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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)[1]

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 Galactic Republic. The Jedi were declared enemies of the Republic, and Sidious transformed it into the first Galactic Empire, with himself as absolute ruler. The proclamation was met with widespread support in the Senate[1] and in public,[7] though some—such as Senators Bail Organa and Padmé Amidala—quietly watched in disappointment.[1] Empire Day was an annual holiday that celebrated the declaration of the New Order.[6]

Trillions of citizens of the galaxy heard Palpatine's proclamation of the New Order.[8]

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

(applause) And the Jedi rebellion has been foiled.

Source: Darth Vader (2017) 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)


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)[1]

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.[1] Others, notably the senators who signed the Delegation of 2,000, personally disagreed with the speech, but did not speak out.[9] 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]


The clone troopers on Kamino witnessed the proclamation of the New Order, which was played live from Coruscant.

On the clone trooper homeworld of Kamino, Palpatine's speech was played live from Coruscant. The clones in Tipoca City attended a mandatory general assembly to listen to the Supreme Chancellor as he delivered an address on the state of the Republic. Additionally, a detachment of Coruscant Guard clone shock troopers and the members of Clone Force 99 attended the assembly, as did the city's Kaminoan administrators Prime Minister Lama Su, Taun We, and Doctor Nala Se. The clone troopers cheered as Palpatine announced that the Republic would be reformed into the Empire.[4] News would soon spread throughout the clone ranks, however, that the New Order had plans to halt the cloning operation on Kamino;[10] the Empire was interested in introducing service conscription to the Imperial Army, believing it was a cheaper alternative to cloning.[4]

Because their control chips had largely failed to activate, Clone Force 99 were left confused instead of cheering at Palpatine's proclamation. When Admiral Wilhuff Tarkin dispatched the team on a mission to Onderon with the supposed goal of wiping out insurgents, they elected to desert the Empire upon realizing the supposed rebels included civilians. During their subsequent escape from Kamino, however, CT-9904 Crosshair remained with the Empire after his control chip was intensified.[4]

Behind the scenes[]

"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[11]

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 a homage to the christening and assassination sequence of the 1972 classic film The Godfather, directed by his friend Francis Ford Coppola.[12]



Notes and references[]

  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 1.21 1.22 1.23 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  2. 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"
  3. 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 together with 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 transpires on Polis Massa following the Duel on Mustafar, it can be deduced that the Senatorial arrests were conducted prior to the Duel on Mustafar, as well as the Duel in the Galactic Senate due to the events being concurrent.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 TBBtemplate Star Wars: The Bad Batch — "Aftermath"
  5. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Empire Day"
  7. StarWars-DatabankII Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious in the Databank (backup link)
  8. Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy
  9. Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  10. Darth Vader (2017) 2
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Making of Return of the Jedi
  12. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith DVD commentary