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"The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am."
―Darth Vader[7]

The Galactic Emperor, also referred to as the Imperial Emperor, the Imperial king, the Sith Emperor, or simply the Emperor, was the sovereign ruler of the Galactic Empire during the Imperial Era of galactic history. Despite the existence of the Imperial Senate, the last remnant of the Galactic Republic in the New Order, the Emperor was invested with supreme authority over both the Imperial government and the Imperial Military. As such, the Emperor had free rein to govern the galaxy as he so desired, from replacing senators with Moffs as regional governors, to disbanding the Senate altogether.

In the aftermath of the Clone Wars, the democratic Republic was transformed into an authoritarian state by Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, who appointed himself Galactic Emperor in 19 BBY. Unbeknownst to his subjects, Palpatine was in fact the Sith Lord Darth Sidious who conspired to take over the Republic and destroy the Jedi Order. Sidious' reign brought the galaxy under the rule of the Sith, which lasted for a generation until the Emperor was killed in 4 ABY. Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax and his Shadow Council seized power in the ensuing crisis, becoming Emperor in all but name while Grand Vizier Mas Amedda was forced to serve as a figurehead for the declining Empire. After Rax's demise, the Galactic Civil War concluded with the Empire's capitulation to the New Republic in 5 ABY.

During the New Republic Era, the First Order and the Sith Eternal emerged from the Unknown Regions as offshoots of the Emperor's Contingency. Despite his own death, Sidious returned to oversee the final stage of his plan to create a Sith Empire that would rule the galaxy forever. In his weakened state, he had considered Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and the Jedi apprentice Rey as potential successors, but after discovering their nature as a dyad in the Force, Sidious siphoned the energy of their Force-bond to regain his full strength as the one true Emperor. Before he could unleash the Sith Eternal's fleet, the Final Order, against the galaxy, Sidious was destroyed by Rey with the help of all the Jedi who were one with the Force. As a result of the Resistance victory, the people of the galaxy were inspired to rise up against the military junta.


"The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I've just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away."
―Wilhuff Tarkin[4]

The Galactic Emperor was the ruler of the galaxy during the Imperial Era.

The Galactic Emperor[8] was the self-appointed[1] sovereign ruler of the first Galactic Empire.[9] Replacing the office of Supreme Chancellor,[1] which had been empowered with wartime powers by the Galactic Senate during the last years of the Old Republic,[10] the Emperor was the ultimate authority in political and military affairs of state. As a result, the Emperor had the power to unilaterally implement policies that affected the Empire as a whole[9]—from directing the Imperial Military to subjugate entire planets,[11] to ordering for their destruction.[4] To that end the Emperor could delegate power to others, allowing him to rule the Empire through subordinates who served as an extension of his authority.[11] The Emperor's power over the galaxy remained relatively unchallenged until the rise of the Alliance to Restore the Republic,[12] an organization that was committed to the restoration of democracy.[13]

The Emperor also served as the de facto leader of the Imperial Senate. Apart from the authority to entirely dissolve it and transfer its administrative responsibilities to a cadre of regional governors[9] the Emperor alone had the power to pass voted laws into action—which he rarely did.[14] He could also propose bills and legislation like the Public Order Resentencing Directive and the Imperial Emergency Act,[15] publicly support or object to laws other Senators had proposed as well as make impromptu appearances to weigh in important matters. In these cases, all military officers present in the Senate chamber had to stand in attention while all Senators at the time recognized by the Vice Chair were to cede the board immediately.[16] Despite the Emperor's considerable power, he still could not technically enforce any law a significant majority of the Senate had objected to.[17] However, Palpatine's steady work to take power away from the Senate,[15][18] instead investing it in the regional governors,[19] and efforts to rule through fear alone eventually enabled him to sidestep the institution all together, dissolving the Senate once he no longer had use of it.[4]


Darth Sidious[]

Consolidating power[]

"Since my ascension, I have allowed a convenient fiction to persist—that the Empire is merely a continuation of the Republic. The Imperial Senate remains—an illusion of many voices coming together to govern. In truth, there is only one voice. Mine."
―Emperor Sheev Palpatine, to Darth Vader[20]

Darth Sidious, publicly known as Sheev Palpatine, declared himself Emperor of the First Galactic Empire.

At the conclusion of the Clone Wars in the year 19 BBY,[2] the Galactic Republic which had existed for a millennium was transformed into the Galactic Empire by proclamation of Sheev Palpatine, the last Supreme Chancellor of the Republic.[1] In secret, Palpatine was Darth Sidious—the Dark Lord of the Sith who orchestrated the galaxy-wide civil war between the Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems, as well as the subsequent purge of the Jedi Order. Without the Jedi to oppose him, Sidious exercised his control over the Galactic Senate by supplanting a thousand years of democracy with the absolute rule of the Sith through himself as Galactic Emperor.[12] Having attained ultimate power, the Emperor had no further use in cultivating two identities.[21] Although he would rule the galaxy through fear and tyranny[12] as "Emperor Palpatine," he was henceforth Darth Sidious in thought and action.[21]

Following the Clone Wars, it was said that a select few decorated pilots, those who demonstrated an unwavering loyalty to their new emperor, were awarded the red "allegiance helmet."[22] Sidious remained relatively unchallenged as Emperor for two decades.[12] At first, however, he needed to maintain the illusion that the Empire was a simple revised form of the Republic, keeping the Imperial Senate active and making it seem like his rule was not a total one.[20] It was his plan to totally disband the Senate once the DS-1 Death Star Mobile Battle Station was complete,[23] enabling him to rule through fear alone,[4] while in the time being he consolidated his reign over the galaxy; he eliminated rivals, directed the Imperial Military to conquer planets beyond the Republic's frontier,[11] and cemented what power was not already in his hands.[24][25]


The Emperor ruled the galaxy for a generation with Darth Vader as his right hand.

Much of Palpatine's time was spent governing the galaxy,[26] which he ruled from a distance:[27] as he was a single man who ruled the entire galaxy, most galactic citizens did not see their emperor.[28] To maintain his rule, Palpatine relied on his proxies. He made promises and threats to those he needed to keep in line, but he relied on Vader to serve as his direct hand.[27] Vader became known as the "Emperor's Fist."[29] Even during the lifespan of the Imperial Senate, the Emperor would rely on his massive military and a rule through fear,[4] including Imperial Starfighter Pilots. Notably, Palpatine relied greatly on such pilots during the Mid Rim uprisings when local monarchs refused to bow to his rule.[22]

Flames of rebellion[]

"As Emperor, I reigned over the galaxy with unquestioned authority while Lord Vader administered my unrelenting justice. Any rebels musguided enough to stand in opposition to my rule were shown no mercy."
―Darth Sidious[30]

However, as a result of Sidious' efforts to subjugate the galaxy, the scattered cells of a growing rebellion gradually coalesced into the Rebel Alliance[11]—a resistance movement determined to overthrow the Emperor and restore democracy.[13] Throughout most of the Galactic Civil War, Sidious directed his attention to destroying the rebellion that opposed his rule as Galactic Emperor.[7] Some Imperial pilots came to see themselves as crusaders who fought in Palpatine's name, making it a dedicated mission to put out the flames of rebellion. Indeed, overall protocol amongst the military held that Palpatine's will kept the galaxy itself stable.[22]


Grand Admiral Mitth'raw'nuruodo "Thrawn" found himself set to become a new puppet for Palpatine, who hoped to extend his reach as Emperor to Thrawn's home Chiss Ascendancy.

When Grand Admiral Mitth'raw'nuruodo "Thrawn" argued the forces of the Grysk Hegemony were a threat to both his own people, the Chiss Ascendancy, and the Empire, Sidious secretly decided the best option would be to forge an alliance between his regime and the Chiss by taking over the Ascendancy, becoming emperor of both the Chiss government and the Imperial state. Before Sidious could force Thrawn to betray his own people,[31] the Grand Admiral was lost to Palpatine[32] when the aspiring Jedi Ezra Bridger used a pod of Purrgil to take himself, Thrawn, and the Star Destroyer Chimaera off into hyperspace to save his homeworld of Lothal.[26] With the dissolution of the Imperial Senate in 0 BBY,[2] Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin and the regional governors were free to exercise full authority over their territories on the Emperor's behalf.[4]

His rule was also opposed by the Crimson Dawn syndicate, which he feared would unleash an ancient Sith Lord from the Fermata Cage. Palpatine took a direct hand against the Dawn by joining Vader in the Battle at Amaxine Station, where he was happy to exert his abilities and directly strike down enemies.[27] The Crimson Dawn crisis would be followed by the scourge of the droids,[33] after which Palpatine faced yet another threat to his rule in the Schism Imperial.[34] His effort to destroy the Rebel Alliance culminated in a plot to lure the Alliance forces into a trap at Endor. The plan ultimately backfired however, resulting in the Emperor's death and the Empire's defeat at the Battle of Endor[7] in 4 ABY.[2]

Death of the Emperor[]

"In one battle, we lost our Emperor and gained a hundred warring factions."
Rella Sol[22]
Sentinels manufactured

With the death of the Emperor, the Sentinels were deployed with instructions to initiate Operation: Cinder.

In the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, the remnants of the Imperial Navy regrouped to determine the next Emperor.[35] However, no clear chain of succession was evident, since Sidious had no known family and was always supposed to remain in power.[36] The Empire broke into a number of warring factions over the future of the regime without Palpatine's continued rule.[22] Palpatine had laid out plans to punish and refine the Empire with his Contingency in the events of his death,[37] beginning with the deployment of Sentinel droids that ordered the beginning of Operation: Cinder.[38]

Governor Ubrik Adelhard hoped to maintain control of the Anoat sector with the Iron Blockade and the claim Palpatine was still alive.[28] Grand Moff Lozen Tolruck[36] and the Endor is A Lie poster claimed the same.[39] Although it was easy to prove Palpatine had died, the fact that most citizens never saw their Emperor made the lie reasonable.[28] Other remnants claimed Palpatine was ruling from beyond the grave,[36] which was somewhat true thanks to the plans he laid out in the Contingency.[37] Rebel General Leia Organa pondered who had given Commander Alecia Beck orders after the Battle of Endor and ultimately came to the conclusion there was a new major figure in the Empire who gave her the order to retreat. In Organa's mind, it was either a puppet master using the rumor of Palpatine's survival to rule or someone with the authority of the Emperor, possibly an heir named by Palpatine.[28]


Although the Empire ultimately fell, the Emperor was revered by various Sith cults in the galaxy.

The Emperor inspired Sith cultists across the galaxy,[40] notwithstanding his legacy as a reviled tyrant[12] whose death was celebrated from the Core Worlds to the Outer Rim Territories.[7] While the Sith Eternal operated mainly from Exegol, a legendary Sith world in the Unknown Regions[41] another Sith cult, the Acolytes of the Beyond, remained in the known galaxy.[40] Under the leadership of Yupe Tashu, one of the Emperor's advisers, the Acolytes scoured the galaxy seeking to collect Sith artifacts.[37] One of their members was Ochi, a trained Jedi killer[41] who served the Emperor as his personal assassin.[5]

Mas Amedda[]

"I am the head of the Galactic Empire. I am its pinnacle!"
―Mas Amedda[36]
Throne Room Darth Vader 1

Grand Vizier Mas Amedda became a powerless figurehead, after years of exercising authority in the Emperor's name.

As head of the Imperial Ruling Council, Grand Vizier Mas Amedda effectively became the proxy Emperor[36] in 4 ABY.[42] Amedda had served the Emperor for years; he was a politician in the Old Republic, serving as Vice Chair to Finis Valorum and Sheev Palpatine, in turn, before the Empire rose to power. Amedda was one of the few beings in the galaxy who knew that Palpatine was a Sith Lord. The self-proclaimed Emperor rewarded Amedda for his loyalty, allowing the Chagrian to remain at his side as Grand Vizier in the New Order.[43]


Amedda retreated to the Imperial Palace as the citizens of Coruscant openly rebelled against Imperial authority.

While Amedda held power during the Emperor's reign,[43] he did not succeed in consolidating his role as the Emperor's successor. As such, his power was largely limited to Coruscant where entire sectors of Imperial City rebelled against his reign, causing Amedda to become entrenched and trapped in government districts. His request for assistance was refused by the Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax, who did not allow Grand Admiral Rae Sloane to send reinforcements to the "proxy Emperor" Amedda as the throneworld had no place in his vision of a renewed Empire and had effectively took Amedda's powers and influence from him[36] in 5 ABY.[42]

In an act of despair and desperation, Amedda attempted to surrender himself into the custody of the New Republic during a secret meeting on Velusia, believing there was no greater target or prize than himself. However, his offer was declined by Chancellor Mon Mothma and Princess Leia Organa, both of whom regarded Amedda not as an Emperor but rather an administrator. As such, they demanded that he find a way to regain his power in order to sign the the Galactic Empire's full surrender. With his reign effectively over upon returning to Coruscant, Amedda considered suicide by jumping off of one of the Imperial Palace's balconies. Instead, he and Sloane forged an alliance to undermine Rax and his cult-like ideas for the Empire by conducting an investigation into his past and preserving the New Order. By assisting the Grand Admiral, Amedda hoped to secure his place under Sloane's Empire.[36]

Gallius Rax[]

"I only serve Palpatine."
"Emperor Rax serves Palpatine, too."
―Yupe Tashu and Windom Traducier[36]

Counselor Gallius Rax seized power and presided over the Empire's demise at the Battle of Jakku.

In contrast to Amedda, who had lost control over most of Coruscant after his request for reinforcements was denied, Gallius Rax successfully plotted his own rise to power following Palpatine's demise. However, he also continued to serve the late Emperor according to the Imperial agent Windom Traducier. Instead of openly ruling the galaxy, Rax sought to govern the Empire as the head of a new ruling body, the Shadow Council, while supporting a figurehead as Palpatine's official successor.[36]

Although Rax was Emperor in effect, according to Traducier who referred to him as "Emperor Rax," he rejected the title and—in keeping with his intention to rule the Empire as the power behind the throne—created the position of Counselor to the Empire for himself. Officially, he continued to recognize Amedda as the leader of the Empire, but in reality Rax had the Chagrian imprisoned within the Imperial Palace. In secret, Rax planned to eliminate the Shadow Council on Jakku with the exception of Commandant Brendol Hux, who was essential to his plans.[36] Rax ultimately perished in the Battle of Jakku, however; and through the signing of the Galactic Concordance, the Galactic Civil War ended with the remnants of the Empire capitulating to the New Republic.[37]

Rise of the Supreme Leader[]

"Kill the girl! End the Jedi, and become what your grandfather, Vader, could not. You will rule all the galaxy as the new Emperor."
―Darth Sidious, to Kylo Ren[44]
Snoke chillin like a villain

Supreme Leader Snoke was a genetic strandcast who ruled the First Order as Darth Sidious' proxy in power.

Following the collapse of the Galactic Empire, a movement of Imperial officers, nobles, and technologists evolved into the First Order.[45] A successor of the Empire in all but name,[38] the First Order was formed in the Unknown Regions[45] and originally consisted of Imperial personnel,[38] including Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, General Brendol Hux,[46] and General Enric Pryde.[41] Despite Sloane's ambitions to rule a new Empire,[37] she and other Imperial leaders were ultimately supplanted by Supreme Leader Snoke,[46] an enigmatic humanoid alien who was strong with the dark side of the Force.[47]

Unbeknownst to his own followers,[41] Snoke was a strandcast—a bioengineered construct—from Exegol.[6] His creator was Darth Sidious; reborn in a cloned body, the fallen Emperor made Snoke[5] as his heir to the Contingency that ensured the Empire's destruction and rebirth as the First Order.[41] In addition to his role as Sidious' proxy in power,[6] Snoke was made to be the final test in the ascendancy of Kylo Ren. As the grandson of Darth Vader, Ren was the heir to the powerful bloodline of the Skywalker family. The Sith Eternal cultists designed Snoke to groom Ren into a worthy successor to the Sith legacy.[41] By creating Snoke to ultimately die by Ren's hand, Sidious circumvented the Sith tradition in which an apprentice completed his training by killing the master.[6]

I gave everything I have to you

Snoke was also designed to mold Kylo Ren, grandson of Darth Vader, into a worthy heir of the Sith.

Snoke possessed unlimited power through his self-appointed position as Supreme Leader;[6] despite this, he made no effort to claim the old title of Emperor. He also had little interest in mundane matters, preferring to focus on spiritual matters instead of the affairs of state. He therefore delegated authority to his high-ranking subordinates, and allowed the members of High Command to control the First Order military in his name. Under his rule, a new generation of young, zealous leaders rose to power in the First Order, including Captain Phasma, General Armitage Hux and Kylo Ren.[41] They controlled the First Order's new superweapon, Starkiller Base, as an unofficial triumvirate.[48]

The New Republic sought to maintain peaceful relations with the Imperial remnants[49] after reducing the Empire to a rump state, hemmed in by war reparations and disarmament treaties.[45] Nevertheless, the New Republic's final years were consumed by the Cold War as a result of the First Order's rise to power.[41] When the New Republic fell in the Hosnian Cataclysm of 34 ABY,[2] the armed forces of the First Order deployed across the galaxy, no longer restrained by their facade as a territorial defense force.[41] As the First Order moved to seize control of the major star systems, Supreme Leader Snoke personally oversaw the military's efforts to destroy the Resistance that continued to oppose him in spite of the New Republic's destruction. His flagship, the Mega-class Star Dreadnought Supremacy, was at the head of a fleet of Resurgent-class Star Destroyers that pursued the Resistance fleet in the wake of the Battle of Starkiller Base and the Battle of D'Qar.[46]

Long Live The Supreme Leader

Ren seized power as the new Supreme Leader by assassinating Snoke, an act that met with Sidious' approval.

It was during this time that Kylo Ren assassinated his master and became the new Supreme Leader. With Snoke's death, Ren was free to exert his dominance over the First Order leadership, using his dark side powers to torture Hux into recognizing his claim. Ren's immediate goal was to end the First Order-Resistance War, thereby allowing him to pursue his ambition of ruling the galaxy as the head of a new order.[46] Despite remnants of the Resistance escaping from the First Order Army in the Battle of Crait, the First Order nonetheless conquered large swathes of territory under Supreme Leader Ren.[41]

Ren consolidated his reign by suppressing dissent within the First Order and without. He also established the Supreme Council, an advisory board of the highest-ranking First Order officers[41] to promote cooperation in their ranks[50] while keeping them divided through rivalry so as to prevent them from uniting against him.[5] Although Hux survived the accession of Ren, their rivalry ultimately cost the general much of his authority and influence. Hux had little power or independence under Ren's leadership; moreover, Ren favored Enric Pryde whom he promoted to the rank of Allegiant General. During the last days of the war, Ren used his closest followers, the Knights of Ren, as personal bodyguards.[41]

Return of the Emperor[]

"And now, the power of two restores the one true Emperor."
―Darth Sidious, to Ben Solo and Rey[44]

The Emperor survived his first death through the use of cloning and the dark side of the Force.

The First Order relentlessly hunted the Resistance across the galaxy, using every resource at its disposal by order of Supreme Leader Kylo Ren.[51] While Ren was determined to destroy his mother's movement for opposing him,[52] his personal agenda was to secure his power as ruler of the First Order. Therefore, he appointed the task of overseeing the war to his subordinates, not wishing to be distracted by the few remaining remnants of the Resistance. Having overthrown his master, Ren's ultimate goal was to consolidate the galaxy under his rule as the new Galactic Emperor, unlike his grandfather Anakin Skywalker who aspired towards the power of immortality.[53]

During the war, however, the Supreme Leader discovered that Darth Sidious had returned from the grave, plotting from the shadows on the hidden Sith world of Exegol. Ren also learned that Sidious was responsible for the creation of Snoke, whose entire existence was based around the sole purpose of corrupting the young Ben Solo.[44] By killing his master and usurping control of the First Order, Ren had taken a critical step on his path to complete submission to the dark side. He was ultimately Sidious' heir to a new Sith Empire which would conquer the galaxy with a mighty armada—the Final Order—of Xyston-class Star Destroyers and an army of Sith troopers.[41] Aware of Ren's desire to rule over a new, galaxy-wide Sith Empire,[41] Sidious offered him the title of Emperor on the condition that he killed Rey, the last Jedi who was also the former Emperor's granddaughter.[44] Ren ultimately accepted this mandate, and intended to not only succeed where his grandfather failed by ruling all the galaxy[41] as the new Emperor[44] but to also finish what he started by destroying the Sith and the Jedi.[54]


After Ren's redemption, Sidious tried to seduce his granddaughter Rey to the dark side in order to make her Empress.

Ren's eventual return to the light undermined Sidious' plans for him. Having secured control of the First Order through Allegiant General Enric Pryde, Sidious turned his attention to preparing Rey as his sole successor. During the Battle of Exegol, Sidious encouraged her to take his throne as "Empress Palpatine"[44] with the plan to take control over her body once she gave into darkness.[55] His efforts to turn Rey to the dark side of the Force failed, however, due to the intervention of the former Kylo Ren, who reclaimed his identity as Ben Solo. With both of his would-be heirs standing against them, Sidious attacked them through the dark side, but in doing so he discovered that they were a dyad in the Force. Draining the life force of their Force-bond to heal himself, Sidious announced his return as the one true Emperor.[44]

The death of Sidious

The Emperor's cloned body was destroyed during the Battle of Exegol.

As Sidious prepared to unleash the planet-killer warships of the Sith fleet upon the galaxy, Rey was able to rise up with the strength of all the Jedi backing her. Despite Sidious harnessing all the powers of the Sith in an effort to kill his granddaughter, Rey was able to vanquish the Emperor at the cost of her life, although she was later revived by Solo. With the Emperor's second death and the destruction of the Sith Eternal forces, the Sith fleet was never launched from Exegol. As a result, multiple planets across the galaxy began revolting against the military rule of the First Order.[44]

Style of office[]

"This is the Emperor's dream."
"Can't we just call him Palpatine—in private, I mean?"
―Galen Walton Erso and Lyra Erso[56]

The Galactic Emperor was addressed as "Your Majesty" and other such titles by those under him, while his Sith apprentice addressed him as his master.

Majesty was an honorific style used by Darth Sidious during his reign as Galactic Emperor. In direct reference to the Emperor, it took on the form "Your Majesty."[1] Other honorific styles applied to the Emperor were "Your Highness,"[7] "Your Eminence,"[57] and "His Grace."[30] In the context of nonofficial, everyday conversations, Sidious was generally referred to as just "the Emperor," even between Imperial officers.[4] At the beginning of his reign, clone troopers referred to him as "Sir" and "My Lord."[1] Moff Wilhuff Tarkin once addressed the Emperor as "Your Excellency,"[58] which was Palpatine's honorific style as Supreme Chancellor.[10] Deputy Director Harus Ison of the Imperial Security Bureau greeted Sidious by addressing him as "My Lord Emperor" when speaking of the theft of the Carrion Spike.[59]

Certain individuals had their own ways to address the Emperor. Lyra Erso still referred to the Emperor by his surname, Palpatine, in contrast to her husband, Doctor Galen Walton Erso, who used Sidious' title when speaking of him.[56] As the Sith apprentice of Darth Sidious, Darth Vader addressed his Sith Master as "my master" or "master," a sign of their master–disciple relation in the dark arts of the Force.[7] Vader would also use the possessive determiner "thy" instead of the more common "your," when inquiring his Master's will.[60]

Following the Emperor's demise, his political right-hand, Grand Vizier Mas Amedda, was addressed as "Glorious leader of the Empire" by Counselor Gallius Rax. By then Amedda ruled in appearance only, Rax having assumed control of the Empire as its de facto leader.[37]

The title of Empress was the female equivalent to Emperor. Sidious once referred to his granddaughter Rey as "Empress Palpatine" while attempting to mold her as his successor.[44]


Imperial Executive Building[]

"Setting up the mercenary contract from the Emperor's office didn't work either? No mistrust? No dramatic accusations?"
Barokki, speaking with his accomplice[61]
Emperors office 2-Dark Lord of the Sith 5

The Emperor still utilized his old office as chancellor during the early days of his reign.

The Emperor's office, located in the Imperial Executive Building on Coruscant, served as the Emperor's seat of power in the early days of his reign.[58] The office suite served as his headquarters since his time as Supreme Chancellor.[10] Although the Emperor still used it as an audience chamber, the office no longer had his desk and chairs save for the chair[58] he used during his chancellery.[10] The Emperor's Royal Guard was stationed in the office for the Emperor's security,[58] just as they had been during Palpatine's chancellery.[10]

Imperial Palace[]

"The Jedi Temple on Coruscant It doesn't exist anymore. It's the Imperial Palace now."
Kreel, to Luke Skywalker[62]
Imperial Temple

The Imperial Palace, once known as the Jedi Temple, was the Emperor's seat of power on Coruscant.

Darth Sidious continued to rule the galaxy from Coruscant, now known as Imperial Center, after the Clone Wars. As Emperor, he established the Imperial Palace as his headquarters on the galactic capital.[59] Prior to the Age of the Empire, the palace served as the Jedi Order's center of operations, known as the Jedi Temple.[63] With the fall of the Jedi, however, the Emperor had the temple extensively renovated[59] and repurposed to serve as his personal residence.[63]

Though Coruscant remained the Empire's official capital, with the proxy Emperor Amedda remaining on the throneworld as a virtual prisoner in the Imperial Palace, Counselor Rax preferred ruling as Emperor in effect from his flagship, the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Ravager.[37] During his reign, the warship contained a private upper garden for recreational purposes.[36] It was thought to be the last surviving Super Star Destroyer in the Imperial Navy by the time of the Rebellion on Akiva,[40] and was destroyed on Jakku during the final battle of the Galactic Civil War.[37]

Sith Citadel[]

"Find the Wayfinder, get to Exegol… And bring an end to the conflict once and for all."
―Rey, quoting Luke Skywalker's writings[44]
Throne of the Sith

Located in the Sith Citadel, the Dark Throne was offered to Ren and Rey before Sidious claimed it as the one true Emperor.

The Sith Citadel was located on Exegol, one of the oldest Sith bastions dating back a thousand years before the fall of the Galactic Republic and the rise of the Empire—when the ancient Sith ruled the galaxy. A massive, forbidding citadel was also ancient in origin, filled with old, crumbling statuary. Serving as the base of the Sith Eternal cult, the citadel held many sinister secrets.[41] Despite the Emperor's demise, his body was preserved and sustained deep within the citadel, which also housed several duplicates of the entity known as Snoke.[44]

The citadel contained a throne room housing the Throne of the Sith. Opposite of the throne was an amphitheater capable of holding the many cultists[44] who kept belief in the Sith religion alive.[41] It was the site of both Sidious' restoration to power and his subsequent destruction. As neither Ben Solo nor Rey accepted the Dark Throne, Sidious claimed it for himself along with his old title of Emperor. With his destruction, however, much of the citadel was destroyed along with the throne room and the amphitheater.[44]


Emperor's Royal Guard[]

"The Emperor's personal protectors—handpicked from the very best of his forces. Out of millions of soldiers, they are unsurpassed."
Korin Pers, on the Royal Guard[64]
Emperor Sidious Guards SWTDS

The Emperor's Royal Guard comprised the best soldiers in the Empire.

The Emperor's Royal Guard was an order of elite bodyguards charged with the duty of protecting the Galactic Emperor.[65] Chosen from the very best of the Imperial Military, their loyalty and obedience to Emperor Palpatine was without question.[64] Additionally, the Emperor was guarded by clone shock troopers of the Coruscant Guard[1] before the cloning production on Kamino was shut down,[66] after which the Emperor's security was provided mainly by Royal Guards and Imperial stormtroopers.[67]

Royal Guards wielded force pikes, a staff-like weapon[68] that had a vibro-edged head.[59] Their uniforms consisted of crimson robes and armor,[65] which included featureless scarlet masks that concealed the sentinels' identities.[7]

The remnants of the Royal Guard continued to serve the Empire despite the Emperor's death, with several guardsmen rallying to Palpatine's potential successors such as Grand Admiral Rae Sloane[36] and Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax.[37] During the final months of the Galactic Civil War, Sloane's Royal Guards attacked and killed several New Republic Senate Guards at the peace summit on Chandrila.[36] At the Battle of Jakku, a Royal Guard served in the ranks of Rax's faction and was ultimately killed while fighting against the forces of the New Republic.[37]

Sovereign Protectors[]

"The might of the Final Order will soon be ready."
―Darth Sidious[44]

The best Sith troopers served as the Emperor's Sovereign Protectors.

The Sovereign Protectors were the Emperor's elite bodyguards during the rise of the Sith Eternal. Drawn from the ranks of the elite Sith troopers, only the best were elevated to the status of Sovereign Protector.[41] In addition to their crimson armor, Sovereign Protectors wore a scarlet cape and were stationed throughout the Sith Citadel on Exegol.[44]

Like the Sith troopers in general, Sovereign Protectors were the culmination of generations of work in which the Empire sought to strip its soldiers of their individuality, replacing it with fervent loyalty to the Emperor's will. During the Clone Wars, Sidious was dismayed to discover that the genetically engineered clone troopers still exhibited disconcerting amounts of free will despite numerous alterations to their genetic structure. Though the Sovereign Protectors were not clones, they had to undergo flash-imprinting and loyalty conditioning that were built upon the Kaminoan procedures of earlier generations. As a result, Sovereign Protectors were even more loyal and machine-like than the stormtroopers who trained almost since birth under the First Order.[41]

During the Resistance attack on the Sith Eternal's fleet, the Final Order, the Sovereign Protectors were unable to compensate for the Force powers of Solo and Rey, both of whom destroyed the Emperor's elite warriors.[44]

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, but this version of the story of the film is now considered part of the continuity of Star Wars Legends and canon only to the degree that its events align with those depicted in the film. A number of additional Emperors were depicted in other now non-canon Legends material.


Non-canon appearances[]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker to one year after the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of The Force Awakens to 34 ABY, the events of The Rise of Skywalker must occur in 35 ABY.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 The Star Wars Book
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  8. StarWars Yoda in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 StarWars-DatabankII Galactic Empire in the Databank (backup link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  11. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 StarWars-DatabankII Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in the Databank (backup link)
  12. 13.0 13.1 StarWars-DatabankII Rebel Alliance in the Databank (backup link)
  13. SWRM "Senate Perspective" — Star Wars Rebels Magazine 9
  14. 15.0 15.1 Andor logo new Andor — "Announcement"
  15. TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "Truth and Consequences"
  16. TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "The Clone Conspiracy"
  17. Andor logo new Andor — "Nobody's Listening!"
  18. Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  19. 20.0 20.1 Darth Vader (2017) 13
  20. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 Star Wars: Squadrons
  21. Darth Vader (2015) 1
  22. Leia, Princess of Alderaan
  23. Andor logo new Andor — "Announcement"
  24. 26.0 26.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Family Reunion – and Farewell"
  25. 27.0 27.1 27.2 Hidden Empire 5
  26. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 The Princess and the Scoundrel
  27. Age of Rebellion - Darth Vader 1
  28. 30.0 30.1 Star Wars: The Secrets of the Sith
  29. Thrawn: Treason
  30. Star Wars (2020) 8
  31. Dark Droids 1
  32. STAR WARS: DARTH VADER 42 on Penguin Random House Comics (archived from the original)
  33. Lost Stars
  34. 36.00 36.01 36.02 36.03 36.04 36.05 36.06 36.07 36.08 36.09 36.10 36.11 36.12 Aftermath: Life Debt
  35. 37.0 37.1 37.2 37.3 37.4 37.5 37.6 37.7 37.8 37.9 Aftermath: Empire's End
  36. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Star Wars Battlefront II
  37. Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  38. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Aftermath
  39. 41.00 41.01 41.02 41.03 41.04 41.05 41.06 41.07 41.08 41.09 41.10 41.11 41.12 41.13 41.14 41.15 41.16 41.17 41.18 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  40. 42.0 42.1 Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of Aftermath: Life Debt to 5 ABY.
  41. 43.0 43.1 StarWars-DatabankII Mas Amedda in the Databank (backup link)
  42. 44.00 44.01 44.02 44.03 44.04 44.05 44.06 44.07 44.08 44.09 44.10 44.11 44.12 44.13 44.14 44.15 Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
  43. 45.0 45.1 45.2 StarWars-DatabankII The First Order in the Databank (backup link)
  44. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
  45. StarWars-DatabankII Supreme Leader Snoke in the Databank (backup link)
  46. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  47. StarWars-DatabankII The New Republic in the Databank (backup link)
  48. StarWars-DatabankII First Order Supreme Council in the Databank (backup link)
  49. Allegiance 1
  50. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance — "The Escape"
  51. Skywalker: A Family at War
  52. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel
  53. StarWars Star Wars Inside Intel: Palpatine's Contingency Plan on StarWars.com (article) (backup link)
  54. 56.0 56.1 Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
  55. Darth Vader (2020) 12
  56. 58.0 58.1 58.2 58.3 Darth Vader (2017) 5
  57. 59.0 59.1 59.2 59.3 Tarkin
  58. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  59. Darth Vader (2017) 12
  60. Star Wars (2015) 10
  61. 63.0 63.1 StarWars-DatabankII Jedi Temple in the Databank (backup link)
  62. 64.0 64.1 Lando 3
  63. 65.0 65.1 StarWars-DatabankII Imperial Royal Guard in the Databank (backup link)
  64. Darth Vader (2017) 2
  65. StarWars-DatabankII Senate Guard in the Databank (backup link)
  66. StarWars-DatabankII Force Pike in the Databank (backup link)