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The goal is to clarify the requirement that the "Appearances" section of IU articles be sorted by in-universe chronological order. In effect, it will codify what we already do, but remove other possible interpretations that would arguably be valid orderings. More information and reasoning is present in the SH this is based on.
For sources with prologues, epilogues, flashbacks, or flash-forwards, we consider the "main events" to exclude those segments of the narrative.
Example: Queen's Shadow has a prologue set in 32 BBY, an epilogue set in 19 BBY, and main events set in 28 BBY. Sort Queen's Shadow as 28 BBY in the Appearances section of articles; even those which were only mentioned or only appeared in its epilogue or prologue.
For sources with multiple timeframes, a timeframe labeled as "now" or "present" shall be considered to form the "main events" of that narrative over other timeframes.
Example: Thrawn: Alliances has a timeframe labeled "then" taking place in 19 BBY and a "now" timeframe taking place around 2 BBY. The "main events" are considered to take place in the "now" timeframe. Therefore, even though Padmé Amidala's appearance in that novel takes place in 19 BBY, Thrawn: Alliances should be sorted as 2 BBY in the Appearances section of her article.
For sources whose main events span a large time frame, even factoring in the above two stipulations, we use the earliest chronological point of those “main events” for this purpose.
Example: Rebel Rising, which begins c. 13 BBY and ends 0 BBY. Sort the novel as 13 BBY in the Appearances section. (Jyn's time in prison on Wobani prior to the end of the novel is considered a "flash-forward" for this purpose.)
Example: Star Wars Battlefront II, which portrays events ranging from 32 BBY to c. 34 ABY. Sort the video game as 32 BBY in the Appearances section; even on articles such as Ben Solo (who was born in 5 ABY).
The only change is clarifying an existing rule with detail (and the ordering of a bullet point).