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For other uses, see Cabal (disambiguation).
"Every time anything goes wrong anywhere in the Republic, some conspiracy buff or another trots out a theory of a cabal intent on reviving the Empire."
Han Solo[src]

A cabal was a group of individuals, criminal[1] or otherwise, that often plotted secretly against the wishes or expectations of a government or leader. A cabal could also consist simply of the followers and underlings of a leader.[2] The term cabalistic was used to attribute the characteristics of a cabal, especially the secretive and conspirative aspects, to another subject.[3]

CabalsEdit

Circa 41 BBY, the Five Families of Cestus Cybernetics, wealthy industrialist rulers from the planet Ord Cestus, were considered a cabal by many such as Desert Wind.[4]

Chancellor Palpatine, before his ascent to Galactic Emperor in 19 BBY, referred to the Delegation of 2000 as a cabal, and used its apparent treasonous intents to lure Anakin Skywalker closer to the dark side.[5]

Fliry Vorru, Minister of Trade on Thyferra, deemed the Rebels responsible for the fall of Coruscant a cabal.[6]

The Imperial Ruling Council, a governing body of the Galactic Empire was often known as the cabal. While prior to the Battle of Endor the cabal mainly consisted of the Emperor's advisors, following Palpatine's death and the Death Star's destruction, the cabal was controlled by many usurpers to the Imperial throne. The cabal ousted Sate Pestage after six months of his rule, before Ysanne Isard took it over in an attempt to gain control of the scattered remnants of the Empire.[6]

During the Yuuzhan Vong War, the New Jedi Order feared that involving themselves in the election of a new Chief of State would cause individuals such as Senator Fyor Rodan to fear that a "secret Jedi cabal" was in the works to seize control of the New Republic government.[7]

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