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This article is about the conflict that led to the formation of the Galactic Republic. You may be looking for other conflicts by the same name.

The Unification Wars were a conflict that led to several of the Core Worlds uniting to form the Galactic Republic. The wars arose by 25,053 BBY, shortly after the collapse of the Infinite Empire, which had previously enslaved much of the galaxy. The notorious warlord Zakrinand Minus fought for one of the warring sides. The Jedi Order fought during the wars and were victorious, joining the nascent Republic shortly thereafter as peacekeepers.

PreludeEdit

Rakata

The Rakatan Infinite Empire dominated the galaxy in the centuries preceding the Unification Wars.

Millennia before the Unification Wars,[5] the Rakatan Infinite Empire emerged as the dominant power in the galaxy. They enslaved many sentient species using their Force-powered hyperdrives, until eventually a plague ravaged their empire. The survivors were stripped of their connection to the Force, and could do nothing to prevent the slave uprising that followed. The collapse of the Infinite Empire paved the way for other powers to develop, such as the Duros and Corellians, who reverse-engineered the Rakatan hyperdrive and started to explore the galaxy.[6]

The warsEdit

Before a clear new dominant power in the galaxy could be established again, the Unification Wars erupted[4] at some point by 25,053 BBY.[3] The infamous warlord Zakrinand Minus commanded forces on one of the warring sides of the conflict and came to be regarded as a near-invincible leader.[7] The Force-sensitive Jedi Order partook in the conflict, eventually emerging victorious from the wars[4] by 25,053 BBY.[3] Some later historians believed the Jedi clashed with what the former considered to be forces of "evil" during the conflict, and that they were aided by the mystic Bendu monks in that fight.[4]

AftermathEdit

Galactic Senate

The Galactic Republic stood for twenty-five thousand years following the Unification Wars.

Following the wars,[4] several planets from the Core Worlds combined, and the constitution for a Galactic Republic was ratified. Among the prominent founders of this thriving democracy were planets such as Coruscant, Corellia, Alderaan and Duro.[8] Although initially wary of the Republic, the Jedi joined it[6] a century after the wars' end,[9] taking on the role of peacekeepers.[6] The emblem brandished by the Bendu during the conflict[10] would be adopted as the official symbol of the Galactic Republic.[11] The Republic would survive for twenty-five thousand years, enduring in spite of the many conflicts that sought to engulf it.[6]

Behind the scenesEdit

The Unification Wars were first referenced in the 2005 guide Revenge of the Sith Incredible Cross-Sections, which claimed that the conflict led to the Republic's founding.[12] However, the Unification Wars have been ignored by most subsequent sources, which largely indicate that the Republic was founded peacefully.[6][8][13]

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 According to The New Essential Chronology, the Rakatan Civil War ended in c. 25,200 BBY. Per The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 280 ("Unification Wars (I)"), the Unification Wars led to the formation of the Galactic Republic, which occurred in 25,053 BBY according to Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia. The Unification Wars therefore took place around that time, which is later than the Rakatan Civil War.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The First Great Schism and The Devouring occurred in c. 24,500 BBY, according to Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force and the SWCustom-2011 Essential Atlas Extra: The History of Xim and the Tion Cluster on StarWars.com (backup link), respectively. Per The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 280 ("Unification Wars (I)"), the creation of the Galactic Republic—which occurred in 25,053 BBY according to Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia—followed the Unification Wars. The Wars thus transpired around that time, which is earlier than the First Great Schism and The Devouring.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 According to Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia, the Galactic Republic was founded in 25,053 BBY. Per The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 280 ("Unification Wars (I)"), the Unification Wars led to the founding of the Republic, so the Wars must have occurred by 25,053 BBY.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 280 ("Unification Wars (I)")
  5. The New Essential Chronology dates the height of the Infinite Empire to 30,000 BBY. The Unification Wars led to the formation of the Galactic Republic per The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 280 ("Unification Wars (I)"). The Republic's formation occurred in 25,053 BBY according to the Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia. The Wars thus occurred around that time, which is several millennia after the height of the Infinite Empire.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 The New Essential Chronology
  7. SWCustom-2011 The Imperial Warlords: Despoilers of an Empire, Part 2 on StarWars.com (article) (backup link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Essential Atlas
  9. SWTOR mini Galactic Timeline on The Old Republic's official website (backup link) provides 21,300 BTC as the date when the Jedi Order joined the Galactic Republic. The New Essential Chronology states that the Great Hyperspace War began in 5000 BBY, which is 1,347 BTC in Star Wars: The Old Republic's Galactic Timeline, so the difference between the calendar based on the Battle of Yavin (BBY) and the calendar based on the Treaty of Coruscant (BTC) is 3,653 years. This allows to place the Jedi joining the Republic in 24,953 BBY.
  10. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 70 ("Bendu monks")
  11. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 311 ("galactic roundel")
  12. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Incredible Cross-Sections
  13. The Essential Guide to Warfare
  14. Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
History of the Jedi Order
Unification Wars · First Great Schism · Recusal
Second Great Schism · Great Hyperspace War
Great Sith War · Mandalorian Wars · Jedi Civil War
First Jedi Purge · Great Galactic War · Cold War
Galactic War · New Sith Wars · Republic Dark Age
Ruusan Reformation · Great Jedi Purge · New Jedi Order
Yuuzhan Vong War · Lost Tribe of Sith emergence · Sith–Imperial War
Second Imperial Civil War/Third Jedi Purge
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