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The Jedi-Sith War (1032 BBY) was the last of the wars fought between the Jedi Order and the Sith Order during the fall of the Old Republic. The war included a battle on the planet Coruscant, and it's subsequent liberation.

The war ended with the presumed destruction of the Sith on the planet Ruusan, though one Sith, Darth Bane, had actually survived and reformed the Sith via the Rule of Two which allowed the Sith to exist in hiding for the next thousand years until they toppled the Jedi Order.


During a period of time known as the Hundred-Year Darkness, a rogue Jedi came to believe that the true power of the Force lay not through contemplation and passivity, but that only by tapping into the dark side of the Force could the true potential of the Force be reached. The Jedi High Council rebuked this and cast the fallen Jedi out of the Jedi Order; however, the rogue Jedi gained followers and formed a new order[15] that eventually became the Sith.[16] Eventually, war broke out between the Jedi and the Sith,[8] during which time the Sith built empires on the backs of slavery,[17][18] but it would be the Jedi and the Galactic Republic that ultimately achieved victory.[2] Even so, the Jedi and the Sith continued to do battle over the millennia.[19]

The Jedi came into conflict with the Mandalorians,[20] but the Old Republic continued to fend off the onslaught of the Sith as the Old Republic fell and a dark age began.[7]


During the war of Jedi and Sith, the Jedi's Army of Light conducted crusades against the Sith Brotherhood of Darkness.[14] Within the conflict, the Sith had taken over Coruscant, and later the Jedi liberated the planet.[7] Though the Sith nearly succeeded in conquering the Republic,[21] they were defeated, which occurred at Ruusan.[6]


The Republic[]

The building of the Galactic Senate—the new governing body of the Republic—on the planet Coruscant

After years of full-scale war with the Sith, the Old Republic gradually declined and fell. The new government united much of the galaxy under the rule of democracy until it was replaced by the Galactic Empire at the end of the Clone Wars in 19 BBY.[22]

The Jedi Order[]

Even as the Old Republic collapsed, the Jedi emerged victorious from their wars with the Sith, thanks to the Sith weakening themselves by infighting in order to gain power.[10] Despite discovering the last Sith Lord's principles, when he was defeated, the Jedi believed, in their hubris, that the Sith were extinct from the galaxy.[13] Due to the Galactic Republic's demilitarization, the Jedi Order fully embraced their responsibilities as peacekeepers and rejected their roles as soldiers. Assisted by the Republic Judicials, the Jedi Knights were responsible for maintaining law and order, namely by mediating conflicts to bring about peaceful solutions between various rival factions and planets, as well as serving as interplanetary law enforcement by pursuing wanted and dangerous criminals, pirates, and smugglers.[8]

Following the war, the galaxy entered into a period of time known as the Great Peace. During that time, the Jedi constructed a new academy on Coruscant to train Jedi younglings in the ways of the Force.[9]

The Sith[]

Darth Bane—the sole Sith Lord who survived the war.

As it turned out, one Sith Lord, Darth Bane, survived. Realizing that his fellow Sith Lords destroyed themselves with their greed for power, Bane reformed the order by establishing the Rule of Two, mandating that only two Sith Lords—a master and an apprentice—could exist at any given time, lest they fall prey to infighting.[10] Another reason he created the Rule of Two was so that the Sith could operate in secret, working from the shadows and favoring guile and conspiracy rather than brute force until it would be their time to take revenge,[22] rise again, and subjugate the galaxy.[23] The Sith abandoned their traditional homeworld of Moraband after it was scarred by many wars.[24] Eventually, Darth Bane was killed and was buried in the Valley of the Dark Lords on its surface, but the Rule of Two continued on through his apprentice,[10] Darth Zannah.[25] The Sith stayed in hiding for a thousand years, their survival unknown to the Jedi, as they plotted their revenge against the Jedi Order. The Sith remained a distant memory until the rise of Darth Sidious, a Dark Lord of the Sith, and his apprentice, Darth Maul, in the waning years of the Galactic Republic.[13]

Behind the scenes[]

The New Sith Wars as depicted in Star Wars Legends

The Jedi-Sith War was first mentioned in the 2016 reference book Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy.[7] It was first identified in the 2019 Fantasy Flight Games reference book Rise of the Separatists.[9]

In Star Wars Legends, this conflict was known as the New Sith Wars where it was fought from 2000 to 1000 BBY.[26] and made its first appearance in Dark Forces: Jedi Knight.[27]

George Lucas states that there was never a Jedi-Sith war, and that the Sith destroyed themselves, not the Jedi. "'Oh, well, there was a war between the Jedi and the Sith.' Well, that never happened. That's just made up by fans or somebody. What really happened is, the Sith ruled the universe for a while, 2,000 years ago. Each Sith has an apprentice, but the problem was, each Sith Lord got to be powerful. And the Sith Lords would try to kill each other because they all wanted to be the most powerful. So in the end they killed each other off, and there wasn't anything left." [1]



Notes and references[]

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nexus of Power
  3. According to StarWars.com Encyclopedia Gauntlet fighter in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link), the Mandalorians declared war on the Old Republic, which was replaced by the modern Galactic Republic in 1032 BBY. This is as The Star Wars Book states that the modern Galactic Republic was founded 1,032 years before Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 0 BBY. Hence, the Mandalorian-Jedi War must have taken place before the fall of the Old Republic in 1032 BBY, before the end of the Jedi-Sith War.
  4. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Star Wars Book places the supposed destruction of the Sith, which occurred during the Jedi-Sith war according to Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy, to 1,032 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states that A New Hope begins in 0 BBY, the Sith's supposed destruction must have occurred in 1,032 BBY.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 29 (Databank A-Z: Jelucan–Lord Junn)
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Tarkin
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Rise of the Separatists
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
  11. Ultimate Star Wars
  12. 12.0 12.1 Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 28 (Databank A-Z: The Jedi Order)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  14. 14.0 14.1 Endless Vigil
  15. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Sith in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  16. Star Wars (2015) 9
  17. StarWars-DatabankII.png Death Star Superlaser in the Databank (backup link)
  18. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Big Bang"
  19. Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 14 (Weapons & Uniforms: The Sith)
  20. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  21. The Star Wars Book
  22. 22.0 22.1 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  23. StarWars-DatabankII.png Darth Bane in the Databank (backup link)
  24. StarWars-DatabankII.png Moraband in the Databank (backup link)
  25. Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 2 (Databank A-Z: Alzoc III—Antilles)
  26. The New Essential Chronology
  27. Dark Forces: Jedi Knight
  28. The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
  29. The main events of The High Republic: Light of the Jedi occur several weeks before the dedication of the Starlight Beacon, which The Star Wars Book dates to 232 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Since Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of that film to 0 BBY, it can be determined that the main events of Light of the Jedi occur around the year 232 BBY.