- "It is the task of the First Order to remove the disorder from our own existence, so that civilization may be returned to the stability that promotes progress. A stability that existed under the Empire, was reduced to anarchy by the Rebellion, was inherited in turn by the so-called Republic, and will be restored by us. Future historians will look upon this as the time when a strong hand brought the rule of law back to civilization."
- ―Kylo Ren
The First Order (–35 ABY), also known as the Order, was a military junta that ruled large swathes of the galaxy during the New Republic Era. Under the dictatorship of Supreme Leader Snoke and his successor, Kylo Ren, the First Order grew from a hermit state in the Unknown Regions into the dominant galactic power. As a remnant of the Galactic Empire, fascism and militarism were the ideological features of the First Order, unlike the New Republic that strove to create a democratic and demilitarized galaxy.
Though the First Order was officially formed in 29 ABY, having incorporated the Centrist star systems that seceded from the New Republic, its origins date back to a vast conspiracy decades in the making. The Contingency, crafted by Emperor Darth Sidious before his demise, ensured the fall of the Empire and its rebirth through a cadre of Imperial officers, nobles, and technologists that fled into the Unknown Regions by the end of the Galactic Civil War. In time, Imperial-era leaders like Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, General Brendol Hux, and Allegiant General Enric Pryde would make way for the rise of Supreme Leader Snoke, who was created by Sidious. In addition, the old leadership was supplanted by a new generation of adherents to the ideals of the Empire, such as Kylo Ren, General Armitage Hux, and Captain Phasma. Unbeknownst to even its own members, the First Order was not the only state that came out of the Contingency: for on the hidden Sith world of Exegol, the Sith Eternal cult secretly constructed an invasion force to serve as the Final Order in Sidious's plan of galactic conquest.
The secession of Centrist worlds precipitated a cold war between the First Order and the New Republic, followed by open war between the Resistance and the First Order. Transforming the planet Ilum into a superweapon known as Starkiller Base, the First Order launched a strike at the heart of the New Republic, annihilating the Hosnian system and destroying the Republic Senate in 34 ABY. Though Resistance forces succeeded in destroying Starkiller, the fledgling group was vastly outnumbered by the First Order's fleets and armies, which featured Resurgent-class Star Destroyers and new-generation stormtroopers. The war came to a head in 35 ABY when the Final Order was formed from the unification of the First Order and the Sith Eternal forces from Exegol. Bolstered by a fleet of planet-killing Xyston-class Star Destroyers and an army of Sith troopers, the Final Order was on the brink of becoming a new Sith Empire ruled by the reborn Darth Sidious. However, the Resistance launched a desperate assault against the forces of Exegol, and, with the help of their allies, destroyed the Emperor's armada, preventing the return of the Sith. Without reinforcements, the First Order's military rule began to crumble as people rose up in open rebellion across the galaxy.
- "The Empire is ended. A new one must begin."
- ―Gallius Rax
For roughly a thousand years, the Galactic Republic maintained peace and stability within the galaxy, aided by the efforts of the monastic Jedi Order and the Republic Judicial Forces. With the believed extinction of the Sith—ancient enemies of the Jedi and the Republic—the ruling Dark Lord Darth Sidious secretly plotted to overthrow the Republic with the formation of his own Sith Empire.
Sidious, along with his apprentice Darth Tyranus, orchestrated a secessionist movement by fomenting political chaos across the galaxy. Sidious secretly commanded a rival galactic government known as the Confederacy of Independent Systems throughout the destructive three-year period that was the Clone Wars, while ensuring himself elected as the next Supreme Chancellor of the Republic. Gradually amassing far more emergency powers than would be ordinarily allowed, along with changing the Galactic Constitution, Sidious eventually issued the proclamation of the New Order, officially transforming the thousand-year-old democracy into the Galactic Empire and installing himself as the first Galactic Emperor.
With the destruction of the Jedi Order and a massive military machine to enforce his will, Sidious remained largely unchallenged throughout the initial nineteen years of his reign, embarking on the gradual conquest of the known galaxy. Eventually, the Alliance to Restore the Republic was formed to oppose his aggressive expansion and genocidal actions, resulting in the outbreak of the Galactic Civil War spanning five-years of galactic history. Four years after the destruction of the first Death Star by the hands of Luke Skywalker, the Empire suffered a decisive defeat at the Battle of Endor, where the more powerful DS-2 Death Star was destroyed and along with it, Emperor Palpatine and his apprentice Darth Vader.
Unknown to anyone but a select few, however, Palpatine had long been sending Imperial scouts and other constructive efforts to the Unknown Regions of space. Over the course of decades, the Unknown Regions had been seeded with shipyards, laboratories, and storehouses that would serve to prepare for the Empire's rebirth as part of Palpatine's Contingency in the rare event of his death. The Contingency was executed by Gallius Rax.
Following another year of bloody conflict, the fractured Empire made its last stand over the sandy wastes of Jakku against the New Republic, resulting in many casualties on both sides. Defeated and facing severe internal unrest, the Empire was forced to sign the Galactic Concordance, severely limiting its ability to wage war and ushering in its transformation into a mere rump state.
- "It's time to start over. That is our first order. To begin again. And to get it right, this time."
- ―Rae Sloane
The Contingency was a secret plan devised by Emperor Palpatine, whose true identity was that of the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious, to ensure that his Galactic Empire did not outlive him should he die prematurely, while also ensuring its rebirth in the Unknown Regions with resources and personnel that would manage to survive the Contingency.
Following the Battle of Jakku, Grand Vizier Mas Amedda, who had resumed his position as a powerless Emperor upon Rax's demise, and the New Republic Chancellor Mon Mothma signed the Galactic Concordance, which called for the dissolution of the Galactic Empire. Chancellor Mothma then issued another declaration designating all surviving Imperial officers as war criminals, while the Empire had began to break into remnants. In response, a group of Imperials, including Sloane, along with many nobles, technologists, warlords, and officers fled into the Unknown Regions in an effort to escape the prying eyes of the New Republic. They used information derived from Grand Admiral Thrawn who hailed from the Chiss Ascendancy, and the survey teams and droids that Palpatine had sent to explore the Unknown Regions previously.
At the request of the dying Counselor to the Empire Gallius Rax, who had been in charge of executing the late Emperor's Contingency plan, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane and Commandant Brendol Hux rendezvoused with the Super Star Destroyer Eclipse in the Unknown Regions. Upon discovering the Eclipse, Sloane ordered the Sentinel piloting the Imperialis to bring the ship in and rejoin with the others. There, she intended to board and saw an opportunity to rebuild the Empire stronger and purer.
The Galactic Empire was survived by several Imperial remnants as the galaxy entered into an era of galactic peace, however one such remnant who opposed the Republic would retreat beyond the frontier, where they joined Sloane and the other Imperial castaways, a militaristic hermit state called the First Order, taking it namesake after after Rax's last directive, where they would consolidate power and initiate a rapid military buildup, there, isolated from the known galaxy, the military junta was influenced by the principles of the fallen government. Because it descended from the Empire in ideology, the First Order had the intended goal to reclaim Imperial legacy.
With many of the Emperor's servants carrying the old regime's greatest military secrets to the Unknown Regions, Supreme Leader Snoke, a puppet created by Palpatine, eventually rose to power and initiated a vast rearmament program, which would go on to produce a technologically superior military over the one that once existed under the Galactic Empire, and began subverting the Republic, as the First Order was keenly aware that it lacked the superior numbers and support of the former state. Gallius Rax, Sloane, Ormes Apolin, and Brendol Hux were originally seen as potential leaders of the Empire's remnants by the admirals and generals who had survived the implosion of the Empire and the New Republic's wrath, but they were sidelined, co-opted or destroyed by Snoke. Brendol's son, Armitage Hux, was spared in the long term by Snoke in order to use him as a political tool in his rise to power. With the New Republic now the dominant government in the galaxy, it continuously stressed upholding the values of democracy throughout the stars. In spite of such, however, the Republic was not without its critics, many of them disgruntled sympathizers of the old Imperial ways, some of whom were a part of the political structure. Once disagreements between the loyalists and Imperial sympathizers became too severe, the latter group seceded, whereupon they joined the First Order in the Unknown Regions. While some in the Galactic Senate applauded the notion, others realized that without New Republic supervision, the former Imperials would return to the draconian ways of their predecessors.
Rising from the shadowsEdit
- "Do you no longer wish to restore what we lost with the Empire? Have you abandoned the First Order completely?"
- ―Carise Sindian, to Arliz Hadrassian
The First Order, quietly bid its time preparing for its eventual war with the New Republic. To generate funding to refit and rearm the former Imperial fleet, the First Order used a militia group called the Amaxine warriors as proxies to fund the Nikto crime lord Rinnrivin Di's cartel. Seven years prior to the "Napkin Bombing" at the New Republic senatorial complex on Hosnian Prime, the First Order used the Amaxines to inject billions of credits as start-up capital into Rinnrivin's cartel, turning the hitherto minor cartel into a major crime syndicate. Establishing a mutual relationship with the Amaxines, Rinnrivin embarked on lucrative smuggling and gambling operations with the proceeds being channeled through shadowy corporations and Centrist sources back to the First Order, which used the money to rebuild its fleet. In addition, the Order also recruited several Centrist senators like Lady Carise Sindian as clandestine agents who worked to subvert the Republic from within. Many Centrists, an informal faction who were the rivals to the Populists in the Republic's Galactic Senate, and who favored a greater central government and military, admired the Old Empire's leaders and practices. Another proxy of the First Order was Arliz Hadrassian, a former TIE fighter pilot who had become the leader of the Amaxine warriors. While Hadrassian saw the Amaxines as the vanguard of the First Order, Lady Carise regarded her as too volatile to manage. Hadrassian in return was impatient with the Centrists for refusing to secede from the Republic.
The First Order's operations were almost exposed when Rinnrivin Di's criminal activities began to exact a devastating toll on the planet Ryloth's off-world trade. In response, the New Republic senators Organa and Ransolm Casterfo embarked on an investigation which uncovered Rinnrivin's links to the Amaxine warriors. However, the two senators failed to discover the Order's linkages to the Amaxines and Rinnrivin's cartel. In an attempt to sow chaos, Arliz Hadrassian bombed the New Republic's senatorial complex. This set in motion a chain of events that led to the death of Rinnrivin and the destruction of most of the Amaxine warriors' forces on the planet Sibensko. Hadrassian killed herself after assassinating the Republic senator Tai-Lin Garr. While most Republic senators and media believed that the demise of Rinnrivin's cartel and the Amaxines eliminated all threats to the Republic, Organa disagreed and established the Resistance in response to the New Republic's complacency. Following the assassination of Tai-Lin Garr, Lady Carise and her Centrist counterparts began preparing a motion to secede from the New Republic in order to join and support the First Order. The Centrists formally withdrew from the New Republic and joined the First Order in 29 ABY, marking the official formation of the First Order as a regime.
The First Order would sought to recruit the strongest warriors in the galaxy for it growing military. However, Brendol Hux's yacht was shot down by the automated defense system of the planet Parnassos during one such search. Hux then found himself shipwrecked and sent out a distress signal. On Parnassos, Hux met Phasma, who had observed the starship crashing and led her Scyre warriors into Claw territory to meet Hux. His son, Armitage Hux, meanwhile responded to the signal and went to Parnassos to rescue his father. Hux arrived at the crash site, where he greeted his father. Hux then accepted Phasma, as well as Frey, into the growing First Order. Armitage Hux shortly after informed his father that his disappearance had caused concern in the higher ranks of the Order and that he was to return immediately, as the Supreme Leader had many things to discuss with him. Sometime later, Phasma and Armitage conspired to assassinate the latter's father, Brendol Hux, agreeing that it was time for Brendol to die; Armitage had been abused by his father from his youth, while Phasma sought to cover up her past. Armitage left the actual murder up to Phasma with his only instruction being to make it untraceable. Phasma carried out the killing of Brendol using the toxin from the bite of a Parnassos beetle. Armitage then gave a brief address to Captain Cardinal and the Stormtrooper Corps informing them of Brendol's passing and ascended to his leadership role in the military, taking over from his late father.
The First Order had to contend with several threats that lurked within the Unknown Regions, hermetic kingdoms which were confronted by the Order. On Supreme Leader Snoke's instruction, the new military undertook a major offensive against several of these kingdoms to seize their worlds and resources to fuel their rise.
At some point, a cargo ship was ambushed containing military gear which the ship's crew claimed was meant for the First Order. Among the possessions seized was a set of stormtrooper armor which was later presented to Terex, a former Imperial stormtrooper and, at the time, a crime lord of the Ranc gang. Terex immediately became curious about the modern design and confirmed that it was not of Imperial design. After Terex asked of its origin, he continued to think about the implications of this new information. Sometime later, he subsequently joined the ranks of the First Order Security Bureau. Along with this, several old Imperial fleets also joined the growing First Order.
The cold warEdit
- "You see, the Republic spent decades doing nothing. And all along... we were preparing... for this day."
- ―Gideon Hask
In the years leading up to the destruction of the Hosnian system, an uneasy peace existed between the New Republic and the First Order after they made themselves known to the Republic, with First Order forces in defiance of the Galactic Concordance frequently crossed the Trans-Hydian Borderlands launching several incursions into both Republic space and other sectors. The term "cold war" was used because there was no direct, large-scale fighting but their was minor skirmishes. Despite mounting First Order aggression, the New Republic refused to take forceful military action against the Order. The "cold war" also saw the creation of the Resistance, an offshoot of the New Republic military founded by former Senator Leia Organa, started to act as a check on the designs of the First Order due to the New Republic not viewing the First Order as a credible threat to galactic peace. General Organa also released the Grace Report to the New Republic Senate, publicly claimed that the Order was building hidden shipyards, armories, research-and-development labs, and academies, detailing the fact facilities were working day and night on the massive military buildup, as the First Order began to expanded, and take over systems with ease. Sometime later
The New Republic Senate, however, believed that the Order posed no real threat to the galaxy at large. Echoing these sentiments, Chancellor Lanever Villecham argued there was no need for concern as long as the Order adhered to the dictates of the Galactic Concordance. Despite this, the First Order blatantly defied the accords by ushering in the mass mobilization of superior stormtrooper forces, along with violating Republic bans on the sale of weapons to the First Order and its rules governing capital ships. Testing the resolve of the New Republic, small skirmishes occasionally erupted between the First Order and Republic, all while the Starkiller operation sought a suitable planet for implementation. With the First Order's growing threat and rapid mobilization for war, prominent members of the Republic voiced concern over this successor state, with the most vocal being former Senator Leia Organa. Scoffed at by the Senate at large for being an alarmist and warmonger, Organa used her influence as a prominent member of the former Rebel Alliance to recruit many former military officers left forgotten by the Military Disarmament Act passed by the Galactic Senate. Funded by like-minded senators who shared Organa's fears about the First Order, the Resistance came to serve as the opposing force and check to the Order's growing power, sparking a new phase of the continued cold war.
Despite this, many members of the Republic Senate were mired in corruption and bureaucracy, with senators such as Erudo Ro-Kiintor colluding with the First Order for promises of wealth and power, with large sums of credits being discreetly transferred to him through the Corporate Sector Authority. As a result, the Resistance was forced to work on its own until it could obtain irrefutable evidence of First Order violations of the peace that could be presented to New Republic Command. During Operation: Sabre Strike, the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron and General Organa discovered that Senator Erudo had been colluding with the First Order and that he had valuable information about Lor San Tekka, whom Organa believed could lead them to her brother, Luke Skywalker, who had gone into self-exile.
Occupation of the ColossusEdit
- "Commander Pyre was very concerned to hear that security was compromised and your daughter taken. He has offered to leave you a small security detail at your disposal while you consider our agreement."
- ―Elrik Vonreg to Imanuel Doza
The First Order began an occupation of the Colossus refueling station on the planet Castilon, as part of their preparations for their planned war against the rest of the galaxy under the guise of peacekeepers in the wake of several pirate raids on the platform, which the Order itself had manufactured as a pretext of intervention so that the Colossus could be used as a staging ground, their presence was welcomed by some civilians.
The First Order had prior interest on the station, having placed a large bounty of twenty thousand credits on their heads, telling informants that Kel and Eila were members of a high-ranking First Order family from outside its military hierarchy, bore the knowledge of its aggressive actions against the people on Tehar.
However, some opposed the Order measures, leading to a riot among the alien population. The First Order, in response, eventually started to target residents who opposed or defied their control, placing them under arrest to be sent offworld.
Search for the last JediEdit
- "If Skywalker returns, the new Jedi will rise."
In response to an aftermath of one First Order incursion into New Republic space, Operation: Sabre Strike, Captain Phasma dispatched Agent Terex to recover the information that Poe had obtained from Senator Erudo. Terex and his First Order strike force pursued Dameron and his Black Squadron to the planet Ovanis. With the help of the unwilling spy Oddy Muva, Terex planted a tracker on Poe's T-70 X-wing starfighter. A skirmish took place on the skies over Ovanis and the Cave of the Crèche, which was complicated by the presence of the Crèche cult and the hatching of two winged creatures. Ultimately, Terex and his landing force were defeated. The Crèche elder gave the information on Tekka to Poe. To avoid war between the First Order and the New Republic, Terex and his surviving men were allowed to leave on their Maxima-A class heavy cruiser.
Terex later obtained intelligence that Poe and his Black Squadron were traveling to Megalox prison on the high-gravity world of Megalox Beta. Poe had traveled to the prison world to question Grakkus the Hutt about his knowledge of Lor San Tekka's whereabouts. Terex bribed Warden Luta into abandoning Black Squadron to the prison population. Though Grakkus had made a deal with Terex to disclose the information, Grakkus changed his mind and decided to sell the information to whoever got him out first. Incensed at Grakkus' double-cross, Terex hired the crime lords Isin, Kan Be, and Toren to use their gangs to storm Grakkus' fortress and kill Black Squadron. He planned to interrogate Grakkus and then kill him. Grakkus' plan was, however, foiled by Black Squadron's astromech droids including BB-8, who deactivated Megalox's gravity shield. While Black Squadron and Grakkus escaped, Terex and his mercenaries were pinned down by the high gravity. Terex managed to escape aboard the Carrion Spike and attacked the Megalox space station, seeking to punish Luta for letting Black Squadron escape. His ship blasted several shuttles but was forced to retreat when Black Squadron turned around and inflicted considerable damage on the Carrion Spike. Captain Phasma summoned Terex back to First Order space to report for debriefing, but Terex instead chose to pursue his nemesis Poe.
Later, the Galaxy Beacon journalist and former New Republic Starfleet member Suralinda Javos discovered that the First Order was building military installations, shipyards, weapons research facilities, and "something bigger" in violation of the Galactic Concordance. She met with Poe on the Inner Rim gas giant of Pheryon, hoping to sell the information to the Resistance in order to boost her journalistic career. However, the First Order Security Bureau Agent Weel and his stormtroopers captured Javos and Poe. During interrogation, Javos managed to kill Weel and free Poe. After escaping, Javos decided to join the Resistance. Instead of returning to First Order space, Terex traveled to the crime haven of Kaddak. There, he retook control of the Ranc gang, which he had helped create after the Battle of Jakku. Against Captain Phasma's orders, Terex decided to use his Ranc gang to destroy Poe and the Resistance. His plan involved giving false intelligence on the First Order to the Resistance droid spy N1-ZX and tracking Poe back to the Resistance base. Terex wanted to destroy the Resistance once and for all to aid the First Order's conquest of the galaxy. Terex's plans were upended when Poe realized the deception and led Terex's Ranc gang fleet to a remote desert planet. In addition, Oddy decided to break Terex's leverage on him by rescuing his wife Sowa Chuan and several slaves from Terex's flagship, Carrion Spike. While Terex led a landing party in pursuit of Poe and the droids, Black Squadron assailed Terex's ship and armada of "Uglies." Oddy and most of the slaves managed to escape in escape pods while Black Squadron provided firing cover. Terex's landing party was also wiped out by N1-ZX, who had been reprogrammed with Mister Bones's droid personality template. Terex also fought with Poe and BB-8 but was disarmed following a struggle. The battle came to an end when First Order forces under Commander Malarus arrived and wiped out Terex's Ranc gang fleet and flagship Carrion Spike. Malarus had been dispatched by the First Order to arrest Terex, whose rogue mission violated Supreme Leader Snoke's directive to avoid open conflict with the New Republic and New Republic-aligned forces such as the Resistance. Malarus also led a landing party who met with Poe and took the captive Terex into custody. Malarus and Terex then went to Abednedo to capture Oddy Muva. While onboard a transport, she had Terex interrogate Muva for information on the Resistance. Malarus however lost Muva with the aid of Dameron and Wexley, Malarus was then forced to watched as Muva made a suicide run on the Enshado and followed by her escape into hyperspace. Malarus then went to Cato Neimoidia and went to head to head with Poe Dameron. She was confronted by a official of House Reya, who arrested her and said they would give her a trial.
Seeking to locate a fragment of a map that led to Jedi Master Luke Skywalker—who had gone into self-imposed exile following the failed resurrection of the Jedi Order, for which he blamed himself— both Ren and the Supreme Leader understood that if Skywalker and the Jedi were to ever return, they would be a grave threat to the future of the First Order, deployed the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Finalizer to Jakku, where a BB-unit and ace Resistance pilot Poe Dameron had recovered a fragment of the map. Seeking to capture the droid and destroy the last Jedi, an assault was launched on the outlying Church of the Force settlement of Tuanul, but not before BB-8 had escaped with the map. The villagers of Tuanul fought back but were easily defeated, and then were herded into a large group before Tekka was brought to Ren himself, who requested him to turn over information on the map. Tekka claimed that Ren could not deny the truth that was his own family, causing Ren to slay the old man with his lightsaber after. Dameron then fired on Ren in retaliation, but the dark warrior caught the blast and subsequently captured the pilot, meanwhile Phasma and her stormtroopers—except for FN-2187—executed the remaining villagers on Ren's orders.
Following an unlikely alliance of deserting stormtrooper FN-2187 and an unknowingly Force-sensitive girl named Rey, the First Order ultimately chased the pair and famous smuggler Han Solo and Chewbacca to Takodana, where they sought refuge.
Meanwhile Hux, as commander of the Starkiller, argued with Snoke in favor of using the weapon to destroy the New Republic and eliminate the government he believed was illegitimate and ill-equipped to lead the galaxy. Hux argued that without the Republic, the Resistance would no longer be a threat. Snoke agreed and gave his permission for the new superweapon dubbed Starkiller Base to fire the weapon.
A new galactic warEdit
- "Today is the end of the Republic! The end of a regime that acquiesces to disorder! At this very moment, in a system far from here the New Republic lies to the galaxy while secretly supporting the treachery of the loathsome Resistance. This fierce machine which you have built, upon which we stand, will bring an end to the Senate! To their cherished fleet! All remaining systems will bow to the First Order! And will remember this as the last day of the Republic!"
- ―Armitage Hux
On the very eve of the planned war, Hux addressed in a grand speech to the legions of stormtroopers under his command who assembled to witness the destructive firepower of the weapon. Hux promised that this day would be the end of the New Republic and ultimately, the Resistance, the culmination of everything the troops had worked towards. Hux declared war on the New Republic and then commanded that the weapon be fired, and massive beams of energy were fired across the galaxy towards the Hosnian system. When they arrived, the astronomical bodies of the system were destroyed, including the galactic capital of Hosnian Prime as the First Order set out to claim the galaxy.
With the destruction of the Republic's capital and a portion of its fleet, the First Order stood poised to destroy both the New Republic and the Resistance. Supreme Leader Snoke then deployed his forces across the galaxy in an effort to subjugate the whole galaxy.
As the First Order rose to power, it continued it hunt for the map to Skywalker, to prevent the new Jedi from rising up, the Order swiftly laid siege to Maz Kanata's Takodana castle and leveled it, Rey had fled into the forests surrounding the castle, and the First Order was unable to locate her but soon sighted Rey, Ren then deployed stormtroopers to the woods before heading into the woods himself, hunting Rey down and eventually finding her and is able to captured her. He probed her mind with the Force and realized that she had seen the map, and that he would not need the droid—he could instead just interrogate her to find out what she had seen. Ren was then notified of the Resistance surprise attack by another stormtrooper officer, who asked him to call in more troops. Ren, however, ordered the First Order division to pull out, saying they had what they came for. First Order troops then boarded their ships and withdrew, taking the captured and unconscious Rey along with them, who had learned the map in detail.
Aided by the deserter FN-2187 "Finn," Solo and Chewbacca, infiltrated Starkiller Base to rescue Rey and disable the planetary shields, allowing a Resistance strike to destroy the planet-converted superweapon. With the First Order minutes away from destroying the Resistance base on D'Qar, the Resistance achieved their objectives, although Solo died in the process while trying to reconcile with Ren, his son by Organa. Escaping the planet with seconds to spare, the First Order's sun-harvesting superweapon was destroyed by the Resistance Starfighter Corps, forming a new star where the planet once was. Despite this major setback, the First Order's resolve towards galactic conquest only increased, with Snoke deciding to finish Ren's training and re-group after the destruction of his superweapon. As Starkiller blew up, the damaged Retribution that was under the command of Gideon Hask pulled out of hyperspace, its hyperdrive destroyed by Resistance agents Iden Versio, Zay Versio and Shriv Suurgav, who were on a mission to learn more about the First Order's Project Resurrection.
Chasing the ResistanceEdit
- "They can't get away, Supreme Leader. We have them tied on the end of a string."
- ―Armitage Hux, to Snoke
The First Order fleet had in large numbers regrouped for the new galactic war after the fall of Starkiller. Phasma returned from chasing down and dispatching the true culprit on Luprora who she blamed for being behind the one who had turned off the shields at Starkiller Base. She named Lieutenant Sol Rivas as the perpetrator to General Hux. The surviving Starkiller aerial defense force pilots, such as Poldin LeHuse, were re-integrated into the fleet. They expressed a desire for vengeance and to prove themselves after failing to save the superweapon.
Despite the loss of Starkiller Base, the First Order still possessed a secure and intact chain of command and massive military strength in the form of hundreds of battle-cruisers and millions of troops, emerging from the shadows to seize control of the galaxy by force. Following the loss of the Galactic Senate and the Hosnian System, the New Republic lost its leadership and its entire home fleet, which, due to the Military Disarmament Act, was the majority of the Republic military. Because of this imbalance, the New Republic was virtually helpless as the First Order fleet spread across the galaxy. The few Republic military forces that remained were completely outclassed and destroyed by the First Order, which had spent thirty years training and preparing for the war, while the New Republic military stagnated in peace. This convinced many Republic member worlds to surrender to the First Order without a fight, rather than risk defeat and devastation. This was also a result of Republic political infighting and corruption, as Centrist senators and worlds enacted a long-planned mass secession from the New Republic to the First Order. At the same time, many Outer Rim worlds that had been left defenseless and forgotten by the New Republic quickly became incited by the Order's promise of protection from the pirates and criminal cartels that preyed on them.[source?] These events quickly led to the collapse of the New Republic authority over the galaxy as individual planets and governments began looking to their own interests, where its surviving senators had dissolved the remaining task forces in a effort to protect their own homeworlds, as the galaxy as a whole became divided.
The mobile supertanker fuel depot, the Colossus, shortly arrived in the aftermath of the D'Qar evacuation and tried to retrieve coaxium from the wreckage of the Fulminatrix. Phasma tasked Pyre and Agent Tierny with recovering the station or destroying it if recovery proved impossible due to its strategic importance and sought to prevent them from gaining the fuel, however this effort failed and the Resistance was able to successfully recovers coaxium and flee. Pyre and Tierny vowed to hunt for the Colossus. Soon afterwards, Nikto engineer Nenavakasa Nalor was sent sabotage the platform. Posing as a stranded spacer, but was discovered as a First Order spy. Though Nena escaped, they were able to managed to undo her sabotage and escape First Order forces.
However, the core Resistance found itself greatly outmatched by the First Order, but failed to prevent the lose of intelligence on the specifications on the Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought, and lose it grip over the Colossus on Castilon which escaped into space. But with the loss of the New Republic and its unofficial support of the Resistance forces, the organization only possessed a few military ships and a few hundred soldiers. This hopeless imbalance led General Leia Organa to order the complete evacuation of the Resistance base on D'Qar, as a First Order fleet was on its way to destroy the Resistance once and for all. Setting their sights on the Resistance base, General Hux's forces arrived and destroyed the base, but the Resistance was able to evacuate in time. However, this escape cost the Resistance the vast majority of its remaining fleet and left them as wandering fugitives. Meanwhile, Supreme Leader Snoke summoned his apprentice, Kylo Ren, to his throne room on the Supremacy, the First Order flagship, and mocked him for his failure at Starkiller Base and his ambitions to emulate Darth Vader before ordering him to find Rey and destroy the Jedi.
Using hyperspace tracking, the First Order traced the Resistance to the Crait system, catching them completely off guard and destroying one of their cruisers instantly. Kylo Ren, leading a TIE squadron in his personal fighter, attacked the command ship Raddus and blew up its hangar bay, taking out all of the Resistance's remaining fighters before he set his sights on the ship's bridge, where his mother, Leia Organa, was. Though Ren was ultimately unable to bring himself to fire, his wingmen had no such qualms and fired on the bridge, exposing it to the vacuum of space and killing the majority of the Resistance's leadership, including Admiral Gial Ackbar. Leia was able to use the Force to pull herself back aboard, but she was left incapacitated. The Resistance, now commanded by Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, continued to outrun the First Order, but their fuel supplies were dangerously low, and one by one the other ships ran dry and were destroyed by the Supremacy's turbolasers.
Once the Raddus was almost out of fuel, the Resistance began to fragment as desertions dramatically increased as members saw the struggle against the First Order as a lost cause. Later, a full-blown mutiny occurred as two sides formed among the crew: those who wanted to escape and hide from the enemy, and those who wanted to fight. This mutiny, led by Poe Dameron, was put down by the recovered General Organa, and the Resistance attempted to slip down to the former Rebel world of Crait. However, due to the capture of the Resistance infiltration team on the Supremacy, the First Order learned of the plan when the team code breaker DJ betrayed the Resistance for his freedom and payment. This led the Supremacy to fire on the unarmed and unarmored U-55 orbital loadlifters, destroying roughly half of them. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren brought Rey to Snoke's throne room onboard the Supremacy, but Snoke's short reign over the galaxy ended as Ren killed his master along with his guards, while in a desperate sacrificial gamble to save the Resistance, Vice Admiral Holdo aimed the Raddus at the Supremacy and entered lightspeed. As a result, the ship collided with the First Order flagship and cleaved it and several Resurgent-class Star Destroyers in half, saving the Resistance remnant and causing heavy damage to the First Order fleet.
Kylo Ren had risen as Supreme Leader after the demise of Snoke, where he envisioned himself as head of a new galactic order—one that would be characterised by forging a new ideology by riding away all that had come before, First Order forces quickly recovered and, under the orders of the newly proclaimed Supreme Leader, sent an invading force of All Terrain Armored Transport and All Terrain MegaCaliber Six walkers down to the abandoned rebel base in which the Resistance was taking shelter. The First Order walkers and TIE fighters returned fire and the battle began.
Unexpectedly the Millennium Falcon, piloted by Chewbacca and Rey, had arrived unexpectedly and attacked the TIE fighters, drawing them away from the battlefield and ultimately destroying all of them. The battle led to the death of many of the remaining Resistance soldiers and the loss of its equipment. In addition, the Resistance's Outer Rim allies were called on for reinforcements but failed to send aid in time. However Skywalker unexpectedly appears and Ren ordered all of the walkers to open fire on Skywalker in an attempt to destroy him. However, he miraculously emerged unscathed, and Ren went down to the surface and faced his old Jedi Master himself, but he was actually fighting a Force projection, who was still on Ahch-To. Skywalker's projection vanished, leaving Ren furious. With Skywalker having distracted the First Order, the remaining few dozen Resistance soldiers were able to flee aboard the Millennium Falcon, leaving the First Order victorious on Crait.
Empire in all but nameEdit
- "We can and will chase every rumor, every scrap, every vapor trail across the galaxy! We will mobilize every bounty hunter and informant and turn over every rock to find all of them…and wipe every one of them out of existence!"
- ―Kylo Ren, to Armitage Hux
By the time after the Battle of Crait, the First Order had taken procession of the Outer Rim world of Bracca and even the Core World of Corellia. An emergency election on Akiva resulted in the victory of a pro-First Order merchant, and the Order arrived on Ryloth, giving the Ryloth shipping guild five days to tithe before the shipping lanes would be blockaded. The Resistance had fled to Ryloth, setting up in a Ryloth Defense Authority base, after Crait, resulting in someone Lessu betraying them and a First Order attack on the base. Still, the Resistance escaped the planet.
Sometime later, Hux was informed of a sighting of Resistance operative Finn, but he dismissed it and told the lieutenant who had given him the information that the First Order wouldn't listen to every little word somebody said about the Resistance. Right then, Ren came up to the bridge of the Finalizer and chastised Hux in front of the lieutenant, telling him that the First Order would do anything to destroy the Resistance, to set an example the First Order launched an assault that resulted in the destruction of the neutral world of Tah'Nuhna for assisting the Resistance during their escape from Crait.
Meanwhile Mika Grey, a traveller searching for Sith artifacts to keep them out of the First Order's hands, was being tracked by Agent Raith and a squad of First Order Raiders who were searching for a Sith relic from a buried temple on Ashas Ree, where they encountered the Colossus resistance also looking to acquire the relic. However, they failed and also perished as the Sith relic unleashed an explosive wave of energy that incinerated Raith and his troops.
The First Order then went to neutral Fondor where a Resistance party had been spotted, and it was time that the official in charge gave an explanation. A thorough, brutal interrogation revealed that while the Resistance group went through the system, the official wouldn't lend any assistance. This "contact" with the enemy gave Ren the excuse he needed to put the Fondor Shipyards under First Order control—something the "lenient" Empire should have done. He then personally beheaded the official for this perceived treason with a swipe of his lightsaber.
The First Order then prepared to make an example of Mon Cala after a fleet of at least twelve Resurgent-class warships arrived over Mon Cala acting on intelligence that the Resistance was there. There, a fleet of Mon Cala warships led by Aftab Ackbar managed to escape the planet's surface from the far side and jump to hyperspace, making the First Order aware that the Mon Calamari and Quarrens had chosen not to remain neutral and instead gave their support to the Resistance. By then, the First Order had already had established a presence on Corellia during this time.
As the war progressed, the First Order launched a manhunt for the surviving members of the Resistance, deploying forces to various locations across the galaxy. Ren personally oversaw the search for Resistance fugitives at the Black Spire Outpost on Batuu, having traveled to the remote installation via a TIE/es assault shuttle after receiving word that Rey had apparently been sighted on Batuu. Upon his arrival at Docking Bay 9, Ren was greeted by a First Order officer whom he deemed incompetent, and consequently strangled the officer by way of the Force.
Sometime later, First Order forces gained control of a bacta production plant on Tevel but it was retaken by the Resistance and the Tevellans. Sometime later, the First Order light cruiser, the Ladara Vex, was dispatched to Minfar in order to obtain a weapon that could control the Zixon known as the Echo Horn, but it was destroyed by Resistance member sympathizers.
The end of the First OrderEdit
- "As I served you in the old wars, I serve you now."
- ―Enric Pryde, pledging the First Order to Darth Sidious
The Sith Eternal soon revealed itself from the Unknown Regions on Exegol by broadcasting a message to the wider galaxy, which declared revenge from Emperor Palpatine, the widely known identity of the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious. Upon learning of this, Kylo Ren was determined to destroy any potential threats to his rule over the galaxy. Ren found a Force-imbued Sith wayfinder on Mustafar owned by his grandfather that contained coordinates to Exegol's Sith Citadel, home to the cult known as the Sith Eternal. Sidious then revealed himself, and divulged that he had created the former Supreme Leader Snoke. He then offered Supreme Leader Ren full command of the Sith Eternal fleet as well as the position as the new Galactic Emperor if he successfully eliminated Rey, the last Jedi. Ren then learned that Rey was, in fact, the granddaughter of Sidious, and thus a Palpatine.
At a meeting of the Supreme Council on the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Steadfast, Ren informed the deliberative body of officers of their potential alliance with the Sith Eternal and revealed that there was a spy in their ranks who had relayed this information to the Resistance. General Domaric Quinn expressed his distrust over the Sith Eternal, denouncing them as a cult of soothsayers and conjurers, though Allegiant General Enric Pryde noted that the Sith fleet would increase their forces ten thousandfold, enough for the First Order to become a true Empire. Ren choked General Quinn after he openly questioned the Supreme Leader what the former Emperor was asking for in return; he then ordered the council to crush any worlds that defied them, and declared that he and his Knights of Ren were going hunting for "the scavenger," Rey.
The First Order found Rey, alongside a team of Resistance agents, on Pasaana and alerted the local garrison. First Order jet troopers pursued them into the desert plains of Pasaana as the First Order arrived to Pasaana; the group escaped, though Chewbacca was captured by the Knights of Ren and brought on board Ren's Star Destroyer while Rey and Ren confronted each other in the desert. Later, the Knights of Ren tracked the group to Kijimi, a world occupied by the First Order; Ren showed up on his Star Destroyer and locked down Kijimi. Finn and Poe Dameron were captured and, alongside Chewbacca, sentenced to execution, but General Armitage Hux freed them, revealing himself to be the spy. The group liberated the Millennium Falcon and escaped, though not before Ren revealed to Rey that she was the granddaughter of Darth Sidious and that they formed a dyad in the Force. Allegiant General Pryde deduced General Hux to be the spy and executed him on sight with a blaster rifle. Ren meanwhile conferred with Darth Sidious over the Force; the Sith Lord threatened to turn his fleet against Ren's if he betrayed their agreement, but Ren told Sidious he knew where Rey was going.
Ren confronted Rey alone among the ruins of the second Death Star on Kef Bir, an ocean moon of Endor. The two fought in a lightsaber duel; Ren bested Rey, but was distracted when his mother, General Leia Organa, reached out to him through the Force, allowing Rey to stab him with his own lightsaber before realizing Leia's presence. Rey healed her archenemy with the Force before leaving with his ship. Motivated by a memory of his late father, Han Solo, Ren renounced the dark side and reclaimed his identity as Ben Solo. Sidious had realised that Leia's sacrifice had caused Ben Solo to return, but he was not deterred and instead refocused his efforts towards his granddaughter, Rey. Sidious then contacted Allegiant General Pryde and ordered him to Exegol; General Pryde then pledged the First Order to Sidious, who transformed it into the Final Order.
The Final Order fought in a battle above Exegol against the Resistance and their rallied reinforcements, the galaxy fleet. During the battle, General Pryde had the source of a navigational signal that the Sith fleet needed to deploy off world switched from a navigation tower on Exegol to a beacon on his command ship. However, a Resistance landing team made landing on Pryde's command ship and turned its own turbolasers against it, destroying the command ship, and with it, the navigation signal, preventing the remaining Sith fleet from deploying off of Exegol and reinforcing the First Order. The Resistance's victory at Exegol inspired the inhabitants of the galaxy to rise up against the First Order, causing their military rule across the galaxy to crumble, including on Bespin, Endor, and Jakku.
- "The Supreme Leader is dead."
"Long live the Supreme Leader."
- ―Kylo Ren and Armitage Hux
The position of Supreme Leader was the ultimate authority of the entire First Order and oversaw the ruling military hierarchy. The Supreme Leader delegated power to a number of high-ranking officers and advisers, effectively removing any distinction between military and state. This formed an upper cadre of high-ranking officials who had this authority blessed by the Supreme Leader to oversee aspects of the Order. However, any and all alterations to the strategy required the Leader's approval, with personal interests regarded as secondary to orders from the Supreme Leader while a "commanding triumvirate" of the First Order existed consisting of Ren, General Armitage Hux and Captain Phasma.
Due to the Supreme Leader's status in the First Order, an officer who had direct access to his person effectively wielded greater authority than their military rank would indicate. They oversaw the colonization of the Unknown Regions and destruction of the last Jedi. Much like Darth Vader in the former Empire, Kylo Ren existed outside the formal command structure of the First Order and frequently came into conflict with military officials owing to his agenda consistently trumping military objectives. Kylo's placement in the hierarchy not only maintained fear within the Order's upper ranks but also intentionally resembled that of Darth Vader's during the reign of the Old Empire. It was the prerogative of the Supreme Leader to summon his subordinates at his pleasure, as well as to administer punishment to those who failed him.
The Supreme Council was formed as an advisory board established under Supreme Leader Ren to replace the former triumvirate. Formed by high-ranking members of High Command who served as aides to Ren, and had direct access to the highest levels of authority in the First Order, including the Supreme Leader. The council purpose was to chart and implement the ongoing galactic conquest and plan the future of governing the galaxy. It was composed of Allegiant General Enric Pryde, Admiral Frantis Griss, and the Generals Amret Engell, Armitage Hux, Bellava Parnadee, and Domaric Quinn.
The First Order lacked an official capital planet, as the Supreme Leader constantly moved his base of operations; thus administration of the government existed on an amalgam of planets within First Order territory. With the construction of Starkiller Base, the Order possessed an unofficial headquarters for its expanding power. Although various officers and allies of the First Order argued for a planet to act as their capital, Snoke insisted on using the Supremacy as the main capital, refusing to designate capital command to a world either under direct First Order control or within the Unknown Regions.
Unbeknownst to the First Order, the former Emperor and Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious created Snoke through an ancient unknown Sith ritual and pulled his strings in order to rule the First Order as Snoke while he concealed himself as the true ruler of the First Order in the shadows. Sidious artificially created Snoke on Exegol with the assistance of his loyalists of the Sith Eternal through ancient Sith science and even had multiple copies of the Force-sensitive creation stored on Exegol.
- "My men are exceptionally trained, programmed from birth."
- ―General Armitage Hux
With its rapidly expanding military in clear violation of the Galactic Concordance and Republic laws, the massive militarization effort of the First Order continued throughout its tenure in the Unknown Regions. There, military bases and shipyards were constructed to churn out some of the technologically superior weapons and starfighters utilized by the Order's military. To avoid treaty restrictions banning the sale of weapons to the First Order, galactic arms manufacturers BlasTech Industries and Merr-Sonn Munitions, Inc. spun off a subsidiary known as the Sonn-Blas Corporation, which manufactured much of the First Order's weaponry within First Order space. Sienar-Jaemus Fleet Systems also helped produce vessels such as the Upsilon-class command shuttle and TIE/fo space superiority fighter, along with its two-seated variant the TIE/sf space superiority fighter. Sienar-Jaemus Army Systems manufactured the widely used AAL, which could ferry twenty stormtroopers into combat, while the Aratech-Loratus Corporation developed the LIUV; on ground the First Order also used a wide range of four-legged walkers similar to Imperial AT-ATs. In violation of New Republic laws regarding capital ships, Kuat-Entralla Engineering developed the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer, which featured more than three thousand turbolasers and ion cannons, and was specifically designed to evoke the fearful image of the Old Empire's Imperial-class Star Destroyers.
Like its predecessor, the First Order Stormtrooper Corps was a component of the military that employed the use of stormtroopers, including variants such as snowtroopers. It also utilized specialists including megablaster heavy assault troopers, flametroopers, and riot control stormtroopers and selectively had one of the three variants placed in every ten-member stormtrooper squad. Unlike the inconsistent academy standards of the previous Galactic Empire, training of the new generation of stormtroopers emphasized improvisation and counter-insurgency operations, including guerrilla tactics. With the First Order lacking the numerical superiority of the Galactic Empire, better-equipped and -trained soldiers resulted in higher trooper proficiency than the previous Galactic Empire. Soldiers were often trained on capital ships and underwent vivid simulations to create the most loyal soldiers, which was an extension of the ideas of Commandant Brendol Hux and his Commandant's Cadets. It was strictly forbidden for a stormtrooper to initiate any contact with a officer in line with the First Order view on hierarchy.
One of its primary bases of operations was Starkiller Base, an ice planet converted into a stronghold. Seeking to rule the galaxy through fear, the base housed a superweapon capable of destroying entire star systems by firing a planet-destroying beam through hyperspace, and was led by an unofficial triumvirate of General Armitage Hux, Kylo Ren, and Captain Phasma until it was destroyed in the Assault on Starkiller Base.
The scale of the First Order's military operation shocked complacent New Republic observers, who had believed such shows of force were merely part of local defense forces and ceremonial guards. With the rapid expansion of the First Order's stormtrooper ranks and military capabilities, the Resistance believed that more trooper specializations were yet to be discovered, and ships even larger than the Resurgent-class Star Destroyers existed, such as the Mandator IV-class Siege Dreadnought and the Mega-class Star Dreadnought.
- "We have learned from the mistakes of the Empire—They were too lenient."
- ―Supreme Leader Kylo Ren
The First Order despised the New Republic as an illegitimate regime that tolerated disorder in the galaxy, who did not officially recognized it as a government, and viewed them as an ill-organized, poorly equipped, and badly funded group of Imperial loyalists, maintaining an almost non-existent relationship with them, resulting in ignored diplomatic protests and observers being denied access; an example of this was during the First Order blockade of the Otomok system to which the galactic government objected but the Order informed them it was an internal affair, to which the Republic accepted.
In an effort to subvert the New Republic, the First Order also channeled funds through shell and third-party corporations in the Corporate Sector to corrupt Republic senators like Erudo Ro-Kiintor, who blocked motions advocating sanctions against the First Order and increasing support for the New Republic Starfleet. Consequently, the First Order's main military adversary was the Resistance, a private military organization founded by General Leia Organa in response to the Republic's unwillingness to take action against the Order. The First Order saw its primary mission as restoring order to a lawless galaxy and viewed the Republic and Resistance as obstacles to achieving these goals. About thirty years after the Battle of Endor, the First Order launched a preemptive attack on the Hosnian system in order to destroy the Republic and force the wider galaxy into submission. Later, the First Order successfully destroyed the Resistance's base on D'Qar. However, the remaining Resistance forces were able to evacuate.
- "Our job is simply to maintain order."
- ―Commander Pyre
There was no line between the military and justice in the First Order, which had a merciless attitude towards treason among other things, where it dispensed final justice on anyone with even slight loyalty issues per day; this was done as several public executions with the executioners coming from the ranks of the Stormtrooper Corps anonymously in rotations, with it being considered an effective method of stormtrooper training. Unlike most stormtrooper variants, they were not from a specialist unit, but were instead randomly picked among regular stormtroopers for that day depending on various assignments and their identity was left anonymous.
Assigned to keep order on worlds within First Order territory, a specialized variant of the standard stormtrooper were trained in riot-control tactics and given non-lethal equipment to suppress any disorder, as well as some lethal weapons, such as the Sonn-Blas F-11D blaster rifle, in case situations spiraled out of control.
The First Order also used cybernetics as a form of punishment by turning someone into a cyborg to ensure loyalty, as was the case with rogue agent Terex. The First Order would also dismiss any strike action and would send in stormtroopers to enforce and "restore order" as part of a law and order operation, and would simply kill any negotiators to resolve any strike.
The First Order made it illegal to even communicate with the Resistance and considered it an act of treason that would result in being executed, and the act of speaking ill of the Supreme Leader was determined as a crime.
The First Order continued the research into dark energy translations and hyperspace tunneling that had began under the Empire, where they repurposed an ice world for the development of a mobile superweapon called Starkiller Base, which used a dark energy called "quintessence" as it offered a virtual unlimited power source, this was made possible after securing logs from secret Imperial laboratories detailing a suitable planet needed with the correct specifications for what would become Starkiller Base with the colossal superlaser array itself built into the planetary crust and would to the Order represent a technological step forward in power.
The Order also developed the hyperspace tracker which was a type of active tracker with the ability to detect starships traveling through hyperspace developed by First Order scientists. Originally studied by the Tarkin Initiative during the reign of the Empire, the technology was not established for several more decades when a team assembled by General Armitage Hux discovered how to implement the technology. A complex static hyperspace field generator, which enveloped arrays of databanks and computers in a localized hyperspace field that accelerated their calculation speeds to unimaginable rates. While also constricting a superlaser siege cannon, that was a form of miniaturized Death Star technology that was capable of firing a devastating energy pulse along a targeting tracer beam to cause a powerful detonation upon impact. Being a two-hundred-meter cannon, it required support, such as having vehicles that were able to maneuver it into position during a siege and could be deployed to have a retractable stabilizing outrigger to ground its bulk. The First Order had also developed huge data banks loaded with centuries of combat reports and astrogation data. This was aided by a static hyperspace field that accelerated their processing power to an unprecedented level, which was overseen by the Shipboard Tracking Control Complex that was the size of a planetary intelligence hub.
Society and cultureEdit
- "The First Order is not the Empire. We are purer. We have been through the crucible and emerged stronger."
Growing up in isolation on the far side of the Unknown Regions gave the officers and citizens of the First Order an Imperially-skewed version of galactic history. Under the guidance of Imperial veterans, along with approved literature, vids, and mandatory viewings of morale sessions twice a day for stormtrooper cadets, officers learned of their glorious past and how they had been robbed of it by terrorists and rebels, who later called themselves the New Republic. Many believed only they could have the power necessary to wrest the galaxy from a path of chaos and corruption. This claim was not without some basis. The New Republic's corruption and ineffectiveness was plain to see across the galaxy, from its citizens to the Resistance and the First Order. In fact, this corruption was one of the First Order's most potent weapons, as they ensured their agenda met with no interference from the Senate. The First Order's citizens saw this as proof the Rebellion was built on false promises, and that rebels can only tear down a government, not build one.
Dominated by humans, the First Order continued the ethnocentric xenophobia that had existed in the Empire, which had viewed aliens as slave labor. Within many of the labor camps and mining operations in First Order space, a large number of individuals were non-human.
Pre recorded speeches often filled the airwaves, in which General Armitage Hux commented on instances of the Republic's depravity, including famines on Ibaar and Adarlon, the brutal suppression of the people of Balamak, and unchecked alien advances throughout the Outer Rim. Following these reports were stories of First Order victories such as liberating labor camps on Iktotch or winning a fleet battle in the Bormea sector. Despite these patriotic functions and rallies, the First Order heavily relied on the brutal suppression of dissent and unpatriotic activities. Riot control stormtroopers were specially trained to quash insurrection, with live-fire dispersal of protesters permitted. Industrial unrest such as the Strike at Pressy's Tumble were blamed on New Republic agents. According to the First Order, the Jedi were officially extinct, and it was forbidden to pronounce Kylo Ren's birth name by order of Supreme Leader Snoke. To boost morale, the First Order utilized a commemorative rank insignia system, issuing armbands bearing the names of famous units and heroes of the Galactic Civil War. Many in the military believed that despite being outnumbered by the New Republic Starfleet, their technological superiority was so complete that even their smaller navy stood virtually unchallenged.
The First Order had no qualms with inducting children into direct combat. The most infamous example of the latter was the stormtroopers of the First Order, which forcibly subjected any children of worlds conquered by the First Order to military training. Because the First Order trained its soldiers from birth, several members had very high ranks despite their youth technically making them closer to junior officers, in contrast to the Empire's Sub-Adult Group, which promoted patriotism without subjecting its members to direct combat.
However brutal, the First Order's recruitment methods were lauded by their personnel and even by some of their conscripts. Many of the children the First Order recruited came from poor, impoverished Outer Rim worlds, where lawlessness was rampant and the residents had few to no prospects in life. Due to these horrific conditions, many of the people happily surrendered their children to the First Order willingly, either hoping they would have a better life or simply desiring payment and one fewer mouth to feed. Some freelance recruiters for the First Order agreed these children were better off under the First Order than on their homeworlds; one bragged that Athulla was such a "nightmare" the First Order was doing its children a favor. One of these impoverished children inducted into the First Order's ranks, from the desert world of Jakku, would rise to become a respected officer in the First Order: Captain Cardinal.
Once recruited, citizens and soldiers of the First Order were indoctrinated to have a strong sense of duty, loyalty, and obedience to the state, and taught to forgo their personal desires for the greater good of the First Order. To this end, recruits abandon their previous lives and identities upon their induction into the First Order and submit to being identified by a numerical code. Senior officers and distinguished members of the Stormtrooper Corps, such as Phasma and Cardinal, were not expected to do so. First Order citizens were educated to believe it had been the pursuit of individual selfishness and desires that led the Rebel Alliance to topple the galaxy-uniting Empire. They were also taught that the Rebels were short-sighted terrorists who could not see the benefit of the Empire, and instead started a war that forced the Empire to crack down on personal liberties in response.
Despite this doctrine, First Order military training heavily emphasized individual strength and improvisation, both physically and mentally. Training programs that were mandatory for all recruits beginning at a young age became progressively more severe as they grew to adulthood. The First Order, like the Empire before it, believed the strong naturally rose to power, while the weaker were left to serve their natural leaders.
The First Order economy was tightly controlled, partly due to treaty restrictions that prevented major galactic corporations from selling arms to the First Order. Nevertheless, they had dealings with the Aratech-Loratus Corporation, Rebaxan Columni, Sienar-Jaemus Fleet Systems, Kuat-Entralla Engineering and Sonn-Blas Corporation—a subsidiary of the First Order military's major arms manufacturers, Merr-Sonn Munitions, Inc. and BlasTech Industries. The First Order plundered the worlds within its domain in order to fill its coffers with various currencies, particularly coins minted from precious metals such as aurei, peggats and zemids, all of which had universal value as they could be melted down. The credit was also a recognized currency in the First Order economy, although by then coinage made from valuable metals was considered preferable to electronic currencies, especially in an era of instability.
Having amassed a vast treasury through conquest and plunder, the First Order used its profits to purchase weapons from war profiteers on Cantonica in the Corporate Sector. They also channeled large sums of money through shells and third-party corporations with help from the Corporate Sector Authority.
To avoid the terms of the Galactic Concordance which included the sale of weapons to the Order, arms manufacturers BlasTech Industries and Merr-Sonn Munitions, Inc. opted to bypass these restrictions by forming a subsidiary known as the Sonn-Blas Corporation, which manufactured all weapons within First Order space, while Sienar-Jaemus Army Systems and Aratech-Loratus Corporation would develop spacecraft and vehicles to the Order.
The airwaves infrastructure in the First Order was under full state oversight and had tight restrictions and censorship imposed on it, which were often filled with pre recorded speeches in line with military objectives, this was there-for used by the ruling junta to maintain its control of the masses by using propaganda. The First Order utilized a form of holographic technology that could show the user in full color and lacked any scan lines as part of its communications systems.
The Supremacy communication complex was used to watch HoloNet traffic throughout the galaxy, this was to help identify trends and weaknesses that the First Order could use to further their goals, it could also be used to dispatched orders to agents operating within both New Republic and independent space. The Supremacy also held industrial capabilities including research labs and factories onboard, this housed departments for conception, research and well-stocked raw materials reserves, eight durasteel foundries as well as an asteroid mining complex for harvesting raw materials directly from asteroid fields, as well as state-of-the-art production lines that could not be cut off from supply lines. It also had at least eight droid manufacturing facilities.
- "The First Order will control all the major systems within weeks."
The First Order claimed the large, unexplored region beyond the frontier to the west of the Core as its heartland, with the emergent power expanding across the vast swaths of space left untouched for millennia by galactic explorers, including Demir, as well as a handful of sectors claimed by the First Order in the Outer Rim Territories. The First Order undertook a major offensive against several of these kingdoms to seize their worlds and resources to fuel their rise.
Numerous shipyards, bases, and research facilities were also built on newly explored star systems and colonized worlds as the Order slowly expanded and plotted its eventual return to the galaxy at large.
The First Order's domain expanded into the known galaxy through the annexation of a bloc of star systems that seceded from the New Republic. The Centrists, a political faction in the Galactic Senate, wanted a more centralized government than the one offered by the New Republic. As a result, the systems that identified with Centrist politics joined the First Order, marking its official formation as a galactic government. At the time when the Centrists called for secession, the planets that supported their political goals included Arkanis, Comra, Coruscant, Daxam IV, Hevurion, Kuat, Orinda, and Riosa.
The result of a cold war between the New Republic and First Order, a narrow region of neutral systems known as the Trans-Hydian Borderlands existed between New Republic and First Order space. Despite frequent First Order incursions into Republic space, the Galactic Senate did not wish to spark a conflict, and thus was limited to formal diplomatic protest.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again? What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn't get done?"
- ―J.J. Abrams
The First Order was created for the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and was developed through conversations amongst the production team. According to J.J. Abrams, the film's director, the team wondered what would have happened if the Nazis who went into hiding in Argentina after World War II started working together again. Abrams hinted that the First Order would therefore be a group that admired the Galactic Empire and felt that its work was unfulfilled.
The First Order's exact nature during the development of the film was kept secret since the film's announcement. On August 10, 2015, the official Star Wars Twitter and GooglePlus accounts unveiled an image of the First Order congregating at Starkiller Base.
Costume designer Michael Kaplan said the First Order uniforms were designed to look severe, "very hard edge, very broad shoulders, very angular, geometric." He cited inspiration from French fashion designer Thierry Mugler.
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