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The Commission for the Preservation of the New Order (COMPNOR) was a Galactic Empire government agency responsible for the promotion of New Order ideology. It was originally formed as the Commission for the Protection of the Republic (COMPOR), a populist movement that supported the Galactic Republic until Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine became the Galactic Emperor by the end of the Clone Wars in 19 BBY.

Over the course of Palpatine's reign, COMPNOR served as a political tool for the dissemination of state-sponsored propaganda throughout the Empire. In addition, COMPNOR was also an umbrella organization that consisted of multiple sub-divisions, such as the Coalition for Progress and the Sub-Adult Group (SAGroup). Following the Emperor's death at the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, COMPNOR was reorganized into the Office of Imperial Promotion, Galactic Truth, and Fact Correction.

History[edit | edit source]

COMPNOR recruitment poster COMPNOR Recruitment by Dasita Lyros.

The Commission for the Preservation of the New Order (COMPNOR) started as the Commission for the Protection of the Republic (COMPOR), a populist movement composed of loyalists during the Clone Wars. When in 19 BBY, Sheev Palpatine, then Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic, proclaimed himself Emperor of the First Galactic Empire, one of Palpatine's first acts was to reshuffle the political apparatus, reforming the Republic-era COMPOR into COMPNOR. This new division of government was wielded as a political tool for newly appointed Imperial advisors with a gift for shaping public sentiment.[4]

In the first few years of the Galactic Empire, civic pride boomed. COMPNOR capitalized on the successful propaganda campaigns of the Galactic Republic to accelerate the vast military expansion decreed by the Emperor. A series of sub-commissions began blueprinting the image of the ideal Imperial citizen and what role he or she would play in the greater glory of the Empire.[4] Various propaganda posters and patriotic ploys were designed to achieve these ends.[7]

By 14 BBY, COMPNOR was on the rise in the Imperial hegemony. That year, Armand Isard was made director of the agency.[1]

In 5 ABY,[5] months after the Battle of Endor, the ashes of COMPNOR were reorganized into the Office of Imperial Promotion, Galactic Truth, and Fact Correction.[6]

Ideology[edit | edit source]

COMPNOR was the largest entity of the Imperial bureaucracy, and influenced many aspects of Imperial life, including the arts, sciences, youth education, law enforcement, and even Imperial Military functions.[3] COMPNOR supported the state-sponsored political religion of the New Order, a set of ideals embodied within Imperial society dedicated to order, control, and the rule of law.[8] COMPNOR supported civic pride, militarism, and unyielding patriotism to the Empire. It criticized the Galactic Republic as lachrymose, corrupt, and ignorant to the demands of its populace, flaws with which it purported the Empire had resolved. As such, the Empire represented the pinnacle of a thousand years of galactic culture and sophistication, refined and molded into a simpler, yet purer form.[4]

COMPNOR supported the state-sponsored xenophobia and humanocentric policies rampant within the Empire. This was justified by COMPNOR as a natural extension of the human right to rule, exemplified by COMPNOR's teachings of human accomplishments throughout galactic history while minimizing the influences of alien species. To the Empire, aliens were "foreign" and "strange," and were portrayed as dangerous animals who were willing to lie, cheat, and manipulate others to get their way. Anti-alien xenophobia was so strong that even near-human species exhibited inherent distrust of their alien neighbors.[6][4]

Organization[edit | edit source]

COMPNOR was led by a director and a deputy director. Each organization underneath the arm of COMPNOR had its own directors, who either reported to each other's agencies or branches of the Imperial Military.[4]

As the Imperial Military underwent considerable growth, the civilian trunk of government followed the carefully crafted template of COMPNOR.[4] All divisions of the Commission were housed in the COMPNOR arcology, a massive building located in the Federal District of Coruscant, in the vicinity of the Imperial Palace and the Naval Intelligence headquarters.[1]

Structure[edit | edit source]

Coalition for Progress[edit | edit source]

Sub-bureau of COMPNOR, responsible for monitoring the cultural achievements of the Empire and overseeing the operations of its numerous sub-divisions.[4]

Imperial Security Bureau[edit | edit source]

Imperial internal intelligence-gathering, enforcement, and anti-insurrectionist division tasked with ensuring morale, loyalty, and adherence to the New Order.[9]

It had several sub-divisions including Surveillance, interrogation, Re-Education, Enforcement, Investigations, Internal Affairs,[9] and Special Operations.[10] It was also responsible for the secrecy of the Imperial Military Department of Advanced Weapons Research agency.[11]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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 Tarkin
  2. TIE Fighter Owners' Workshop Manual
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Dawn of Rebellion
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Battle of Endor to 4 ABY and further dates Shara Bey and Kes Dameron's move to Yavin 4 in 5 ABY. The move is placed six months after the Battle of Endor by Before the Awakening. Since Aftermath: Life Debt is set just after Shadow Fall, which takes place around six months after the battle, the events of Life Debt must also occur in 5 ABY, around six months after the Battle of Endor.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Aftermath: Life Debt
  7. Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  8. Aftermath
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  10. Star Wars: Commander, Rebel Campaign: Echoes of the Force
  11. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
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