY, respectively.
  3. SWTOR mini.png Galactic History on The Old Republic's official website (article) (backup link) dates the Tho Yor Arrival, as described in Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi 0, to the year BTC 32,800 of the calendar based on the date of the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant. Since the difference between that calendar and the Galactic Standard Calendar—based on the date of the Battle of Yavin—was 3,653 years per the reasoning here, the Tho Yor Arrival must have taken place in the year 36,453 BBY of the latter dating system. Therefore, the difference between the Galactic Standard Calendar and the dating system based on the Tho Yor Arrival that is featured in Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void must be 36,453 years.
  4. Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia places the Treaty of Coruscant, which served as the zero point of a calendar adopted by the Galactic Senate following the conclusion of the Great Galactic War per SWTOR mini.png Galactic History on The Old Republic's official website (article) (backup link), in the year 3653 BBY of the Galactic Standard Calendar, which was based around the date of the Battle of Yavin. Thus, the difference between the two dating systems is 3,653 years.
  5. The New Essential Chronology establishes that the zero point of the calendar introduced by Tarsus Valorum was the Ruusan Reformation. The book places that event in the year of 1000 BBY of the Galactic Standard Calendar—which was based around the date of the Battle of Yavin—therefore establishing a difference of one thousand years between the two dating systems.
  6. The Essential Atlas places the Battle of Yavin, the zero point in the Galactic Standard Calendar per The New Essential Chronology, 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 the year 8 ABY of the Galactic Standard Calendar. 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, with the first two months of a GrS year being the last two of the preceding Galactic Standard Calendar year, and there is a total difference of 35 years and 2 months between the two systems.
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Essential Atlas, p. 120, 134–135
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The New Essential Chronology, p. 27, 30
  9. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 363 ("Great Peace of the Republic")
  10. Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide states that Yoda was born in 896 BBY, which year spans approximately 861:3–860:3 BrS in the year-notation system of the Great ReSynchronization. The Essential Guide to Characters states that by the time he met Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back, Yoda was already 900 years old. The Essential Atlas marks the beginning of the film at 38:6:6, which puts Yoda's birthdate approximately to 862:6–861:6 BrS. Sectioning these two timespans narrows Yoda's possible birth date to 861:3–861:6 BrS, which is the approximately the first quarter of 896 BBY.
  11. The New Essential Guide to Characters, p. 201
  12. Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel, ch. 17
  13. Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide, p. 12
  14. Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force, p. XIX
  15. StarWarsDotComBlogsLogoStacked.png "Major Character Birth Years" – Keeper of the Holocron's Blog, Leland Chee's StarWars.com Blog (content now obsolete; archived from the original)
  16. Vader: The Ultimate Guide, p. 35
  17. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
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Years of the Great Peace of the Republic
1000 BBY · 998 BBY · 997 BBY · 996 BBY · 995 BBY · 992 BBY · 990 BBY
987 BBY · 980 BBY · 902 BBY · 900 BBY · 899 BBY · 896 BBY · 881 BBY
868 BBY · 850 BBY · 832 BBY · 822 BBY · 800 BBY · 796 BBY · 750 BBY
738 BBY · 737 BBY · 722 BBY · 719 BBY · 704 BBY · 700 BBY · 690s BBY
671 BBY · 654 BBY · 650 BBY · 620 BBY · 610 BBY · 602 BBY · 600 BBY
592 BBY · 590 BBY · 583 BBY · 580 BBY · 553 BBY · 552 BBY · 550 BBY
539 BBY · 532 BBY · 524 BBY · 522 BBY · 520 BBY · 519 BBY · 517 BBY
516 BBY · 509 BBY · 500 BBY · 499 BBY · 490 BBY · 470 BBY · 460 BBY
450 BBY · 440 BBY · 439 BBY · 405 BBY · 403 BBY · 402 BBY · 401 BBY
400 BBY · 399 BBY · 398 BBY · 392 BBY · 380 BBY · 378 BBY · 365 BBY
356 BBY · 350 BBY · 340 BBY · 335 BBY · 331 BBY · 326 BBY · 322 BBY
321 BBY · 312 BBY · 311 BBY · 300 BBY · 292 BBY · 282 BBY · 280 BBY
278 BBY · 275 BBY · 274 BBY · 250 BBY · 247 BBY · 244 BBY · 242 BBY
236 BBY · 232 BBY · 230 BBY · 229 BBY · 222 BBY · 221 BBY · 220 BBY
214 BBY · 212 BBY · 211 BBY · 210 BBY · 207 BBY · 206 BBY · 205 BBY
200 BBY · 198 BBY · 196 BBY · 195 BBY · 194 BBY · 192 BBY · 190 BBY
189 BBY · 188 BBY · 187 BBY · 186 BBY · 185 BBY · 181 BBY · 179 BBY
177 BBY · 170 BBY · 167 BBY · 161 BBY · 160 BBY · 157 BBY · 154 BBY
150 BBY · 147 BBY · 145 BBY · 143 BBY · 135 BBY · 133 BBY · 132 BBY
130 BBY · 129 BBY · 128 BBY · 124 BBY · 122 BBY · 121 BBY · 120 BBY
119 BBY · 118 BBY · 115 BBY · 114 BBY · 112 BBY · 110 BBY · 107 BBY
105 BBY · 104 BBY · 103 BBY · 102 BBY · 100 BBY · 99 BBY · 98 BBY
97 BBY · 96 BBY · 95 BBY · 94 BBY · 93 BBY · 92 BBY · 91 BBY
90 BBY · 89 BBY · 88 BBY · 87 BBY · 86 BBY · 85 BBY · 84 BBY
82 BBY · 81 BBY · 80 BBY · 79 BBY · 78 BBY · 77 BBY · 76 BBY
75 BBY · 74 BBY · 73 BBY · 72 BBY · 71 BBY · 70 BBY · 69 BBY
68 BBY · 67 BBY · 66 BBY · 65 BBY · 64 BBY · 63 BBY · 62 BBY
61 BBY · 60 BBY · 59 BBY · 58 BBY · 57 BBY · 56 BBY · 55 BBY
54 BBY · 53 BBY · 52 BBY · 51 BBY · 50 BBY · 49 BBY · 48 BBY
47 BBY · 46 BBY · 45 BBY · 44 BBY · 43 BBY · 42 BBY · 41 BBY
40 BBY · 39 BBY · 38 BBY · 37 BBY · 36 BBY · 35 BBY · 34 BBY
33 BBY · 32 BBY · 31 BBY · 30 BBY · 29 BBY · 28 BBY · 27 BBY
26 BBY · 25 BBY · 24 BBY · 23 BBY · 22 BBY
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