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October 24, 2016 - Comments Off on Getting My Star Wars Political History Straight

Getting My Star Wars Political History Straight

After watching the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels, it brought back my confusion over what each political and historical party was called during the movies so I thought I’d try and work this out.

In “Phantom Menace” we start with the “Galatic Republic” (aka: Old Republic). After much strife with the “Separatist” movement1, who intends to leave the Galatic Republic2, the galaxy falls into the “Clone Wars”. Eventually, the “Galatic Empire”3 is formed from the ashes of “Revenge of the Sith”.

After the true nature of the Empire becomes clear, three senators4, begin creating the first “Rebel Alliance” and that brings us to "A New Hope”. The “Rebels” fight it out and eventually we get the “New Republic” after "Return of the Jedi". A fraction of the size of the former “Galactic Republic” and “Empire”, the “New Republic” remained on friendly terms with a majority of galactic systems. A faction called the “First Order” eventually secedes once tensions reached a breaking point and built it’s ranks over the next 30 years. This brings us to "The Force Awakens" when the “Resistance”, founded by Leia, is attempting to fight the “First Order” and it’s rise to power.

So, to sum it all up…

First there’s the "Galatic Republic", but the "Sepratists" cause a huge Clone War and the Republic is turned into the "Galatic Empire". But then the "Rebel Alliance" rises up to fight the Empire, eventually leading the entire galaxy into the "New Republic". A faction alled the "First Order" then arises and causes everyone trouble, leading to a group known as the "Resistance" to fight them.

That is a lot to process but I’m glad I finally worked it out.


  1. led by Darth Sidious and his apprentice Count Dooku 
  2. they refused to comply with its excessive taxation and corruption in the Senate during the Separatist Crisis 
  3. let by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, the real mission was to bring Sith rule to the galaxy 
  4. Bail Organa of Alderaan, Garm Bel Iblis of Corellia, and Mon Mothma of Chandrila