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"Once more the Sith will rule the galaxy, and we shall have peace."
―Darth Sidious, to Darth Vader[src]

The Sith Empire was an empire that existed long before the Galactic Empire.[5] The ancient Sith built their empires through the use of slave labor,[1] a practice that the Galactic Republic outlawed during its stewardship of the galaxy.[6] At one point, ancient Sith and Jedi Knights fought against each other at the base of a Sith temple on Malachor,[2] resulting in the Great Scourge that killed many warriors on both sides.[7]

Long after the fall of the ancient Sith, Darth Maul was taken to Malachor by his Master, the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. Using the history of conflict between the Sith and Jedi Order to instill a sense of hatred for the Jedi in his apprentice, the Dark Lord compelled Maul to inhale the ashes of the fallen Sith, causing the Dathomirian Zabrak to experience the Great Scourge of Malachor through a Force vision.[2]

Ultimately, the Sith would obtain galactic dominance by the end of the Clone Wars, after Sidious abolished the Republic and proclaimed himself the Galactic Emperor.[4] During his reign, the Emperor possessed various relics and artifacts that dated back to the Sith Empire of old.[5]

The idea of an enormous, spacefaring, planet-destroying superweapon had dated back a millennium prior to the rise of the Empire, as in the Sith Empire, tyrants were playing with the idea of a weapon so powerful that it could destroy entire worlds. Although only a few superweapons were produced by the Empire, it wasn't until the successes of Darth Sidious and Darth Tyranus with the outbreak of the Clone Wars that the idea of the Sith Empire came to fruition.[8]

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History of the Sith
Hundred-Year Darkness · Sith war · Sith Empire
Great Scourge of Malachor · Era of the Sith · Battle of Takodana
Jedi–Sith war (Battle of Coruscant · Liberation of Coruscant) · Rule of Two
Clone Wars · Galactic Empire (Jedi Purge · Galactic Civil War)
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