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The Galactic Empire was one of the main factions in the universe of Star Wars. It was a galaxy-spanning regime established by the series' lead villain, Palpatine, to replace the Galactic Republic. The Galactic Empire was first introduced in A New Hope and the Imperials are the main antagonists of the original trilogy and Star Wars Rebels.

Background

Government and politics

The Empire was ruled with absolute power by Emperor Palpatine, with Mas Amedda as Grand Vizier, and Darth Vader as Supreme Commander of all Imperial Forces. Imperial rule was authoritarian. There was little to no freedom of speech and dissidents were punished harshly. According to the introduction to the official field manual for the Empire's military forces, this was because the Empire aimed and celebrated one ruler, code of law, common tongue, and education in social progress, and wanted to ensure unity.

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.

Amongst high-ranking military personnel, the Emperor's name was spoken with fear along with his former Sith apprentice, Darth Vader. Though frequently styled as a "Lord", and treated with a similar fearful deference as Palpatine, it is unclear whether Vader performed an official function of government. Serving the Empire and its interests were numerous Dark Side Adepts, Force-sensitive individuals of the Inquisitorius trained to track down and eliminate any surviving Jedi. Due to the nature of their mission, Inquisitors could commandeer local Imperial forces, and possessed authority over other officers in the Imperial military.

Imperial Senate

The Imperial Senate was the de jure legislative council of the first Galactic Empire. It was the successor to the Galactic Senate of the Republic, which was reformed into an autocratic regime when then Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine declared himself Emperor.

After the end of the Clone Wars - which was carefully masterminded by the Dark Lord of the Sith known as Darth Sidious - Sidious abandoned his public persona of Palpatine, the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and chairman of its senate. He ordered a special session of Congress and proclaimed himself Galactic Emperor, turning the old Republic into a New Order in his image. The representatives overwhelmingly supported the announcement, except for a few delegates, including Padmé Amidala and Bail Organa. In the wake of the regime change, the Galactic Senate became the Imperial Senate.

Most members of the Imperial Senate secretly supported the Rebel Alliance, as they correctly saw Palpatine as nothing more than a tyrant, Palpatine, unknown to the public, intended to disband the Senate permanently, but he waited until the Death Star was completed. As of A New Hope, Palpatine dissolved the Imperial Senate permanently.

Military Forces

Unlike the military forces of the Republic, it served as Palpatine's enforces to enforce his tyrannical rule, this eventually resulted in the founding of the Rebel Alliance, to free people of the galaxy from Palpatine's oppression. This resulted in the Galactic Civil War that would last for nine long years, out arrogance Palpatine did not take the Rebel Alliance very seriously, due to the fact that they only a few Force-users in their group; like Ahsoka Tano, Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, and Luke Skywalker, this would eventually lead to the Galactic Empire's downfall.

The Imperial Navy originated from the Galactic Republic's naval branch and came to have its ships patrol the vast majority of Imperial space throughout the reign of Emperor Palpatine's New Order. Consisting mainly of Star Destroyers and TIE Fighters, the Imperial Navy was tasked with maintaining order in the galaxy.

History

The Galactic Empire's origins are explained in Revenge of the Sith, where it replaces the Galactic Republic in the midst of a galactic civil war orchestrated by Palpatine, then the Republic's Supreme Chancellor. Palpatine is also secretly the Sith Master/Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Sidious who intends to purge the Jedi Order and restore the Sith Order to power in the galaxy. Palpatine's Sith identity is only known by a small few throughout his life. Palpatine claims that the Jedi attempted to assassinate him and overthrow the Galactic Senate and declares the Jedi to have committed treason. Palpatine declares that the civil war with the Separatists in combination with the Jedi coup d'état require the reorganization of the Republic into a state that can provide stability, and a safe and secure society, a Galactic Empire with himself as Emperor. The Senate that he has manipulated overwhelmingly applauds Palpatine's decision.

Emperor Palpatine proceeds to purge the Jedi, who had been the upholders of peace and justice in the Old Republic, and replaces them by redeeming the Sith. Though Palpatine's Sith identity remains a secret to most, his apprentice Darth Vader is the Sith Lord who is publicly known to the galaxy as the ally of Palpatine who is serving the Empire to purge the Galaxy of the Jedi. Vader is the ruthless second-in-command of Palpatine who is feared by many in the galaxy. By the time of the events of A New Hope, the Empire has transformed into a fully totalitarian regime, with opposition in the form of the Rebel Alliance.

The Galactic Empire is described in various Star Wars media as a brutal dictatorship, one based on "tyranny, hatred of non-humans, brutal and lethal force, and, above all else, constant fear".

Legacy

Approximately twenty-three years after the fall of the Old Republic, in the Battle of Endor, Palpatine was killed by the redeemed Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader; ending his reign of terror once and for all, in the midst of the chaos caused by Palpatine's death, the Empire had suffered a crippling defeat. After the Battle of Jakku had ended, the Galactic Empire had signed the Galactic Concordance reducing the Empire to a remnant and recognizing the New Republic as the dominate Government of the galaxy and the Imperials who wanted to restore the Empire to power joined the First Order under the leadership of a Dark Side Adept named Snoke.

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Restaurants: BB-8 Snack Cart
Shops: Endor Vendors | Tatooine Traders | The Star Trader
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Characters

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Sith/Dark Jedi: Darth Vader | Palpatine | Darth Maul | Count Dooku | Asajj Ventress | Kylo Ren | The Grand Inquisitor | Fifth Brother | Sixth Brother | Seventh Sister | Eighth Brother
Bounty Hunters: Boba Fett | Bossk | Greedo | Jango Fett | Dengar
Clones/Stormtroopers: Clone Troopers | Rex | Wolffe | Gregor | Cody | Stormtroopers | Sandtroopers | Snowtroopers | Scout Troopers | Death Troopers | First Order Stormtroopers | Flametroopers | First Order Snowtroopers | Shoretroopers
Others from Prequel Trilogy: Padmé Amidala | General Grievous | Sebulba | Max Rebo | Clegg Holdfast | Bail Organa | Jar Jar Binks
Others from Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Hondo Ohnaka | Cham Syndulla | Cad Bane | Numa | Bo-Katan Kryze
Others from Star Wars Rebels: Garazeb Orrelios | Sabine Wren | Hera Syndulla | Agent Kallus | Cikatro Vizago | Zare Leonis | Maketh Tua | Valen Rudor | Cumberlayne Aresko | Myles Grint | Zare Leonis | Jai Kell | Tseebo | Azmorigan | Gall Trayvis | Imperial Combat Drivers | Kassius Konstantine | Quarrie | Ketsu Onyo | Brom Titus | Ryder Azadi | Ephraim and Mira Bridger | Thrawn | Arihnda Pryce | Chava | Gron | Fenn Rau | The Bendu | Gar Saxon | Jun Sato | Mart Mattin | Gooti Terez | Jonner Jin
Others from Original Trilogy: Leia Organa | Han Solo | Chewbacca | Lando Calrissian | Wilhuff Tarkin | Admiral Ackbar | Mon Mothma | Wedge Antilles | Wicket W. Warrick | Owen Lars | Beru Whitesun Lars | Bib Fortuna | Figran D'an and the Modal Nodes | Emperor's Royal Guard | Salacious Crumb | TIE Pilots | AT-AT drivers | Rebel Pilots | Nien Nunb | Jabba the Hutt
Others from Sequel Trilogy: Rey | Finn | Poe Dameron | Lor San Tekka | Captain Phasma | Maz Kanata | General Hux | First Order TIE Pilots | Supreme Leader Snoke | Sidon Ithano | Tasu Leech | Teedo | Unkar Plutt | Snap Wexley
Star Wars Stories: Jyn Erso | Cassian Andor | Bodhi Rook | Krennic | Chirrut Îmwe | Baze Malbus | Jebel | Galen Erso | Lyra Erso | Pao | Imperial Hovertank Pilots | Saw Gerrera | Edrio | Bistan

Droids

R2-D2 | C-3PO | RX-24 | G2-9T | G2-4T | Aly San San | R2-MK | Gonk droids | C1-10P | ROX-N | WEG-1618 | AC-38 | R5-D2 | BB-8 | Probe Droid | ID9 Seeker Droid | AP-5 | K-2SO | Battle Droids | C2-B5 | Kalani | Droidekas | R3-A3 | Imperial Sentry Droid

Creatures/Races

Wampa | Sarlacc | Tauntaun | Bantha | Ewoks | Wookiees | Gungans | Twi'leks | Jawas | Togruta | Gran | Rodians | Gamorreans | Ugnaughts | Tusken Raiders | Mon Calamari | Womp Rats | Dianoga | Dewbacks | Space Slug | Loth-cat | Fyrnock | Purrgil | Convor | Rancor | Krykna | Reek | Lasat | Rathtar | Mynock | Puffer Pig

Episodes

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Shorts: The Machine in the Ghost | Art Attack | Entanglement | Property of Ezra Bridger
Season One: Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion | Droids in Distress | Fighter Flight | Rise of the Old Masters | Breaking Ranks | Out of Darkness | Empire Day | Gathering Forces | Path of the Jedi | Idiot's Array | Vision of Hope | Call to Action | Rebel Resolve | Fire Across the Galaxy
Season Two: Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal | The Lost Commanders | Relics of the Old Republic | Always Two There Are | Brothers of the Broken Horn | Wings of the Master | Blood Sisters | Stealth Strike | The Future of the Force | Legacy | A Princess on Lothal | The Protector of Concord Dawn | Legends of the Lasat | The Call | Homecoming | The Honorable Ones | Shroud of Darkness | The Forgotten Droid | The Mystery of Chopper Base | Twilight of the Apprentice
Season Three: Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow | The Holocrons of Fate | The Antilles Extraction | Hera's Heroes | The Last Battle | Imperial Super Commandos | Iron Squadron | The Wynkahthu Job | An Inside Man | Visions and Voices

Organizations

Rebel Alliance | Galactic Empire | Jedi | Confederacy of Independent Systems | Sith | Galactic Republic | Mandalorian | First Order | Resistance | Inquisitorius | Jedi Temple Guards | Church of the Force | New Republic

Objects/Weapons

Lightsaber | Blaster | Ezra's Energy Slingshot | Holocron | Bo-Rifle | Kyber crystal | Synthetic kyber crystal

Spacecrafts/Vehicles

StarSpeeder 3000 | Millennium Falcon | X-Wing | Y-Wing | A-Wing | B-Wing | U-Wing | T-70 X-Wing Fighter | Snowspeeder | Naboo Starfighter | Anakin Skywalker's Podracer | Imperial Shuttle | Imperial Star Destroyer | Slave I | TIE Fighter | TIE Advanced x1 | TIE Bomber | TIE Interceptor | TIE Advanced v1 | First Order TIE fighter | First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter | TIE Striker | Jedi Starfighter | AT-ST | AT-AT | AT-ACT | Super Star Destroyer | Jedi Mickey's Starfighter | Blockade Runner | StarSpeeder 1000 | Ghost | Phantom/Phantom II | AT-DP | Imperial Speeder Bike | 614-AvA Speeder Bike | Imperial Landing Craft | EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate | AT-TE | Imperial Freighter | First Order Star Destroyer | Imperial Interdictor | Hammerhead Corvette | Sato's Hammer

Locations

Tatooine | Death Star | Alderaan | Yavin 4 | Hoth | Dagobah | Yoda's Hut | Cloud City | Bespin | Death Star II | Endor | Ryloth | Naboo | Coruscant | Jedi Temple | Kamino | Geonosis | Kashyyyk | Mustafar | Mandalore | Lothal | Lothal Jedi Temple | Jakku | Starkiller Base | Takodana | D'Qar | Ahch-To | Atollon | Garel | Malachor | Sith Temple

Merchandise

Star Wars: Star Tours (toy line) | Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends

See Also

The Force

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