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The Jedi–Sith War was a war fought between the Jedi Order and the Sith during the Dark Age. At least two battles were fought for control of the planet Coruscant.


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[12] that eventually became the Sith.[13] Eventually, war broke out between the Jedi and the Sith,[6], during which time the Sith built empires on the backs of slavery,[14][15] but it would be the Jedi and the Old Republic that ultimately achieved victory.[16] Even so, the Jedi and the Sith continued to do battle over the millennia.[17]

The Jedi came into conflict with the Mandalorians,[18] but the Old Republic continued to fend off the onslaught of the Sith as the Old Republic fell and a dark age began.[5]


The Sith had taken over Coruscant, and later the Jedi liberated the planet.[5]


The RepublicEdit

Senate buildings

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. Following the collapse of its government, a number of star systems united to form the Galactic Republic. As its governing body, the newly reorganized government established the Galactic Senate, the members of which were elected to represent their systems. The Republic's capital was installed on Coruscant, which had already existed for several thousand years.[19] 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.[20]

The Jedi OrderEdit

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.[8] Despite discovering the last Sith Lords' principles, when he was defeated, the Jedi believed, in their hubris, that the Sith were extinct from the galaxy.[11] 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.[6]

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.[7]

The SithEdit


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

As it turned out, one Sith, 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—a master and an apprentice—could exist at any given time, lest they fall prey to infighting.[8] 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,[20] rise again, and subjugate the galaxy.[21] The Sith abandoned their traditional homeworld of Moraband after it was scarred by many wars.[22] 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,[8] Darth Zannah.[23] 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.[11]

Behind the scenesEdit


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.[5] It was first identified in the 2019 Fantasy Flight Games reference book Rise of the Separatists.[7]

In Star Wars Legends, this conflict was known as the New Sith Wars where it was fought from 2000 to 1000 BBY.[24] and made its first appearance in Dark Forces: Jedi Knight.[25]



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  2. According to Encyclopedia-Logo Gauntlet fighter in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link), the Mandalorians declared war on the Old Republic, which was replaced by the Galactic Republic in 1019 BBY. This is as Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy states that the Galactic Republic was founded at the end of the Jedi-Sith War, and that the Republic never reached a thousand years of existence before it was dissolved, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Hence, the Mandalorian-Jedi War must have taken place before the fall of the Old Republic in 1019 BBY, before the end of the Jedi-Sith War.
  3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  4. Star Wars: The Dark Side
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Tarkin
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Rise of the Separatists
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
  9. Ultimate Star Wars
  10. 10.0 10.1 Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 28 (Databank A-Z: The Jedi Order)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  12. Encyclopedia-Logo Sith in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  13. Star Wars 9
  14. StarWars-DatabankII Death Star Superlaser in the Databank (backup link)
  15. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Big Bang"
  16. Nexus of Power
  17. Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 14 (Weapons & Uniforms: The Sith)
  18. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
  19. StarWars-DatabankII Galactic Republic in the Databank (backup link)
  20. 20.0 20.1 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  21. StarWars-DatabankII Darth Bane in the Databank (backup link)
  22. StarWars-DatabankII Moraband in the Databank (backup link)
  23. Helmet Collection logo small Star Wars Helmet Collection 2 (Databank A-Z: Alzoc III—Antilles)
  24. The New Essential Chronology
  25. Dark Forces: Jedi Knight
History of the Jedi
Prime Jedi · Jedi Order · Hundred-Year Darkness · Sith war · Great Scourge of Malachor · Entruvia Conflict
Doom of the Ordu Aspectu · Mandalorian-Jedi War · Fall of the Old Republic · Momin's destruction of a city
Battle of Takodana · Jedi-Sith War · Jedi–Zygerrian conflict · Skirmish on the moon of Drazkel
Naboo Crisis · Open-Closed War · Separatist Crisis · Clone Wars · Mandalorian civil war
Great Jedi Purge · Early rebellion against the Galactic Empire · Galactic Civil War
Destruction of Luke Skywalker's Jedi temple · First Order–Resistance war
History of the Sith
Hundred-Year Darkness · Sith war · Sith Empire · Great Scourge of Malachor · Momin's destruction of a city
Battle of Wasted Years · Era of the Sith · Battle of Takodana · Jedi-Sith War · Rule of Two
Great Plan (Oba Diah · Naboo Crisis · Separatist Crisis · Clone Wars)
Maul (Drazkel · Mandalorian civil war · Shadow Collective) · Campaign against the Shadow Collective
Galactic Empire (Great Jedi Purge · Early rebellion · Galactic Civil War) · Mission to Malachor · World Between Worlds
Sith Eternal (First Order–Resistance war)
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