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"Sir, Imperial Command has already contacted us. It's… it's Lord Vader, sir. He wishes to speak to you. Personally."
―An Imperial officer, to the admiral of the Harbinger[9]

Imperial High Command,[10] also known as Imperial Command,[8] High Command,[11] or simply as IHC,[1] was a command division in the Galactic Empire.[8] It was led by a Supreme Commander who reported directly to Emperor Palpatine, created the goals for the Imperial Military, and was briefed daily by the Joint Chiefs, despite that Imperial High Command was structured beneath the Joint Chiefs.[1] Following the Battle of Yavin, Grand General Cassio Tagge was promoted to Supreme Commander[2] by Palpatine due to his foresight regarding the weakness of the first Death Star. The Sith Lord Darth Vader,[9] Director Orson Callan Krennic,[source?] and Grand Admiral Thrawn were members of Imperial High Command.[10] It had at least one subdivision, which developed new strategies and tactics as part of the Empire's five-year plans for the Outer Rim Territories.[3]


"Look sharp, This factory is being honored by a surprise visit from Imperial High Command."
―Agent Alexsandr Kallus, to a group of workers in the Imperial Armory Complex on Lothal[10]

The Imperial High Command was a command division of the Galactic Empire.[8] After the proclamation of the Empire, the High Command created several specialised corps of soldiers.[12] During his time at the Academy for Young Imperials, while pretending to be a model cadet, Zare Leonis secretly provided information about Imperial Command to the Spectres.[8] According to Minister Maketh Tua of Lothal, Imperial Command was not able to take action against Rebel-sympathizers who had powerful friends in the Imperial Senate.[13]

In 2 BBY,[14] Imperial High Command dispatched Grand Admiral Thrawn to the Imperial Armory Complex on Lothal to investigate a high rate of faulty vehicles. Thrawn determined that a rebel cell had been sabotaging the vehicles and executed the laborer and resistance agent Morad Sumar during a demonstration on a 614-AvA speeder bike.[10] Following the presumed destruction of the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Harbinger by the Rebel Alliance, Darth Vader personally contacted the Star Destroyer's admiral.[9]

Behind the scenes[]

Imperial High Command was first mentioned in the reference book Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide.[8] While its place within the greater command structure of the Galactic Empire has not been fully established in canon, it was said in Star Wars (2015) 22 that Darth Vader was a member of Imperial Command.[9] The High Command was also briefly mentioned by the Imperial officer Plumestriker in the non-canon 2016 Disney XD television series LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures episode "Showdown on Hoth."[15]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Dawn of Rebellion
  2. 2.0 2.1 StarWars-DatabankII.png General Tagge in the Databank (backup link) and Darth Vader (2015) 2 establishes that Cassio Tagge was given the rank of Grand General and placed in charge of the Imperial Military. Since the individual in command of the Imperial Military is the Supreme Commander per Dawn of Rebellion, it can be deduced that Grand General Tagge was the Supreme Commander of the Imperial Military. Since the Supreme Commander is the leader of Imperial High Command of the Joint Chiefs according to Dawn of Rebellion, Cassio Tagge must lead Imperial High Command and be part of the Joint Chiefs.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Empire Day"
  4. Thrawn
  5. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  6. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas lists 19 BBY as the year the Galactic Republic transformed into the Galactic Empire. Therefore, the Republic High Command must have transitioned into the Imperial High Command during or after 19 BBY.
  7. Aftermath: Empire's End
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Star Wars (2015) 22
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "An Inside Man"
  11. Adventures in Wild Space: The Steal
  12. AltayaCite.svg "Imperial Troops" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  13. Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
  14. Dawn of Rebellion dates the events of Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow seventeen years after the end of the Clone Wars, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY; therefore, the events of Steps Into Shadow must take place in 2 BBY. According to Star Wars: On the Front Lines, Mon Mothma's denunciation of the Galactic Empire and the Declaration of the Rebel Alliance take place 2 years before the Battle of Yavin or 2 BBY. As "An Inside Man" is set between Steps Into Shadow and "Secret Cargo," it must also take place in 2 BBY.
  15. TheFreemakerAdventuresLogo-Dplus.png LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Showdown on Hoth"