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The Imperial crest

The Imperial crest was the official symbol of the First Galactic Empire and used on many things including uniforms and consoles after the Empire's founding in the year 19 BBY. It was a variant of the Bendu's Galactic Roundel used by the Galactic Republic during its waning days as their own crest. The crest enjoyed a lifespan of over a century and a half; as by 130 ABY, the crest still was in use by the New Galactic Empire.

The crest was used on the symbol of a number of Imperial organizations as well as on the bounty hunter House Benelex insignia.[1]

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Behind the scenes[]

The Imperial crest was designed by John Mollo, the costume designer for Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. In the Q&A feature of the 98th issue of Star Wars Insider magazine, Mollo revealed that he based the Imperial insignia on shapes used in 18th century fortifications.


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Notes and references[]

  1. Galaxy Guide 10: Bounty Hunters
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