The Republica was founded with the help of a man named The Skywalker, thousands of years before the Empire.
At its height, it consisted of over a million worlds. The leaders of the power and transport guilds suborned the Great Senate as it grew too unwieldy to administer the state. This conspiracy was discovered by the Jedi, who were counter-accused of treason. Several Jedi were tried and sentenced to death. Members of the Senate then orchestrated civil disorder and terrorism, spurring popular support for the creation of a police state and later the Empire. The Emperor himself was a mere puppet.
The Holy Rebellion of '06 saw the fall of the Republica's guardians, the Jedi Bendu of Ashla in a conflict with the Black Knights of the Sith. The Sith became the bodyguard of the Emperor, led by the Master of the Sith, the power behind the throne.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Republica Galactica was a concept introduced into the second draft for the Star Wars movies. It survived into the story synopsis and third draft. It was omitted in the fourth draft.
The concept would evolve in the expanded universe and the prequel movies to be the Galactic Republic. An intermediate version appears in the novelization of Episode IV, which again mentions the guilds and a puppet emperor. The involvement of corporate interests in Lucas's draft reappears with the factions of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
- Adventures of the Starkiller, Episode I: The Star Wars (Mentioned only)