Before the Republic is a publishing era used by Lucas Licensing to denote material that is set between the years 37,000 BBY and 25,000 BBY in the Star Wars universe. Before the Republic was the seventh in-universe publishing era to be established, the first since the creation of the original five publishing eras in 2000, and was created to classify the Dark Horse comic series Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi. The era includes the three arcs of Dawn of the Jedi, the tie-in novel Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void, and two accompanying short stories.
Originally, issues of Dawn of the Jedi stated that Before the Republic spanned 36,000–25,000 BBY, but the first trade paperback of the series established the boundary at 37,000 to accommodate the start of the first issue, which is set in 36,453 BBY. The next two arcs reflected the correct date.