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"For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire."
Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

The Imperial Era[18] (sometimes stylized as Imperial-era), also known as the Old Empire era,[17] the Age of the Empire,[19] the Age of Rebellion[20] or the Dark Times,[3] was a time period that began with the Proclamation of the New Order—the event that marked the reorganization of the democratic Galactic Republic into the autocratic Galactic Empire—at the end of the Clone Wars in 19 BBY.[1] Within a generation, however, it ended with the Empire's dissolution through the signing of the Galactic Concordance[2] in 5 ABY,[1] approximately one year after the death of Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine at the Battle of Endor.[14] That one-year period, spanning from 4 ABY to 5 ABY, would later be known as the fall of the Empire.[source?]

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"In order to ensure the security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire! For a safe and secure society!"
―Sheev Palpatine, to the Galactic Senate — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The Imperial Era began when Chancellor Sheev Palpatine transformed the Republic into the Galactic Empire, with himself as its absolute ruler.

The Imperial Era was characterized by the implementation of the Emperor's political program, referred to as the New Order.[21] Although the Emperor did bring peace to the galaxy as he had promised, that result was achieved through brutal repression.[19] As a result, the Age of the Empire also saw the birth of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, whose members sought to overthrow the Emperor and restore democracy to the galaxy.[22] The Rebel Alliance formally came into existence when former Senator Mon Mothma issued the Declaration of Rebellion after the Ghorman Massacre in 2 BBY. The Alliance was formed through a merger of several extant rebel cells including Mon Mothma's rebel cell, the Phoenix Cell, the Spectres, and the Massassi Group.[10]

The period of time during the Galactic Civil War (0 BBY5 ABY) was also referred to as the Galactic Civil War era, as the Rebellion era,[23] or as the era of Rebellion.[24] The combination of the Emperor's death and the Empire's final defeat at the Battle of Jakku ultimately marked the end of both the Galactic Civil War and the Imperial Era,[16] resulting in the dawn of a new age under the New Republic.[17]

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However, an Imperial remnant sought to overthrow the newly established Republic and reorganized into the First Order,[17] a military-controlled state similar to the Empire.[25] It eventually destroyed the New Republic and started a war with the Resistance, an opposing military force created by Leia Organa.[26] This era was also known as a time of stability as there was still an Imperial presence in the outer regions of the galaxy upholding Imperial law.[source?]

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  • TwitterLogo.svg Stephen Stanton (@Stephen_Stanton) on Twitter: "Here's the updated #StarWars timeline with all the new projects announced at #D23Expo. Study this diagram. There will be a quiz later!😉" (screenshot) (First identified as Age of Rebellion)
Years
Years in the BBY/ABY calendar
Pre-Fall of the Old Republic Era 25,000 BBY
Fall of the Old Republic 7977 BBY · 6000 BBY · 5000 BBY · 3966 BBY
3277 BBY · 2000 BBY · 1032 BBY
Republic Era 1032 BBY · 1019 BBY · 973 BBY · 896 BBY · 867 BBY · 832 BBY
797 BBY · 620 BBY · 600 BBY · 522 BBY · 511 BBY
509 BBY · 501 BBY · 332 BBY · 319 BBY · 292 BBY
265 BBY · 248 BBY · 244 BBY · 232 BBY · 200 BBY
161 BBY · 104 BBY · 102 BBY · 101 BBY · 93 BBY · 90 BBY
86 BBY · 85 BBY · 84 BBY · 82 BBY · 80 BBY · 76 BBY
69 BBY · 68 BBY · 66 BBY · 65 BBY · 64 BBY · 62 BBY
61 BBY · 60 BBY · 57 BBY · 56 BBY · 54 BBY · 53 BBY
52 BBY · 51 BBY · 50 BBY · 49 BBY · 48 BBY · 47 BBY
46 BBY · 45 BBY · 44 BBY · 43 BBY · 42 BBY · 41 BBY
40 BBY · 39 BBY · 38 BBY · 36 BBY · 35 BBY · 34 BBY
33 BBY · 32 BBY · 31 BBY · 30 BBY · 29 BBY · 28 BBY
27 BBY · 26 BBY · 25 BBY · 24 BBY · 23 BBY · 22 BBY
21 BBY · 20 BBY · 19 BBY
Imperial Era 19 BBY · 18 BBY · 17 BBY · 16 BBY · 15 BBY · 14 BBY
13 BBY · 12 BBY · 11 BBY · 10 BBY · 9 BBY · 7 BBY
6 BBY · 5 BBY · 4 BBY · 3 BBY · 2 BBY · 1 BBY
0 BBY · 0 ABY · 1 ABY · 2 ABY · 3 ABY · 4 ABY
5 ABY
New Republic Era 5 ABY · 6 ABY · 7 ABY · 8 ABY · 9 ABY · 10 ABY
11 ABY · 12 ABY · 13 ABY · 14 ABY · 15 ABY · 16 ABY
17 ABY · 18 ABY · 19 ABY · 20 ABY · 21 ABY · 23 ABY
24 ABY · 25 ABY · 27 ABY · 28 ABY · 29 ABY · 30 ABY
31 ABY · 32 ABY · 33 ABY · 34 ABY
Post-New Republic Era 34 ABY · 35 ABY
See also: Timeline of galactic history
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Imperial Era (19 BBY5 ABY)
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Next: New Republic Era (5-34 ABY)

Years of the Imperial Era
19 BBY · 18 BBY · 17 BBY · 16 BBY · 15 BBY · 14 BBY · 13 BBY
12 BBY · 11 BBY · 10 BBY · 9 BBY · 7 BBY · 6 BBY · 5 BBY · 4 BBY
3 BBY · 2 BBY · 1 BBY · 0 BBY/0 ABY · 1 ABY · 2 ABY · 3 ABY
4 ABY · 5 ABY
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