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The Imperial Remnant was an Empire formed from the unified holdings of various Imperial Warlords who had ruled their own territories following the final collapse of the Galactic Empire in 11 ABY. As the galaxy's largest Imperial power, the Remnant adhered to the tenets of the former Galactic Emperor Palpatine's New Order; although slavery and anti-alien sentiment were abolished, the Remnant maintained a strong military and limited public expression. The military was composed of the Imperial Navy, Imperial Army, and Stormtrooper Corps; making up the Remnant's war machine were traditional Imperial vehicles such as Star Destroyers, TIE series starfighters, and Imperial walkers. Led by a Council of Moffs and the Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet from its inception in 12 ABY, the Remnant was later ruled by a Head of State, which eventually became a democratically electable position in a wave of sweeping reforms. The citizens of the Remnant remained under its rule by their own choice, preferring the order and efficiency of New Order policy.
The Remnant was born in 12 ABY when Admiral Gilad Pellaeon led the United Warlord Fleets—themselves formed when Admiral Natasi Daala killed thirteen squabbling Warlords and unified their holdings—out of the galaxy's Deep Core and united them with surviving Imperial factions in the Outer and Mid Rims. With a well-defined stretch of territory and several Star Dreadnoughts in his fleet, Pellaeon was elected Supreme Commander and Grand Admiral by the Moffs of the Rim factions. He called the new state the true Empire, but it was also known as Pellaeon's Empire or simply the Empire. Pellaeon continued the former Galactic Empire's fight against the New Republic in the ongoing Galactic Civil War, and expanded the Remnant's borders through the successful Orinda campaign in that year. However, New Republic advances continually won territory over the next seven years, reducing Imperial space to just eight sectors in the Outer Rim and forcing a relocation of the Imperial capital from Orinda to Bastion. Realizing that the war was lost, Pellaeon sued for peace in 19 ABY; although his efforts were nearly undermined by a power grab from a Sinister Triumvirate of Imperials, he exposed them as traitors and signed the Bastion Accords with New Republic Chief of State Ponc Gavrisom.
A tense relationship between the Remnant and the New Republic existed in peacetime, and when the latter government requested Imperial assistance in repelling an invasion by the extra-galactic Yuuzhan Vong in 25 ABY, the Moffs elected to instead sit the Yuuzhan Vong War out and fortify their own territory against the invaders. After conquering much of the galaxy and capturing the New Republic capital of Coruscant, the Yuuzhan Vong attacked Bastion in 28 ABY and forced an Imperial retreat. Pellaeon was finally able to convince the reluctant Moff Council to take the fight to the enemy, and under his direction, the Imperial Remnant joined the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, the New Republic's successor state. 29 ABY saw the Yuuzhan Vong defeated by the Galactic Alliance's combined fleets at Coruscant, and Pellaeon later retired, but 41 ABY saw him resume his role as Supreme Commander when Galactic Alliance Chief of State Jacen Solo requested the Remnant's aid in prosecuting the Second Galactic Civil War against a Confederation of breakaway planets. When Pellaeon refused to support Solo's brutal tactics in the Second Battle of Fondor, he was assassinated by Solo's Sith apprentice Tahiri Veila, and with Drikl Lecersen acting as their de facto leader, the surviving Moffs pledged themselves to Solo.
In the final weeks of the war, Lecersen authorized the creation of a nanovirus that targeted the bloodline of the royal family of the Hapes Consortium, members of the Galactic Alliance–opposed Jedi Coalition. When Solo was killed in a lightsaber duel, the Coalition rejoined the Alliance and confronted the Moffs with an ultimatum: Face war crime trials for the deployment of the nanovirus, or install a young man named Jagged Fel as their new Head of State and force the outmatched Confederation to surrender. Although the war was over, the Remnant withdrew from the Galactic Alliance, and Fel attended a Unification Summit on Coruscant in 43 ABY designed to mend galactic ties that had been severed during the conflict. When he returned to Imperial Space, he survived an assassination attempt by a power-hungry Admiral Daala, who hoped to usurp control of the Remnant, now commonly known as the Galactic Empire. Public support for Daala due to her Imperial past prompted Fel to call a general election among the Remnant's citizens as part of his democratic reforms, and with Fel's assistance, Admiral Vitor Reige was elected as the new Head of State. However, at some point before 127 ABY, the Remnant was reorganized into the Fel Empire, a dynastic monarchy with Fel as its Emperor.
- "Jag, do you need to get back to the Imperial Remnant embassy?"
"Galactic Empire. And yes."
- ―Jaina Solo and Imperial Head of State Jagged Fel, in 43 ABY
The Imperial Remnant was an Empire that emerged in 12 ABY when Admiral Gilad Pellaeon led his United Warlord Fleets out of the Deep Core and pledged them to the protection of Imperial factions in the Mid Rim and Outer Rim Territories, provided that said factions joined him. The Galactic Empire had ceased to exist one year previously, its remnants reduced to squabbling Warlord fleets and Moffs answerable to no one. The unified Remnant was the new locus of Imperial power, and it continued to prosecute the Empire's Galactic Civil War against the New Republic until the two sides signed the Bastion Accords in 19 ABY and brought the war to a peaceful end.
In the Remnant's early years, Pellaeon called it the "true Empire" to distinguish it from remaining Imperial Warlord factions, but it was also known as "Pellaeon's Empire." Imperial and New Republic individuals alike also used the term "remnants of the Empire," which had previously been applied to the Galactic Empire in the years after Galactic Emperor Palpatine's death at the Battle of Endor. The Remnant was also known as simply the "Empire," and by 43 ABY, Imperial individuals had revived the term "Galactic Empire," although "Imperial Remnant" was still the most common nomenclature used by the rest of the galaxy. The Remnant was symbolically represented by the traditional Imperial crest.
- "Join the Galactic Alliance? Have you gone mad? You can't believe that any of us would ever agree to this!"
"I don't need your agreement, Kurlen. When I say that I am advising the council, I am only following a formality. This is the way it will be, because this is the way it has to be. I am simply saving you the need to think it through for yourselves."
- ―Moff Kurlen Flennic and Supreme Commander Gilad Pellaeon, in 28 ABY
Admiral Pellaeon held the rank of Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet and was the leader of the Remnant despite being technically subordinate to the organization's Council of Moffs. The Moffs appointed him Supreme Commander and Grand Admiral, and their consensus was required before Pellaeon could make any large-scale decisions. In 19 ABY, the Supreme Commander addressed each Moff as "Your Excellency." By 28 ABY, Pellaeon was picking and choosing what information he shared with the Moffs, asserting to outsiders that the Remnant was not run by a committee. In that year, he explicitly told the council that he considered their consensus to be a mere formality.
When Pellaeon temporarily retired following the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Council of Moffs led the Remnant in his absence. They again took the Remnant's reigns following Pellaeon's death in 41 ABY. Moff Drikl Lecersen served as their de facto leader in the latter instance. Later in the year, the Moffs agreed to install a young man named Jagged Fel as the Remnant's new Head of State, a decision forced upon them by the Jedi Coalition as an alternative to facing the consequences of war crimes which they had recently committed. The Head of State position became a democratically electable one by the Remnant's citizens three years later as part of a wave of democratic reforms instituted by Fel. Although Admiral Vitor Reige won the election, the Remnant was eventually reorganized into a dynastic monarchy known as the Fel Empire with Fel as its first Emperor.
The Remnant's government sat on the planet Orinda from 12 ABY to 17 ABY, after which they relocated to Bastion. In 28 ABY, during the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Remnant joined the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances in order to combine their strength against the extra-galactic, invading Yuuzhan Vong. Pellaeon was integrated into Galactic Alliance High Command in 29 ABY during the final stages of the war. However, the events of the later Second Galactic Civil War strained the relationship of the two governments, and the Remnant had broken from the Alliance by 43 ABY.
Some aspects of Palpatine's Empire that the Remnant maintained included a strong military and limited venues of public expression, but the Remnant was far more progressive than the Empire had been, abolishing both slavery and anti-alien sentiment. However, the Remnant unobtrusively adhered to the strict tenets of Palpatine's New Order and consequently found itself growing increasingly irrelevant to galactic affairs during the Yuuzhan Vong War. In 44 ABY, Jagged Fel's democratic reforms saw him charge the Imperial News Network with with reporting on government affairs at every level in order to ensure complete governmental accountability.
- "We still hold eight sectors—over a thousand inhabited systems. We have the Fleet, nearly two hundred Star Destroyers strong. We're still very much a force to be reckoned with."
- ―Captain Ardiff, in 19 ABY
The Imperial Remnant's state was based on having a strong military and a Supreme Commander as its leader. The Imperial Military consisted of the Imperial Navy, Imperial Army, and the Stormtrooper Corps. The military was answerable to Imperial High Command. Imperial Intelligence was used by the Imperial Remnant, as was Fleet Intelligence, and a Ubiqtorate station was kept at the planet Yaga Minor. Imperial agents were routinely dispatched to worlds outside of Imperial Space, including planets such as Belkadan where general intelligence-gathering occurred.
Each Moff governed a sector and commanded a Sector Fleet. The various fleets of the navy were largely made up of Star Destroyers, 200 of which composed the Imperial Fleet in 19 ABY—Pellaeon lamented the number as being a pale shadow of the 25,000+ arsenal that had once been boasted by the Galactic Empire. Throughout the Remnant's history, its Star Destroyer complement included Executor-class Star Dreadnoughts and other Star Dreadnoughts, Sorannan-class Star Destroyers, Imperial I-class Star Destroyers, Imperial II-class Star Destroyers, Victory II-class Star Destroyers, Interdictor-class heavy cruiser, Turbulent-class Star Destroyers, and at least one eight kilometer–long Super Star Destroyer. Also in the fleet were freighters, frigates, Lambda-class shuttles, tugs, Dreadnaught-class heavy cruisers, carriers, All Terrain Rapid Deployment Pods, Crusader-class corvettes, and Strike-class medium cruisers—for a time, the Remnant depended on the Strike-class more heavily than even Star Destroyers, as it was one of the few classes of capital ships which they had the capacity to produce in large numbers. As early as 44 ABY, Remnant space was patrolled by Burst Fire-class Deep-Space Patrol Vessels, ships whose small bays contained boxy military-grade rescue shuttles.
As Imperial Head of State, Jagged Fel secretly maintained the Empire of the Hand, an organization to which he had once belonged. Its fleet included Chiss Star Destroyers and Nssis-class Clawcraft starfighters. Other starfighters employed by the Remnant were TIE fighters, TIE interceptors, TIE bombers, TIE defenders, and starhunters. Preybird-class starfighters were briefly utilized by the fleet in 19 ABY through a deal that Moff Vilim Disra struck with the Cavrilhu Pirates. The Imperial army included AT-AT and AT-ST walkers, and stormtroopers were the Remnant's footsoldiers, some of whom served in the Imperial Elite Guard. The Remnant's elite shock troopers were said to be as good in combat as the legendary 501st Legion that was historically employed by the Imperial Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader.
- "Can we hold on to our territory, though? The New Republic has perpetuated the lie that we rule by terror and force. Won't they insist on our destruction, treaty or not?"
"I don't think so. I believe we can convince even the most rabid of them that the worlds currently under Imperial rule remain with us by their own choice."
- ―Moff Edan and Supreme Commander Pellaeon discuss the idea of a treaty with the New Republic
The Remnant's territory originally stretched from Wild Space to the Mid Rim, but after seven years of losing ground to the New Republic, it had been reduced to eight sectors in the Outer Rim, consisting of over a thousand habitable systems. By 41 ABY, their territory had increased in size considerably, stretching through the Mid Rim and the Expansion Region into the Inner Rim. Each sector was governed by a Moff, and the systems within remained under Imperial rule by their own choice, preferring the efficiencies of New Order policy. However, some systems were ceded to the Remnant by the Galactic Alliance in 41 ABY in return for aid lent during the Second Galactic Civil War.
Economic development in the Remnant proceeded slowly in the years after the Bastion Accords. Only a few pockets of Imperial Space had amenities available that were comparable to those of the New Republic, and citizens of some Imperial worlds lived in grinding poverty. Industries were crippled due to the availability of cheap imported goods from the New Republic, which led to unrest and rioting.
The birth of the RemnantEdit
An Empire fallsEdit
In 4 ABY, the Galactic Empire suffered a crushing defeat at the Battle of Endor to the Rebel Alliance, their opponent in the Galactic Civil War. The Alliance Fleet destroyed the Empire's Death Star II battlestation, and Emperor Palpatine was killed; the battle also saw the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor, flagship of the Imperial Navy's Death Squadron, and the battlecruiser Pride of Tarlandia destroyed. Admiral Horst Strage, commander of the next communications ship in line—the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Chimaera—was killed when an ion blast overloaded his neural shunt, and command of the fleet was left in the hands of the Chimeara's Captain Gilad Pellaeon. Finding his forces in disarray, Pellaeon ordered a retreat to the planet Annaj.
With the fleet regrouped, Pellaeon called a council of war and advocated that they return to Endor and crush the Rebels. When Adye Prittick, the ranking admiral, proved indecisive, Admiral Blitzer Harrsk took part of the fleet and retreated into the Deep Core until a clear chain of command could be established. As the Emperor had never provided a succession plan in the event of his death, other naval officers followed Harrsk's example and fortified their holdings, declaring themselves independent warlords. Grand Vizier Sate Pestage claimed the Imperial throne and, wary of Alliance strikes against key targets, fortified strategic systems and fortress worlds, which put the Empire on the defensive despite their numerical and economic advantages over the Rebels. Countless worlds flocked to the fold of the New Republic, the successor state of the Alliance, after hearing news of the Emperor's death.
The Republic consolidated their holdings and won worlds over through diplomacy before executing an aggressive military push into the Core against an Empire that was crumbling from within due to the machinations of its own ambitious politicians. By 9 ABY, the Empire's territory had been reduced to a quarter of its former size, and the state was widely considered to be merely the "remnants of the Empire." Campaigns by Grand Admiral Thrawn and by the reborn Palpatine reclaimed swaths of lost territory, but Palpatine's final death saw the fleet again splinter into warlordism and Imperial territory reduced to a narrow band stretching from the Outer Rim to the Colonies. Following the death of self-proclaimed Emperor Xandel Carivus in 11 ABY, utter collapse of Imperial authority ensued, and the Empire ceased to exist.
Rising from the ashesEdit
- "One Empire, one fleet—only this will guarantee us victory."
- ―Admiral Daala
Later in 11 ABY, Imperial Admiral Natasi Daala's Maw fleet emerged from years of seclusion in the Maw and prosecuted a disastrous military campaign against the New Republic. After limping into the Deep Core aboard her sole remaining ship, the Gorgon, she declared herself a freelance ambassador and spent one year traveling to the various warlords' fortress worlds espousing a message of unification. Unwilling to give up their power, the feuding warlords dismissed her ideas and continued their Imperial Civil War against each other. While she was at the fortress of "Supreme Warlord" Blitzer Harrsk in 12 ABY, the forces of "High Admiral" Treuten Teradoc attacked, fleeing after destroying the flagship of Harrsk's fleet. Harrsk ordered her at blasterpoint to lead a counterassault, and in orbit above Teradoc's own fortress, Daala, fed up with the warlords' squabbling, fired an ion cannon from the bridge of the Star Destroyer Firestorm at Harrsk's own Whirlwind and ordered the fleet to stand down.
Pellaeon, now a Vice Admiral in Teradoc's fleet, found himself agreeing with Daala's assertions over an open comm channel that the warlords needed to stop fighting amongst themselves and focus their efforts against the New Republic. He ordered Teradoc's defensive fleet to similarly stand down and took a shuttle from his Victory-class Star Destroyer 13X to join Daala on the bridge of the Firestorm. The ship fled into hyperspace along with the 13X and one more of Pellaeon's Destroyers to a negotiating point in the dead of space, where Daala and Pellaeon agreed that a a leader needed to be chosen from among the warlords and proposed a detente council. Using both of their reputations as pull, he convinced thirteen Deep Core warlords—including Harrsk, Teradoc, Sander Delvardus, and Yzu—to convene at a space station called Tsoss Beacon, where they met inside of a storeroom. Daala insisted that they unite their forces and choose a nominal leader, but when three hours' worth of arguing amounted to nothing, she donned a breath mask. Pellaeon quickly put on one of his own as the Admiral released a nerve gas into the room, ending both the discussion and the warlords's lives.
The fleets of the dead warlords pledged themselves to Daala, the architect of the Imperial Reunification. In a departure from Palpatine's Humanocentrism, she welcomed women and non-Humans to actively participate in military service. Daala intended to relinquish control of the United Warlord Fleets after launching a devastating strike at the New Republic; her target was the jungle moon Yavin 4, home to the New Republic–allied New Jedi Order. However, the Force powers of the Jedi students were able to blast Pellaeon's vanguard fleet of twelve Star Destroyers out of orbit, and Daala's Super Star Destroyer Knight Hammer was disabled following an infiltration by the Jedi student Callista Ming. The Battle for Yavin 4 was a disaster for the Imperials, and with her plans having fallen to rubble, Daala relinquished full command of the United Warlord Fleets to Pellaeon.
Although not the type to seize power, Pellaeon proved himself an extremely capable leader. He strengthened ties with the Moffs of surviving Imperial factions in the Outer and Mid Rims, and decided to withdraw all of his fleets and war arsenals from the Deep Core, which he felt would keep his new Empire bottled up. Before leaving, he discovered squadrons of robotic TIEs, caches of arms, mines, and the Star Dreadnoughts Megador and Dominion within abandoned Deep Core armories. As the Outer and Mid Rims offered more resources, better-traveled hyperlanes, and favorable opportunities to harass New Republic shipping, Pellaeon pledged his fleets to protect the Imperial Rim factions on the condition that they joined his Empire. The Moffs of the Rim factions agreed that the Megador, Dominion, and the Reaper—a third dreadnaught under Pellaeon's command—were enough to defend against the New Republic, and named Pellaeon the Supreme Commander and Grand Admiral of the new Imperial Remnant. The Remnant was a well-defined Empire stretching from the Mid Rim to Wild Space with additional scattered holdings in other regions of the galaxy. Pellaeon referred to the new state as the "true Empire," but it was also known as "Pellaeon's Empire" in order to distinguish it from the surviving Warlord factions. The Remnant was also known as simply the "Empire."
Ending the warEdit
Expansion through conquestEdit
- "Thanks to Daala's unification efforts, the Empire was stable, though still only a shadow of its former self. If anyone could restore the Empire… Pellaeon appeared to be the one."
- ―Voren Na'al
A mere six months after Daala's resignation, Pellaeon—now commanding from the bridge of the Reaper—decided to campaign for the conquest of the planet of Orinda in the Mid Rim. The New Republic responded by sending a fleet under the command of General Wedge Antilles and Lusankya, but it proved too late. Though a month of fighting succeeded in pushing Pellaeon back, the campaign proved a relative success for the Empire. The New Republic's defeat came at the Battle of Orinda where the fleet carrier Endurance was destroyed with the majority of its fighter complement on board. Soon after, a second Imperial victory came at the Battle of Gravlex Med where the Imperial forces successfully reacquired the symbolically important Star Destroyer Chimaera. After this, the battle lines along the Mid Rim would come to a stalemate as both sides fortified their acquisitions.
Following the collapse of Moff Tol Getelles' control over the independent Antemeridian sector, the New Republic entered the territory with two fleets. Getelles was unable to combat the invasion, costing the Empire this ally and his sector along with a sizeable area of neighboring space. Occupied on the front at Adumar, Pellaeon arrived in time to stop the New Republic's advance, but at the cost of his flagship Reaper, forcing him to move the starfleet's flag to his old warship, Chimaera. This would prove to be the beginning of the end for the Imperial Remnant's expansion.
In 14 ABY, a faction of the Remnant would co-operate with the Sith cult, the Disciples of Ragnos, who sought to resurrect the spirit of Marka Ragnos and rebuild a new Sith Empire. During the crisis of the Disciples of Ragnos, the Remnant were active on locations such as an old power station on Bakura, Echo Base on Hoth, Bast Castle on Vjun, Kril'Dor, Dosuun, Yalara, the remains of Byss, and Taspir III. The Remnant had several run-ins with members of the New Jedi Order, and especially Kyle Katarn and Jaden Korr proved to be thorns in the Imperial side, thwarting Remnant operations time and again. For instance, one of the Remnant's more prominent figures of this period, Rax Joris, was killed by Korr on Dosuun. Under the command of Tavion Axmis, Remnant troops would fight alongside Sith Cultists and New Reborn Dark Jedi, as well as mercenaries hired by the Disciples of Ragnos. A few Remnant troops were present at the Battle of Korriban, but were not involved in the fighting until they were attacked by Jaden Korr who single-handedly managed to eliminate them all and move on to defeat Tavion, thus ending the cooperation between the Remnant and the Sith Cult for good.
In 17 ABY, after five years of relative peace, Imperial systems near the Hydian Way began to suggest the cessation of hostilities. The New Republic Senate proposed Imperial officers to keep their offices in case of peace.
Fearing an invasion, the Moff Council secretly contacted Admiral Natasi Daala, who had unified the replacement warlords and proposed a campaign against the New Republic. Despite his doubts, Pellaeon —now a Fleet Admiral— accepted this plan but by hoping to convince the Moffs to change their minds. Taking advantage of the just concluded Almanian Uprising, Pellaeon and Daala launched their offensive from different places in the galaxy.
After a series of victorious battles for Pellaeon, Daala and the warlords were defeated in the Core Worlds by the New Republic Fourth Fleet commanded by Garm Bel Iblis. After that Garm Bel Iblis and Admiral Ackbar launched the full New Republic Fleet against Pellaeon. The Imperial Remnant was slowly but surely pushed back. By the time the major combat operations had ended, Pellaeon found himself at the head of an Imperial Remnant unlike that of only a few years prior. From an expanse of space that reached from the Mid Rim to Wild Space, the Remnant had been pushed into the Outer Rim and controlled a mere eight sectors. For its part, the starfleet had suffered greatly, going from twenty-five thousand Star Destroyers at its peak to a mere two-hundred.
These matters were beginning to press on Pellaeon's mind as he thought about the future of the Empire. In 19 ABY, it would eventually lead him to conclude that the Imperial Remnant could no longer last if it continued at war with the New Republic.
There were those within the Imperial Remnant who thought differently from the Supreme Commander, among them the official in charge of the Braxant sector, Moff Vilim Disra. Determined to oust Pellaeon and continue the war, he formed a triumvirate with Emperor's Royal Guard Major Grodin Tierce and the con-artist Flim. While Disra provided the resources and political needs necessary to carry out the coup, Tierce conducted the military aspect, all of which relied on Flim and his disguise as Grand Admiral Thrawn. With the New Republic in chaos over the Caamas Document and Bothan involvement, the triumvirate moved and prepared a situation that they hoped would eventually drive the New Republic to civil war. Fortunantly, Pellaeon—assisted by Mistryl Shada D'ukal, smuggler Talon Karrde, and, indirectly, Jorj Car'das—succeeded in uncovering the plot and had Disra and Flim taken into custody.
The coup foiled, the plot to start a civil war within the New Republic was successfully halted when copies of the Caamas Document were discovered and brought to public attention. These matters settled, Pellaeon's plans for peace could finally be realized. Aboard the bridge of Chimaera, more than two decades after its inception, the Galactic Civil War at last came to end with the signing of a treaty of peace. The Imperial Remnant was no longer a rogue entity of a greater past, but a recognized state, politically equal to the New Republic.
Between 19 ABY and 25 ABY, a number of unreconstructed Imperial fled to the Remnant, taking a vast amount of wealth with them.
- "Understand this: If the Yuuzhan Vong can defeat the New Republic, we cannot stand against them."
- ―Grand Admiral Gilad Pellaeon
The Empire adopted an isolationist stance until the New Republic's former Chief of State, Leia Organa Solo, went on a diplomatic mission to the Remnant to seek an alliance against the Yuuzhan Vong shortly after the Battle of Dantooine. Grand Admiral Pellaeon, seeing the threat the Yuuzhan Vong posed to the galaxy, persuaded the Council of Moffs to send a fleet to assist the New Republic.
The Imperials rescued a New Republic task force and aided in the eventually futile defense of the planet Ithor. When Ithor was devastated by the Yuuzhan Vong's biological weapons, the Council of Moffs ordered Grand Admiral Pellaeon to return to Imperial space and ready Imperial defenses against a possible attack by the extragalactic aliens. Grudgingly, Pellaeon obeyed. Curiously, Pellaeon did not withdraw the entirety of Imperial forces from Republic space, as a small Imperial task force centered around the Star Destroyer Erinnic continued to assist New Republic forces until the Battle of Ord Mantell. It appeared some Imperial elements defended Bilbringi prior to the Battle of Fondor.
As the war between the New Republic and the Yuuzhan Vong continued, the Imperial government and general populace grew increasingly convinced that the Yuuzhan Vong would simply bypass the Remnant. For a number of years, they were correct. Even though Pellaeon personally favored of joining the military campaign against the Yuuzhan Vong, the political leadership of the Empire remained officially neutral. Despite yet another attempt on Leia Organa Solo's part to forge a military alliance between the two states, the Remnant continued to stay out of the fighting. Grand Admiral Pellaeon, however, supplied the New Republic with the Empire's highly classified star charts of the Deep Core regions as a gesture of good faith. The New Republic would later use these state secrets to plan a highly successful trap at Ebaq 9.
Perhaps in retaliation for the Empire's hand in the preparation of the Battle of Ebaq 9, the Yuuzhan Vong launched an invasion of the Imperial Remnant. Despite achieving the element of surprise and burning the capital city of the Empire to the ground from orbit, the attack would prove disastrous for the Yuuzhan Vong.
Grand Admiral Pellaeon, although confined to a bacta tank after the initial assault on Bastion, was able to defeat the Yuuzhan Vong at the Battle of Borosk, forcing the alien invasion force to retreat and abandon its attempts to knock the Imperial Remnant out of the war. Following the victory at Borosk, Grand Admiral Pellaeon was again able to ram an alliance down the collective throat of the Imperial Council of Moffs, despite extreme resistance from old guard Imperial politicians such as Moff Flennic, who came close to attempting an assassination on the "Old Man of the Empire".
While the Empire lent its fleets to assisting the Galactic Alliance, Grand Admiral Pellaeon personally commanded a squadron that chased down the surviving vessels from the Yuuzhan Vong fleet that had invaded the Empire. After a string of indecisive victories, Pellaeon routed the Yuuzhan Vong fleet at the Battle of Esfandia.
In the operation to retake the Bilbringi system, a handful of Imperials took part in the near-disastrous battle. Those who found their way into the system were TIE/D Defender pilots from the interdictor Wrack, including the ship's captain, Mynar Devis. All the Imperials were killed when they attempted to disable a Yuuzhan Vong picket ship. Gilad Pellaeon's reaction to learning of Captain Devis's death led Jaina Solo to believe Devis was somehow Pellaeon's son.
The Empire participated in numerous other battles near the end of the war, most notably in the defense of the Galactic Alliance's provisional capitol on Dac and the invasion and liberation of occupied Coruscant. In a private ceremony following the surrender of the Yuuzhan Vong, Grand Admiral Pellaeon presented Han and Leia Organa Solo with a piece of art from his own personal collection—Killik Twilight, a painting that Pellaeon had inherited from his mentor, Grand Admiral Thrawn.
By 35 ABY, Pellaeon had retired from his post and the Imperial Remnant had become a member state of the Galactic Alliance, while retaining a degree of autonomy over its own affairs.
When Pellaeon was the Supreme Commander of the Galactic Alliance, the Remnant became more and more integrated into the Alliance.
After the death of Cal Omas, Gilad Pellaeon returned to the Remnant and chose to fight against Sith Lord Darth Caedus in contrast to the Moff Council, who wished to side with him. Pellaeon recalled Daala and her Imperialist fleet. Shortly thereafter Pellaeon was assassinated by Jacen Solo's enforcer Dark Jedi Tahiri Veila. After recovering Pellaeon's body, Daala and her faction allied themselves with the Mandalorians, while the Moff Council sent in their fleets to fight for Caedus, who they may have seen as a new Galactic Emperor in the making. Following the death of Darth Caedus, and the conclusion of the Second Galactic Civil War, Luke Skywalker offered the Moffs a peace plan so as to end the war: they would have to accept Jagged Fel as Head of State so that he could supervise the Moffs. Another clause was delivered by Daala, newly elected Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance, that half the Moffs would have to be women. The Moffs accepted as the alternative was to be delivered to the Hapans as prisoners of war after their nanovirus attacck on their Queen Mother's ship, supposedly killing her daughter Allana. The Remnant at this time possessed at least one Super Star Destroyer of unknown class, the Dominion, and fielded it during the First Battle of Roche.
Two years after the end of the war, Fel started to negotiate with Natasi Daala, the new Chief of State of the Galactic Alliance, and Turr Phennir to unite their respective governments in a single galactic power. However, the Moffs, led by Drikl Lecersen, were plotting to undermine Fel until they could amass enough incriminating evidence about his secret alliance with the Jedi against Daala's anti-Jedi policies to destroy him and take control of the Remnant. Lecersen soon joined forces with Kuati Senator Haydnat Treen who was planning to reunify the Remnant and the Alliance into a new Galactic Empire. The first step in this process was removing Daala and Fel from the leaderships of both galactic powers.
As the unification talks on Coruscant continued, a galactic crisis erupted when galaxywide slave uprisings, assisted by the abolitionnist movement known as the Freedom Flight, begun to overthrow planetary governments and slave organizations. Daala, who feared the political instability that would come from these movements, assigned Mandalorians to put down the uprisings. However, during the repression of the Blaudu Sextus slave revolt, the tensions between the Jedi and Daala finally came from push to shove: the Jedi assigned to Blaudu Sextus intervened to stop the massacre and the media assumed this meant that the Jedi had decided to support the slave uprisings. The Jedi Council, taking this mistake as a sign from the Force as to what they should do, decided to start assisting the uprisings.
In the meantime, Fel had managed to convince the Moffs to fully join the Galactic Alliance. However, his worry over Daala's management of the crisis, specifically when she threatened him into providing Imperial ships so that she could put down the uprisings, led Fel to pull the Remnant out of the talks. A few days later, Daala was arrested by a coup orchestrated by both the Jedi and Lecersen's conspirators. Fel openly proclaimed himself in support of the coup which led the Moff Council to denounce him.
Daala escaped from prison with help from Boba Fett and set about taking revenge on those who imprisoned her. She started by gathering her Maw Irregular Fleet and then by coercing the Moffs into supporting her. Most joined her and formed a fleet to take over the Remnant.
An election was held in 44 ABY that saw Admiral Vitor Reige become the Remnant's Head of State.
- "I was tired of Fel playing us against each other! It was time for the Moffs to reassert their authority like in the old days—back in the Remnant!"
- ―Moff Geist of Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire
The Remnant was eventually reorganized into a dynastic monarchy known as the Fel Empire, with Jagged Fel as its first Emperor. In 130 ABY, the throne of Fel's grandson, Emperor Roan Fel, was usurped by the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Krayt. His new empire, Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire, was opposed by Fel's Empire-in-exile in the Second Imperial Civil War. Moff Geist of Krayt's Empire rued being a servant to the Sith and in 137 ABY longed for the days of the Imperial Remnant, which had granted its Moffs considerable power.
Behind the scenesEdit
Although the seeds of the Imperial Remnant were sown when Admiral Daala unified thirteen Warlord holdings in Kevin J. Anderson's 1995 novel Darksaber, 2009's The Essential Atlas established that the Remnant was only born after the events of the novel, when Pellaeon took the unified Imperial forces out of the Deep Core and united them with various Imperial Warlord factions in the Outer Rim. 2012's The Essential Guide to Warfare later established that Daala's forces in Darksaber were a unique Imperial faction known as the "United Warlord Fleets." The first appearance of the Imperial Remnant can thus be said to be Timothy Zahn's 1997 novel Specter of the Past, which features Pellaeon and his Empire seven years after the events of Darksaber. Earlier novels, such as those of The Black Fleet Crisis Trilogy, had already referenced a post-Darksaber Empire; these were later retconned into being references to the Remnant.
The term "Imperial Remnant" was first used in the opening issue of Michael A. Stackpole's 1999–2000 comic series Star Wars: Union, although the Galactic Empire in the years after the Battle of Endor had been referred to as the "remnants of the Empire" as early as 1992's Heir to the Empire Sourcebook. The Imperial Remnant's entry in 2008's The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia asserts that Pellaeon's Empire did not adopt the name "Imperial Remnant" until after the signing of the Bastion Accords in 19 ABY, as does Pellaeon's entry in 2002's The New Essential Guide to Characters. However, this has been retconned by more recent sources such as The Essential Atlas and The Essential Guide to Warfare, both of which state that Pellaeon's Empire was known as the Imperial Remnant at the time of its birth in 12 ABY. Additionally, the comic series Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost, released throughout 2011 and 2012, features characters who call Pellaeon's Empire the "Imperial Remnant" in 13 ABY.
The Remnant's entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia presents another discrepancy by captioning a picture of the Moffs of the Fel Empire as "Moffs of the Imperial Remnant." The comic series Star Wars: Legacy had earlier confirmed that the Fel Empire was a unique state, into which the Imperial Remnant reorganized at some point before 127 ABY. Another error regarding the Remnant occurs in Warfare, where a lone sentence mistakenly asserts that the Imperial Remnant participated in the post-Zsinj campaign of 8 ABY.
The Imperial Remnant was going to play a role in Elaine Cunningham's novel Blood Oath, which was set to feature a plotline involving Jagged Fel and the Moff Council during Fel's early days as Head of State. However, the book was canceled by Del Rey and never published.
- Cracken's Threat Dossier (First mentioned)
- Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook
- The Essential Chronology
- The New Jedi Order Sourcebook
- The New Essential Guide to Characters
- Hero's Guide
- Ultimate Adversaries
- The New Essential Chronology
- Starships of the Galaxy 2007 edition
- Star Wars: Legacy 0
- Star Wars: Legacy 0½
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 9
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 12
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 21
- Fate of the Jedi: Dramatis Personae
- Galaxy of Intrigue
- The Essential Atlas
- The Unknown Regions
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 126
- (Indirect mention only)
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- The Essential Reader's Companion