GALACTIC EMPIRE

 

The Galactic Empire, also known as the New Order, the Old Empire, the First Galactic Empire, Palpatine's New Order, the Imperium or simply the Empire, was the galactic government established by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to replace the Galactic Republic in 19 BBY and bring Sith rule to the galaxy.

 

The Republic, which had lasted for at least 25,034 years, ended following a period of intense political turmoil and the subsequent devastation of the Clone Wars. After General Grievous was defeated at the battle of Utapau, and shortly before the leaders of the Confederacy of Independent Systems were killed on Mustafar by Darth Vader, Chancellor Palpatine (by then ruling with near-absolute power), began a purge of the Jedi Order, and then proclaimed himself Emperor of the galaxy and reorganized the Galactic Republic into "the first Galactic Empire" on the galactic capital.

      

   

 

History

The Empire can be said to have begun with the scheming aspiration of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, whose alter ego was Senator Palpatine of Naboo. A great manipulator of events, he furtively instigated the Naboo crisis, using the Trade Federation as a pawn, which led to Queen Amidala calling for a "Vote of No Confidence" in Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, effectively replacing him. When his first apprentice, Darth Maul, was defeated by Obi-Wan Kenobi, Sidious took on the former Jedi Count Dooku as his new apprentice. Dooku then helped found the Confederacy of Independent Systems, which in turn ignited the Clone Wars.

 

Palpatine was an efficient and effective leader who quickly brought to an end the corruption in the Senate; his power was greatly increased as a result of the Clone Wars, while the Senate willingly furnished more and more emergency powers to him. Eventually, the Senate lost most of its power and became little more than a formality that Palpatine had to go through to pass his laws. Yet the Senate did have a symbolic power at least; Chancellor Palpatine still hid behind the pomp and circumstance of appealing to the Senate, but his power existed in his control over thousands of Senators that he had brought into his own web of corruption. However, Anakin Skywalker discovered that Palpatine was a Sith Lord, and after having informed Jedi Master Mace Windu of his discovery, a Jedi task force, led by Windu himself, attempted to arrest him. After a brief duel, Palpatine appeared to be defeated. Skywalker arrived and demanded the Sith Lord's life be spared, that he might stand trial. Deeply troubled, Skywalker nonetheless helped Palpatine kill Windu, prompting him to be held under Palpatine's sway as his new apprentice and enforcer, Darth Vader. Palpatine then proceeded to carry out the Great Jedi Purge, which eliminated almost all of the Jedi, while simultaneously wiping out the remnants of the Confederacy at Mustafar, thus bringing an end to the Clone Wars. Secure in his power and position, Palpatine used the so-called Jedi rebellion to issue the Declaration of a New Order and declared himself Emperor of the Galaxy in 19 BBY, replacing the Galactic Republic with the Galactic Empire.

 

Many people under the new Empire enthusiastically supported the vision outlined in the Declaration of a New Order, largely due to the violence that had plagued the galaxy for so long. Many Senators wholeheartedly supported the new government while a number of more cautious senators chose to watch and wait to see how the new government would handle the affairs of state. It promised to trade frailty for strength, chaos for order, and uncertainty for decisiveness. In retrospect, the foundation of the Empire had already been set down during Palpatine's chancellorship and all potential threats eliminated; therefore, the transition from Republic to Empire was relatively smooth.

 

It is important to note that not all of the Senators liked what they saw. In fact, the Petition of 2000 sought to bring the worries of these Senators to Palpatine. This petition was led by Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, and Padmé Amidala. Palpatine's dismissal of their concerns was one factor that led Organa and Mothma to help found the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

 

With the rise of the Empire, all the institutions of the old Republic found themselves either dismantled or modified beyond recognition. There was a riot of renaming all things "Imperial" to glorify the new Emperor: overnight, the Coruscant sector was renamed the Imperial Sector, Coruscant itself was renamed Imperial Center, and Galactic City was renamed Imperial City. The Galactic Senate became the Imperial Senate. The Grand Army of the Republic became the Imperial Army (though the clone troopers, which made up the majority of the GAR, were primarily reorganized into the Stormtrooper Corps) and the Republic Navy became the Imperial Navy. The four decrepit intelligence agencies of the Republic were merged into Imperial Intelligence, with former SBI director Armand Isard at its head. The Palace of the Republic was rebuilt and expanded, becoming the Imperial Palace, eclipsing all other buildings on Imperial Center. The former Commission for the Protection of the Republic (COMPOR) was renamed the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order (COMPNOR). Within days, there were few names left to remind the people that there had ever been a Galactic Republic.

During the first few years of the Empire, the galaxy saw the single largest military buildup in history. A council of Moffs was established to more efficiently govern individual sectors and regions of the Empire. Popular support for the policies of Palpatine's administration was high.

 

As this process unfolded, Palpatine consolidated his power by launching Purges against his opponents, most notably the Old Republic officers, whom he hadn't been able to seduce to his side. Palpatine's first purge of the Imperial Navy occurred within just two weeks into the Empire's rule.

 

The Emperor saw the respected Caamasi as a threat to his New Order, so he ordered the devastation of their home planet Caamas. A group of Bothan infiltrators were responsible for sabotaging Caamas's shield generators, leaving the planet vulnerable to Imperial orbital bombardment. The once beautiful world was devastated during this attack, turned into a poisoned wasteland. The peaceful Caamasi were dispersed throughout the galaxy. In 18 BBY, the Emperor constructed the huge, asteroid-shaped superweapon Eye of Palpatine in order to use it to destroy a Jedi enclave on Belsavis. However, the deadly superweapon was sabotaged by two Jedi Knights and the Jedi on Belsavis managed to escape.

 

Around the same time, a group of beings were protesting the tyranny of the Galactic Empire on the planet Ghorman in the Sern sector. Wilhuff Tarkin's flagship was blocked by peaceful protesters who stood on the ship's landing pad and refused to move. With implied permission from Palpatine, Tarkin landed the ship anyway, right on the protesters, injuring and killing many. This came to be known as the Ghorman Massacre. The Alliance to Restore the Republic was founded in its wake.

 

Many Jedi also rebelled against Palpatine's regime. Olee Starstone and a group of Order 66 Jedi survivors along with Roan Shryne attempted to re-establish the Jedi Council but were unsuccessful. The group fled to Kashyyyk to find out if any Jedi survived there, but the Empire launched a massive takeover of the planet. Darth Vader killed Roan Shryne and some of the Jedi, with Starstone barely escaping with her life. A Wookiee among them, named Chewbacca, fled the city to find his family. Meanwhile, Ferus Olin along with his friends including Jedi Master Solace caused much havoc on Imperial-controlled planets including a rebellion on the planet of Bellassa, the two Jedi break-ins of the destroyed Jedi Temple on Coruscant, and the destruction of an Imperial Garrison and Weapon Munitions Center on Naboo. Also on Kessel, a group of Jedi including Master Tsui Choi and Jedi Knight Bultar Swan planned to draw Darth Vader into a trap and kill him. Due to exceptionally bad planning and tactics, every one of them was killed, though Vader's suit was slightly damaged.

 

In 1 BBY, the Emperor and Vader were the targets of an attempted coup by a group of treacherous Imperial officers led by Grand Moff Trachta. Trachta saw the Sith as foolish and archaic, and believed that the Empire should not be ruled by a two-man cult. They planned to use a batch of altered stormtroopers loyal only to them to destroy the two Sith Lords. However, their plot failed in part because of internal fighting between the co-conspirators.

 

After the true nature of the Empire became clear, three of the most influential senators, Bail Organa of Alderaan, Garm Bel Iblis of Corellia, and Mon Mothma of Chandrila, along with others, were on the brink of starting a great rebellion against the Empire. To lure the dissidents out of hiding, the Emperor and Darth Vader had Galen Marek, Vader's secret Sith Apprentice, rally the Rebels. Brought together by him, they met in secret and signed the Corellian Treaty. This officially formed the Alliance to Restore the Republic, more commonly referred to as the Rebel Alliance. They were arrested on the spot, but Marek turned to the light side of the force and freed them, sacrificing his own life. The Alliance commemmorated Marek's death and used his family crest as the new organization's symbol.

 

However, the threat of rebellion allowed Palpatine to endorse the Tarkin Doctrine of rule by fear of force rather than force itself. If anything, Palpatine welcomed the formation of the fledgling Rebel Alliance as a legitimate excuse to remove the last vestiges of the Republic and tighten his grip on the galaxy. Shortly before the Battle of Yavin, Palpatine declared a state of emergency and disbanded the Imperial Senate. Thus the last institution that represented the values and ideals of the Republic was swept away.

 

A key instrument in the enforcement of the Doctrine was intended to be the Death Star I, a moon sized space station with sufficient firepower to easily destroy a planet with a single discharge of its powerful superlaser. Whereas many planets could afford planetary deflector shields capable of warding off virtually any conventional attack, none could defend against the power of that weapon. The weapon was destroyed in the Battle of Yavin, which marked the first major space-based victory for the Rebel Alliance. At this point Palpatine and the rest of the Empire realized that the Rebellion was a major threat to them and one that should be taken seriously, for the destruction of the Death Star was a massive blow to the Empire.

 

After the superweapon's destruction, the Rebels had finally found their footing. They began consistent strikes on Imperial-held territories, inciting continuing resentment against the Empire and taking them under the Rebels' banner. The Alliance had also cultivated renowned leaders and heroes as distinctive as Han Solo, Lando Calrissian and the Jedi-to-be Luke Skywalker. Although the Empire gained the upper hand in most campaigns against the Alliance (such as the Battle of Hoth and the construction of the second Death Star), they could not prevent the unstoppable juggernaut that the Rebels unleashed upon them and felt their grip in the galaxy slowly weakening. Thus, in the climax of the Galactic Civil War that was the Battle of Endor, the Empire was finally obliterated from the galaxy. Or so the Rebels thought.

 

  

The Empire was too large, however, to be destroyed in one blow; for the next decade or so, the Rebels (soon renamed the Alliance of Free Planets and then the New Republic) fought to free the galaxy from former Imperials styling themselves as independent warlords as well as Imperial loyalists, such as Thrawn and Ysanne Isard.

 

Even prior to the fall of Emperor Palpatine in 4 ABY, the signs of fragmentation began to slowly reveal themselves. The first incursion was that of Moff Kalast, followed by the more serious situation involving the free-selling arms dealer Admiral Harkov, and finally culminating in the major Imperial infighting with Grand Admiral Demetrius Zaarin. The situation became serious when Zaarin attempted a coup d'état on Emperor Palpatine, managing to miraculously capture the Sith Lord by abducting him from his flagship, in a plot later thwarted by Admiral Thrawn.

 

Immediately following the Imperial defeat at the Battle of Endor, Grand Vizier Sate Pestage seized control of the Empire. However, he lacked the charisma, Force powers, and terrifying presence that both Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader used to keep the Empire together. Admiral Blitzer Harrsk was the first Imperial to declare himself a warlord and set up his own mini-Empire, but he would not be the last. Others included Admiral Treuten Teradoc, Admiral Zsinj, and General Sander Delvardus, to name a few.

 

Sate Pestage only managed to hold the throne for a scant six months before he was deposed by the Imperial Ruling Council composed of three Tribunes. The Ruling Council was acting on the manipulations of Imperial Intelligence Director Ysanne Isard though, and the Ruling Council's leadership of the Empire ended under brutal conditions executed by Isard.

 

Ysanne Isard managed to hold the Empire together and stem off aggressive warlords, as well as Trioculus and the false Kadann, who also claimed the throne, for nearly two years before losing control of Imperial Center. When Ysanne Isard started to lose her grasp over the Empire, she had her scientists develop a biological virus targeting only aliens that she later let loose in Coruscant. So when Coruscant fell under the Rebel's attack, led by Rogue Squadron, they inherited Isard's disease that caused havoc for the starting government. With the loss of Coruscant, the Empire dissolved further and, soon, Warlord Zsinj was seen as the single largest Imperial threat in the galaxy. Isard managed to evade death and escaped to her own little kingdom.

 

The remnants of the Empire found themselves for the first time on the same side of the table as the New Republic. Both governments viewed Warlord Zsinj as their biggest threat. Zsinj came under the pressure of both governments, but it wasn't until Admiral Teren Rogriss teamed up with General Solo that they managed to bring Zsinj down.

 

The temporary alliance was over and new fighting erupted between the Empire and the New Republic over the scraps of Zsinj's domain. However, the New Republic dealt blow after blow to the Empire, winning most of the engagements and further humiliating the Empire by pushing them off of the monstrous ship producing world of Kuat.

 

The Empire continued to remain beaten back until the return of Grand Admiral Thrawn, a military genius and the only non-human to climb the ranks of the Imperial Navy and the last remaining Grand Admiral. Grand Admiral Thrawn's campaign recaptured nearly half of the galaxy in the name of the Empire; however, it came to an end when Thrawn was assassinated by his own bodyguard. Captain Pellaeon, Thrawn's second-in-command, knew his limitations and ordered a retreat.

 

The New Republic immediately took advantage of the Imperial power vacuum and moved to cut off future Imperial threats from allies in the form of the remaining warlords. Using the pretext of pursuing Imperials who had committed various crimes the New Republic began their push against Prince-Admiral Delak Krennel. Despite Krennel's new ally in a clone of Ysanne Isard and the real Isard's machinations to steal back her Super Star Destroyer the New Republic emerged victorious and began pressing their advantage even more; leaving the Core worlds with minimal protection.

 

In 10 ABY, the surviving members of the Imperial Ruling Council, under Ars Dangor's leadership, gathered several belligerent Imperial warlords to organize a military campaign into the Galactic Core. The warlords were emboldened by the late Grand Admiral Thrawn's triumphs and accomplishments against the New Republic, which was still recovering from the devastating Thrawn campaign. The Republic was powerless to repel the military might of the once-more-unified Empire, and the Empire swiftly conquered much of the economically, politically and strategically vital Core Worlds within weeks. Chandrila, Esseles, Ralltiir, as well as the Metellos and Kaikielius systems, were seized by the Empire, while Caprioril was besieged by the Imperial Navy and the Borderland Regions were devastated. The offensive culminated in the decisive Fourth Battle of Coruscant, in which the New Republic abandoned the planet and the Empire retook the galactic capital. Having assumed total control over the Core Worlds, the Empire had been restored to its former glory, while the Republic leadership located its headquarters to the Outer Rim Territories.

 

After Coruscant had been retaken, the Imperial Ruling Council invited important political and military leaders to the Senate Building to elect the next Galactic Emperor and re-establish the disbanded Imperial Senate. However, the Moffs, Grand Moffs, Army, Navy, COMPNOR, Intelligence, Security Bureau and Inquisitorius, as well as various governors, noblemen and bureaucrats, craved absolute power over the Imperial state. The Empire plunged into anarchy and chaos: the Imperial Intelligence and Security Bureau orchestrated the assassinations of their political enemies, while COMPNOR purists attempted to take control of the regime in order to prevent any changes to the New Order.

 

Soon, an armed conflict broke out amongst the various political and military

factions, each trying to dominate the Empire. The disarrayed Imperial Military

was responsible for committing atrocities, massacring civilians and destroying

entire worlds. Above Coruscant, the orbit became littered with space debris and

the Star Destroyers conducted orbital bombardments, transforming the surface of

the planet into a decaying urban wasteland. On the surface, stormtroopers,

walkers and tanks fought on the streets of the planet-wide ecumenopolis. Much of

the galactic capital was laid to waste, and millions of native Coruscanti

perished during the Imperial infighting. The New Republic took advantage of the

chaos, performing raids on Imperial territories through the use of captured

Imperial vessels. The civil war ended only several months following the retaking

of Coruscant.

  

Following the disastrous collapse of the campaign spearheaded by Palpatine, the

Empire once again fell into chaos and disarray. High-ranking officials and

military commanders gathered their own forces and retreated to the Deep Core,

establishing their own dominions of power and fighting amongst themselves for

control of what remained. These warlords were self-absorbed beyond anything seen

in the post-Endor years, with each commander wasting precious resources in order

to advance their individual positions. The Imperial Ruling Council tried to

provide some kind of leadership to what remained of the Empire, but the council

was overthrown by Xandel Carivus, who declared himself Emperor.

 

The reign of Carivus lasted mere hours, as Baron D'Asta, Kir Kanos, and the New

Republic Star Dreadnought Lusankya arrived at Ord Cantrell. Kanos executed

Carivus, and in the aftermath, the D'Astas withdrew from the Empire, while New

Republic troops seized most or all of the imprisoned Councilors.

 

 

Although Imperial officers and administrators were still the only effective

source of authority in large areas of both the Deep Core and the Outer Rim,

there was no unifying authority, and the resurgent New Republic was consequently

able to claim that the Empire had effectively ceased to exist as a state.

 

The fall of the Imperial Interim Ruling Council marked the end of a single

central government in the Empire. However, the collapse of the "Council of

Blood" had little effect on the Imperial warlords that fought endlessly each

other in the Deep Core. After Emperor Palpatine died and Byss was destroyed, the

warlords ignored Jax's coup and refused to relinquish power to the Interim

Ruling Council. Establishing their own splinter factions in the Deep Core, the

warlords took distance from the political machinations of the Interim Ruling

Council, each considering himself the only rightful ruler of the Empire. Thus,

the debacle of Ord Cantrell was a major political upheaval in the Empire, but it

did not settle the ongoing Imperial Civil War in the Deep Core.

 

In the Deep Core, the warlords divided into several pocket empires, waging

aggressive warfare against their rivals and building heavily fortified planets

known as the "fortress worlds". The warlords were known for spending entire

fortunes to build war matériel and adopting pompous titles like "Omnipotent

Battle Leader". The two most powerful factions in the fragmented Empire were the

Zero Command, led by "Supreme Warlord" Blitzer Harrsk, and the Greater Maldrood,

led by "High Admiral" Treuten Teradoc. Harrsk controlled the largest territory,

while Teradoc had the largest military. Harrsk's attempt to take control of the

Atravis sector in the Outer Rim Territories was opposed by Teradoc, and the

mutual hatred between the Zero Command and the Greater Maldrood developed into

full-scale warfare. Another notable Imperial warlord was "Superior General"

Sander Delvardus who constructed the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Night

Hammer as his personal command ship.

 

While the warlords struggled in the Deep Core, Ambassador Furgan of Carida

caused Admiral Gial Ackbar's temporal retirement and poisoned Chief of State Mon

Mothma to cripple the New Republic, which was recovering from Operation Shadow

Hand. However, Carida and its prestigious Caridan Military Academy were

destroyed by the Sun Crusher superweapon, piloted by rogue Jedi Kyp Durron, and

Furgan himself perished during the Battle of Anoth, in which he attempted to

kidnap Anakin Solo and brainwash the baby into a Force-sensitive Emperor.

Meanwhile, the fleet under Admiral Natasi Daala's command was discovered in the

Maw Cluster. Daala launched her guerilla campaign to overthrow the New Republic,

attacking Dantooine and Mon Calamari. She also attempted to crash an Imperial

Star Destroyer on Coruscant, but the plan was foiled by Durron and the Sun

Crusher. Eventually, the Maw Installation, the Death Star prototype and the Sun

Crusher were destroyed in the Battle of the Maw, and Daala was believed to be

dead.

 

Following the Battle of the Maw Installation, Daala fled to the Deep Core and

made contact with Supreme Warlord Harrsk. She allied with Grand Admiral Thrawn's

second-in-command Captain Pellaeon, who now served High Admiral Teradoc, and

together they gathered Harrsk, Teradoc, Delvardus, Yzu and the nine other

warlords to an Imperial communications relay station on Tsoss Beacon. Daala's

scheme to end the Imperial Civil War failed as the warlords refused to

collaborate and organize a joint military campaign against the New Republic.

Daala and Pellaeon assassinated the thirteen most powerful warlords with nerve

gas, bringing their military forces together under the banner of the Empire.

 

The Imperial Reunification gave birth to the new Empire, often referred to as

the Imperial Remnant. Under Daala's leadership, the Imperial Remnant rebuilt the

weakened Imperial Military by manufacturing countless walkers, starfighters and

Star Destroyers, and even women and Non-huMans were allowed to work for the

military. After Colonel Cronus, former second-in-command to Superior General

Delvardus, joined the Imperial Remnant, Daala seized the Night Hammer and

renamed it the Knight Hammer. While Cronus committed lightning raids to Khomm,

Porus Vida and the Chardaan Shipyards, Daala and Pellaeon attacked Luke

Skywalker's Jedi Praxeum on Yavin 4, knowing that the New Jedi Order was the

most dangerous menace against the Empire. However, the Battle of Yavin 4 was a

military disaster for the Imperial Remnant, as Pellaeon's fleet was pushed by

Jedi Knight Dorsk 81 to the edge of the Yavin system, Cronus perished with his

command ship, and the Knight Hammer fell into Yavin Prime. After the battle,

Daala turned command over to Vice Admiral Pellaeon. Pellaeon, now Supreme

Commander of the Imperial Navy, relocated the Imperial Remnant to the Outer Rim

and annexed the Pentastar Alignment. The fortress world of Bastion, formerly

known as Sartinaynian, became the capital of the Imperial Remnant, and the

Council of Moffs was established to succeed the Diet of Imperial Planetary

Governors.

 

Several more defeats occurred over the ensuing years, forcing the Imperial

Remnant into eight backwater sectors in the Outer Rim Territories. Seeing that

defeat was imminent, Pellaeon finally admitted the need to sue for peace. After

a peace accord was signed with the New Republic, the Remnant settled into a

period of stability, thus ending the Galactic Empire’s regime over the galaxy,

after 38 years of Humanocentric dictatorship, opposed to Palpatine’s promising

ten thousand year rule.

 

Post-War RemnantEdit

 After the Galactic Civil War had ended much of the Remnant's existence was

marked by the long leadership of Admiral Pellaeon. During that time, the Remnant

slowly but steadily reorganized itself into a more politically and economically

stable polity where its capital was Bastion and its sister world was Axxila.

Despite the loss of the vast and virtually unlimited resources that the Empire

once enjoyed at the height of its power, the Remnant continued to fund and

support a powerful military. The New Republic later collapsed during the

invasion of an extra-galactic race of relentless conquerors known as the Yuuzhan

Vong, leaving the Remnant in a strategically vulnerable position. At Pellaeon's

behest, the Remnant allied itself with the newly-formed Galactic Alliance and

ultimately defeated the Yuuzhan Vong Empire in 29 ABY. Although the Remnant

remained much the same as it was before the war, while the Alliance quickly

moved to take the New Republic's place as the hegemonic power throughout the

galaxy, the shared decisive victory helped to improve Alliance—Remnant relations

throughout the following decade. This included defeating Pirates such as the

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After the Second Galactic Civil War, which began in 40 ABY and concluded a year

later, the Remnant was placed under the leadership of Jagged Fel, son of Baron

Soontir Fel, who was appointed to the rank of Imperial Head of State with the

support of the Jedi Order. In 43 ABY the Unification Summit was held on

Coruscant to resolve post-war disputes between the three galactic governments,

Natasi Daala of the Galactic Alliance, Turr Phennir of the Confederation, and

Jagged Fel of the Imperial Remnant all three of them were recognised by Luke

Skywalker as former imperial commanders. In 44 ABY, civil war threatened to

divide the Remnant between Fel's faction and Daala's insurrection. Fel, however,

saw the conflict as an opportunity to introduce democracy to a highly

authoritarian state. But due to his reluctance to lead the Remnant any longer,

he withdrew from the election and nominated Admiral Vitor Reige as his successor

in opposition against Daala. He also encouraged Imperial News Network to

maintain a constant vigilance of the government's activities in order to promote

honesty and transparency in a society where Imperial citizens were accustomed to

autocracy and intrigue.

 

The Imperial Remnant's shift toward democracy did not last indefinitely. At some

point after 44 ABY, the Remnant ceased to exist after its reorganization into a

new Empire, ruled by a hereditary monarchy. Jagged Fel, the former Head of State

who had attempted to reform the Remnant into a republican style of government in

the first place, was crowned as the first emperor since Palpatine.

 

Return of PowerEdit

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The Imperial Remnant joined the Galactic Alliance at the end of the Yuuzhan Vong

War. Many systems, looking to escape from the chaos that had engulfed galaxy

following the Yuuzhan Vong invasion, began peacefully joining the Empire. The

Remnant expanded far beyond the eight sectors it had held at the time of the

peace treaty. In 41 ABY, at the culminating battle of the Second Galactic Civil

War, Luke Skywalker forced the Moffs to accept Jagged Fel as their Head of

State. He eventually reestablished the position of Emperor. Under his dynasty,

between 44 ABY and 130 ABY, the Empire gained more territories and stretched its

influence far across the galaxy. This was in part due to the success of the

Imperial Missions.

 

During this time, the Galactic Alliance started the Ossus Project, a

terraforming experiment using Yuuzhan Vong technology. While the initial efforts

were very successful, the plan was soon secretly sabotaged by the Sith, causing

painful growths on the planets' inhabitants' skins.

 

Furious at this, and at the behest of the Moffs' Council, the growing Imperial

Remnant invoked the Treaty of Anaxes and went to war with the Alliance.

Eventually, the Remnant seized control of Coruscant and most of the galaxy,

truly earning its title once again as the Galactic Empire. Fatally, however,

Emperor Roan Fel allied with the One Sith. Eventually, Darth Krayt, leader of

the One Sith, carried out a coup against the Emperor and claimed his title for

himself. However, many Imperials remained loyal to Fel.

 

Seven years passed and the Empire-in-exile decided to make an alliance with the

Galactic Alliance Remnant in hopes of overthrowing the Sith Empire. One year

later they triumphed over the Sith and ended the war. The Galactic Federation

Triumvirate was formed afterwards and became the new galactic authority. The

Sith, although fragmented, managed to escape Coruscant and began infiltrating

governments throughout the galaxy.

 

 

 

The Empire was ruled with absolute power by Emperor Palpatine, with Sate Pestage

as Grand Vizier, and Darth Vader as Supreme Commander of the Imperial Navy and

Military Executor. Imperial rule was authoritarian. There was little to no

freedom of speech and dissidents were punished harshly.

 

The Galactic Empire was actually more decentralized than the Galactic Republic.

Systems were grouped in sectors and sectors in turn into oversectors. These were

controlled by the Moffs and Grand Moffs, who exercised power in the disparate

regions of the galaxy. This was in contrast to the structure of the Galactic

Republic, which placed senators in control of their respective sectors. The

planets of the Empire were no longer given a say in the government, but were now

kept in line through fear of force.

 

Rulers of the EmpireEdit

 

After being named Galactic Emperor in 19 BBY, Palpatine turned the sclerotic

remains of the Galactic Republic into an empire and thus introduced

authoritarian rule over the entire galaxy. Whereas before leaders had served for

fixed terms until being succeeded by duly elected successors, now the thorny

issue of Imperial succession complicated matters.

 

For his part, Palpatine showed little real interest in the matter of who would

succeed him – after Darth Vader lost some of his Force potential at Mustafar,

Palpatine looked for ways to reign forever. However, his final death permanently

put an end to his reign.

 

While Palpatine was Emperor, the executive branch consisted of the Imperial

Inner Circle, a group of Imperial advisors, who ran both the day-to-day

activities and the will of Palpatine for the Empire. The real power below the

Emperor and his Advisers was in the hands of the Grand Moffs, like Wilhuff

Tarkin, and the regional governors who were eventually granted direct control of

their regions.

 

This exercise of power was backed up by the use of state terrorism in the form

of the Tarkin Doctrine, named for Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. The Doctrine

threatened force rather than the use of force to control dissent; the Ghorman

Massacre was an example. The justification for the Tarkin Doctrine was the

excessive cost and impracticality of the use of pure terror in the form of

billions upon billions of troops and spaceships to maintain order. The

instrument of enforcing the Doctrine was the Imperial Military, which included

the stormtroopers and a large fleet of intimidating warships like the Star

Destroyers of the Imperial Navy and the All Terrain Armored Transports of the

Imperial Army, all of which were intended in part to spread fear as well as

destroy the enemy. This policy reached its zenith with the construction of the

world-destroying Death Star.

 

Because of Palpatine's status as the Empire's commander in chief, the Imperial

Military honored Palpatine's arrival with hundreds of soldiers as well as a

parade of TIE fighters.[17]

 

Legislative branchEdit

 

After the formation of Galactic Empire, the Galactic Senate was reorganized into

the Imperial Senate. But unlike the Galactic Senate, which had held both

legislative and executive power, the Imperial Senate held only legislative power

(and even with much of that held by the Galactic Senate now in the hands of the

Emperor) by orders of the Senate Constitution. The Senate could advise the

Emperor and work on the Imperial budget. However, the Emperor could both

introduce and veto Senate legislation, and both called and dismissed the Senate

to meeting. So the Senate was practically powerless and was dissolved by Emperor

Palpatine to remove the last constitutional limit to his power.

 

It was succeeded as the Imperial legislature by various councils, most composed

of Moffs: the Central Committee of Grand Moffs, the Interim Ruling Council, and

finally, the Council of Moffs.

 

Judicial branchEdit

 

Due to the centralization of government power into the executive branch under

the Galactic Empire, it seems likely that the Supreme Court and other Regional

Courts were disbanded at some point, presumably before the Senate's dissolution

in 0 BBY. Instead, the Imperial criminal justice system was headed by a

Procurator of Justice. The Procurator of Justice was charged with prosecuting

political prisoners and administering sentences on entire worlds.

 

Other Imperial organizationsEdit

 

To strengthen his hold on power, Palpatine created various organizations that

were loyal to him. Foremost, among those organizations were COMPNOR, Imperial

Security Bureau, Inquisitorius and the Dark Side Adepts. Palpatine also had the

Emperor's Hands, special assassins that did his bidding. One notable Emperor's

Hand was Mara Jade, who, ironically, after the death of Palpatine, would go on

to fall in love with and marry Luke Skywalker and would become a member of the

Jedi High Council.

 

Palpatine allowed these organizations and their leaders to build up power bases

of their own. Palpatine encouraged this system, often giving overlapping

responsibilities. This made administration of the Empire less efficient, but

benefited Palpatine by ensuring that he continued to be the source of all

political power in the Empire.

 

 

  

The Galactic Empire had a very complex and diverse economy. Following the Clone

Wars, the Empire started a process of stabilization and expansion of the

economy. While the Imperial Period saw some increases in state control and

centralization of economic procedures, it had little effect on the galactic

economy, as witnessed in the virtual non-existence of inflation. The Empire did

nationalize some corporate entities, though such actions were mainly reserved

for those companies that were part of or supported the Confederacy of

Independent Systems, and later those who favored and aided the Rebellion. The

Empire did assume direct control over some of the spoils of war from the

Separatists, but most of the assets were given over to loyalist companies such

as Kuat Drive Yards, Sienar Systems, TaggeCo., and Merr-Sonn.[18][19] Unless

acting in opposition to its interests, the Empire largely left loyal companies

alone and even expanded the Corporate Sector to encompass 30,000 star

systems.[20] In return for the support given to the Corporate Sector Authority,

the Empire would collect a yearly stipend of 3% of the total gross product, 9%

of all material, and 20% of all strategic rare elements coming out of the

Corporate Sector.[20]

 

The Empire also dedicated its vast economic resources and quintillions of

credits to expand the Imperial Military and to fund new scientific developments

in a wide variety of fields.[21] This military buildup would eventually result

in the Imperial Navy fielding millions of starships, the Imperial Army being

comprised of tens of trillions of soldiers, and the creation of a vast force of

stormtroopers.[22]

 

The Imperialization of the Trade Federation by the Galactic Empire created a

void filled by smugglers to address strong demand for shipping created by the

Imperial controls. Smugglers flourished in the Imperial era as independent

operators or as part of larger organizations like those of Jorj Car'das, Quelev

Tapper, Talon Karrde, or Booster Terrik.

 

After the fracturing of the Empire at the Battle of Endor, many different

currencies came into existence, and exchange rates fluctuated wildly. At that

time, the credit was backed by the immense wealth of the planet Muunilinst.

 

 

Under the Galactic Empire, Anti-Jediism was a government policy, which meant

that people were discouraged to believe in the Force. But it was not just the

Jedi that suffered. All Force-sensitives were targeted. Despite the established

anti-Jediism of the New Order, many in the Imperial government were aware that

Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader were Force users, but only a few knew that

they were Sith Lords. Besides Palpatine and Vader, there were some Imperial

officers, such as Colonel Dyer who possesssed Force-sensitvity, and even some,

such as Grand Admiral Nial Declann, were secretly trained in harnessing the

Force for a specific purpose for Palpatine.

 

 

The Empire's New Order emphasized Human and, to a lesser extent, humanoid

supremacy, with other alien species were designated as "Non-huMans". The Empire

practiced the policy of "Human High Culture", based on Humanocentric beliefs of

Humans being inherently superior to other species. Many Non-human species like

Wookiees, Mon Calamari, Talz, and Lurrians were subjected to slavery. The Rights

of Sentience, one of the most well-known anti-speciest clauses of the Galactic

Constitution, as well as other important anti-slavery laws that were ratified

during the reign of the Galactic Republic, were removed from the Imperial

Charter and legislation legalizing the persecution of alien species was passed.

The Empire essentially legalized slavery in Imperial Decree A-SL-4557.607.232.

 

The Empire was known to commit atrocities and xenocidal campaigns against

Non-huMan species, such as the Caamas Incident to wipe out the peaceful Caamasi,

and commissioning Imperial extermination ships to eradicate entire species

through the Outer Rim Territories. One of the members of the Imperial Inner

Circle known as Janus Greejatus established the Imperial Department of Redesign

to suppress and exterminate Non-huMan species. On Imperial Center, all

Non-huMans were forced to move into an "ethnic neighborhood" designated as the

Alien Protection Zone, keeping them under poor living conditions. As a result,

the vast majority of the government officials were composed of Humans, with only

rare exceptions like Grand Admiral Thrawn climbing in the ranks of the military.

However, the cases of Ampotem Za, Stafuv Rahz and Bentilais san Sk'ar indicate

that the Empire tolerated Non-huMans if they were willing to pledge loyalty to

the Emperor.

 

The Imperial propaganda machine issued fabricated Humanocentric documents to

highlight and exaggerate Human involvement in galactic history and culture,

ignoring countless accomplishments and contributions of numerous Non-huMan

species in the founding of galactic civilization and the Republic. Under the New

Order, pro-Human propagandists argued that the most advanced and wealthiest

member planets of the Galactic Republic in the Core Worlds and other regions of

the galaxy were universally ruled and inhabited by Humans. Notably, the

pro-Imperial sentientologist Obo Rin was sponsored by Darth Vader and Lieutenant

Pandur to write the Catalog of Intelligent Life in the Galaxy, a falsified piece

of work stating that the Mon Calamari and Columi, longstanding members of the

Old Republic, had recently been discovered by the Empire. On the other hand, the

Iyra Professor Tem Eliss was forced to go into hiding from COMPNOR agents for

his pro-alien book The University of Sanbra Guide to Intelligent Life. The

Empire's Humanocentric policies spurred anti-Human bigotry and led into the

foundation of the anti-Imperial Alien Combine on Imperial Center in 3 ABY,

although the organization was ultimately wiped out by the Imperial security

forces. Ironically, the successor organization of the Combine, the terrorist

group Diversity Alliance, attempted to commit anti-Human xenocide in the years

following the Bastion Accords by using a Human-killing pathogen developed by the

Empire.

 

A high degree of male chauvinism was also seen in the Empire's government and

military. Combining the rampant misogyny with the alien persecution, the Empire

was often referred to as having "Non-huMan policies". Notable exceptions to

acknowledged male chauvinism included Director Ysanne Isard of the Imperial

Intelligence, Major General Tessala Corvae of the Imperial Army and several navy

officers like Admiral Natasi Daala, Admiral Betl Oxtroe, Captain Juno Eclipse,

and Captain Plikk. The sexist policies that plagued the Empire encouraged Major

General Corvae to establish the Firebird Society to prove that females were

effective and capable soldiers for the Imperial Military.

 

Under the New Order, the droids often met harsh treatment, because they were not

considered to be full citizens by the Imperial law. Many Imperial institutions

preferred the Wookiees and other enslaved sapient beings for complicated and

challenging construction projects such as the first Death Star, even though the

droids were economically cheaper laborers and provided more effective and

sophisticated performance capacity than organic slaves. Curiously, an IG-series

assassin droid called 4-8C ascended to the rank of Grand Moff and was involved

with the activities of the Imperial Department of Redesign. The cyborgs were

shunned and detested by the Imperial citizens, and even Grand Admiral Osvald

Teshik was ostracized for his extensive cybernetic prosthetics. The most notable

exception in the prevalent anti-cyborg sentiment was the second most powerful

man of the Empire, Supreme Commander Darth Vader, whose cybernetic life support

system sustained his grievous injuries and struck terror in the hearts of the

enemies of the Empire.

 

While the Empire was unquestionably xenophobic, there is little to suggest that

the Emperor himself was. The Sith Order was in no way xenophobic, with much of

its foundations in the humanoid race of Sith, and many of the greatest Sith

Lords were either alien or half-breed. In fact, it is believed that the privy

councilors and advisers that filled Palpatine's court and ran the Empire on a

day-to-day basis were the xenophobes, and applied Human High Culture on their

own accord. Numerous high-ranking Imperial politicians and military personnel

such as Lord Crueya Vandron, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, Grand Admiral

Ishin-Il-Raz, Grand Admiral Danetta Pitta, and many others were known for their

Humanocentric attitude. The most prominent Imperial xenophobe was Grand Vizier

Sate Pestage who considered all Non-huMans to be nothing more than worthless

"animal waste". It seems likely, given the presence of Prince Xizor of the Black

Sun, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and other notable aliens in the Imperial court that

Palpatine simply used xenophobia to cull loyalty from his fellow Humans, while

using everyone regardless of species in general. Indeed, many of the Emperor's

loyal Dark Side Adepts, like Hethrir, Ja'ce Yiaso and Gwellib Ap-Llewff, were

not Human.

 

 

Chancellor Palpatine at first expected great things of the military, as they did

in the Clone Wars, but that was a bitter failure. Palpatine failed to notice

that the strength of the army was greatly augmented by the presence of several

legendary Jedi leading them. Thus, the new Imperial Military was not half as

good as he expected in their first battles without Lord Vader leading

them.

 

The Imperial Military was the military arm of the Galactic Empire. Consisting of

predominantly the Imperial Army and the Imperial Navy, it was responsible for

carrying out military operations throughout the galaxy, as well as maintaining

order on Imperial member worlds, governorships, colonies, and protectorates.

Since the Empire's New Order was based on fear of force, the Imperial Military

formed a very important part of the Imperial government. Even so, the fleet

would prove somewhat insubordinate, and a tension between the Coruscant

government and the fleet admirals existed throughout this period, creating the

need for the ISB to install political officers throughout the military as

minders.

 

During the early years of the Empire, most stormtroopers were clones from the

Clone Wars. However, later recruited Humans joined their ranks. Those Humans

recruited would be trained mainly at Carida and were subject to the most

rigorous training that the Empire could offer. During the rule of Grand Admiral

Thrawn, stormtroopers were again cloned and used as the bulk of the Imperial

force.

 

The Galactic Empire's territory at its peak consisted of some one and a half

million member and conquered worlds, as well as sixty-nine million colonies,

protectorates and puppet states spread throughout the entire galaxy, stretching

from the borders of the Deep Core to at least Wild Space.[23] Emperor Palpatine

sent Grand Admiral Thrawn on a mission to bring the rule of the Empire to the

Unknown Regions. The Grand Admiral set up a command post at a fortress on

Nirauan and from there brought the rule of the Empire to the uncharted regions

of the galaxy, creating the Empire of the Hand.

 

The original name of the Empire's capital world was Coruscant; however, it was

renamed Imperial Center by the Empire. Few outside the Empire's government used

this name, and upon the capture of the planet by the New Republic, the name

"Coruscant" was readopted.

 

After the Battle of Endor, large sections of the galaxy threw off Imperial

occupation and became New Republic members, and by 6.5 ABY the Empire ruled

barely 50% of its former territory. Imperial warlords comprised most of the lost

territory, with the New Republic still relatively in its infancy. By the fall of

Coruscant, Warlord Zsinj alone had control of almost one third of the Empire's

former territory.

 

By 9 ABY, the Empire had consolidated its hold of a quarter of the Galaxy, while

the war effort progressed under Grand Admiral Thrawn. Under the Chiss Grand

Admiral, the Empire's territory nearly doubled in less than a year, nearly

seeing the death of the New Republic.[24] After Thrawn's death, the Empire had

little time to consolidate these holdings and the Empire lost many of them to a

resurgent New Republic.

 

During Operation Shadow Hand, the Emperor would unite the warlords and the

mainstream forces and consume well over half of the Galaxy. After the Emperor's

death, the New Republic took back their holdings with surprising speed, and the

remaining Imperial forces fled into the Deep Core. The New Republic remained

weakened by the efforts of Thrawn and the reborn Emperor, and the warlords and

Moffs consolidated fortress worlds across a third of the galaxy.

 

After the Reunification by Daala, and the establishment of the Imperial Remnant,

the Imperial fleet took over the remnants of the Pentastar Alignment, a

breakaway warlord fiefdom. They then pushed coreward against the New Republic.

Later, Daala would lead a second offensive against the Core worlds themselves

from the Deep Core. Eventually, the Empire under Admiral Gilad Pellaeon held a

meager of only eight sectors by 19 ABY.