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"We are all the Republic."
―Supreme Chancellor Lina Soh[src]

The High Republic Era was a period of time[9] that lasted for around two hundred years between approximately 300 BBY[1] and 82 BBY[2] in which the Galactic Republic was said to be at its height.[9] It was also a golden age for the Jedi, who were significantly more active throughout the galaxy, and a time of expansion and exploration in the Outer Rim Territories.[9][3]

History[]

A golden age[]

"In the days of the High Republic, the galaxy was not as settled as it is now. Areas like the Outer Rim were dangerous, hard to navigate. So the people of that time built a huge space station at great effort and expense and placed it in the center of the dark zones. It sent out a signal that acted as a sort of beacon, helping travelers find their way. They gave that station an inspiring name, fitting its purpose."
Grek[src]

Starlight Beacon was constructed in the Outer Rim during the height of the Galactic Republic's reign.

With the Colonies and Core Worlds overpopulated, many poor citizens moved to the dangerous Outer Rim Territories, where the Galactic Republic hoped to expand itself into. Under the leadership of Supreme Chancellor Lina Soh, and due to her projects she called Great Works, the Republic supported the dreams of its citizens, even spreading a slogan that every citizen represented the government. Although the government was not perfect, it was supported by the various species that lived under its rule.[10]

The High Republic Era was considered a time of peace. The Jedi Order was at its height, and incredibly open, diverse, and accepting, as well as following the Jedi Code less dogmatically.[10][8] Their influence spanned the galaxy, as they had many outposts throughout it.[3] Additionaly, the Starros and San Tekka clans were known to be active during this period.[11] When there was conflict or another type of crisis, one of the earliest of the Great Works, the Salvation-class Republic medical frigate Panacea, was deployed to provide aid.[10] During this time, the galaxy was not as settled as it was by the time of the Galactic Civil War, as areas like the Outer Rim were dangerous and difficult to navigate. In response, an enormous space station called the Starlight Beacon, one of Chancellor Soh's Great Works, was constructed at a great effort and expense and placed in the center of the dark zones. The station would send out a signal that acted as a beacon, helping travelers find their way.[5]

During this era, the Galactic Society of Creature Enthusiasts was founded by a group of scientists and adventurers that were interested in researching and cataloging the myriad of new species that were discovered on the Republic's frontier worlds. The group started with small dinner meetings and a monthly newsletter. Over the centuries, the group expanded to be one of the largest supporters of wilderness preservation and education. The group also produced a large variety of educational programming on the HoloNet. The Society instructed Serv-O-Droid, Inc. to build Safari droids for assignments in dangerous environments. These droids were programmed to autonomously document and interact with wild creaures and report back to the Society.[12]

Crisis amid peace[]

"I mean the Republic, building its Starlight Beacon out in my territory. Invading, taking over, with all its rules and laws and particular brand of freedom that isn't free at all. And you Jedi always just behind, absolutely convinced that every action you take is right and good. My family learned that to its cost, long ago."
―Marchion Ro, to Jedi Master Loden Greatstorm[src]

The Great Disaster occurred when giant pieces of debris were shot out of hyperspace at near lightspeed.

A critical event known as the Great Hyperspace Disaster also occurred during this period. The disaster was initiated after the Freighter Legacy Run came apart in hyperspace, causing large pieces of debris to be shot out of hyperspace at near lightspeed [10] and many starships across the galaxy to be suddenly kicked out of hyperspace.[6] The debris primarily threatened the Hetzal system, which was a major provider of foodstuff in the Outer Rim, and the lives of billions of people who lived there.[10]

Avar Kriss, who was a pre-eminent Jedi Master from the period, became known as the "Hero of Hetzal" for her efforts in leading a group of Jedi to rescue civilians during the Great Hyperspace Disaster.[13] However, the Great Disaster would lead to the Emergences, which was a series of disasters in which fragments of the wreckage of the Legacy Run continued to emerge from hyperspace across the Outer Rim Territories.[10]

The marauder group known as the Nihil were soon discovered to be responsible for the tragedy. Using their powerful Path engines, which allowed them to travel through hyperspace in unorthodox and inexplicable ways, one of their Stormships ended up in the Legacy Run's path in hyperspace, as had been orchestrated by the Eye of the Nihil, Marchion Ro. Ro had a personal, family history with the Jedi and thus wanted to destroy them. He also hated the Republic, believing it did not offer true freedom, which was a common sentiment among the Nihil.[10]

In response to the disaster, the Republic and the Jedi worked together to confront the Nihil at the Kur Nebula, marking the first time the Jedi had performed a military action in generations. Joined by forces from the planet Eriadu, the Republic and the Jedi defeated the Nihil in what would be known as the Battle of Kur. After the battle, the Dedication of Starlight Beacon occurred, and the station was opened to the galaxy. [10]

Rising threats in the Outer Rim[]

The Drengir were unleashed upon the galaxy during the High Republic Era.

During the Great Disaster, an ancient species of amorphous sentient carnivorous plant-like creatures known as the Drengir were accidentally awakened aboard the Amaxine space station in the Outer Rim.[14] This awakened many sleeping Drengir across the Outer Rim and Hutt Space, causing a crisis. The Jedi of Starlight Beacon were sent to confront the Drengir on many planets and save lives. The Jedi would even join forces with the Hutt Cartel to fight against the Drengir,[8] as their homeworld of Nal Hutta had been devastated by the species.[15] Jedi Knight Keeve Trennis was able to discover the location of the Drengir leader, the Great Progenitor, on the Wild Space planet Mulita after reaching into the Drengir's hive mind.[7] This led to the Assault on Mulita, where the Jedi of Starlight Beacon, many from the postings across the Outer Rim, and the forces of the Hutt Clan engaged in an all out assault against the Progenitor, until she was finally captured and put in stasis.[16]

The Jedi and Republic fight back against the Nihil attack at the Valo Republic Fair.

At the same time as the Drengir crisis, the Nihil would also reemerge, and had not been defeated as the Jedi and Republic had thought.[8] The mauraders had helped seed the Drengir across the Outer Rim to distract the Jedi from their next target: The Valo Republic Fair.[17]. The Republic Fair was another one of Chancellor Soh's Great Works meant to unite the galaxy and show that they had recovered from the Great Hyperspace Disaster and the Emergences. However, the Nihil destroyed and devastated the fair, killing hundreds of thousands. The Nihil would eventually be stopped by the Jedi, Republic, and Trogruta forces, but would not be defeated, as many escaped.[8] As a response to the attack on the fair, the Republic launched a campaign called Operation: Counterstrike to wipe out the Nihil.[18]

Late High Republic Era[]

In the late High Republic Era, Count Dooku was born and taken in by the Jedi Order. Near the end of the High Republic Era, Dooku passed his Initiate Trials and was taken in by Yoda as his Padawan. At this time, stories were told among Jedi Initiates about Klias Teradine, who was a Padawan who lived during the High Republic Era and also discovered the Bogan Collection.[19]

Legacy[]

"I just didn't realize the Jedi ever had an official presence so far from the Core."
"It's probably High Republic Era. It was a time of greatly expanded Jedi activity throughout the galaxy."
―Luke Skywalker and Lor San Tekka[src]

The First Battle of Geonosis was the largest deployment of Jedi since the High Republic Era.[20] Long after the High Republic Era, Jedi Master Luke Skywalker and the galactic explorer Lor San Tekka traveled to a Jedi outpost on the Outer Rim planet Elphrona, located on the edge of the Unknown Regions. Given its distance from the Core, San Tekka speculated that the outpost could have been built during the High Republic Era.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

"I think we're seeing this now in the world we're living in, which is that disasters are large scale catastrophes test systems. The way you can see the strength of a system, a government, a society—of its tools against the scope and scale of that catastrophe is to throw a disaster at it. So, the point of Light of the Jedi, in many ways, is to introduce the High Republic to a readership, to an audience. To show what it is capable of when it's at its height, and when things get really bad, here's how it solves problems."
―Charles Soule, author of The High Republic: Light of the Jedi[src]

The High Republic Era was first mentioned in the 2019 audiodrama Dooku: Jedi Lost,[19] but it was not identified until the 2020 comic The Rise of Kylo Ren.[3] It first appeared in a flashback in the comic "The Lost Stories, Part 1," published in Star Wars Adventures (2017) 30.[21] The era is set to make its first on-screen appearance in the upcoming television series Star Wars: The Acolyte, which is set at the end of the time period.[22] An upcoming game called Star Wars Eclipse will also be set during the era.[23]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Star Wars Book dates the start of the High Republic Era to approximately 300 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to approximately 300 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas.
  2. 2.0 2.1 卢卡斯影业故事组」不仅此次全程担当内容监修,更似乎与大家熟知的星战电影、动画、书籍等各种形式的星战内容息息相关!究竟他们扮演了何等重要的角色?点击视频来了解一下吧!#星球大战##星战中国话# 星球大战的微博视频 (2020-12-17). m.weibo.cn. Weibo. Archived from the original on December 18, 2020. states that The Vow of Silver Dawn is set towards the end of the High Republic Era and takes place about fifty years before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas date to 32 BBY. Therefore, the High Republic Era ended around 82 BBY.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 The Rise of Kylo Ren 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Wars (2020) 2
  6. 6.0 6.1 SWYTlogo.png Star Wars: The High Republic | Announcement Trailer on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 The High Republic 6
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 The High Republic: The Rising Storm
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 StarWars.com Lucasfilm to Launch Star Wars: The High Republic Publishing Campaign in 2020 on StarWars.com (backup link)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
  11. StarWars.com Star Wars: The High Republic Sees Revised Release Dates on StarWars.com (backup link)
  12. GOC Journal (PDF) (2021-10-14). cdnvideo.dolimg.com. Archived from the original on October 14, 2021.
  13. StarWars.com Inside Star Wars: The High Republic: Meet the Jedi Knights and Masters, Part 2 on StarWars.com (backup link)
  14. The High Republic: Into the Dark
  15. The High Republic 5
  16. The High Republic 8
  17. The High Republic 9
  18. The High Republic: Tempest Runner
  19. 19.0 19.1 Dooku: Jedi Lost
  20. Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy
  21. IDWStarWarsAdventuresLogoSmaller.png "The Lost Stories, Part 1"—Star Wars Adventures (2017) 30
  22. StarWars.com Future Lucasfilm Projects Revealed on StarWars.com (backup link)
  23. StarWars.com In Star Wars Eclipse, Enter The High Republic in the First Video Game Set in the Era on StarWars.com (backup link)
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