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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."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

The Imperial Era (adjective form Imperial-era), and also known as the Age of the Empire or the Age of Rebellion, was the time period that covered the reign of the Galactic Empire, lasting from Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine's proclamation of the New Order in 19 BBY until the signing of the Galactic Concordance in 5 ABY. The Imperial Era followed the Republic Era which lasted for a millennium, and preceded the short-lived New Republic Era. Its final years overlapped with the Galactic Civil War, a period known as the Galactic Civil War era, the Rebellion era, or the era of Rebellion. Following the rise of the New Republic, the Imperial Era was referred to as the Old Empire era.

The rise of the Empire marked the Sith's return to power. Emperor Palpatine was the public identity of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious whose plan involved the extermination of the Jedi Order. The Great Jedi Purge continued throughout the Emperor's reign, leaving Luke Skywalker as the sole surviving Jedi Knight by the time of the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY. Sidious' reign ended with his first death at the hands of Skywalker's father, the Sith apprentice Darth Vader who sacrificed himself while protecting his son. The Alliance to Restore the Republic rebranded itself as the New Republic, and achieved a decisive victory over the Empire at the Battle of Jakku in 5 ABY.

Despite its defeat, the Empire's reign inspired a generation that was disillusioned by the state of the galaxy under the New Republic, from the Centrists who advocated for strong leadership to the militaristic First Order. The warlord Kylo Ren viewed the Imperial Era as a period of order and stability that the First Order sought to restore. To others such as Senator Leia Organa, the Empire's history was marked by tyranny, oppression, and genocide.

History[]

Origins[]

"For a thousand years we have kept to the shadows, not afraid of the Jedi—but ourselves. The dark side is powerful. It is too powerful. The weak will meekly stand in regimented order. The Sith… One master. One apprentice. No more. For generations. Generations building to me."
―Darth Sidious, to Darth Vader[src]

The Republic Era was an age of peace that lasted roughly a thousand years.

The modern Galactic Republic was formed in the aftermath of the last conflict between the Jedi Order and the Sith, ending an age of strife in galactic history. What followed was a period of peace and relative stability known as the Republic Era, in which the Republic governed the galaxy for a millennium[17] under the leadership of the Galactic Senate and the protection of the Jedi Knights.[18] Unknown to the Jedi, the Sith were reformed under Darth Bane's Rule of Two, ensuring their order's survival in the form of a Sith Master and a Sith apprentice.[19] A new lineage of Sith Lords originated from Bane,[20] resulting in generations of Sith that culminated in Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith who ultimately achieved his order's plan of revenge against the Jedi.[21]

While the Sith plotted their eventual return to power,[21] the Republic reached the pinnacle of its power and prosperity while expanding into the Outer Rim Territories, resulting in a golden age known as the High Republic Era[22] which also saw the Jedi Order's influence spread to the farthest edges of known space.[23] This period gave way to an age of rampant political corruption and bureaucratic stagnation in the Republic Senate[24] by the time of the Invasion of Naboo[25] in 32 BBY.[1]

The Republic Era's final years were marked by the Clone Wars.

By infiltrating Republic politics as Senator Sheev Palpatine of Naboo, Sidious secured his election to the office of Supreme Chancellor.[25] As planned, the Palpatine chancellery grew increasingly powerful due to the Separatist Crisis and the subsequent galactic conflict known as the Clone Wars, both of which Sidious masterminded in order to gain more power for himself. The Clone Wars was the first full-scale war since the formation of the Republic roughly a thousand years before the First Battle of Geonosis. The Senate's Jedi peacekeepers lacked the manpower to defend the Republic on a galactic scale,[26] and as such became leaders in the Grand Army of the Republic.[3]

Rise of the Empire[]

"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 Sheev Palpatine proclaimed himself Emperor of the Galactic Empire in 19 BBY.

The reign of the Galactic Empire was known as the Imperial Era.[27] The era began with the proclamation of the New Order in 19 BBY,[1] and was characterized by the implementation of Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine's political program, referred to as the New Order.[28] Although the Emperor did bring peace to the galaxy as he had promised, that result was achieved through brutal repression.[14] Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi remembered the Jedi Order as guardians of peace and justice in the Galactic Republic; compared to the millennium of the Republic Era, the Imperial Era was a "dark time" from Kenobi's perspective.[2]

During the early days of the Imperial Era, the Emperor's priorities included the shutdown of the cloning facilities on Kamino,[29] the occupation of Raxus and other worlds controlled by the former Confederacy of Independent Systems,[30] and the fulfillment of the Great Jedi Purge through Order 66. The Grand Army of the Republic was reorganized into the Imperial Army,[29] and clone troopers continued to serve in its ranks. However, continued support for the clone trooper program was deemed too high despite the Kaminoans' defense of their enterprise,[31] and the Empire therefore turned to a new stormtrooper program which aimed to replace clones with enlisted soldiers.[32]

Separatist worlds were occupied by the Imperial Military in the wake of their government's collapse.

The Clone Wars ended with the demise of General Grievous[29] as well as the deactivation of the Separatist Droid Army subsequent to the slaughter of the Executive Separatist Council by the Sith Lord Darth Vader on Mustafar.[3] The Confederacy of Independent Systems consequently collapsed in a vacuum of leadership,[29] allowing the Empire to seize control of their worlds and resources.[30] While decommissioned battle droids were destroyed,[33] Separatist citizens found their worlds subjugated by the Imperial Military. One such planet was the Separatist capital of Raxus Secundus, where the Empire sought to pacify the civilian population through the use of propaganda and the presence of a large contingent of clone troopers supplemented by All Terrain Tactical Enforcers.[30]

The systematic termination of the Jedi succeeded in reducing the Order's ranks to a small group of survivors who fled into hiding. The remaining Jedi were hunted by their brethren who turned to the dark side of the Force, such as Darth Vader and the Imperial Inquisitors. In addition to the fallen Jedi Knights-turned-Jedi hunters,[34] the final generation of clones grown from the Jango Fett genotype were activated and programmed to fulfill the mandate of the Great Jedi Purge.[35]

War and downfall[]

"We kept the skeleton of the Republic for nearly twenty years while the Death Star was constructed. Twenty years, my apprentice. All that planning is now a layer of dust orbiting around Yavin… Now, we no longer have the Senate to hold order. We do not have the Death Star to force it. Our greatest weapon is gone. Our production is in ashes. We are besieged. In all these years, we have never skirted closer to disaster."
―Darth Sidious, to Darth Vader[src]

The Galactic Civil War saw the end of the Imperial Era in 5 ABY.

The Empire's final years were marked by the Galactic Civil War from approximately 4 BBY[36] until the signing of the Galactic Concordance[16] in 5 ABY.[1] This period within the Imperial Era was known as the "Galactic Civil War era," the "Rebellion era,"[37] or the "era of Rebellion."[38]

The Alliance to Restore the Republic was officially formed when Senator Mon Mothma issued the Declaration of Rebellion after the Ghorman Massacre in 2 BBY.[39] As a result, the Age of the Empire[40] was also an Age of Rebellion[41] in which Mon Mothma's rebel cell, the Phoenix Cell, the Spectres, the Massassi Group,[9] and other Rebel cells united in common cause to overthrow the Empire and restore the galaxy to democratic rule.[42]

Emperor Palpatine disbanded the Imperial Senate[2] in 0 BBY,[43] no longer seeing a necessity in preserving[44] the "last remnant of the Old Republic"[2] after the DS-1 Death Star Mobile Battle Station became fully operational.[44] In the same year, the Death Star was destroyed by the Rebel pilot Luke Skywalker during the Battle of Yavin, killing a large number of soldiers, Imperial officers, and Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin.[2] The battle station's destruction was seen as a significant loss by the Emperor, who had neither a ceremonial Senate to keep the star systems in line nor a superweapon to enforce his rule.[44]

The Emperor's death was celebrated on worlds throughout the galaxy, including the Imperial capital of Coruscant.

The DS-2 Death Star II Mobile Battle Station was built to replace the first Death Star, but was ultimately destroyed by the Alliance Fleet during the Battle of Endor[13] in 4 ABY.[1] The battle also caused the Imperial Navy to lose several Star Destroyers, including the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor, and the Emperor was killed by his Sith apprentice Vader,[13] whose sacrifice fulfilled the Jedi prophecy of the Chosen One.[45] From Bespin and Tatooine, to Naboo and Coruscant, people across the galaxy openly celebrated the Alliance's victory and the Emperor's demise. The city-world of Coruscant was the site of a riot in Monument Plaza where civilians toppled a statue of the late Emperor.[13]

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,[15] resulting in the dawn of the New Republic Era.[16] The Galactic Senate was restored as the New Republic Senate;[46] the Imperial capital of Coruscant was ceded to the New Republic and placed under the administration of a provisional government;[47] and the Empire was reduced to a rump state.[48]

Legacy[]

"It is the task of the First Order to remove the disorder from our own existence, so that civilization may be returned to the stability that promotes progress. A stability that existed under the Empire, was reduced to anarchy by the Rebellion, was inherited in turn by the so-called Republic, and will be restored by us. Future historians will look upon this as the time when a strong hand brought the rule of law back to civilization."
―Kylo Ren[src]

Influenced by the Imperial Era, the First Order sought to rule the galaxy as the Empire's successor.

Although the Empire fell, an Imperial remnant sought to overthrow the New Republic and reorganized into the First Order,[16] a military-controlled state similar to the Empire.[49] It eventually destroyed the New Republic and started a war with the Resistance, an opposing military force created by Leia Organa.[50]

The "Old Empire era"[16] created a legacy that left the galaxy politically divided, with Populists rejecting the degree of authority and control that characterized the Old Empire, while the Centrists supported some aspects of the Imperial system which they viewed as necessary to maintaining peace and order. Organa rejected any argument in defense of the Empire that annihilated her homeworld of Alderaan.[4] However, her son Kylo Ren, a former Jedi who became a First Order warlord, regarded the Imperial Era as an age of stability and the Empire a force for progress.[51] His rival, General Armitage Hux was also a strong supporter of the First Order's cause, having developed an admiration for the power of the Empire since childhood.[52]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bloodline
  5. Lords of the Sith
  6. Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Fire Across the Galaxy"
  7. Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy of Mandalore"
  8. Darth Vader (2015) 16
  9. 9.0 9.1 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Secret Cargo"
  10. Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
  11. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  12. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  14. 14.0 14.1 Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  15. 15.0 15.1 Lost Stars
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  17. Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  18. StarWars-DatabankII.png Galactic Republic in the Databank (backup link)
  19. Ultimate Star Wars
  20. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
  21. 21.0 21.1 Darth Vader (2015) 20
  22. The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
  23. The Rise of Kylo Ren 2
  24. StarWars-DatabankII.png Galactic Senate in the Databank (backup link)
  25. 25.0 25.1 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  26. Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  27. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  28. Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 Star Wars Bad Batch.jpg Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Aftermath"
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Star Wars Bad Batch.jpg Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Common Ground"
  31. Star Wars Bad Batch.jpg Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Replacements"
  32. StarWars-DatabankII.png Elite Squad in the Databank (backup link)
  33. Star Wars Bad Batch.jpg Star Wars: The Bad Batch – "Decommissioned"
  34. The Star Wars Book
  35. Darth Vader (2017) 16
  36. The StarWars-DatabankII.png Mustafar History Gallery in the Databank (backup link) states that the action at Mustafar, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 4 BBY, was one of the earliest rebel victories in the Galactic Civil War. Therefore, the Galactic Civil War must have begun by 4 BBY.
  37. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Incredible Cross-Sections
  38. Knights of Fate
  39. Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z states that the Ghorman Massacre occurred two years prior to the Battle of Yavin, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 0 BBY. Therefore, the Ghorman Massacre took place in 2 BBY.
  40. A New Dawn
  41. Star Wars: Age of Rebellion
  42. StarWars-DatabankII.png Rebel Alliance in the Databank (backup link)
  43. The Dissolution of the Imperial Senate takes place during Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places the events of A New Hope in 0 BBY and 0 ABY.
  44. 44.0 44.1 44.2 Darth Vader (2015) 1
  45. Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
  46. StarWars-DatabankII.png The New Republic in the Databank (backup link)
  47. Aftermath: Empire's End
  48. StarWars-DatabankII.png The First Order in the Databank (backup link)
  49. Poe Dameron 2
  50. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  51. Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization
  52. StarWars-DatabankII.png General Hux in the Databank (backup link)
Years
Years in the BBY/ABY calendar
Pre-Republic 100,000 BBY · 57,000 BBY · 27,000 BBY
Old Republic-era/Expansionist Period 25,000 BBY
Pre-Fall of the Old Republic Era 22,000 BBY · 15,000 BBY · 12,000 BBY
Fall of the Old Republic
(Middle Era of the Old Republic)
7977 BBY · 6000 BBY · 5500 BBY · 5000 BBY
4000 BBY · 3966 BBY · 3700 BBY · 3277 BBY · 2320 BBY
2082 BBY · 2000 BBY · 1032 BBY
Republic Era 1032 BBY · 1014 BBY · 973 BBY · 896 BBY · 867 BBY
832 BBY · 800 BBY · 797 BBY · 782 BBY · 620 BBY
600 BBY · 532 BBY · 522 BBY · 511 BBY · 509 BBY
501 BBY · 350 BBY · 332 BBY · 319 BBY

High Republic Era
300 BBY · 272 BBY · 265 BBY · 262 BBY · 257 BBY
252 BBY · 250 BBY · 249 BBY · 248 BBY · 247 BBY
246 BBY · 245 BBY · 244 BBY · 242 BBY · 240 BBY
238 BBY · 235 BBY · 234 BBY · 232 BBY · 231 BBY
200 BBY · 161 BBY · 150 BBY · 131 BBY · 112 BBY
104 BBY · 102 BBY · 101 BBY · 100 BBY · 99 BBY · 93 BBY
90 BBY · 88 BBY · 86 BBY · 85 BBY · 84 BBY
83 BBY · 82 BBY


80 BBY · 76 BBY · 69 BBY · 68 BBY · 66 BBY · 65 BBY
64 BBY · 62 BBY · 60 BBY · 57 BBY · 56 BBY · 55 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 · 37 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 · 22 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
  [Source]
Imperial Era (19 BBY5 ABY)
Galactic timeline

Previous: Republic Era (1032 BBY19 BBY)

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
  [Source]
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