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"In order to ensure the security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire! For a safe and secure society."
―Sheev Palpatine — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The proclamation of the New Order was the event that marked the founding of the Galactic Empire. At the end of the Clone Wars, during an emergency session of the Galactic Senate, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine—secretly Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith—claimed that the Jedi Order had attempted to overthrow the government. The Jedi were declared enemies of the state, and Sidious transformed the Galactic Republic into the first Galactic Empire, with himself as absolute ruler. The proclamation was met with widespread support in the Senate[1] and in public,[10] though some—such as Senators Bail Organa and Padmé Amidala—quietly watched in disappointment.[1] Empire Day was an annual holiday that marked the declaration of the New Order.[9]

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Source:  Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the SithAttribution:  George Lucas

(applause) And the Jedi rebellion has been foiled.

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Source:  Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 16Attribution:  Charles Soule
Our loyal clone troopers contained the insurrection within the Jedi Temple and quelled uprisings on a thousand worlds.
Source:  Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the SithAttribution:  George Lucas

The remaining Jedi will be hunted down and defeated! (applause)

[…]

The attempt on my life has left me scarred and deformed. But, I assure you, my resolve has never been stronger! (applause)

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In order to ensure the security and continuing stability, the Republic will be reorganized into the first Galactic Empire! (applause) For a safe and secure society. (thunderous applause)
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"So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause."
―Padmé Amidala — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The speech announcing the transition from the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire was received with majority support and without open dissent. Some senators were in support of it because it meant a chance at a time of peace after three years of war and the carnage that had occurred. Others, notably the senators who signed the Delegation of 2,000, personally disagreed with the speech, but did not speak out.[source?] During the speech, the Naboo senator, Padmé Amidala, mused that liberty had just died to "thunderous applause".[1]

While the speech was going on, Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, who had survived Order 66, forcibly entered the occupied Jedi Temple to investigate the attack that had occurred there, taking advantage of Palpatine being publicly elsewhere.[1]

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"Anakin Skywalker starting hanging out with the Emperor, who at this point nobody knew was that bad, because he was an elected official."
"Was he a Jedi?"
"No, he was a politician. Richard M. Nixon was his name. He subverted the senate and finally took over and became an imperial guy and he was really evil. But he pretended to be a really nice guy. He sucked Luke’s father into the dark side."
―George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan discussing how the Emperor takes over the Senate[src]

The Proclamation of the New Order was created for the 2005 film Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, the third and final installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.[1]

Back in 1981, during a conference transcript meeting for the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, George Lucas discussed with Lawrence Kasdan the backstory of Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side and how the Emperor subverted the Galactic Senate.[11] This ultimately materialized into what became the Proclamation of the New Order in the prequel trilogy.[1]

In the DVD commentary of Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas stated that the interwoven scenes of the Proclamation of the New Order and the mission to Mustafar was an homage to the christening and assassination sequence of the 1972 classic film The Godfather, directed by his friend Francis Ford Coppola.[12]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  2. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Victory and Death"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  4. Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
  5. Kanan 2
  6. Since Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith establishes that the Mission to Mustafar was concurrent to the proclamation of the New Order, it can be deduced that this was a previous event to the Senatorial arrests"
  7. Since the Senatorial arrests are stated by Star Wars: The Rebel Files as taking place one day after the proclamation of the New Order, and the Rebels Recon episode on Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal establishing that Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa were born two days after the proclamation, and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith demonstrating that the birth of Luke and Leia take on Polis Massa following the Duel on Mustafar, it can be deduced that the Senatorial arrests took place prior to the Duel on Mustafar, as well as the Duel in the Galactic Senate as they are concurrent.
  8. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  9. 9.0 9.1 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "Empire Day"
  10. StarWars-DatabankII.png Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in the Databank (backup link)
  11. The Making of Return of the Jedi
  12. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith DVD commentary
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