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The Crimson Empire was the final iteration of the centralized First Galactic Empire as established by Palpatine in 19 BBY. It lasted less than a year, in 11 ABY. Its name derived from the color of the Emperor's Royal Guard uniform worn by its founder, Carnor Jax.
The Crimson Empire had its origins in the Dark Empire established by the reborn Palpatine in 10-11 ABY. The guardsman Jax supervised the poisoning of Palpatine's clone bodies, ensuring the Emperor's final demise. After Palpatine's final death at Onderon, Jax seized control of the Empire, declaring himself Emperor and ruling with the assistance of a twelve-person Imperial Interim Ruling Council. The Council contained a number of aliens on it, the first time in the Empire that aliens had been given such major political positions.
Although many of the Empire's military commanders established themselves as independent warlords in the Deep Core and ignored Jax and the Council, Jax's Crimson Empire represented the last vestige of the centralized Imperial state established by Palpatine.
Jax himself was killed shortly after by his rival Guardsman, Kir Kanos. Burr Nolyds became head of the Empire, but was assassinated as part of a plot supervised by Nom Anor. Under Anor's guidance, Xandel Carivus eventually purged his enemies in the Council, disbanding it and proclaiming himself Emperor. His rule was short lived, as Kanos killed Carivus while the New Republic captured the capital of Ord Cantrell, taking the remaining councilors into custody.
The capture of Ord Cantrell would be the end of the original Imperial state. The remaining Imperial warlords recognized no central authority. This splintered state would last for a year, until Natasi Daala's drive for Imperial Reunification would result in the establishment of the Imperial Remnant in 12 ABY.
The Crimson Empire existed in a long strip running from the Colonies to the Outer Rim, and bordering on the Pentastar Alignment. Notable worlds under its control included Qiilura, the Kol Huro system, Celanon, Ord Cantrell, Phaeda, Yinchorr, and the D'Astan sector. Additionally, the support of its alien councilors (specifically the Whiphid Ch'Unkk, Defel Za, Devaronian Manos, and Givin Kooloota-Fyf) gave the Crimson Empire isolated pockets of control outside that region.
Behind the scenesEdit
The empire that Carnor Jax ran was not actually given a name when the comic series was released. It wasn't until The Essential Atlas where it was given a name, which was also the same name as the series it originated in. A similar action happened with its predecessor, the Dark Empire.
- Handbook 2: Crimson Empire
- The Emperor's Pawns
- The Essential Chronology
- The New Essential Chronology
- The Essential Atlas (First identified as Crimson Empire)
- The Essential Guide to Warfare