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The recent history of the galaxy is the same as that of canon Star Wars up until Admiral Daala's unification of the Empire in 12 Galactic (ABY) (excepting any small events that may be made non-canon for one reason or another) . A list of changes follows after the narrative, so that it is not broken with contrasts and comparisons. Gaps in the narrative can be assumed, unless otherwise stated in other material we write, that things progress generally the same as in canon (for instance, the marriage of Luke and Mara, the birth of the Solo children, etc.).


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Narrative

    
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Daala Era

Warlords

The defeat and death of Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader and the second Death Star at the Battle of Endor left the future of the Empire to risk. After a decade of failed leaders who attempted to fill the vacuum left by the death of the Emperor, the solidarity of the Galactic Empire finally fractured. Several factions, commanded by Imperial officers who were referred to as “warlords”, picked apart the Empire from the inside. These greedy tyrants varied in power from one to the next. There was no cohesion, nor was there any sense of leadership, and although all wanted to firmly regain control of the galaxy from the ever-expanding New Republic, this goal was nowhere in sight.

Then in 12 Galactic emerged Admiral Natasi Daala, a mysterious Imperial officer who had priorly guarded the Maw installation at Kessel. Daala resurfaced after months of disappearance from the galactic stage. Upon her return, she set about to the goal of reunifying the Empire.

Imperial unification

She collected the warlords together, through diplomacy and coercion, and struck a deal; all in agreement, including Daala herself, would be promoted to the position of Grand Admiral, with Admiral Daala as the chief among them, to achieve unity. Cautiously, and perhaps under threat, all those in attendance agreed to the terms, and the unified Empire was born.

Soon after this, Daala instituted vast reforms, from abolition of codified prejudices in the Imperial military to the revitalization of the aging fleet. Within short order, an easy target for the first unified attack was chosen: the Jedi Praxeum at Yavin IV.

With the rechristened Night Hammer, a gift from Grand Admiral Delvardus, Daala led the attack on the Jedi enclave. While ground troopers stormed the chief structure, the Imperial navy bombarded several of the ancient Massassi temples from above. The Praxeum disproportionately consisted of inexperienced, young Jedi at that time, and therefore a great multitude were lost in the defense of the temples.

As the assault progressed, the forces of the New Republic arrived to defend the vulnerable Academy from the surprise attack. The unified Imperial forces cut swathes into ships and men, and by the time Grand Admiral Daala's forces were routed, the battle had already been declared a victory for the Empire. The New Republic and Jedi Order combined suffered great casualties, and knew Daala and the unified Empire were a threat to be taken with utmost concern. The Empire suffered comparatively little casualties.

While the New Republic recovered from their physical and psychological defeat, Daala's Empire relocated its base of operations to the planet Sartinaynian (now known as Bastion) after the Grand Admirals council demanded a suitable world that was easily defensible and relatively accommodating. Basking in the afterglow of a great victory, the Empire raided and struck at several locations within a few short weeks, sending the Republic into a frenzy. The Empire gained several worlds, with the most important being Mon Calamari.

Imperial reform

This continued for several months, until the Republic found the opportunity to strike the Imperial forces at Muunilinst. Although the attack is generally regarded as unsuccessful, this marked the beginning of a larger scale conflict between the two powers, with a gradual progression of Republic victories.

Eventually, this gave Grand Admiral Daala pause. Later in Year 12, her strategy showed a definite rethinking. The offenses of the Empire against the Republic showed a decrease, and in fact almost all of the encounters during this time were defense.

Daala took this time to further institute social and military reforms within the Empire. While the Republic forces grew closure to Bastion, Daala insisted on securing the Empire's interior, including the extermination of rogue warlords who had not attended the Imperial unification talks, including warlord Iolan Gendarr among others.

This reconstituting focus severely weakened the Empire on the military front. The lull in offensives had allowed the resourceful Republic to win several morale victories, which led to even more important gains in assets.

Daala's demise

Republic forces simultaneously converged on both Bastion and Mon Calamari. Grand Admiral Natasi Daala, who was caught off-guard in the sudden Alliance retaliation on Mon Calamari, was faced with disaster. In a paramount of frantic decisions and bad fortunes, the Knight Hammer was severely damaged over the placid surface of Mon Calamari. As the ship vaporized in the atmosphere, the Imperial forces at Mon Calamari scattered, eventually returning to Bastion.

Meanwhile, the Republic offensive on Bastion was equally dire. The news of the death of Grand Admiral Daala, the unifier, disheartened many Imperials, although it unlocked the ambitions of some. Grand Admiral Daara Zend, commanding the Arquebusier, successfully fended off the Republic forces after a prolonged naval battle.

Daala's death could have destroyed her vision of a unified Empire. Mon Calamari, surely the most major asset the Empire had won, was now returned to the control of the New Republic. However, Daala had very clearly outlined that Vice Admiral Gilad Pellaeon, one of the first men to commit to her vision, was to succeed her in the event of her death. This infuriated the council of Grand Admirals.

Zend era

A matter of legality

Grand Admiral Daara Zend would always say in the following years that she never was a warlord like the others. As the last surviving Grand Admiral, appointed by the cloned Emperor Palpatine before his second death, Zend had the right to claim herself as the highest ranking member of the Galactic Empire after Grand Admiral Thrawn's defeat. Thus, it was an open secret that she had despised Daala after the other warlords were promoted to Grand Admiral, after she was forced to submit to a subordinate officer.

It was therefore no surprise that, after Daala's expiration, Grand Admiral Zend declared Daala's acts as leader of the Empire illegal. Shortly after Bastion was secured from Republic attack, Zend issued a general proclamation reversing the promotions of the Grand Admirals council, including the posthumous demotion of Grand Admiral Daala. Zend claimed her own position was that of the only legitimate, remaining Grand Admiral, and therefore, that the acts of the “fraudulent” Daala were unbinding, that Pellaeon was not the rightful heir to the Empire, and that the chain of command had fallen to Zend herself long ago.

If the death of Daala was not divisive enough, Zend's blunt proclamation sent the ranks of the Empire into a stir. While Pellaeon refused to resign power to Grand Admiral Zend, the former warlords began to devolve into squabbling, with some aligning themselves towards either side, with others threatening withdraw from the unified Empire. Members of the military and the citizenship alike supported Zend as the best candidate for the continuation, as she had defended Bastion successfully, while other counselors eventually attested to the legitimacy of her claims.

A war of propaganda ensued for several weeks. Zend leveraged that the last months of Daala's reign had been damaging to the Empire, and that Pellaeon would be no different; Zend committed to taking the fight back to the Republic. She also promised to personally track down and punish any former warlord that left the unified Empire. Meanwhile, the warlords refused to follow the arrogant Zend, and threatened even to turn their forces on hers.

After some time, the prudent Pellaeon saw the Empire was collapsing around him, and that Zend's claim to power was at least legitimate. He met with her and struck yet another deal: he would not contest Zend's orders, and that he be promoted to High Admiral, and that all the former warlords receive the rank of Admiral. Pellaeon's lack of self-interest could have indeed allowed the Empire to remain unified during this period; although he disagreed with many of Zend's later methods, he recognized the need to focus on Imperial integrity.

Unfortunately, the compromise did not convince many of the warlords. Teradoc, in particular, spurned both Pellaeon and Zend, and made plans to depart with his fleet. Through methods still unknown, Zend's agents were able to capture the Admiral without injuring any of his “subjects.” Zend made a graphic example with Teradoc's death, but offered everyone else a clean slate, making it clear that she would always enforce her will that everyone would get what one deserves, whether it be punishment or redemption.

From this time, which was approximately 13 Galactic, Grand Admiral Zend's position of power and trust solidified. While she was ruthless and unforgiving once scorned, she was not the overtly cruel Palpatine. The Empire and the New Republic fought unhaltingly.

Imperial resurgence

The Empire recaptured much of its old territory from the Republic and also from break-off, independent worlds. While the central band of worlds of the Empire remained strong, Zend would not allow any of the agencies under her to have much autonomy at all; this caused tensions on neglected backworlds, and especially within the core of the Imperial government.

After the first incredible gains of Zend's Empire, which loosely took place within the first four years, the net gain and loss of assets began to stagnate. The battles never ceased, but increasingly, it was seen that neither side had the power, nor the resources to increase that power, to conquer the enemy. For the next half of Zend's reign, resentment steadily began to rise, both among families losing sons and officers losing men, for little or no gains. Suspicion also began to rise as many of the warlords perished; many suspected foul play from Zend herself.

A dying galaxy

In 20 Galactic, the stagnant, yet bloody, war had been going on for seven years, eclipsing the First Galactic Civil War in both ferocity and length. Many leading minds of the day theorized the war would only end either with superweapons, or when one of the powers would collapse from internal pressure. By this point, both seemed likely, for both the New Republic and the Empire.

Though the pressure within the Republic was great, the divisions in the Empire were beginning to grow more and more. Outwardly and inwardly, many Imperial officers – including many as senior as High Admiral Pellaeon - began to see what the Empire had become, and, in some ways, what it had always been . A steadily-growing movement began to see the futility in fighting, and public opinion was shifting momentum towards a different solution. Zend's hostility towards these parties increased, as she became increasingly more and more urgent and distracted. Had things continued this way, it is not unreasonable to assume the Empire would have fractured and warred with itself.

The departure of Zend

Then, suddenly, in the middle of the year, Grand Admiral Daara Zend vanished. And, presumably with her, disappeared thousands of Imperial ships, and trillions of credits worth of prefabricated structures, and weaponry, and a vast multitude of personnel, citizens, and droids.

The galaxy, simply, was stunned. Almost half of the Empire had retreated into hyperspace overnight, taking many good officers, powerful ships, and the leader herself, with it. The Empire was now vastly outnumbered and spread thin over hundreds of worlds, and the Republic would be able to easily overrun dozens of undefended, unmanaged systems overnight.

Galactic era

Foundations of the Union

High Admiral Pellaeon remained behind, once again, as the clear successor. Seeing the great disarray in which Zend had left the Imperial Remnant, and once again insightfully perceiving the opportunity, Pellaeon negotiated an unconditional truce, and then swiftly resigned his position, giving up his long career and taking on a civilian advisory position.

This startling action ended more than a decade of military rule of the Galactic Empire. With his resignation, Pellaeon restored power to the atrophied Moff Council, as well as reinstating several civilian and governmental positions throughout the Empire. Although many among the Empire resisted the idea of peace with fervor, the forward-thinkers in the Empire ultimately prevailed. Zend's departure had taken hundreds of corrupt officials and warmongers with her.

The sweeping current of change in the Empire did not stop. As the Imperial Remnant tried to get back on its feet, the leadership finally obliterated decades of racist, sexist, and totalitarian policies. However, the wobbly foundations across several of its worlds, a result of the departure of vast population and assets, left the Empire vulnerable to internal security issues, and even pirates.

A year later, in 21 Galactic, the Imperial Remnant, the New Republic, and several other small entities came together to form the Galactic Union. This union began as an environment to foster diplomatic discussions and Imperial reconstruction. Its foundation was due in large part to the dialogue between Leia Organa Solo and Gilad Pellaeon.

The Jedi

The Jedi Order began a fully-fledged reformation effort at this time, also. The Jedi phobia in the Empire decreased as its leadership attempted to distance itself from the Sith allegiance of the past. Grand Master Luke Skywalker oversaw the establishment of several Jedi academies, which produced many Knights who were diplomats and peacekeepers during this nurturing time.

However, as new Jedi masters were appointed dominion over specific academies, the homogeny of the orthodox of teachings began to falter. The academy on Dantooine, led by Senna Vucora, particularly became critical of Skywalker's teachings.

This sort of fracturing within the Jedi Order was endemic of its condition. The cracks were beginning to form, some sticking to dogma and others delving into ancient secrets. Still, the Jedi Order remained under one banner – although no one knew for how long it would last.

The Great Unification

As the Empire rebuilt and the galaxy finally breathed a collective sigh, the bond between the governments inside of the Galactic Union began to grow closer. In 31 Galactic, the Empire and the Republic signed the Document of Unification, which created a fully-fledged, galaxy-spanning government out of the Union. The Remnant, the Republic and other small factions were now member states of the first galactic government since Emperor Palpatine's death.

In the year 41 Galactic, the Galactic Union was powerful, peaceful, and looking towards the future. Disarmament of intra-union militaries and the sharing of state assets with the Union was in planning stages, and there seemed to be nothing in the way.

Other points

    
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There are several incarnations of "The Empire" in this game, and the differentiation can be confusing.

  • The Empire as a whole can be accessed on the page Galactic Empire.
  • The Empire that left with Grand Admiral Daara Zend is called the True Empire.
  • The Empire that stayed behind, and is currently in the galaxy as a member of the Galactic Union, is called the Imperial Remnant.

The game starts early in Year 41. At this time, no one knows about what is going to happen. To keep some element of surprise, CMAC won't be explaining everything right away, but this is the jist of it.

  • Daara Zend returns. She is without doubt the legitimate ruler of the Empire now that she is known to be alive, and she, similarly to what she did to Daala, declares all of Pellaeon's actions to have been made illegally. This effectively makes every action that Pellaeon and the Moff Council ever committed nullified, by the book, including the Treaty of Unification. Many in the Empire listen to her, but many do not care if she is legitimate, choosing instead the peace of the Galactic Union over the Empire's old ways.
  • The Jedi Order fractures. This will create several factions of Jedi along the spectrum, from Dark, to Gray, to Light.

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