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The Alliance Starbird.

"We need a flag to rally behind. A symbol. A symbol of hope."
Leia Organa[src]

The Alliance Starbird, also known as the Phoenix, was the insignia of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. It adorned the flight helmets of a number of Rebel pilots during the Galactic Civil War. It was based on the Marek family crest.

HistoryEdit

Marek Symbol of Hope

The Rebel insignia honoring Galen Marek

The Rebels adopted the symbol from the family crest of the Marek family in honor to Galen Marek, Darth Vader's former apprentice, who sacrificed himself protecting the three founders of the Alliance.[1] However, by some accounts, the insignia had been taken from the seal of the Old Republic.[2] And indeed, a similar winged seal had been used by the Republic at the time of the Great Galactic War.[3]

Often described as a rising phoenix, the Starbird represented the Alliance's goal of setting the stage for the Galactic Republic to rise again from the ashes of the Galactic Empire that it swore to topple. The Starbird most often appeared in bright red or blue but was also sometimes displayed in yellow, black, or gray.

When the Alliance became the New Republic, the Starbird was retained as the central image of the new government's insignia. Adar Tallon's family crest resembled an altered Starbird symbol.[4]

Ultimately this symbol was used for a variety of different governments, including, the Alliance to Restore the Republic, the Alliance of Free Planets, the New Republic, the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, the Alliance-in-exile, the Galactic Alliance Remnant and the Galactic Federation Triumvirate. What's more, the Starbird was very similar to the emblem of the Old Jedi Order, if somewhat modified and later it became the symbol of the New Jedi Order and then of the temporary Jedi Coalition.


Behind the scenesEdit

Older sources[source?] mentioned it was taken from the seal of the Old Republic itself, but as none of the different seals of the Old Republic looked like the Rebellion's crest, this information is now deemed non-canon.

However, a panel seen in Star Wars: Republic 78: Loyalties has shown a dark starbird painted on the bow of a Dreadnaught-class heavy cruiser. This might indicate either the starbird was somehow in use by the Republic during its late days, or that the vessel was serving under the auspices of the Marek family.[5].

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