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"The Galactic Republic was the Republic of legend, greater than distance or time. Tales of its founding have been occluded by the haze of intervening millennia, and its rebirth a thousand years ago was regarded as the latest evolution in an unending cycle. Like the greatest of trees, however, the Republic's decline began from within, with a deep rot that was not apparent until it was too late."
Janyor[src]

The Galactic Republic, commonly known as the Republic and remembered as the Old Republic, was a federal parliamentary republic composed of thousands of worlds spread across the galaxy. Adhering to the Galactic Constitution, the Republic was governed by the Galactic Senate, a legislative body of two thousand senators appointed to represent the interests of their respective homeworlds on the galactic stage. The Supreme Chancellor was the leader of the Senate, chosen from among its ranks to arbitrate congressional sessions and represent the Republic as a whole. Coruscant, a planetary ecumenopolis located in the Core Worlds, was the capital world of the Republic and, therefore, the headquarters of the Senate and its chancellor.

The Republic emerged centuries before the advent of the Clone Wars in 22 BBY. Aided by the Knights of the Jedi Order, the Republic was reborn following a decisive victory over the ancient Sith Lords. History had begun anew, societal memories and official calendars started fresh, and the time before this reset was forgotten as a dark age, lumped into a collective whole known as the "Old Republic." During the height of the modern Republic, art and commerce flourished under the patronage of the galactic government, allowing member worlds with rich cultures to broadcast their histories across the galaxy in order to generate lucrative tourism. Isolated conflicts remained few and far between, with the Jedi ultimately resolving hostile situations in their earnest pursuit of peace as the Senate's mediators. With ten thousand Jedi Knights serving as keepers of the peace, the Senate saw little need for a standing army of full-time soldiers, and sought to preserve the status quo of which the galactic populace had grown accustomed to.

For years the government collaborated with wordsmiths and artists, using propaganda to cultivate a sense of civic duty, of manifest destiny, and of deep obligation to spread the Republic banner from Rim to Rim. As the Republic entered its twilight years, however, belief in its principles and the unity it generated began to wane. Core Worlders became evermore enamored by fleeting distractions of fame and fortune, and were generally uninspired by the Republic's messages of expansionism. In contrast, citizens of the Inner Rim answered the Republic's call to embrace life on the frontier, having been pushed out of opportunity in the Core, only to grow more disillusioned with a government that they saw as distant, dispassionate, and not worth the membership.

It was at this time that the Sith, having survived and reformed under the Rule of Two, cultivated a secessionist crisis, causing numerous member worlds to secede en masse and form the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Under the firm leadership of Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, the Senate mobilized millions of clone troopers, forming the Grand Army of the Republic in response to the battle droids that composed the Separatist Droid Army. As a result, the Clone Wars began; the specter of wide-spread warfare, which had been long forgotten, became a reality once more. After three long years of conflict, Republic forces pushed the Separatists away from the Core and besieged the remaining military holdouts in the Outer Rim Territories. On the eve of the final victory, however, Chancellor Palpatine shocked the galaxy by accusing the Jedi Order of high treason. The Jedi had discovered that Palpatine was, in fact, Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith who orchestrated and manipulated the war as a means of accumulating dictatorial wartime powers. The clone troopers—secretly programmed to kill Jedi—betrayed and executed their Jedi Generals, complying with the chancellor's command to execute Order 66 without question.

Following the initial Jedi Purge, Palpatine called an emergency session of the Senate and proclaimed himself Galactic Emperor. Hence, the Republic was dissolved—just shy of the millennial milestone that would have marked the thousand-year anniversary of its foundation—and the Galactic Empire was formed in 19 BBY. The New Order ruled the galaxy unchallenged for a generation until the Alliance to Restore the Republic defeated the Empire in the Galactic Civil War, resulting in an armistice between the Imperial remnants and the newly formed New Republic in 5 ABY, one year after Emperor Palpatine's death at the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY. Under the era of the New Republic, the Galactic Republic was remembered as a pillar of democracy and liberty. Historians hailed the near millennial age it presided over as "the last era of peace."

HistoryEdit

Rise of democracyEdit

"There hasn't been a full-scale war since the formation of the Republic."
―Sio Bibble[src]
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For a thousand years, the Galactic Republic governed the galaxy from Coruscant, a Core World and the cradle of human civilization.

Before the rise of the Galactic Republic, its predecessor, the Old Republic, gradually declined and ultimately fell[10] as a result of its conflict with the Sith.[11] The Sith—a malevolent order of dark side Force users,[14] founded by rogue Jedi during the Hundred-Year Darkness[15]—were able to establish their rule over the galaxy for a period of time.[2] After the fall of the ancient Sith,[6] a number of star systems united to form the democratic union known as the Galactic Republic.[1] Under the protection of the Jedi Order,[16] the Republic existed in a state of relative peace and stability[1] that lasted for a millennium until the advent of the Clone Wars in 22 BBY.[5]

The Four Sages of Dwartii were notable in influencing some of its earliest laws.[17] As its governing body, the newly reorganized government established the Galactic Senate, the members of which were elected to represent their systems. The Republic's capital was installed on the planet of Coruscant, which had already existed for several thousands of years.[1]

The Republic's head of state, the Supreme Chancellor, was elected by and from the senators, in which the first in a long line of Chancellors was a scion of the House Valorum.[6][8] Protecting the new democracy was the elite Senate Guard, who could be seen patrolling the Senate District and came to be seen as symbols of strength and unity, especially considering the fact that the military had been disbanded.[6][18] In time, the Jedi Order, a noble order of protectors who could tap into the power of the Force, came to serve the Republic as guardians of peace and justice.[16] With the lack of a standing army, the Republic came to rely on its peacekeeping Judicial Forces, led by the Judicial Department as the de facto law-enforcement branch of the government. The Judicial Forces, members of which were simply known as Judicials, trained at the Judicial Academy and came to serve in both ground and space forces, often led by Jedi Commanders to maintain peace throughout the galaxy.[6]

Expansion and stagnationEdit

"It's been my experience that senators are only focused on pleasing those who fund their campaigns—and they are more than willing to forget the niceties of democracy to get those funds."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]
Millennial Celebration Invitation

Under the Republic, the galaxy existed in a state of peace and unity for nearly a millennium.

For centuries, the Republic expanded not through force, but by quietly exerting a strong magnetic pull towards neighboring systems. The promise of trade with Core World markets held many systems in sway, inexorably luring non-member worlds into tighter cooperation with the state body. Despite this, the Republic remained slow to invite new systems into its fold, as the addition of new territories diminished the political power of existing senators. New member states invariably aligned themselves with local galactic power blocs, while most senators who gave the invitations represented systems in the Core. As a result, the Galactic Center represented the beating heart of the Republic that habitually drew wealth and power from the hinterlands, with most senators dismaying at the extension of services and protection to outlying worlds. Consequently, many useful star systems were left waiting—some for centuries—for the body politic to admit their world as a member of the Congress, even though it came at the cost of the body's overall power.[19]

As time went by the Republic stood firm, becoming increasingly powerful. As a result, the galaxy remained free of any full-scale war for centuries. However, many of the bureaucrats and Senators that ran the government continued to work for their own profit rather than the common good. Greed, corruption and internal strife slowly began destroying the government from within.[1] The Core, revitalized from the destructive conflicts of the past and ravenous for new resources to exploit embarked on an aggressive colonization policy, exploring, mapping, and settling untouched planets within the Outer Systems; striking deals with or simply overrunning the indigenous populations that stood in their path. Adventurous pioneers found themselves granted permission by Coruscant to settle new territories and establish trading colonies to feed the Core with the goods and raw materials for its continual self-enrichment. Many new systems, finding themselves lacking the funds to mine, process, and ship their products to market were forced to secure high-interest loans from the InterGalactic Banking Clan, whereupon many; unable to repay their debts, found themselves as mere client worlds to the Muun bankers. As time progressed, the laborious task of astrogating by hyperwave beacons—which required numerous reversions to realspace—became simplified with the founding of new hyperlanes such as the Hydian Way. Many systems, eager to benefit from the opportunities offered by charting hyperlanes through their system, sought to influence the Republic Senate to put themselves on the galactic map.[6]

Settle the Outer Rim

Driven by a sense of manifest destiny, the Republic was determined to spread its banner from Rim to Rim.

Culturally, Coruscanti fashion, art, drama and literature saw receptive audiences across the galaxy. Seeking to impress visitors from the Core, many worlds sought to build lavish mansions that imitated the architectural style of the Inner Core. Despite this, many Coruscanti looked with disdain on what was in reality nothing more than a gaudy impersonation. To them, these lifeforms on the galaxy's fringes appeared barbaric, with most worlds still lacking weather control or struggling with geological disturbances and food shortages. Additionally, many outlying worlds, lacking the protection of a federal military found themselves continually harassed by numerous pirates and criminal organizations, further ingraining the long-held view that those from the galaxy's outlying settlements lacked cultural refinement and basic civility.[6]

For centuries, a deep-rooted hatred and distrust grew between the galaxy's outer fringes and the cosmopolitan Core, with those in the hinterlands gradually coming to believe themselves the victims of social and economic injustices. As a result of the perceived inability of the Judicial Forces in protecting outlying territories, who were often withheld in intervening after many far-flung worlds refused to provide the Core Worlds with profitable deals, the Outer Rim world of Eriadu—one of the most politically, culturally and economically developed worlds—formed the Outland Regions Security Force for the protection of the Seswenna sector. Comprising an amalgam of ships, it was funded primarily by off-world loans and supplied with laser and ion cannons acquired from arms merchants who had for centuries been ignoring a Republic ban on the sale of weaponry to member worlds. While the Outland Regions Security Force at first lacked success, it soon came to be renowned for its efficiency at dealing with raiders, especially after Wilhuff Tarkin was accepted into Outland's anti-piracy task force, in which he was known for outsmarting and outmaneuvering his opponents.[6]

Galactic Senate

Though a symbol of democracy, the Galactic Senate became mired in bureaucracy and corruption during the Republic's final years.

Yet despite Outland's best efforts, the Outer Rim Territories continued to fall victim to increasing corporate interests from the Core, with the monolithic Trade Federation expanding its reach a year before the Invasion of Naboo in both the Outer Rim and the Galactic Senate by utilizing loopholes in existing free-trade legislation. Shortly before the Invasion of Naboo, a trade summit was held on the Outer Rim planet of Eriadu in which then Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum was turned away by Wilhuff Tarkin, who was hoping to reduce the influence of the Chancellor who was already rumored to lose the next election in order to support then Senator Palpatine, who had earlier helped Tarkin gain entrance into the Judicial Academy and supported his ascension as leader of his homeworld.[6]

Invasion of NabooEdit

"It is clear to me now that the Republic no longer functions. I pray you will bring sanity and compassion back to the Senate."
―Queen Amidala, to Senator Palpatine[src]
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Disillusioned by Republic politics, Queen Amidala implored Senator Sheev Palpatine to restore compassion to the Senate.

Despite the best efforts of the well-meaning Finis Valorum, the Trade Federation promptly invaded Naboo over disputes about plasma exports, in which a Judicial force carried Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice, Obi-Wan Kenobi, to the Saak'ak, a Trade Federation Lucrehulk-class LH-3210 cargo freighter to discuss a peaceful resolution to the conflict.[6][20] However, upon learning that Jedi had intervened, Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious swiftly ordered their execution, an order which Viceroy Nute Gunray fearfully carried out, only to have the attempt end in failure, resulting in the escape of the Jedi. On the planet below, the Jedi managed to rescue then Queen Padmé Amidala seeking to bring her back to Coruscant; however, a damaged T-14 hyperdrive generator resulted in them making an unplanned landing on the desert planet of Tatooine. While stranded in the city of Mos Espa, Qui-Gon Jinn discovered then slave Anakin Skywalker, who he believed was the Chosen One destined to bring balance to the Force. Though it was not long before one of Sidious's agents, Darth Maul, attempted to eliminate the Jedi on the desert world, only to have the Jedi escape once more in the nick of time, with the now freed boy Anakin. Upon their arrival at Coruscant, Padmé was coerced by Senator Palpatine, who was taking advantage of his homeworld's delicate situation to have Valorum removed from office through a vote of no confidence. The vote passed, increasing the chances of Palpatine becoming the next Supreme Chancellor.[8]

Finding no sympathy in the Senate, Padmé Amidala returned to her world of Naboo and forged an alliance with Boss Nass of one of the Gungan underwater cities of Otoh Gunga, located underneath Lake Paonga. With the help of the Gungan Grand Army and freed members of the Royal Naboo Security Forces, along with a starfighter attack on the Saak'ak in orbit, the Trade Federation and its blockade were defeated, thanks largely to Anakin, who helped fire the shot that ultimately destroyed the control ship. However, the victory was not without its costs, with Qui-Gon's death at the hands of Darth Maul, and the Jedi's loss of knowledge of who was actually behind the attack. Nonetheless, with Naboo now freed from occupation, a grand parade was held in honor of their recent victory, while Palpatine himself arrived to announce his ascension to the position of Supreme Chancellor, also informing Anakin that he would watch his progress "with much interest."[8]

Separatist CrisisEdit

"I will not let this Republic that has stood for a thousand years be split in two. My negotiations will not fail."
"If they do, you must realize that there aren't enough Jedi to protect the Republic. We're keepers of the peace, not soldiers."
―Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and Jedi Master Mace Windu[src]
Parade

Under the leadership of Chancellor Palpatine, the Senate opposed the Separatist movement as a threat to the security of the Republic.

Following the Naboo Crisis, the Trade Federation monopoly on the Outer Rim was broken, all while Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum's political standing suffered from the crisis along with other scandals. In his wake, Sheev Palpatine was appointed to the position of Supreme Chancellor, eventually creating an image of himself as a mild-mannered servant of the common good, despite his true intentions. However, growing tensions between the Core and Outer Rim worlds gradually increased to the point where many believed that a war was imminent. Foreseeing this conflict years before the Invasion of Naboo, Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas advocated for the creation of a new Republic army, only to be rejected by the Jedi Council, who believed his ideas too extreme. Undeterred, Sifo-Dyas contacted the Kaminoans, known for their clone hatcheries, and secretly commissioned them to create a clone army, pretending to be at the behest of the Galactic Senate. Unbeknownst to Sifo-Dyas, Darth Sidious had earlier contacted Prime Minister Lama Su, and convinced him to implant a control chip into the clones during the third stage of their development to turn against the Jedi at a mere command.[6][21]

The dashing swordsman and political idealist Jedi Master Count Dooku, taking an eight-year leave of absence from the Jedi Order and now secretly the apprentice of Darth Sidious and dubbed Darth Tyranus, paid the Pyke Syndicate to eliminate Sifo-Dyas over the planet of Oba Diah. With Sifo-Dyas originally heading to the planet in order to negotiate a dispute that could result in a full-scale gang war on Coruscant, Sifo-Dyas was suddenly re-assigned to Felucia when his shuttle was abruptly shot down over the planet. Bringing his body to Felucia where it was cremated by tribal inhabitants, Dooku managed to trick the Jedi Council into believing Sifo-Dyas had been killed by the Felucians, all while erasing the existence of Kamino from the Jedi Archives.[6][21][5]

In the ten years after the Invasion of Naboo, the whereabouts of Count Dooku were scarcely known, with many believing he merely wished to form an offshoot of the Jedi Order. In reality, Dooku was busy manipulating galactic events to foment political turmoil on a variety of worlds including Kashyyyk, Sullust and Onderon. Seeking to create a southern Separatist sphere of influence by bringing Yag'Dhul and Sluis Van to his side, Dooku needed to persuade the now prosperous world of Eriadu to join the Separatists. However, Wilhuff Tarkin was pressured to declare his loyalties especially after Dooku commandeered a HoloNet station in the Raxus system and denounced the Galactic Republic, effectively setting the stage for the Separatist Crisis. Tarkin ultimately sided with the Galactic Republic in his stern belief that an inefficient yet unified galaxy was better than a fractured one.[6]

Senate Plaza by night

Lacking a diplomatic solution, the Senate granted emergency powers to Chancellor Palpatine.

With war now imminent, the Galactic Senate hastily passed the Military Creation Act, especially after Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi discovered the secret clone army on Kamino after tracing the origins of a previously unknown dart used in an assassination attempt against Senator Padmé Amidala, who opposed the military buildup. When Kenobi was captured by the Separatist Droid Army on Geonosis, the Senate gave Supreme Chancellor Palpatine emergency powers to raise the newly formed Grand Army of the Republic and Republic Navy to rescue Kenobi along with a team of two hundred Jedi led by Mace Windu. The ensuing battle saw the rescue of Kenobi along with the prodigal Jedi Anakin Skywalker and Senator Amidala, who was later used by Sidious in an attempt to ensure Anakin's eventual turn to the dark side of the Force.[5]

The Clone WarsEdit

"I have to admit that without the clones it would not have been a victory."
"Victory? Victory, you say? Master Obi-Wan, not victory. The shroud of the dark side has fallen. Begun, the Clone War has."
"
―Yoda to Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]
Clone Army Charge

Led by the Knights of the Jedi Order, the Grand Army of the Republic secured the first victory in the Clone Wars.

With the first major battle in the Clone Wars being the deadly Battle of Geonosis, the encounter raged on as the plans for an Ultimate Weapon from Poggle the Lesser were transferred to Dooku, as well as a brief but vicious fight erupting between Dooku and Master Yoda. Simultaneously, the various members of the newly founded Confederacy of Independent Systems evacuated the planet as Republic clone troopers gradually forced the Separatist Droid Army back. With the battle ending in a victory for the Republic, Count Dooku traveled to an industrial sector on Coruscant to inform his master that the war has begun as planned, all while the Jedi Council pondered Dooku's warning that the Dark Lord of the Sith controlled the Senate. Nevertheless, with the Battle of Geonosis a clear victory for the Republic, the upcoming war to destroy the Separatist Alliance and its allies dragged the galaxy into further conflict over the next three years.[5]

Grand army formation

The Republic deployed millions of clone troopers across the galaxy to fight the droid armies of the Separatist Alliance.

In the aftermath of Geonosis, the deadly three-year conflict that engulfed the galaxy into chaos officially began, forcing more and more worlds to choose sides between the Galactic Republic and its clone army or the ever-expanding Confederacy of Independent Systems and its Separatist Droid Army. With the war well under way, numerous diplomatic envoys engaged in several attempts to sway local worlds to join the Galactic Republic, with Jedi Master Yoda seeking to win the support of the Toydarian King Katuunko, while Sith apprentice Asajj Ventress sought to disrupt the meeting, and instead sought to win the support of the king to join the Confederacy.[22] The Republic also sent military aid and support to factions in need, such as Cham Syndulla's Twi'lek Resistance on Ryloth, or to the Dugs of Malastare, whose lucrative fuel reserves were a great boon to the Republic Navy.[23][24] Numerous worlds such as Mandalore also attempted to maintain their neutrality, although they often were forced to seek aid from third parties in times of need.[5][10]

Throughout the Clone Wars, numerous attempts were made against Supreme Chancellor Palpatine's life, including an assassination attempt on Naboo masterminded by Count Dooku as well as the hostage taking of members of the Galactic Senate by notorious bounty hunter Cad Bane.[25][26] However, political intrigue fueled not only the conflict, but also advances in weaponry and the development of equipment to enhance existing armed forces. Attempts at biological weapons were launched by Separatist scientist Nuvo Vindi, who attempted to re-create the ancient Blue Shadow Virus capable of killing millions across the galaxy, while the Republic developed the experimental electro-proton bomb which could send out an electric pulse upon detonation capable of deactivating an entire droid army.[27]

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Conflict with the Separatists transformed the Republic into a militarized state.

The Republic also attempted to create an impenetrable armor by unlocking the biological secrets of the Zillo Beast, an ancient creature from the Mid Rim, only to have the attempt end in failure, sending the beast on a rampage across Coruscant. After its death at the hands of a Jedi task force, the beast was secretly cloned by orders from the Supreme Chancellor himself.[28] In the meantime, the Republic developed a stealth ship capable of cloaking itself, as well as upgrading its standard Phase I clone trooper armor to the more sophisticated Phase II clone trooper armor prior to the Battle of Mon Cala.[29]

Fall of the RepublicEdit

"So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause."
―Padmé Amidala, lamenting the death of the Republic — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
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The Jedi confronted Palpatine after discovering his true identity as the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.

While many heroic actions were taken by the Jedi and those who served under them, inspiring the public with stories of bravery, war weariness only continued to grow as the years went by,[19] with many coming to believe that the Jedi had abandoned their role as peacekeepers, staging massive protests outside of the Jedi Temple as a result. Utilized as military commanders, the Jedi led the Republic war effort but sustained many casualties in the process, resulting in the loss of their influence on the galaxy. Political actions were especially damaging to the Jedi Order, with officers like Wilhuff Tarkin calling for the Jedi's removal from the military as he believed that the Jedi Code prevented them from attaining the decisive victory in the Clone Wars. Jedi Padawan Barriss Offee also believed the Jedi were losing touch with their commitment to maintain the peace, and staged a bombing in the Jedi Temple as protest, all while framing Ahsoka Tano of committing the act before being captured herself.[30] The war also served as a means for Sheev Palpatine to amass more emergency powers, cementing his position as Supreme Chancellor far longer than it technically allowed, all while continuing to centralize political and military authority within the Office of the Chancellor, which included putting the InterGalactic Banking Clan under the Chancellor's oversight.[4] The Separatist Shadowfeed operation, an attempt by Count Dooku to spread information on Republic defeats, making it appear as though a Separatist victory was inevitable, fueled public anxiety and consequently accelerated the militarization of the Republic over the course of the war.[6]

After nearly three years of constant warfare, the war reached it's climax during the Battle of Coruscant, where both factions engaged in a massive naval and ground battle over the Republic's capital world. The confrontation ultimately saw the Republic dealing a severe blow to the Confederacy with the loss of a portion of its fleet as well as its head of state, Count Dooku, at the hands of Anakin Skywalker. Shortly afterwards, General Grievous met his end at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi during the Battle of Utapau. Yet even as the Republic pressed on with the Outer Rim Sieges, determined to bring an end to the civil war, the Jedi High Council had grown increasingly wary of Chancellor Palpatine. Over the course of the Clone Wars, the Chancellor's wartime authority reached unprecedented levels at the expense of the Senate, some of whom also grew concerned for the future of the Republic. As such, members of the Council and the Senate began to consider their options for the preservation of democracy. Whereas the Delegation of 2,000 sought to petition the Chancellor to relinquish his emergency powers, the Council contemplated the possibility of removing him by force and taking over the Senate in order to secure a peaceful transition of power.[2]

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The Republic was dissolved after the fall of the Jedi Order, with Sidious declaring himself Emperor of the First Galactic Empire.

Ultimately, their suspicion of the Chancellor was vindicated when Skywalker uncovered the truth: Sheev Palpatine and Darth Sidious, the Sith mastermind behind the Clone Wars, were one and the same. Acting swiftly on this revelation, the Council attempted to arrest the Sith Lord before his plan could come to fruition, consequently leading to a lightsaber duel in which Sidious struck down Agen Kolar, Saesee Tiin, and Kit Fisto before Windu disarmed him. Given the Chancellor's control over the Senate and the courts, Windu deemed Sidious too dangerous to live. However, Skywalker argued that execution was contrary to the Jedi way, although his personal attachment to Amidala also influenced him at this critical point as he believed that Sidious could save her life. In a moment of desperation, Skywalker disarmed Windu which allowed Sidious to kill the Jedi Order's champion with a torrent of Force lightning. Having chosen the path of the dark side, the fallen Jedi Knight became Darth Vader and subsequently led the attack on the Jedi Temple while Sidious issued Order 66 to the Grand Army, causing the clone troopers to execute their Jedi leaders across the galaxy.[2]

Following the initial purge of the Jedi Order, Darth Sidious declared himself Galactic Emperor and thereby cementing the transformation of the Galactic Republic into the newly-formed Galactic Empire. In addition to the extermination of the Jedi, Darth Vader executed the Separatist Council and deactivated their droid army, resulting in the end of the Clone Wars and the dawn of the Age of the Empire.[2]

LegacyEdit

Empire and rebirthEdit

"This is Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. I regret to report that both our Jedi Order and the Republic have fallen, with the dark shadow of the Empire rising to take their place. This message is a warning and a reminder for any surviving Jedi: trust in the Force. Do not return to the Temple. That time has passed, and our future is uncertain. Avoid Coruscant. Avoid detection. Be secret... but be strong. We will each be challenged: our trust, our faith, our friendships. But we must persevere and, in time, I believe a new hope will emerge. May the Force be with you always."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi's warning in the recall signal[src]
New Republic canon

Inspired by the Old Republic, the Rebel Alliance was reorganized into the New Republic after a generation of Imperial rule.

In the decades after the dissolution of the Galactic Republic, numerous individuals still clinged to the memory of the now Old Republic and its fabled Jedi warriors, while many individuals who knew the Jedi in person refused to believe the Emperor's account of a "Jedi Rebellion."[19][31] Nevertheless, a majority of galactic citizens eventually came to believe and actively support this view, believing the Republic to have grown weak and corrupt, necessitating Palpatine's rise to power. In order to destroy the memory of the previous government, any visible reminder of the Old Republic was quickly removed, with many organizational changes altering the names of various locales and institutions, while architecture was molded to a more severe and dark aesthetic. With the renowned Galactic Senate being renamed the Imperial Senate and the Senate Plaza renamed Imperial Plaza and a giant statue of the Emperor erected in it, one could almost forget the Republic even existed.[6]

However, the memory of the Republic as a force of freedom and justice could never be fully destroyed as long as those who still believed in it lived, thus spurring numerous resistance movements throughout the Empire's reign such as the Free Ryloth movement[32] and Berch Teller's rebel cell.[6] These displays of resistance eventually coalesced into the Alliance to Restore the Republic shortly before the Battle of Yavin, resulting in the successful destruction of the first Death Star,[33] while subsequent battles including the destruction of the second Death Star and death of the Emperor and his apprentice, Darth Vader,[34] led to the formation of the New Republic as an ode to the Republic of old.[9]

Posterity's judgementEdit

"Before the outbreak of war, the twilight of the Republic was an era of distractions, with citizens from all walks of life following escapist pursuits. Historians rebuke the people of this last age for being taken in by such circuses when their attentions should have been focused on the malfeasances and corruption in the Senate and other governing institutions."
Janyor[src]
Coruscant wealthy

Historians rebuked the generation that witnessed the Republic's downfall, holding the people of this last age responsible for the death of liberty.

The Galactic Republic was remembered as "the Republic of legend, greater than distance or time." Although other versions existed in the ancient past, collectively known as the "Old Republic," posterity credited the modern Republic for delivering the galaxy from an age of darkness and, with the help of the Jedi Order, forging an era of peace that lasted for a thousand years until the advent of the Clone Wars. Historians romanticized the Age of the Republic, calling it the "last era of peace"—notwithstanding isolated conflicts, which were notably few and swiftly resolved by Jedi mediators—before the rise of vast warships and planet-killing superweapons.[11]

The Republic in its final years, however, was remembered with less fondness. Historians regarded the people of that time as a generation of apathy and indolence, in which galactic senators cared more about power and luxury than representing their constituents or addressing the perceived inefficiencies of the government. The civilian population was also seen as a contributing factor to the Republic's demise, with Core Worlders being more invested in podracing events in the distant Outer Rim Territories than the politics that caused dissatisfaction to fester and grow into the Separatist Crisis. Ultimately, historians rebuked this generation and held it responsible for the collapse of the "comfortable civilization" that defined the modern Galactic Republic.[11]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 StarWars-DatabankII Galactic Republic in the Databank (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  3. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  4. 4.0 4.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis at the Heart"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 6.16 Tarkin
  7. Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Aftermath
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  12. Entertainment Weekly's Ultimate Guide to Rogue One
  13. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  14. StarWars-DatabankII Sith in the Databank (backup link)
  15. Star Wars 9: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part II
  16. 16.0 16.1 StarWars-DatabankII Jedi Order in the Databank (backup link)
  17. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  18. Encyclopedia-Logo Senate Guard in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 A New Dawn
  20. Encyclopedia-Logo Valorum in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  21. 21.0 21.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lost One"
  22. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  23. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
  24. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast"
  25. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis on Naboo"
  26. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis"
  27. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
  28. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back"
  29. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Water War"
  30. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi"
  31. Heir to the Jedi
  32. Lords of the Sith
  33. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  34. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

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