- "For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
The Imperial Era, also known as the Old Empire era, the Age of the Empire, or simply the Dark Times, was a period of time that began with the Proclamation of the New Order—the event that marked the reorganization of the democratic Galactic Republic into the fascist Galactic Empire—at the end of the Clone Wars in 19 BBY. Within a generation, however, it ended with the Empire's dissolution through the signing of the Galactic Concordance in 5 ABY, approximately one year after the death of Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine at the Battle of Endor.
The era was characterized by the implementation of the Emperor's political program, referred to as the New Order. Although the Emperor did bring peace to the galaxy as he had promised, that result was achieved through brutal repression. As a result, the Age of the Empire also saw the birth of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, whose members sought to overthrow the Emperor and restore democracy to the galaxy. The combination of the Emperor's death and the Empire's final defeat at the Battle of Jakku ultimately marked the end of both the Galactic Civil War and the Imperial era, resulting in the dawn of a new age under the New Republic.
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia (First identified as Imperial Era)
- The Force Awakens: Head-to-Head (First identified as Old Empire era)
- Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files – Deluxe Edition
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Aftermath: Empire's End
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- ↑ Bloodline
- ↑ Lords of the Sith
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Fire Across the Galaxy"
- ↑ Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Legacy of Mandalore"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Secret Cargo"
- ↑ Star Wars Rebels – "Zero Hour"
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Lost Stars
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy
- ↑ A New Dawn