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"As the Emperor wills it, so shall it be."
Darth Vader[1]

The title of emperor (feminine empress) was held by certain officials and heads of state in certain governments. It was usually, but not always, inherited. Sometimes successful warlords and conquerors created empires by declaring themselves emperor.


The first as-yet recorded emperor in the galaxy was Shey Tapani, who founded the Tapani Empire around 7328 BBY.

The next recorded personage to have held imperial authority was Empress Teta, who united the Koros system. After her death, the system was renamed for her in honor of her memory. The title was also used in certain other quarters, such as Atrisia and Eiattu 6.

By far the best known emperor was the Galactic Emperor, the leader of the Galactic Empire. The first holder of this position, Emperor Palpatine, was usually just referred to as "the Emperor." As the Empire's power and influence diminished, however, the title became less important, and by 12 ABY onwards, the Empire was effectively headed by the Supreme Commander in a military dictatorship. The power of the throne was eventually restored under the Fel dynasty.

Notable Emperors[]

Famous emperors include, but are not limited to:

Empress Acina

Behind the scenes[]

The title of emperor was first mentioned in the novelization of A New Hope, ghostwritten by Alan Dean Foster and published in 1976.

The player character in the Star Wars: The Old Republic, known as the Outlander, has the choice of either becoming a diplomat, unifying the Sith Empire and Republic in the Eternal Alliance through diplomacy, or taking the new title Eternal Emperor (the previous title was Immortal Emperor), unifying the galaxy through force.


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