- "If we're destroyed—if we all die—the concepts and ideals of the New Order die with us."
- ―Gilad Pellaeon
The Imperial Remnant, officially known as the Galactic Empire, and also referred to as the Remnant, the Empire, Pellaeon's Empire, the true Empire or simply the remnants of the Empire, was an authoritarian oligarchy located in the Outer Rim Territories of the galaxy. Lacking an Emperor, it was ruled by a Head of State from the planetary capital of Bastion. The Imperial Remnant was formed at the end of the Imperial Civil War by Admiral Gilad Pellaeon during the era of New Republic in 12 ABY, when it claimed the status as both a continuation and successor of the Galactic Empire.
The Imperial Remnant was formed from the fleets of the dead warlords that pledged themselves to Admiral Natasi Daala after the last vestige of centralized Imperial authority had faded following the Imperial defeat over Endor and infighting that followed. However she relinquished full command of the United Warlord Fleets to Pellaeon after a failed campaign, who became Supreme Commander and relocated the former Galactic Empire out of the Deep Core and Mid Rim into the Outer Rim, where Pellaeon established a successor state in the form of an authoritarian dictatorship presided by a Council of Moffs and restored the Imperial Military and continued the Galactic Civil War against the New Republic, the galactic government formed by the Rebel Alliance, and expanded the Imperial Remnant borders through the successful Orinda campaign in that year. However, New Republic advances continually won territory over the next seven years, reducing the Remnant to the edge of the Outer Rim and even forcing the capital to move from Orinda to Bastion. Reduced to just eight sectors following the end of the Galactic Civil War, after realizing that the war was lost, the Remnant sued for peace with the New Republic.
The Imperial Remnant thus finally gained diplomatic recognition with the galactic community after the end of the Galactic Civil War in 19 ABY and gave up it claim over the galaxy. A tense relationship between the Imperial Remnant and the New Republic existed in peace time, and when the latter government requested Imperial assistance in repelling an invasion by the extra-galactic Yuuzhan Vong in 25 ABY, the Moffs elected to instead sit the war out and fortify their own territory against the invaders. After conquering much of the galaxy and capturing the New Republic capital of Coruscant, the Yuuzhan Vong attacked Bastion in 28 ABY and forced an Imperial retreat. Pellaeon was finally able to convince the reluctant Moff Council to take the fight to the enemy, and under his direction, the Imperial Remnant joined the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, the New Republic's successor state. 29 ABY saw the Yuuzhan Vong defeated by the Galactic Alliance's combined fleets at Coruscant, and Pellaeon later retired.
As part of the Galactic Alliance, the Imperial Remnant took part in the brief, but devastating Swarm War in the Unknown Regions along side the Chiss Ascendancy against the Colony, the Killiks hive that fell under control of the Gorog or Dark Nest, in 36 ABY. The war bought to a close when Galactic Alliance Defense Force (GADF) forces under Supreme Commander Gilad Pellaeon defeated the Gorog on Tenupe. The Swarm War had began as a continuation of the Dark Nest Crisis in 35 ABY, which was a period of great expansion by the Killik. 41 ABY saw Pellaeon returned as the new Imperial head of state when Galactic Alliance Chief of State Darth Caedus requested the Remnant's aid in prosecuting the Second Galactic Civil War against a Confederation of breakaway planets. When Pellaeon refused to support Caedus' brutal tactics in the Second Battle of Fondor, he was assassinated by Caedus' Sith apprentice Tahiri Veila, and with Drikl Lecersen acting as their de facto leader, the surviving Moffs pledged themselves to Caedus. In the final weeks of the war, Lecersen authorized the creation of a nanovirus that targeted the bloodline of the royal family of the Hapes Consortium, members of the Galactic Alliance–opposed Jedi Coalition. When Caedus was killed in a lightsaber duel, the Coalition rejoined the Alliance and confronted the Moffs with an ultimatum: face war crime trials for the deployment of the nanovirus, or install a young man named Jagged Fel as their new Head of State and force the outmatched Confederation to surrender.
The Imperial Remnant withdrew from the Galactic Alliance after the war, but in 43 ABY, Fel participated in attempts at reunification. He survived an assassination attempt in 44 ABY by a power-hungry Admiral Daala, who hoped to usurp control of the Remnant—now commonly known again as the Galactic Empire. Fel subsequently issued democratic reforms and called a general election among the Remnant's citizens, and with his assistance, Admiral Vitor Reige defeated the popular Daala and became the new Head of State. Fel later returned to the post and used his "Victory Without War" initiative to spread Imperial influence throughout the galaxy while aiding poverty-stricken worlds, and the Remnant absorbed some of the Galactic Alliance's territory as Fel ascended as Emperor, whose reign reorganized the Remnant.
The birth of the Remnant
An Empire falls
In 4 ABY, the Galactic Empire suffered a crushing defeat at the Battle of Endor to the Rebel Alliance, their opponent in the Galactic Civil War. The Alliance Fleet destroyed the Empire's Death Star II battlestation, and Emperor Palpatine was killed; the battle also saw the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor, flagship of the Imperial Navy's Death Squadron, and the battlecruiser Pride of Tarlandia destroyed. Admiral Horst Strage, commander of the next communications ship in line—the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Chimaera—was killed when an ion blast overloaded his neural shunt, and command of the fleet was left in the hands of the Chimaera's Captain Gilad Pellaeon. Finding his forces in disarray, Pellaeon ordered a retreat to the planet Annaj.
With the fleet regrouped, Pellaeon called a council of war and advocated that they return to Endor and crush the Rebels. When Adye Prittick, the ranking admiral, proved indecisive, Admiral Blitzer Harrsk took part of the fleet and retreated into the Deep Core until a clear chain of command could be established. As the Emperor had never provided a succession plan in the event of his death, other naval officers followed Harrsk's example and fortified their holdings, declaring themselves independent warlords. Grand Vizier Sate Pestage claimed the Imperial throne and, wary of Alliance strikes against key targets, fortified strategic systems and fortress worlds, which put the Empire on the defensive despite their numerical and economic advantages over the Rebels. Countless worlds flocked to the fold of the New Republic, the successor state of the Alliance, after hearing news of the Emperor's death.
The Republic consolidated their holdings and won worlds over through diplomacy before executing an aggressive military push into the Core against an Empire that was crumbling from within due to the machinations of its own ambitious politicians. By 9 ABY, the Empire's territory had been reduced to a quarter of its former size, and the state was widely considered to be merely the "remnants of the Empire." Campaigns by Grand Admiral Thrawn and by the reborn Palpatine reclaimed swaths of lost territory, but Palpatine's final death saw the fleet again splinter into warlordism and Imperial territory reduced to a narrow band stretching from the Outer Rim to the Colonies. Following the death of self-proclaimed Emperor Xandel Carivus in 11 ABY, utter collapse of Imperial authority ensued, and the Galactic Empire ceased to exist. Its remnants consisted of squabbling warlord factions, standoffish fortress worlds, and Moffs and governors answerable to no one.
Rising from the ashes
- "One Empire, one fleet—only this will guarantee us victory."
- ―Admiral Daala
Later in 11 ABY, Imperial Admiral Natasi Daala's Maw fleet emerged from years of seclusion in the Maw and prosecuted an ultimately disastrous military campaign against the New Republic. After limping into the Deep Core aboard her sole remaining ship, the Gorgon, she declared herself a freelance ambassador and spent one year traveling to the various Deep Core warlords' fortress worlds espousing a message of unification. Unwilling to give up their power, the feuding warlords dismissed her ideas and continued their Imperial Civil War against each other. While she was at the fortress of "Supreme Warlord" Blitzer Harrsk in 12 ABY, the forces of "High Admiral" Treuten Teradoc attacked, fleeing after destroying the flagship of Harrsk's fleet. Harrsk ordered her at blasterpoint to lead a counterassault, and in orbit above Teradoc's own fortress, Daala, fed up with the warlords' squabbling, fired an ion cannon from the bridge of the Star Destroyer Firestorm at Harrsk's own Whirlwind and ordered the fleet to stand down.
Pellaeon, now a Vice Admiral in Teradoc's fleet, found himself agreeing with Daala's assertions over an open comm channel that the warlords needed to stop fighting amongst themselves and focus their efforts against the New Republic. He ordered Teradoc's defensive fleet to similarly stand down and took a shuttle from his Victory-class Star Destroyer 13X to join Daala on the bridge of the Firestorm. The ship fled into hyperspace along with the 13X and one more of Pellaeon's Destroyers to a negotiating point in the dead of space, where Daala and Pellaeon agreed that a leader needed to be chosen from among the warlords, and proposed a detente council. Using both of their reputations as pull, Pellaeon convinced thirteen Deep Core warlords—including Harrsk, Teradoc, Sander Delvardus, and Malfkla Yzu—to convene at a space station called Tsoss Beacon, where they met inside of a storeroom. Daala insisted that they unite their forces and choose a nominal leader, but when three hours' worth of arguing amounted to nothing, she donned a breath mask. Pellaeon quickly put on one of his own as the Admiral released a nerve gas into the room, ending both the discussion and the warlords' lives.
The fleets of the dead warlords pledged themselves to Daala, the architect of the Imperial Reunification. In a departure from Palpatine's Humanocentrism, she welcomed women and non-Humans to actively participate in military service. Daala intended to relinquish control of the United Warlord Fleets after launching a devastating strike at the New Republic; her target was the jungle moon Yavin 4, home to the New Republic–allied New Jedi Order. However, the Force powers of the Jedi students were able to blast Pellaeon's vanguard fleet of seventeen Star Destroyers out of orbit, and Daala's Super Star Destroyer Knight Hammer was disabled following an infiltration by the Jedi student Callista Ming. The Assault on Yavin 4 was a disaster for the Imperials, and with her plans having fallen to rubble, Daala relinquished full command of the United Warlord Fleets to Pellaeon.
Although not the type to seize power, Pellaeon proved himself an extremely capable leader. He strengthened ties with the Moffs of surviving Imperial factions in the Outer and Mid Rims—who had earlier supported Daala's United Warlord Fleets with with credits and war matériel—and decided to withdraw all of his fleets and war arsenals from the Deep Core, which he felt would keep his new Empire bottled up. Before leaving, he discovered squadrons of robotic TIEs, caches of arms, mines, and the Star Dreadnoughts Megador and Dominion within abandoned Deep Core armories. As the Outer and Mid Rims offered more resources, better-traveled hyperlanes, and favorable opportunities to harass New Republic shipping, Pellaeon pledged his fleets to protect the Imperial Rim factions on the condition that they joined his Empire. The Moffs of the Rim factions, including the Pentastar Alignment, agreed that the Megador, Dominion, and the Reaper—a dreadnaught belonging to the Pentastar Alignment—were enough to defend against the New Republic, and named Pellaeon the Supreme Commander of the new Imperial Remnant. Donated to the new Empire were their carefully-hoarded stores of munitions and war matériel.
The Remnant was a well-defined Empire stretching from the Mid Rim to Wild Space, with additional scattered holdings in other regions of the galaxy. These holdings included systems in the former Borderland Regions that acknowledged the rule of the planet Sartinaynian, which was defiantly renamed "Bastion." Pellaeon referred to his new state as the "true Empire," but it was also known as simply the "Empire." The Remnant was also called "Pellaeon's Empire" in order to distinguish it from surviving Warlord factions, such as the Constitutional Protectorate of Prakith and several Warlords who remained in the Deep Core.
Galactic Civil War
Expansion through conquest
- "Thanks to Daala's unification efforts, the Empire was stable, though still only a shadow of its former self. If anyone could restore the Empire… Pellaeon appeared to be the one."
- ―Voren Na'al
Pellaeon knew that his Empire was not capable of mounting a serious offensive against the galaxy's inner systems, but he believed that the Outer and Mid Rims contained hundreds of thousands of worlds that were ripe for conquering. Both he and the Moffs were aware that some factions in the New Republic would prefer to see the Empire wiped out completely; indeed, New Republic pickets were routinely pushing deep into the Northern Quadrant. As such, Pellaeon decided to show his enemies that the New Order was not yet dead by defending what he saw as the Empire's borders. While the fleet was preparing to mount an offensive against the New Republic, Imperial agents took over the New Republic embassy on the planet Dathomir in order to investigate the ancient Star Temple and determine if the Infinity Wave superweapon could be used in the war. After finding that there was nothing left of the Infinity Gate's control chamber, General Vit attempted to salvage the mission by training the local Nightsisters as Force-using Imperial troops.
Around the same time, fallen Jedi Dal Konur was on a one-man mission to assassinate the members of the Moff Council. After encountering and escaping from the Imperial fleet, which was gathering near Agamar, he landed on Dathomir and was recruited to serve as a trainer in General Vit's "Project Nightsaber". However, Konur and Vit were defeated by a team of Jedi-allied heroes and a former Emperor's Royal Guard, Kir Kanos, who had come to Dathomir in search of Imperial scientist Sigit Ranth. Dathomir was accordingly liberated from the Remnant.
Six months after Daala's resignation, Pellaeon took the Reaper to the planet Borosk and retrieved a complement of fighters from the legendary 181st Imperial Fighter Group, which was led by starfighter ace Turr Phennir. Pellaeon and Phennir kicked off the Orinda campaign by swiftly capturing Orinda and six systems coreward of it along the Entralla Route, taking Lonnaw last. The Supreme Commander believed that holding Orinda would sufficiently demonstrate Imperial power without provoking an aggressive response, and as such, he dispatched emissaries to Ord Mantell who stated that no further offensives would be launched if the Empire's new borders were respected.
The New Republic responded with force, as they feared another assault on the Core, and dispatched General Wedge Antilles to the front lines aboard the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Lusankya, accompanied by the famous Rogue Squadron of X-wing starfighters. Before Antilles's fleet arrived, Pellaeon took the Corthenia and Urce systems while Phennir, accompanied by a complement of Imperial-class Star Destroyers, captured the defenseless systems of Hewett and Tartaglia The arrival of the Lusankya at the front sparked a series of strikes and parries between the 181st and the Rogues as the Reaper and the Lusankya stalked each other throughout the Mid Rim; the first engagements came in the Darkon and Traval-Pacor systems, and both battles were won by the New Republic, who secured the systems.
The 181st were able to best the Lusankya in a bid for control of the Tyan system after battling the Rogues to a stalemate at Orocco, and citizens of both the Remnant and the New Republic became enthralled by tales of the duels between the great capital ships of the opposing fleets. A less captivated New Republic military sent Admiral Areta Bell and the fleet carrier Endurance to back Antilles up, and Pellaeon gradually fell back. Antilles and Bell defeated the Reaper and the 181st in the Obredaan system, and a final showdown came at Orinda, where Pellaeon sprang a trap. Six interdictor cruisers and the Dominion—whose existence had been kept a secret—decanted from hyperspace and destroyed the Endurance along with the squadrons of E-wing fighters it held. The Lusankya fled with the Rogues, and the Remnant's southern borders were secured. The New Republic fortified surrounding systems, however, and border clashes became routine. Both governments maneuvered for position with neutral planets such as Adumar.
Force and counterforce
- "I hope your father is not having second thoughts… ?"
"About rejoining the Empire? No. No "second thoughts," but he has been thinking. He is concerned that the Empire is at a serious crossroads. This protracted war is draining the treasuries of the Empire and its allies. We cannot afford to continue on our present course."
- ―Pellaeon and Feena D'Asta, in 13 ABY
The Wild Space planet Adumar, rich with ordnance-producing resources, had recently discovered the wider galaxy and was interested in joining either the Remnant or the New Republic. As the Adumari held fighter pilots in high esteem, Phennir and three other members of the 181st were invited to the planet in 13 ABY as diplomatic ambassadors, as were Wedge Antilles and three members of Rogue Squadron. Admiral Teren Rogriss ferried the 181st pilots to Adumar aboard the Star Destroyer Agonizer and gave his word to a representative of the planet's nation-state of Cartann: if Adumar ultimately joined the New Republic, the Agonizer would leave the system within the hour. However, Rogriss's instructions from on high were to disregard the order and return with an invasion force. The Admiral accordingly underwent a deep internal struggle regarding the question of honor.
Phennir and his men flew for Cartann when it declared war on Adumar's other nation-states, but only Phennir survived Cartann's defeat to the Antilles-led Adumari Union.After being offered New Republic clemency by Antilles if he decided to keep the word he had given, Rogriss defected from the Remnant and locked down the Agonizer's holocomm unit, thereby preventing the Imperials from alerting their superiors until they returned to Remnant space. A Remnant task force did return to Adumar and attack, but strong resistance from New Republic and Adumari forces forced a retreat. Pellaeon did not give up the conquest and initiated a protracted campaign against Adumar, bombarding the planet from the bridge of the Reaper.
13 ABY also saw Moff Tol Getelles of the Antemeridian sector conspire with the former Old Republic senator Seti Ashgad to take over the Meridian sector. The Meridian sector lay on the contentious Imperial–New Republic border, and the neighboring Antemeridian was one of the various pockets of the Remnant that was still under the sway of petty governors and greedy Moffs. Getelles, still considered a warlord, was resentful of his new reality of having to pay fealty to Pellaeon, and his plan would see Ashgad cripple the Meridian sector by unleashing the Death Seed plague, after which Getelles's Sector Fleet would invade with the aid of needle fighters secured from the Loronar Corporation. However, Getelles's fleet was defeated by a makeshift New Republic force that had been hastily assembled by the Republic-allied Han Solo and Lando Calrissian concurrently with the Adumar mission.
Solo and Calrissian were backed up by a fleet of the Independent Company of Settlers, which was led by a retired Admiral Daala, who was disgusted with Getelles's actions and fought against him in the name of Imperial honor. Not long afterward, the New Republic pressed their advantage by bringing two fleets into the Antemeridian sector, where they defeated Getelles and claimed both the sector and a large chunk of neighboring space. After the New Republic pushed through the Borderlands and toward the Hydian Way and Imperial territory, the Council of Moffs—fearing a power grab and emboldened by Pellaeon's victory in the Orinda campaign—ordered the Supreme Commander, who was preoccupied at Adumar, to go on the offensive and send his forces across the Hydian Way.
Adumar ultimately remained a New Republic world as a reluctant Pellaeon launched Remnant fleets from Imperial space and attacked the New Republic on two fronts, scoring victories at both Barison and Lucazec. Grievous losses were inflicted against the Remnant's enemies, but the next battles, fought at Arda and Quell, were both won by the New Republic. Pellaeon was forced back to Celanon, where he was soundly defeated by the New Republic's Admiral Etahn A'baht, losing the Reaper in the process. Rather than push their advantage, the New Republic chose to cool the fires of war by jump-starting commerce, while Pellaeon attempted to build up the Remnant's defenses and turn it into a functioning state that could co-exist with the New Republic. At some point during the year, the subterranean research-and-development laboratories of an Imperial Navy base on the planet Ryvester were destroyed by members of the New Republic's Wraith Squadron, after the Imperial Admiral Kosh Teradoc inadvertently smuggled a bomb of theirs inside.
Before the year came to an end, Pellaeon was made aware that Baron Ragez D'Asta—a powerful shipping magnate whose private fleet had once served the Galactic Empire—was considering joining the Remnant. The Baron's daughter, Feena, visited Pellaeon on Orinda and revealed that her father was concerned about the drain on the Remnant's resources that the ongoing war was causing. If Pellaeon were to seek a truce with the New Republic, the Baron would intercede with the Moffs and give the Supreme Commander his full backing. While Pellaeon considered her proposal, Imperial forces were defeated by a New Republic fleet at Pallaxides. Feena D'Asta soon after represented the Remnant at peace negotiations with Mirith Sinn, a representative of the New Republic, but the talks were ambushed by stormtroopers of the Restored Empire, an Imperial splinter faction whose leadership hoped to take down both the Remnant and the New Republic. Feena D'Asta was killed, and Pellaeon—believing the New Republic was responsible—ordered an immediate retaliatory strike at Coruscant, the New Republic's capital, in order to demonstrate solidarity to the D'Astan sector.
Thanks to a tip from Kir Kanos, the Supreme Commander made a contingency plan and arranged for part of D'Asta's fleet to hide behind Orinda's moon. While the Orinda fleet was en route to Coruscant, the nearly defenseless Imperial capital was attacked by the Venator-class Star Destroyers of the Restored Empire, and when the faction's stormtroopers landed on-world and blasted their way right to Pellaeon, the Supreme Commander was confronted by the Restored Empire's leader, Ennix Devian. Pellaeon shot and killed his dignitary Zam Basdor after learning that the man had been secretly reporting to Devian, and was then given an ultimatum: join Devian and rebuild a great Empire, or die. Pellaeon instead revealed that Devian's Venators were even then being destroyed by the D'Asta fleet, and the Baron himself arrived on the scene with his own stormtrooper complement. The resulting skirmish saw Devian killed in combat with Kir Kanos, and the Restored Empire was defeated.
In 14 ABY, the Remnant cooperated with a Sith cult known as the Disciples of Ragnos, who sought to resurrect the spirit of the Sith Lord Marka Ragnos and rebuild a new Sith Empire. During the Disciples of Ragnos crisis, the Remnant was active at locations such as an old power station on Bakura, Echo Base on Hoth, Bast Castle on Vjun, Kril'Dor, Dosuun, Yalara, the remains of Byss, and Taspir III. The Remnant had several run-ins with members of the New Jedi Order, and the Master-and-apprentice pair of Kyle Katarn and Jaden Korr proved to be thorns in their side, thwarting Remnant operations time and again. For instance, the Imperial Army officer Rax Joris was killed by Korr on Dosuun. Under the command of the Dark Jedi Tavion Axmis, Remnant troops fought alongside Sith Cultists and other New Reborn Dark Jedi, as well as mercenaries hired by the Disciples of Ragnos. A few Remnant troops were present at the Battle of Korriban, but were not involved in the fighting until they were attacked by Jaden Korr who single-handedly managed to eliminate them all and move on to defeat Axmis, thus ending the cooperation between the Remnant and the Sith Cult for good.
Over the next several years, the Remnant continued to wilt, but Pellaeon scored a personal victory when he reclaimed the Chimaera, his old flagship, from the New Republic's Admiral Ackbar at the Battle of Gravlex Med. In the year 17 ABY, two Star Destroyers of the long-lost Black Fleet emerged from the Koornacht Cluster and joined the Remnant, as did the experimental weapons test bed EF-X. During this largely peaceful period, Imperial systems near the Hydian Way began to push for an end to the hostilities between the Imperial Remnant and the New Republic, an offer made all the more enticing in 17 ABY when the New Republic Senate made a peace offering by allowing former Imperials to hold elected office. The Council of Moffs believed it to be a prelude to invasion and secretly contacted Admiral Daala, who had united a group of replacement warlords in the Deep Core. They proposed that she aid the Remnant in a decisive campaign against the New Republic, and when she obliged, they similarly ordered Pellaeon into battle. Although he believed the plan to be a mad one, he acquiesced to the council's wishes, hoping that a handful of victories would allow him to convince the Moffs to seek a peace treaty. The Remnant thus launched their campaign to reclaim formerly-held sectors, believing that the New Republic would decline to respond in full force out of a fear of creating a public relations debacle.
After scoring a victory at Adumar, Pellaeon launched surprise strikes at Taris and Champala, the latter an Inner Rim world. Both battles were Imperial victories; concurrently, Daala was handily defeated at Columus by the New Republic Fourth Fleet under General Garm Bel Iblis. With Daala out of the war, Bel Iblis's fourth fleet, as well as the Third and fifth fleets under Admiral Ackbar, routed Pellaeon's forces at Champala, Taris, Ketaris, and Tangrene. The final engagement came at Anx Minor, where Pellaeon deployed the Dominion, Megador, and the EF-X—renamed the Rakehell—hoping for a repeat of Orinda. However, New Republic Intelligence knew of a weak point in the Rakehell's armor, against which Ackbar ordered multiple strikes. The ship's antimatter reservoir exploded, destroying six Star Destroyers, damaging the Megador, and prompting Pellaeon to order a retreat to Bastion. The Remnant's navy was decimated, and it found itself controlling a mere eight sectors in a strategically unimportant area of the Outer Rim with a single major shipyard. Pellaeon told the eight remaining Moffs that he was finished obeying their orders; as five years of work had been undone in a matter of weeks, they accepted his proclamation. One year later, when the Corellian Crisis erupted, the New Republic kept a tight lid on the Remnant throughout the duration of the conflict.
Peace at last
- "Tell them that it's time to send an emissary to the New Republic. To discuss the terms of our surrender."
- ―Pellaeon, to Captain Ardiff, in 19 ABY
In 19 ABY, the failure of new Computerized Combat Predictor technology to live up to expectations was the last straw for Pellaeon, and he finally accepted that the war was over—the Imperial Remnant, with its limited territory and inferior fleet, had lost. He was able to convince the Council of Moffs that a negotiated treaty with the New Republic would allow them to keep their territory rather than lose what little they had left, but an attempt at thwarting his plans was quickly set into motion by a Sinister Triumvirate of Imperials: Moff Vilim Disra of the Braxant sector, former Emperor's Royal Guard Grodin Tierce, and the con artist Flim, who was posing as a reborn Grand Admiral Thrawn. Several Star Destroyer captains in Disra's sector fleet pledged their loyalty to the man they believed to be a reborn Thrawn, and they were dispatched on a number of missions whose purposes they did not understand, including the interception of Pellaeon's peace courier to the New Republic at Morishim.
While Pellaeon was touring Imperial space in order to present his peace plan to other senior officials, the New Republic remained unaware of his entreaty, all the while dealing with a major internal crisis regarding the recent discovery of a partial copy of the Caamas Document. The document revealed that several Bothans were responsible for the long-ago Caamas Firestorm, and agents loyal to Disra worked to fuel the fires brewing within New Republic member worlds whose citizens were calling for retribution against the entire Bothan species. The Triumvirate's goal was to bring about the New Republic's collapse from within, thus allowing them to take over the galaxy after seizing power within the Remnant. "Thrawn" made himself known to the New Republic, offering to personally sit down with the Bothan clan leaders and discern specifically whom was responsible for the Caamas Firestorm, and his offer served the Triumvirate's goals by prompting a large amount of political infighting in the New Republic Senate.
When Pellaeon arrived in the Pesitiin system, where he hoped to meet with New Republic General Garm Bel Iblis, the Chimaera was attacked by the Disra-loyal Cavrilhu Pirates, who were posing as Corellian Defense Force ships loyal to Bel Iblis. They were handily defeated by Pellaeon, who did not fall for the ruse and who decided to continue waiting for Bel Iblis to arrive. Not even word of Thrawn's return could sway him from his course. When the New Republic slicer Zakarisz Ghent was able to decrypt the garbled recording of Pellaeon's peace offer that Colonel Meizh Vermel had attempted to transmit at Morishim before being captured, Councilor Leia Organa Solo rushed to Pesitiin and met with Pellaeon. Preliminary peace discussions were conducted aboard her starship, the Millennium Falcon, and Pellaeon offered the Empire's complete copy of the Caamas Document—which included the names of the specific Bothans responsible—in exchange for favorable peace terms. He thus arranged for Ghent to slice into the Ubiqtorate station at Yaga Minor to retrieve a complete copy from the Emperor's Special Files—documents to which even the Supreme Commander did not have access.
Meanwhile, the Triumvirate ordered Imperial Captain Nalgol to take the cloaked Star Destroyers Tyrannic, Obliterator, and Ironhand to the Both system and wait for the nearby New Republic warships—half of which supported the Bothans and half of which called for their punishment—to come to blows. Orders from "Thrawn" were sent out to sleeper cells of clones that the former Grand Admiral had placed throughout the galaxy ten years prior, and the Triumvirate attempted to learn more about what Thrawn's greater goals had been by investigating secret mentions of something called the "Hand of Thrawn." Imperial territory was bolstered when the planet Kroctar requested re-admission into the Remnant, and when Flim, with the help of Tierce's tactical genius, was able to help members of the Ruurian species ward off an attack from their Diamala rivals. The move prompted the grateful Ruurians to pledge both the Ruuria system and the Unified Ruurian Colonies to the Remnant. Around the same time, the Triumvirate cut off their ties with the Cavrilhu Pirates and began to pursue a partnership with the deadly Mistryl Shadow Guards. 19 ABY also saw the Remnant's Mulvar Sensor Station in the Outer Rim destroyed by Wraith Squadron.
Pellaeon returned to Bastion to confront Disra, who (he had learned) had recently accessed the Special Files at Yaga Minor. Although Disra denied the accusation, he left his office to attend to an urgent matter, and Pellaeon and Commander Dreyf found datacards in his desk that contained incriminating evidence. They also learned that Colonel Vermel had been kidnapped by Disra's agents and imprisoned on Yaga Minor, and they immediately left to retrieve him. Disra's urgent matter was the New Republic's Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, who were on Bastion, attempting to steal a copy of the Caamas Document. "Thrawn" appeared before them and gave them a datacard, claiming that it contained the information they sought; he also asserted that recent riots on Bothawui had actually been instigated by the New Republic's Senator Borsk Fey'lya. The lies shook up Solo and Calrissian, who left with their prize, unaware that it was in fact an altered copy.
When Pellaeon returned to Bastion, he learned that Disra and Thrawn had gone to Yaga Minor, but before he could follow, an unknown alien ship appeared in space and hailed him, offering him something that it claimed he desperately wanted. At the same time, Disra's agent Drend Navett was able to sabotage Bothawui's planetary shield, and his allies infiltrated the Ishori war cruiser Predominance and fired on the planet. The Triumvirate's plans for the New Republic came to fruition as a large battle erupted among the New Republic vessels, threatening to start an all-out civil war. However, in the midst of the chaos, Han Solo spotted Captain Nalgol's cloaked Star Destroyersand the New Republic forces united against their common enemy.
General Bel Iblis led a concurrent New Republic strike at Yaga Minor in an attempt to retrieve the Caamas Document, but the Triumvirate had expected his attack and caught the General's flagship in a tractor beam. However, Pellaeon arrived at Yaga Minor and confronted the Triumvirate aboard the Star Destroyer Relentless. Aboard the unknown alien ship had been the information broker Talon Karrde, who had uncovered a datacard deep in the Kathol sector that revealed the Triumvirate's ruse, and had instantly brought the information to Pellaeon. The Supreme Commander revealed to everyone on the Relentless's bridge that "Thrawn" was an impostor, and that Tierce was a mere clone of the original Grodin Tierce who existed as a failed genetic experiment of Thrawn's. Karrde's associate Shada D'ukal killed Tierce before the clone could shoot Pellaeon, and Flim—in fact relieved that the ruse was over—followed Pellaeon's order to tell all Imperial ships in the battle to stand down. With the Triumvirate defeated, the Mistryl Shadow Guards disappeared back into the galaxy.
While the Battles of Bothawui and Yaga Minor had been raging, a complete copy of the Caamas Document had been discovered on the Unknown Regions planet Nirauan by the Jedi Master Luke Skywalker, former Emperor's Hand-turned-New Republic-ally Mara Jade, and Skywalker's astromech droid R2-D2. With the galactic crisis averted, Pellaeon signed peace accords with New Republic President Ponc Gavrisom aboard the Chimaera, and the war was finally brought to an end. Over the next six years, a number of unreconstructed Imperials fled to the Remnant, taking a vast amount of wealth with them, although some were picked off by the privateer Urias Xhaxin while en route to Imperial space. Within the Remnant's borders, economic development after the treaty was slow, with only a handful of pockets of space having available amenities which were comparable to New Republic goods. Those New Republic goods could be imported cheaply, which crippled Imperial industries, caused some Imperial citizens to live in grinding poverty, and led to both unrest and rioting.
Among those hit by the economic hardships were a disgruntled group of Imperials who met on the planet Dolis 3 just after the peace declaration. Hurt by budget cuts and delayed paychecks from Yaga Minor, they rallied under former Moff Derran Takkar and hatched a plot to exact vengeance upon the New Republic by sabotaging the wedding of Skywalker and Jade. The group traveled to Coruscant and scouted out the site of the upcoming ceremony, but Banner Sumptor began doubting their mission and saved Skywalker from harm's way during a bar fight that erupted at the Jedi Master's bachelor party. Former Emperor's Royal Guard Chik Apla was swiftly knocked unconscious by Jade when he attacked her during her dress fitting, and an attempt to corner dressmaker Jari'kyn on the day of the nuptials was foiled by Sumptor, who had had a full change of heart. Sumptor then tipped Skywalker off to Takkar's plans, and the wedding's ushers were able to hold back the attacking Imperials and their hired swoop gangs. Only Takkar successfully slipped through and crashed the ceremony, where he threatened to download a computer virus into the New Republic's systems and publicly decried the destruction of Imperial culture. Skywalker talked him out of it, however, and the wedding went on as planned. The marriage was seen by many as a symbolic healing of the longtime rift between Rebels and Imperials.
By 22 ABY, Pellaeon and a handful of his trusted advisors had had some limited contact with Voss Parck and former Imperial Baron Soontir Fel of the Empire of the Hand, an organization that Skywalker and Jade had encountered on Nirauan. Parck's Nirauan base was in fact the "Hand of Thrawn" for which the Triumvirate had been searching, and his earlier efforts to turn his fleet over to the Remnant had been thwarted by Skywalker and Jade, who at the time had feared that the consequent bolstering of the Imperial Military would only have prolonged the war. Diplomatic relations between the Remnant and the New Republic remained cordial after the treaty, in no small part due to the efforts of Talon Karrde, who had created an agency to facilitate the exchange of intelligence between the two governments. Suspicions between them were consequently low, even among hardliners, but the Remnant nevertheless kept a wary watch on both the New Republic and on the Unknown Regions.
Yuuzhan Vong War
- "Understand this: If the Yuuzhan Vong can defeat the New Republic, we cannot stand against them."
- ―Grand Admiral Gilad Pellaeon
The Empire adopted an isolationist stance until the New Republic's former Chief of State, Leia Organa Solo, went on a diplomatic mission to the Remnant to seek an alliance against the Yuuzhan Vong shortly after the Battle of Dantooine. Grand Admiral Pellaeon, seeing the threat the Yuuzhan Vong posed to the galaxy, persuaded the Council of Moffs to send a fleet to assist the New Republic.
The Imperials rescued a New Republic task force and aided in the eventually futile defense of the planet Ithor. When Ithor was devastated by the Yuuzhan Vong's biological weapons, the Council of Moffs ordered Grand Admiral Pellaeon to return to Imperial space and ready Imperial defenses against a possible attack by the extragalactic aliens. Grudgingly, Pellaeon obeyed. Curiously, Pellaeon did not withdraw the entirety of Imperial forces from Republic space, as a small Imperial task force centered around the Star Destroyer Erinnic continued to assist New Republic forces until the Battle of Ord Mantell. It appeared some Imperial elements defended Bilbringi prior to the Battle of Fondor.
As the war between the New Republic and the Yuuzhan Vong continued, the Imperial government and general populace grew increasingly convinced that the Yuuzhan Vong would simply bypass the Remnant. For a number of years, they were correct. Even though Pellaeon personally favored of joining the military campaign against the Yuuzhan Vong, the political leadership of the Empire remained officially neutral. Despite yet another attempt on Leia Organa Solo's part to forge a military alliance between the two states, the Remnant continued to stay out of the fighting. Grand Admiral Pellaeon, however, supplied the New Republic with the Empire's highly classified star charts of the Deep Core regions as a gesture of good faith. The New Republic would later use these state secrets to plan a highly successful trap at Ebaq 9.
Perhaps in retaliation for the Empire's hand in the preparation of the Battle of Ebaq, the Yuuzhan Vong launched an invasion of the Imperial Remnant. Despite achieving the element of surprise and burning the capital city of the Empire to the ground from orbit, the attack would prove disastrous for the Yuuzhan Vong.
Grand Admiral Pellaeon, although confined to a bacta tank after the initial assault on Bastion, was able to defeat the Yuuzhan Vong at the Battle of Borosk, forcing the alien invasion force to retreat and abandon its attempts to knock the Imperial Remnant out of the war. Following the victory at Borosk, Grand Admiral Pellaeon was again able to ram an alliance down the collective throat of the Imperial Council of Moffs, despite extreme resistance from old guard Imperial politicians such as Moff Flennic, who came close to attempting an assassination on the "Old Man of the Empire".
While the Empire lent its fleets to assisting the Galactic Alliance, Grand Admiral Pellaeon personally commanded a squadron that chased down the surviving vessels from the Yuuzhan Vong fleet that had invaded the Empire. After a string of indecisive victories, Pellaeon routed the Yuuzhan Vong fleet at the Battle of Esfandia.
In the operation to retake the Bilbringi system, a handful of Imperials took part in the near-disastrous battle. Those who found their way into the system were TIE/D Defender pilots from the interdictor Wrack, including the ship's captain, Mynar Devis. All the Imperials were killed when they attempted to disable a Yuuzhan Vong picket ship. Gilad Pellaeon's reaction to learning of Captain Devis's death led Jaina Solo to believe Devis was somehow Pellaeon's son.
The Empire participated in numerous other battles near the end of the war, most notably in the defense of the Galactic Alliance's provisional capital on Dac and the invasion and liberation of occupied Coruscant. In a private ceremony following the surrender of the Yuuzhan Vong, Grand Admiral Pellaeon presented Han and Leia Organa Solo with a piece of art from his own personal collection—Killik Twilight, a painting that Pellaeon had inherited from his mentor, Grand Admiral Thrawn.
In a Galactic Alliance
By 35 ABY, Pellaeon had retired from his post and the Imperial Remnant had become a member state of the Galactic Alliance, while retaining a degree of autonomy over its own affairs. When Pellaeon was the Supreme Commander of the Galactic Alliance, the Remnant became more and more integrated into the Alliance.
After the death of Cal Omas, Pellaeon returned to the Remnant and chose to fight against Sith Lord Darth Caedus in contrast to the Moff Council, who wished to side with him. Pellaeon recalled Daala and her Imperialist fleet. Shortly thereafter Pellaeon was assassinated by Jacen Solo's enforcer Dark Jedi Tahiri Veila. After recovering Pellaeon's body, Daala and her faction allied themselves with the Mandalorians, while the Moff Council sent in their fleets to fight for Caedus, who they may have seen as a new Galactic Emperor in the making.
Following the death of Darth Caedus, and the conclusion of the Second Galactic Civil War, Luke Skywalker offered the Moffs a peace plan so as to end the war: they would have to accept Jagged Fel as Head of State so that he could supervise the Moffs. Another clause was delivered by Daala, newly elected Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance, that half the Moffs would have to be women. The Moffs accepted as the alternative was to be delivered to the Hapans as prisoners of war after their nanovirus attack on their Queen Mother's ship, supposedly killing her daughter Allana. The Remnant at this time possessed at least one Super Star Destroyer of unknown class, the Dominion, and fielded it during the Battle of Roche.
Two years after the end of the war, Fel started to negotiate with Natasi Daala, the new Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance, and Turr Phennir to unite their respective governments in a single galactic power. However, the Moffs, led by Drikl Lecersen, were plotting to undermine Fel until they could amass enough incriminating evidence about his secret alliance with the Jedi against Daala's anti-Jedi policies to destroy him and take control of the Remnant. Lecersen soon joined forces with Kuati Senator Haydnat Treen who was planning to reunify the Remnant and the Alliance into a new Galactic Empire. The first step in this process was removing Daala and Fel from the leaderships of both galactic powers.
As the unification talks on Coruscant continued, a galactic crisis erupted when galaxywide slave uprisings, assisted by the abolitionist movement known as the Freedom Flight, begun to overthrow planetary governments and slave organizations. Daala, who feared the political instability that would come from these movements, assigned Mandalorians to put down the uprisings. However, during the repression of the Blaudu Sextus slave revolt, the tensions between the Jedi and Daala finally came from push to shove: the Jedi assigned to Blaudu Sextus intervened to stop the massacre and the media assumed this meant that the Jedi had decided to support the slave uprisings. The Jedi Council, taking this mistake as a sign from the Force as to what they should do, decided to start assisting the uprisings.
In the meantime, Fel had managed to convince the Moffs to fully join the Galactic Alliance. However, his worry over Daala's management of the crisis, specifically when she threatened him into providing Imperial ships so that she could put down the uprisings, led Fel to pull the Remnant out of the talks. A few days later, Daala was arrested by a coup orchestrated by both the Jedi and Lecersen's conspirators. Fel openly proclaimed himself in support of the coup which led the Moff Council to denounce him.
Daala escaped from prison with help from Boba Fett and set about taking revenge on those who imprisoned her. She started by gathering her Maw Irregular Fleet and then by coercing the Moffs into supporting her. Most joined her and formed a fleet to take over the Remnant.
An election was held in 44 ABY that saw Admiral Vitor Reige become the Remnant's Head of State. Jagged Fel eventually resumed leadership of the Remnant, and his "Victory Without War" program spread Imperial influence while aiding poverty-stricken worlds across the galaxy. The Remnant reclaimed considerable territory from the Galactic Alliance, and Fel's rule eventually morphed into an Emperorship. The Remnant was reorganized into a dynastic monarchy known as the Fel Empire.
- "I was tired of Fel playing us against each other! It was time for the Moffs to reassert their authority like in the old days—back in the Remnant!"
- ―Moff Geist of Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire
In 130 ABY, the throne of Fel's grandson, Emperor Roan Fel, was usurped by the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Krayt. His new empire, Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire, was opposed by Fel's Empire-in-exile in the Second Imperial Civil War. Moff Geist of Krayt's Empire rued being a servant to the Sith and in 137 ABY longed for the days of the Imperial Remnant, which had granted its Moffs considerable power.
- "Join the Galactic Alliance? Have you gone mad? You can't believe that any of us would ever agree to this!"
"I don't need your agreement, Kurlen. When I say that I am advising the council, I am only following a formality. This is the way it will be, because this is the way it has to be. I am simply saving you the need to think it through for yourselves."
- ―Moff Kurlen Flennic and Supreme Commander Gilad Pellaeon, in 28 ABY
The Imperial Remnant was an empire that emerged in 12 ABY when Admiral Gilad Pellaeon led his United Warlord Fleets out of the Deep Core and pledged them to the protection of Imperial factions in the Mid Rim and Outer Rim Territories, provided that said factions joined him. The Galactic Empire had ceased to exist one year previously, its remnants reduced to squabbling Warlord fleets and Moffs answerable to no one. The unified Remnant was the new locus of Imperial power, and it continued to prosecute the Empire's Galactic Civil War against the New Republic until the two sides signed the Bastion Accords in 19 ABY and brought the war to a peaceful end.
In the Remnant's early years, Pellaeon called it the "true Empire" to distinguish it from remaining Imperial warlord factions, but it was also known as "Pellaeon's Empire." Imperial and New Republic individuals alike also used the term "remnants of the Empire," which had previously been applied to the Galactic Empire in the years after Galactic Emperor Palpatine's death at the Battle of Endor. The Remnant was also known as simply the "Empire," and by 43 ABY, Imperial individuals had revived the term "Galactic Empire," although "Imperial Remnant" was still the most common nomenclature used by the rest of the galaxy. The Remnant was symbolically represented by the traditional Imperial crest.
Admiral Pellaeon held the rank of Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet, and by 28 ABY had become a Grand Admiral. He was the leader of the Remnant despite being technically subordinate to the organization's Council of Moffs. The Moffs appointed him Supreme Commander, and they had the authority to order the fleet into military action. However, several disastrous offensives against the New Republic that lost large swaths of Imperial territory prompted Pellaeon to tell the council in 17 ABY that he was finished with obeying their orders. The chastened Moffs accepted his declaration, but their consensus was yet required before Pellaeon could make any large-scale decisions. In 19 ABY, the Supreme Commander addressed each Moff as "Your Excellency," but following the Bastion Accords, he maintained a system of checks and balances that prevented any one Moff from creating disorder. By 28 ABY, Pellaeon was picking and choosing what information he shared with the Council, asserting to outsiders that the Remnant was not run by a committee. In that year, he explicitly told the Moff Council that he considered their consensus to be a mere formality.
When Pellaeon temporarily retired following the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Council of Moffs led the Remnant in his absence. They again took the Remnant's reins following Pellaeon's death in 41 ABY. Moff Drikl Lecersen served as their de facto leader in the latter instance. Later in the year, the Moffs agreed to install a young man named Jagged Fel as the Remnant's new Head of State, a decision forced upon them by the Jedi Coalition as an alternative to facing the consequences of war crimes which they had recently committed. The Head of State position became a democratically electable one by the Remnant's citizens three years later as part of a wave of democratic reforms instituted by Fel. Although Admiral Vitor Reige won the election, the Remnant was eventually reorganized into a dynastic monarchy known as the Fel Empire with Fel as its first Emperor.
The Remnant's government sat on the planet Orinda from 12 ABY to 17 ABY, after which they relocated to Bastion. In 28 ABY, during the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Remnant joined the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances in order to combine their strength against the extra-galactic, invading Yuuzhan Vong. Pellaeon was integrated into Galactic Alliance High Command in 29 ABY during the final stages of the war. However, the events of the later Second Galactic Civil War strained the relationship of the two governments, and the Remnant had broken from the Alliance by 43 ABY.
Some aspects of Palpatine's Empire that the Remnant maintained included a strong military and limited venues of public expression. Although the Remnant was a totalitarian regime, it was far more progressive than the Empire had been, abolishing both slavery and anti-alien sentiment. However, the Remnant unobtrusively adhered to the strict tenets of Palpatine's New Order and consequently found itself growing increasingly irrelevant to galactic affairs during the Yuuzhan Vong War. A number of Moffs were killed during the Second Galactic Civil War, and when Jagged Fel was appointed Head of State at the end of the conflict, he negotiated a deal with new Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala which stipulated that half of the new Moffs would be female. Traditionally Imperial Moffs such as Lecersen were uncomfortable with the deal. Further reforms came in 44 ABY when Jagged Fel called a democratic election; he also charged the Imperial News Network with reporting on government affairs at every level in order to ensure complete governmental accountability. The end of the Second Galactic Civil War also saw the pilot Han Solo suggest that the Moffs atone for their war crimes by setting up a mission to aid poverty-stricken worlds; this idea was later realized as the Imperial Mission, born from Jagged Fel's "Victory Without War" initiative. During Fel's leadership, he used "Victory Without War" to expand Imperial territory and influence through peaceful diplomacy.
- "We still hold eight sectors—over a thousand inhabited systems. We have the Fleet, nearly two hundred Star Destroyers strong. We're still very much a force to be reckoned with."
- ―Captain Ardiff, in 19 ABY
The Imperial Remnant's state was based on having a strong military and a Supreme Commander as its leader. The Imperial Military consisted of the Imperial Navy, Imperial Army, and the Stormtrooper Corps. The military was answerable to Imperial High Command. Imperial Intelligence was used by the Imperial Remnant, as were Fleet Intelligence and Communications Intelligence, and a Ubiqtorate station was kept at the planet Yaga Minor. Rimcee Station was a prison complex housing enemies of the Imperial Remnant. Another space station included Mulvar Sensor Station. Imperial agents were routinely dispatched to worlds outside of Imperial Space, and by the early stages of the Yuuzhan Vong War, they had infiltrated such New Republic operations as the Senate and various planetary governments.
Each Moff governed a sector and commanded a Sector Fleet. The various fleets of the navy were largely made up of Star Destroyers, 200 of which composed the Imperial Fleet in 19 ABY—Pellaeon lamented the number as being a pale shadow of the 25,000+ arsenal which the Galactic Empire had once boasted. Throughout the Remnant's history, its Star Destroyer complement included Executor-class Star Dreadnoughts, possibly the Sovereign-class Super Star Destroyers, and other Star Dreadnoughts, Sorannan-class Star Destroyers, Imperial I-class Star Destroyers, Imperial II-class Star Destroyers, Victory II-class Star Destroyers, Interdictor-class Star Destroyers, Interdictor-class heavy cruisers, Turbulent-class Star Destroyers, and at least one Super Star Destroyer. Also in the fleet were freighters, frigates, Lambda-class shuttles, tugs, Dreadnaught-class heavy cruisers, Crusader-class corvettes, Victory II-class frigates, and Strike-class medium cruisers—for a time, the Remnant depended on the Strike-class more heavily than on even Star Destroyers, as it was one of the few classes of capital ships which they had the capacity to produce in large numbers. As early as 44 ABY, Remnant space was patrolled by Burst Fire-class Deep-Space Patrol Vessels, ships whose small bays contained boxy military-grade rescue shuttles. Golan Defense Platforms were used to guard the Remnant's planets. Baradium warheads, powerful missiles capable of devastating planets, were used as well.
As Imperial Head of State, Jagged Fel secretly maintained the Empire of the Hand, a state to which he had once belonged. The Empire fleet included Chiss Star Destroyers and Nssis-class Clawcraft starfighters. Other starfighters employed by the Remnant were TIE fighters, TIE interceptors, TIE bombers, TIE/sr starfighters, TIE defenders, and starhunters. Preybird-class starfighters were briefly utilized by the fleet in 19 ABY through a deal that Moff Vilim Disra struck with the Cavrilhu Pirates. The Imperial army included All Terrain Armored Transports, All Terrain Scout Transports, HAVw A5 Juggernauts, TIE crawlers, HAVr A9 Floating Fortresses, and including the All Terrain Scout Transport/Assaults. Sentinel-class landing craft were used as primary transports. Stormtroopers were the remnant's foot soldiers, some of whom served in the Imperial Elite Guard. The Remnant's elite shock troopers were said to be as good in combat as the legendary 501st Legion that was historically employed by the Imperial Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. scout troopers, hazard troopers, Phase Zero dark troopers, snowtroopers, rocket troopers, Imperial commandos were also employed, and Navy troopers were utilized by the Imperial Navy. DXR-6 disruptor rifles were used by the Remnant's soldiers, Imperial Saboteurs were known to use them. Imperial soldiers, used E-11 blaster rifles, E-15 blaster rifles, E-18 blaster rifles, E-19 blaster rifles, 4-X blaster rifles, rail detonator guns, which fired rail charges, heavy repeaters, FC-1 flechette launchers, ARC casters, PLX-2M portable missile launchers, Destructive Electromagnetic Pulse 2 ion carbines, and Stouker concussion rifles. E-Web heavy repeating blasters were also used. Thermal detonators, concussion grenades, and laser trip mines were used as well. Various Bioweapons, such as the Death Seed plague or nanoviruses, were also used. Before the Pellaeon–Gavrisom Treaty, cloaking technology was still used by the Imperial Remnant, a notable example was the Computerized Combat Predictor, a failed data analyzer. In 27 ABY, Imperial technicians developed the gravitic amplitude modulator, which was capable of controlling gravity in a area. Defender Ion Mines, and planetary turbolaser batteries, ion cannons, and planetary shield generators were used as orbital defense weapons, notably during the Battle of Borosk.
- "Can we hold on to our territory, though? The New Republic has perpetuated the lie that we rule by terror and force. Won't they insist on our destruction, treaty or not?"
"I don't think so. I believe we can convince even the most rabid of them that the worlds currently under Imperial rule remain with us by their own choice."
- ―Moff Edan and Supreme Commander Pellaeon discuss the idea of a treaty with the New Republic
Each sector in Imperial Space was governed by a Moff, and the systems within remained under Imperial rule by their own choice, preferring the efficiencies of New Order policy. An exception, however, was when some systems were ceded to the Remnant by the Galactic Alliance in 41 ABY in return for aid lent during the Second Galactic Civil War. Economic development in the Remnant proceeded slowly in the years after the Bastion Accords. Only a few pockets of Imperial Space had amenities available that were comparable to those of the New Republic, and citizens of some Imperial worlds lived in grinding poverty. Industries were crippled due to the availability of cheap imported goods from the New Republic, which led to unrest and rioting.
The Remnant's territory originally consisted of space that had previously belonged to the Pentastar Alignment and the other Imperial Rim factions that joined with Pellaeon to create the new Empire in 12 ABY. Imperial territory stretched from Wild Space to the Mid Rim, but after seven years of losing ground to the New Republic, it had been reduced to eight sectors in the Outer Rim, consisting of over a thousand habitable systems that all fell within former Pentastar Alignment space. The Remnant's borders remained as such until at least 35 ABY, but by 41 ABY, their territory had increased in size considerably, stretching through the Mid Rim and the Expansion Region into the Inner Rim. Following the Second Galactic Civil War, the Remnant's influence grew, as people across the galaxy appreciated its stability following several tumultuous years of Galactic Alliance rule.
During Jagged Fel's reign as Imperial head of state, the Remnant believed that "Victory Without War" was the key to its future. The guiding philosophy was peaceful yet expansionist, and the Imperial Mission worked across the galaxy to aid impoverished worlds while simultaneously pushing the Imperial credo. Over time, the Remnant absorbed much of the Galactic Alliance's former territory.
Behind the scenes
Although the 1995 novel Ambush at Corellia, set in 18 ABY, features Mara Jade musing that the Empire is dead with no "Imperial remnant" still remaining, the seeds of the Imperial Remnant were sown later in 1995 when Admiral Daala unified thirteen Warlord holdings and passed their command on to Gilad Pellaeon in Kevin J. Anderson's novel Darksaber, set six years before Ambush. A post-Darksaber Empire was later referenced throughout 1996 and 1997 in several novels, and Timothy Zahn's 1997 novel Specter of the Past, set one year after Ambush, depicted the Empire with Pellaeon as its leader. The term "Imperial Remnant" was first used in the opening issue of Michael A. Stackpole's 1999–2000 comic series Star Wars: Union, although the Galactic Empire in the years after the Battle of Endor had been referred to as the "remnants of the Empire" as early as 1992's Heir to the Empire Sourcebook.
Later sources, such as 2009's The Essential Atlas, established that the Imperial Remnant was only born after the events of Darksaber, when Pellaeon took Daala's unified Imperial forces out of the Deep Core and united them with various surviving Imperial factions in the Outer and Mid Rims. 2012's The Essential Guide to Warfare confirmed that Daala's forces in Darksaber were a unique Imperial faction known as the "United Warlord Fleets." The first appearance of the Imperial Remnant can thus be said to be Barbara Hambly's 1997 novel Planet of Twilight—published several months before Specter of the Past—which features an Imperial fleet belonging to Moff Tol Getelles and which references Pellaeon as the leader of the Empire. However, a Force-based Fallanassi illusion of several Imperial Intelligence agents had previously appeared in 1996's Before the Storm, set four years after Darksaber. The Remnant has since gone on to play large roles in such novel series as The New Jedi Order, Star Wars: Legacy of the Force, and Fate of the Jedi. Elaine Cunningham's novel Blood Oath was set to feature a plotline involving Jagged Fel and the Moff Council during Fel's early days as the Remnant's Head of State, but the book was canceled by Del Rey and never published.
The Imperial Remnant's entry in 2008's The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia asserts that Pellaeon's Empire did not adopt the name "Imperial Remnant" until after the signing of the Bastion Accords in 19 ABY, as does Pellaeon's entry in 2002's The New Essential Guide to Characters. However, this has been retconned by more recent sources such as The Essential Atlas and The Essential Guide to Warfare, both of which state that Pellaeon's Empire was known as the Imperial Remnant at the time of its birth in 12 ABY. Additionally, the comic series Star Wars: Crimson Empire III—Empire Lost, released throughout 2011 and 2012, features characters who call Pellaeon's Empire the "Imperial Remnant" in 13 ABY. Although the 2002 video game Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast refers to its Imperial antagonists as the "Imperial Remnant," they were later retconned into in fact being representatives of the Empire Reborn, an Imperial splinter faction first introduced in the 1994 novel The Crystal Star.
The Remnant's entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia presents another discrepancy by captioning a picture of the Moffs of the Fel Empire as "Imperial Remnant leaders"—the comic series Star Wars: Legacy had earlier confirmed that the Fel Empire was a unique successor state of the Remnant, created at some point before 127 ABY. Legacy's assertion of the Fel Empire as a unique state is confirmed elsewhere in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia. Another error regarding the Remnant occurs in Warfare, where a lone sentence mistakenly asserts that the Imperial Remnant participated in the post–Zsinj campaigns of 8 ABY.