- "We're on the brink of war again—one we may not survive."
- ―General Leia Organa
Prior to 34 ABY, a conflict broke out between the First Order, a military junta that was inspired by principles of the Galactic Empire, and the Resistance, a splinter cell of the New Republic military that was formed by General Leia Organa.
At the end of the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, who was in actuality the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious, reorganized the Republic into the first Galactic Empire and declared himself the Galactic Emperor. The Emperor also declared the Jedi to be enemies of the state, and launched a campaign that nearly led to the Order's extinction.  Eventually, conflict between the Empire and various rebel cells, which had united into a single military alliance, led to an all out war.
The Empire suffered a critical defeat at the Battle of Endor at the hands of the Rebel Alliance with the deaths of the Emperor, his chief enforcer and apprentice Darth Vader, and the destruction of the Sith. However, the Empire's legacy endured as the First Order rose from the ashes of the Empire to pose a threat to the New Republic that was formed by the Rebel Alliance following the Battle of Endor. Led by the Supreme Leader Snoke, the First Order followed in the footsteps of the Old Empire. The Order used various updated models of the Empire's weapons and troops, including TIE fighters and stormtroopers. The Republic appeared to be neutral, but secretly assisted the Resistance in fighting against the First Order. General Leia Organa led the Resistance in fighting the First Order, but also had the goal of locating her brother Luke Skywalker, who had gone into self-imposed exile due to his grief over Ben Solo's betrayal of his generation of Jedi.
- "It is the task of the First Order to remove the disorder from our own existence, so that civilization may be returned to the stability that promotes progress. A stability that existed under the Empire, was reduced to anarchy by the Rebellion, was inherited in turn by the so-called Republic, and will be restored by us. Future historians will look upon this as the time when a strong hand brought the rule of law back to civilization."
- ―Kylo Ren
In 34 ABY, about thirty years after the Battle of Endor, an uneasy peace existed between the New Republic and the First Order, the latter of which had been formed from the remnants of the "Old Empire." In defiance of the Galactic Concordance, the First Order began rebuilding its military and acquiring advanced weapons and starships. First Order forces also frequently crossed the Trans-Hydian Borderlands and launched several incursions into Republic space. Despite mounting reports of First Order re-militarization and aggression, the Galactic Senate and Republic Command refused to take forceful military action against the Order. The New Republic Starfleet was ordered not to seek engagement with First Order forces and to patrol Republic space.
While patrolling the Mirrin sector, the New Republic starfighter commander Poe Dameron and his Rapier Squadron responded to a distress call from the freighter Yissira Zyde above Suraz 4. The freighter was carrying a cargo of 46 high-powered charging arrays, which could be easily converted to military use. During the ensuing Suraz engagement, Rapier Squadron managed to shoot down several First Order starfighters but were unable to prevent the hijacked freighter from jumping into hyperspace. One pilot Muran was also killed during the dogfight. In response, Dameron reported the skirmish to Major Lonno Deso and advocated tracking down the ship and investigating why the First Order was interested in it. Deso, however, ordered Poe not to pursue the First Order, citing the New Republic military's purely defensive policies.
Defying Major Deso's orders, Poe undertook an unsanctioned mission to track down the Yissira Zyde. Facing sanction from the Republic military for disobeying orders, Poe left the Republic Starfleet and joined the Resistance at the advice of General Leia Organa. Poe was also joined by his remaining Rapier pilots Karé Kun and Iolo Arana, who shared his sentiments. Later, General Organa obtained intelligence that the Hevurion senator Erudo Ro-Kiintor was secretly colluding with the First Order by sabotaging motions in the Galactic Senate. Lacking hard evidence, Leia dispatched Poe and his former Rapier Squadron colleagues on a covert mission to steal Ro-Kiintor's starship Hevurion Grace and obtain its computers. Despite opposition from the First Order, the Resistance pilots managed to steal the Hevurion Grace and expose Ro-Kiintor's collaboration with the First Order. In addition, Leia found information leading to her brother Luke and sent Poe on a quest to find Lor San Tekka.
Search for Lor San TekkaEdit
Dameron was ordered by Organa to form a small squadron of no more than four pilots and a technician. Dameron formed his Black Squadron, consisting of himself, Captains Karé Kun and Temmin Wexley, the Duros L'ulo, Jessika Pava and the Abednedo Oddy Muva.
Search for the droidEdit
Dameron eventually discovered Lor San Tekka was living in the village of Tuanul on the planet of Jakku and went to meet with him. Lor San Tekka entrusted him with a piece of the map leading to Luke. However, the First Order tracked them down to the planet and dispatched several assault landers to the planet. The local villagers, who were members of the Church of the Force, made a valiant effort to fight off the attackers but were massacred by the First Order. Dameron gave the piece of the map to his droid BB-8 telling him to get as far as away from the village as possible and that Dameron would come back for him. After the villagers had been subdued, Kylo Ren himself arrived on the planet and had Lor San Tekka executed after he did not reveal the location of the map.
Angered, Poe attempted to shoot Kylo Ren, but his laser was held off by Kylo Ren's use of the Force, and he was captured. Kylo Ren then ordered the massacre of all of the villagers, with the First Order stormtroopers firing on them and burning down their houses with flamethrowers; stormtrooper FN-2187 did not fire any shots, and he became disillusioned with the First Order. Dameron refused to give up any details under torture while aboard the Resurgent-class Battlecruiser Finalizer, but Kylo Ren eventually figured out that the map was in the droid. He dispatched some stormtroopers to Jakku to locate and capture the droid. Unbeknownst to both Dameron and the First Order, the droid had fallen into the hands of a scavenger named Rey.
Eventually, Dameron was able to escape with the assistance of FN-2187, who told him that he was rescuing him because he was doing what was right. FN-2187's decision to aid Dameron was influenced by a moral dilemma he had encountered during an earlier First Order operation to put down a strike at Pressy's Tumble. FN-2187 assisted Dameron in reaching a TIE fighter, and they shot their way out of the hangar while also destroying the cannons on the bottom of the Finalizer. During this action, Dameron decided to call FN-2187 by a nickname, "Finn", which he adopted as his name. They succeeded in escaping to Jakku, but their TIE fighter crashed in two separate areas. The main body of the fighter crashed in a sink-hole, leading Finn to believe that Poe was dead.
He wandered towards the nearest village, where Rey was fighting off some thugs who set out to steal the valuable droid BB-8 for their boss. BB-8 noticed that Finn was wearing Dameron's jacket, so he identified him as a thief, leading to Rey attacking him. However, Finn lied and told her that he was with the Resistance, and that the droid contained a piece of a map that needed to reach them. Just then, TIE fighters and stormtroopers arrived and began to attack. The two of them bypassed the old "Millennium Falcon" to reach another ship, but when that ship was destroyed, they entered the "Falcon" and tried to escape. Rey and Finn succeeded in destroying the pursuing TIE fighters and left the planet with BB-8, but before they could leave the system, they were sucked into the freighter Eravana by Han Solo and Chewbacca, the original owners of the ship. The duo met Rey and Finn, with Han Solo originally being opposed to taking part in the conflict and giving them help, but he later agreed.
While aboard the Eravana, the quartet ran into trouble when the Kanjiklub and the Guavian Death Gang confronted Han Solo about his debts, and this led to a stand-off. Rey decided to close the blast doors to separate Han Solo from the two gangs, but she accidentally released 3 Rathtars, giant monsters that had killed most of Han's crew when he captured them. Han, Chewbacca, Rey, Finn, and BB-8 narrowly escaped, with Finn almost being eaten by one. The four of them left the ship as the Rathtars attacked the gangsters, but not before Bala-Tik reported Han Solo's escape to the First Order.
Han Solo took them to Takodana to meet the pirate Maz Kanata, who could help them with reaching the Resistance. During this visit, Finn decided that he would flee to the far end of the galaxy when Han Solo warned him that Rey would find out about his lies, and Finn revealed his true identity when Rey tried to convince him to stay. Rey was shown by Maz the lightsaber of Luke Skywalker while Finn was preparing to leave, but she had a vision of death and sadness, worsening her mood. She told Maz that she would not go anywhere near the lightsaber again, and she left for the woods, running away with BB-8 and a pistol that Han had given her.
The First Order finished building Starkiller Base, a facility much larger than the Death Star that had the capability of destroying whole systems. General Armitage Hux gained the permission of Supreme Leader Snoke to test the weapon, and he gave a speech to the First Order's army, announcing that the New Republic would be destroyed with the new weapon. The weapon destroyed the Galactic Senate at Hosnian Prime and four other planets in the Hosnian system, showing the capabilities of the superweapon. This was also able to destroy a significant portion of the New Republic Starfleet, and the destruction of the planets could be seen from Takodana below. A First Order spy on the planet alerted the First Order to the presence of the droid, so Kylo Ren dispatched several stormtroopers and TIE fighters to the planet. They destroyed much of the castle and killed several people, and Maz Kanata decided to entrust Luke's lightsaber to Finn. Rey, Han, Chewbacca, and Finn fought against the stormtroopers until X-wings of the Resistance arrived and destroyed many starfighters. Rey was captured by the First Order, however, and the First Order took her back with them to Starkiller Base. Dameron was able to reunite with Finn, embracing each other as friends. Kylo Ren decided that the droid was unimportant, as Rey had seen the map; he abandoned the search for the droid and decided to interrogate her. However, she resisted his torture, and read into his head instead. Meanwhile, Han, Chewbacca, Finn, and Dameron all headed to the Resistance base on D'Qar to meet with General Organa for a counter-attack against Starkiller Base, while Finn sought to rescue his friend.
On D'Qar, Organa, Gial Ackbar, and other Resistance leaders were planning an attack on the Starkiller Station to prevent other systems from being destroyed. Finn made a special request to Organa, asking her to rescue Rey. She allowed Han, Chewbacca, and Finn to embark on this mission, which would also include destroying the shields so that the X-wings could destroy the base. The three of them were inserted onto the cold planet, and they captured Captain Phasma and forced her to shut down the shields. This allowed for the X-wings to begin their attack, and the trio set out to find Rey. They met up with her after she escaped, having used a mind trick to force a stormtrooper to let her escape with a weapon. They planted explosives in the base, but as they were about to leave, Han encountered Kylo Ren, Han seemingly convinced Kylo Ren to rejoin him, but Kylo Ren impaled him with his lightsaber, and Han fell into the abyss below. Chewbacca wounded Kylo Ren with a bowcaster shot, and he detonated his explosives after killing many stormtroopers. Chewbacca, Rey, and Finn made it out of the base, and Ren went after Rey and Finn. They engaged in a duel, with Rey being injured and Finn fighting Ren with Luke's old lightsaber; later, Finn was slashed on the back, forcing Rey to fight Ren. At the same time, the X-wings went in and destroyed the weak center of the base, leading to the base using its own abilities against itself as the planet quaked. General Hux was ordered by Snoke's hologram to get Kylo Ren and flee the base; Kylo Ren dueled Rey and failed to convince her to join the dark side. Rey slashed Kylo Ren and nearly killed him, but an earthquake separated them. Chewbacca arrived in the Falcon and rescued the injured Finn and Rey, and they left the planet with the X-wing squadron as the planet exploded.
The Return of Luke SkywalkerEdit
They returned to the base, with the happiness of victory being replaced by despair over Han's death. General Organa embraced Rey. Finn was taken to a medical center and regained a heartbeat, and R2-D2 woke up for the first time since Luke's disappearance to show an incomplete galactic map. BB-8 revealed the missing piece, pinpointing Luke's location to the Resistance; Rey, along with the mourning Chewbacca, set out with the Millennium Falcon to the location. She found Luke on an island on Ahch-To, an ocean planet that she had dreamed about, and she silently took out Luke's lightsaber and offered it to him, with Luke turning around and considering it.
Behind the scenesEdit
The First Order–Resistance conflict was first mentioned in Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure and made its first appearance in Before the Awakening. The conflict has yet to receive an official name or beginning date. The Star Wars: The Force Awakens novel describes both the First Order and the Resistance as "new" organizations. In many ways, the conflict as it is shown in all material prior to The Force Awakens can be considered to be a state of a Cold War. Thus one can assume that the destruction of the Hosnian system affectively acts as the First Order declaring war on the Galaxy, with the battle of Takodana being the first true battle between The Resistance and the First Order, escalating the conflict into a full scale war.
- Disney Infinity 3.0
- LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises – "Poe to the Rescue"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises – "The Trouble with Rathtars" (Mentioned only)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises – "Hunting for Han" (Mentioned only)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Resistance Rises – "Attack of the Conscience"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (DK Readers)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Scholastic)
- Star Wars: Puzzle Droids
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Bloodline
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24 3.25 3.26 3.27 3.28 3.29 3.30 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Before the Awakening
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 The Phantom Limb
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Poe Dameron 1: Black Squadron, Part I
- ↑ Poe Dameron 4: Lockdown, Part I
- ↑ Poe Dameron 2: Black Squadron, Part II
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (novel)
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary