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Resistance starbird
General information
Organization type

Military resistance movement[1]


General Leia Organa[1]


Resistance base[5][1]

"You are the leader of the Resistance, a critical check on the designs of the First Order. You are a symbol of the Resistance and an inspiration to all soldiers who follow our cause and do their duty in hard times."
―PZ-4CO, to General Leia Organa[src]

The Resistance was a military organization active in the galaxy approximately thirty years after the Battle of Endor. The Resistance, led by General Leia Organa, served as a check against the activities of the First Order, a military junta that carried on the legacy of the First Galactic Empire.


The Resistance was a band of soldiers and pilots who served in a struggle against the First Order many years after the Battle of Endor. The Resistance was led by General Leia Organa, who had once been a vital leader in the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War.[1] Starfighter squadrons in the Resistance included Blue Squadron, in which Jessika Pava flew as Blue Three;[5] and Black Squadron,[7] in which Poe Dameron flew as Black Leader.[8] Other members of the Resistance included Major Caluan Ematt[1] and the droids C-3PO, R2-D2,[5] and PZ-4CO.[1] Many of these individuals performed tasks, such as starfighter and droid maintenance, in the Resistance base.[5]

As a symbol in their struggle against the First Order, the Resistance adopted the starbird[1] once used by the Rebel Alliance.[9] The symbol adorned the helmets of Resistance starfighter pilots,[5] who were known to use T-70 X-wing fighters in combat.[10] Resistance troopers also utilized hit-and-run tactics against the forces of the First Order.[11]


"We're on the brink of war again—one we may not survive."
―General Leia Organa[src]

The Resistance was active some time after the Battle of Endor,[1] in which the Rebel Alliance triumphed over and shattered the Galactic Empire.[12] Several decades after the Empire's defeat, the First Order emerged as the inheritors of the Imperial legacy, and the Resistance served as a check against the First Order's designs for the galaxy. As leader of the Resistance, Organa became a symbol of the group's cause and an inspiration to those who served it. At some point, the Resistance took an interest in the desert world of Jakku,[1] where the New Republic had triumphed over the Empire decades earlier.[13]

Behind the scenes

The Resistance was created for the 2015 film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Its name was first revealed at Celebration Anaheim in April 2015[14] and made its first appearance in the prologues and epilogues of the Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens young readers novels Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure[1] and The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure.[5]



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