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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!
~ Darth Sidious, on the birth of the New Order.
Darth Sidious, on the birth of the New Order (online-audio-converter.com)

The Galactic Empire, often simply referred to as the Empire, is the main antagonistic faction of the Star Wars original trilogy, the final antagonistic faction of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and a posthumous antagonistic faction in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. It is a powerful and authoritarian intergalactic empire that rules the Star Wars galaxy.

It was originally the Galactic Republic before it was rebuilt into an autocratic dictatorship by Emperor Palpatine who was secretly the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and Darth Vader. They ruled most of the galaxy until they were defeated and overthrown by the Rebel Alliance, which was reorganized into the New Republic after the Battle of Endor, one of the Empire's greatest defeats and, subsequently, the beginning of the Empire's collapse.

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Galactic Empire

The Galactic Empire, which was the first to be an interplanetary empire, was founded in 19 BBY, the final year and final days of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order, as well as the Clone Wars, after Clone Order 66 was enacted by Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, which ordered all clone troopers to turn on their Jedi Generals and execute them. Order 66 took place immediately after Jedi Master Mace Windu and 3 other Jedi Masters went and attempted to arrest the now-revealed Darth Sidious but were killed by the Sith Lord with the help of Jedi Knight now-turned Sith apprentice Darth Vader. Sidious ordered his new apprentice to go to the Jedi Temple with a great many of the 501st Clone Battalion and kill all Jedi within the Temple, including the younglings.

To ensure "Peace and Security" to the galaxy, the Republic was reorganized into an oppressive Empire based on tyranny and brutality. Funds were diverted from social programs into a massive military buildup, most notably the Stormtroopers. The Empire was also the creator of the Death Star, which they used to destroy Alderaan.

After the destruction of their second Death Star, and the death of Galactic Emperor Palpatine at the hands of Darth Vader, though the latter had been converted from the dark side back to the light side due to the actions of his son Luke Skywalker, the Empire had begun to collapse into smaller fragments of what it used to be, and the Rebellion had reorganized into the New Republic to protect the galaxy, just as its predecessor did before the rise of the Empire.

Palpatine had not planned for succession and instead planned a last vindictive strike against not only Rebel worlds but the Empire as well for failing to protect him. Called Operation Cinder part of the Contingency, worlds such as Naboo and Vardos were targeted for destruction. The Imperial forces carrying out this mission were defeated by the Rebels.

In 5 ABY, a year after the Battle of Endor, the rest of the Imperial remnant forces in the Anoat sector, Kashyyyk, Velcar sector, Malastare, and Jakku were defeated by the New Republic after attempting a final stand at Counselor Rax's home desert planet Jakku. The Imperials were dealt a decisive blow at Jakku, with the remains of many of their star destroyers crashed in the deserts of that world. A short time after the Battle of Jakku, Grand Vizier Mas Amedda signed a peace treaty called the Galactic Concordance and a document called Imperial Instruments of Surrender with the New Republic that imposed harsh terms on what was left of the Galatic Empire.

Legacy

After the signing of the concordance, a couple of Imperial remnants: the Cold War Imperial remnant and the Queluhan Nebula Imperial remnant jumps into hyperspace to the Unknown Regions except for the Core Worlds and Inner Rim Imperial remnant. There, Snoke began to reestablish the remnants of the Galactic Empire into the First Order and took leadership.

Legends

Imperial Remnant

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The Remnent and the Republic put their differences aside to save the galaxy.

The deaths of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, caused the downfall of the Empire, as Palpatine did not plan for succession of rule. Various imperial figures became warlords in an attempt to claim the Empire for themselves, while the rebels grew into the New Republic. By the time the Empire had been restructured, it's economy was weak, and it only ruled a small handful of planets, reducing the Empire to the Imperial Remnant. The Remnant signed a peace treaty with the New Republic ending the Galactic Civil War. The Remnant was not a dictatorship, but a confederacy that did not enlist in xenophobia or slavery as the Galactic Empire historically had. When the Yuuzhan Vong invaded the Galaxy, the Remnant fought alongside the New Republic and defeated the invaders.

Fel Empire

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For the first time, aliens and women were allowed to fight for the Empire.

When Jagged Fel became the Head of State for the Imperial Remnant, the Remnant began to grow once more. Eventually, the Remnant was once again an Empire, but the new Empire was quite sympathetic. Aliens were treated just as humans were treated, funds went to social programs and it's military protected the innocent. It even trained its own branch of Force-sensitives, the Imperial Knights. At the same time, the One Sith lead by Darth Krayt began manipulating events throughout the Galaxy. They sabotaged the Ossus recovery project, which would help worlds devastated by the Yuuzhan Vong. The Galactic Alliance blamed the Vong and soon the Alliance was in chaos. As the Galactic Alliance threatened the lives of the people of the Fel Empire, the Empire reluctantly declared war on its former ally. The Fel Empire emerged victoriously and briefly ruled the Galaxy.

Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire and Empire-in Exile

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Darth Krayt, the usurper of the Imperial throne.

The reign of the Fel Empire was short. Darth Krayt staged a coup against Emperor Roan Fel and crowned himself Emperor. The Fel Empire then became Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire. Emperor Krayt waged a genocidal war against the planet, Mon Cala. This rendered the planet was uninhabitable, and millions of life-forms became extinct.
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The Empire, the Galactic Alliance and the Jedi merge.

But Roan Fel was not dead and formed the Empire-in-Exile, a rebel faction determined to restore the Glory of the Fel Empire. They were joined by the Alliance Remnant, another rebel faction determined to restore the Galactic Alliance. After a long war, the two factions emerged victoriously, but Fel died in the final battle (He fell to the dark side and was killed by Antares Draco). In the end, the Empire merged with the Alliance and the Jedi Order to form the Galactic Federation Triumvirate, a peaceful government that united every single planet in the galaxy.

Military

The Galactic Empire's Imperial Army was the successor of the Republic military was responsible for carrying out military operations and maintaining control over the Empire's planets and outposts. It is divided into 4 sections.

  • Imperial Army
  • Imperial Navy
  • Imperial Military Police
  • Stormtrooper Corps

Members

Sith

  • Emperor Palpatine - Founder / Galactic Emperor / Owner of the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Eclipse / Dark Lord of the Sith (deceased)
  • Darth Vader - Second-in-Command / Chief Enforcer / Supreme Commander of the Imperial Military / Commanding Officer of the Death Squadron / Owner of the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor / Owner of the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Devastator / Dark Lord of the Sith (deceased)

Officers

  • Mas Amedda - Grand Vizier
  • Wilhuff Tarkin - Grand Moff of the Outer Rim Territories / Commanding Officer of the Death Star / Owner of the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Executrix / Owner of the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Sovereign (deceased)
  • Tiann Jerjerrod - Moff / Commanding Officer of the Death Star II (deceased)
  • Mitth'raw'nuruodo/Thrawn - Grand Admiral / Commanding Officer of the Seventh Fleet / Commanding Officer of the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Chimaera (missing in action)
  • Conan Antonio Motti - Admiral / Chief of the Imperial Navy (deceased)
  • Gallius Rax - Counselor to the Empire / Owner of the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Ravager (deceased)
  • Garrick Versio - Admiral of the Imperial Security Bureau / Commanding Officer of the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Eviscerator (deceased)
  • Kendal Ozzel - Admiral / Commanding Officer of the Death Squadron / Commanding Officer of the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor (deceased)
  • Firmus Piett - Admiral / Commanding Officer of the Death Squadron / Commanding Officer of the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor (deceased)
  • Kassius Konstantine -  Admiral / Commanding Officer of the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Relentless (deceased)
  • Cassio Tagge - Grand General / Chief of the Imperial Army / Owner of the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor (deceased)
  • Maximilian Veers - General / Commanding Officer of the Blizzard Force (deceased)
  • Dan Burkon - Commandant / Commanding Officer of the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Devilstorm
  • Orson Callan Krennic - Director of Advanced Weapons Research (deceased)
  • Cumberlayne Aresko - Commandant / Headmaster of the Academy for Young Imperials / Commanding Officer of the Lothal Garrison (deceased)
  • Myles Grint - Taskmaster / Deputy Headmaster of the Academy for Young Imperials / Commanding Officer of the Lothal Garrison (deceased)
  • Rae Sloane - Grand Admiral / Commanding Officer of the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Ultimatum / Commanding Officer of the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Ravager
  • Gideon - Moff

Agents and Soldiers

  • Alexsandr Kallus - Agent of the Imperial Security Bureau / Commander / Owner of the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer Lawbringer (defected to the Rebellion)
  • CC-1010/Fox - Clone Commander of the Coruscant Guard
  • CC-2224/Cody - Clone Commander of the 212th Attack Battalion
  • Iden Versio - Commander of the Inferno Squad / Commanding Officer of the Raider II-class Corvette Corvus (defected to the Rebellion and the Resistance; deceased)
  • Gideon Hask - Member/Commander of the Inferno Squad (deceased)
  • Gar Saxon - Imperial Viceroy/Governor of Mandalore (deceased)
  • Tiber Saxon - Imperial Viceroy/Governor of Mandalore (deceased)

Inquisitors

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Trivia

  • The Galactic Empire was primarily based on America during the Vietnam War, with Palpatine specifically being based on then-President Richard Milhouse Nixon. Elements of the Roman Empire, Nazi Germany, and the USSR were also thrown into the mix.

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