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Sith Empire
Political information
Type of government

Imperium

Head of State

Emperor

Head of Government

Dark Council

Commander-in-chief

Minister of War, with oversight from:

Executive branch
  • Emperor (4980–3641 BBY)
  • Dark Council (3641 BBY–)
Legislative branch

Dark Council (de facto)

Judicial branch

Sphere of Laws and Justice

Societal information
Capital

Kaas City, Dromund Kaas

Official language
Currency

Imperial credit

State religious body

Sith Order

National holiday

Equinox fête

Historical information
Formed from

Original Sith Empire

Date established

4980 BBY

Date fragmented

3643–3641 BBY

Date reorganized

3641 BBY

Date restored

2000 BBY (New Sith Empire)

Era(s)

Old Republic era

"The true Sith have spent centuries building their strength in the depths of unknown space. The Sith Emperor patiently planned for the day when his Sith Empire would repay the Jedi for the humiliating defeats of the past. In that time, generations of Sith have come and gone, working hard and devoting their lives to the dream of vengeance."
―A HoloNet dossier on the Sith Order[src]

The Sith Empire that rose in the era following the Great Hyperspace War was an interstellar government established in 4980 BBY as a reconstitution of the previous Sith imperium. Occasionally referred to as the true Sith, the Empire was a highly-organized military state and theocracy that was entirely ruled over by the Force-wielding Lords of the Sith Order. The Sith constituted their own aristocracy in the Empire and ruled under the auspices of the governing Dark Council and their allegedly-immortal dictator, the Sith Emperor. The Force-deaf remainder of Imperial society was organized into three pillars of governance and bureaucracy managed by the Dark Council: the Ministry of War, the Ministry of Intelligence, and the Ministry of Logistics. Together, the Sith and Imperial people built an expansive totalitarian regime that reached across the stars and became a preeminent superpower by 3681 BBY. Although it was primarily based in a region of space known as the Seat of The Empire, this Sith imperium was composed nearly half of the civilized galaxy at the height of its power.

The Empire's origins were rooted in the Great Hyperspace War of 5000 BBY, wherein the original Sith Empire imploded politically, allowing the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order to claim victory in the conflict before initiating a holocaust against the surviving Sith peoples. In response, the Sith Lord Vitiate took up the mantle of Sith Emperor and led a mass exodus into the unknown hyperspace depths of the Stygian Caldera. After twenty years of nomadic wandering, the fleet of refugee ships arrived at Dromund Kaas, a long-forgotten Sith colony world where these pilgrims would reconstitute an Empire of their own. With fervent devotion to the Emperor, the Imperial people established their capital of Kaas City and began building a massive war machine; meanwhile, the Sith rebuilt their Order and claimed control of day-to-day governance via the Dark Lords of the Council. For centuries following, the Empire progressed and aggressively expanded in the Outer Rim Territories and Unknown Regions, all while remaining hidden from the galaxy at large and preparing for the chance to exact revenge against the Republic and the Jedi.

Around 3978 BBY, the Sith Empire began to test their enemy's strength in anonymous proxy conflicts by coaxing the Mandalorian warrior clans into a long and bloody honor war with the Republic. Although the Mandalorian Wars ended in defeat for the clans in 3960 BBY, the conflict produced new prospects for the Emperor: the Jedi Knights Revan and Malak, heroes and protectors of the Republic. Tainted by war, the two Jedi sought out the hidden Sith Empire to find and preempt it as a threat to the peace they had just achieved—instead, the Emperor twisted their minds and broke their will, forcing them to surrender to the dark side of the Force and be rebranded as Darth Revan and Darth Malak, Lords of the Sith and vanguards of the Empire's invasion of the galaxy. Shortly after leaving Dromund Kaas the two managed to break free of the Emperor's control and chose to establish a splinter Sith Empire consisting of turncoat Republic officers and fallen Jedi. Revan intended to protect the Republic from the Emperor by conquering it first, but the Jedi Civil War ended with Revan's redemption and the collapse of his faux Sith regime. These proxy wars took a heavy toll on the Republic and exacted an even heavier price from the Jedi Order, enticing the Emperor to initiate his own campaign to finish off his adversaries and conquer the galaxy. However, as the Empire began to shift its focus from war preparation to war planning, conspiracies abound: Sith Lords still feared the might of the Republic, the Dark Council bucked against the Emperor's nihilistic megalomania, and an amnesiac Revan was again seeking out the Empire. This period of unease came to an end with the Emperor's Purge of the Dark Council and imprisonment of Revan, but upheaval derailed plans for the war for several more centuries.

In 3681 BBY, the Empire finally revealed itself to the greater galaxy by igniting the Great Galactic War against the Republic and her allies. In the first year of the conflict, the Empire seized the Tingel Arm and initiated an overwhelming blitz across the Outer Rim Territories, catching the unsuspecting Republic off-guard and securing vast new territories of control. As their enemies struggled to organize an effective defense, the Sith reclaimed their holy world of Korriban and struck against vital Republic holdings at Sluis Van and in the Minos Cluster. These early days of the war afforded the Empire the advantages of both surprise and terror and it quickly appeared as though the Republic would quickly crumble under the might of the Sith. For many years the Imperial Military chipped away Republic territory, with the only significant resistance coming from the Jedi warriors leading the defense effort. The tide of the war shifted in 3671 BBY, when the Empire suffered back-to-back defeats in its first incursions into the Mid Rim. It was after this point that alliances were forged between Imperial Intelligence and the revived Mandalorian clans, allowing the war to again trend in favor of the Empire until 3660 BBY.

For the next seven years, the Empire and the Republic were engaged in a stalemate that drained both sides of resources and lives. Seeking to bring a quick end to the conflict, the Sith devised a plan to definitively win the war. In 3653 BBY, the Dark Council sued for peace, offering the Galactic Senate the opportunity to negotiate a cease fire with Imperial delegations on the Core World of Alderaan. While the two parties met, the Empire invaded the Republic's capital in an event known as the Sacking of Coruscant. The attack on Coruscant was a decisive victory for the Sith, allowing the Imperial delegation on Alderaan to take control of the proceedings and force the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant, which declared the Empire to be the victor of the Great Galactic War and imposed severe sanctions on the now-crippled Republic.

With the war at an end and the Empire stronger than ever, the Sith began consolidating their gains and restructuring their society for peace time. This era also saw the beginning of the interstellar Cold War, as the coexistence of the Empire and Republic strained political relations and ignited numerous proxy conflicts in contested regions. The return to peace was a transformative time for the Empire, with new factions reaching for power and traditional Imperial xenophobia being challenged by the necessity to incorporate alien species into Sith society. After ten years tumultuous growth, the Empire began to fracture in 3643 BBY. Ambitious Sith Lords forced a new Galactic War with the Republic in 3642 BBY, but interior conflicts such as Darth Malgus's insurgency and the collapse of the Ministry of Intelligence severely hindered the Empire's war effort. The Republic inflicted prolific damage in the first years of the new war, with its most notable victory being the supposed assassination of the Emperor during an attack on Dromund Kaas itself. By 3641 BBY, the Empire was in shambles and the Dark Council was struggling to regain control of its people while waging war with the Republic. Councillor Darth Marr and other Imperial heroes led the effort to reform the Empire and save the Sith, but the Republic and Jedi ultimately survived the conflicts while Imperial society waned. By around 2000 BBY, the Galactic Republic was once again the dominant interstellar government and the legacy of the Empire was dispersed among minor Sith clans.

HistoryEdit

OriginsEdit

Fall of the Old EmpireEdit

"I cannot fail like this! Conquest is the destiny of the Sith Empire!"
―Naga Sadow during the defeat of the Sith Empire in the Great Hyperspace War.[src]
First Battle of Korriban
The Empire tears itself apart over Korriban

The Sith Empire was formed from the remnants of the original Sith regime of the Manderon Period. The older Empire was the result of Dark Jedi Exiles dominating the Sith species after their defeat and banishment at the hands Galactic Republic and its Jedi Order in the Battle of Corbos. After discovering the Sith people on the Outer Rim world of Korriban, the Dark Jedi adopted the Sith name and proclaimed themselves Lords of an Empire based on Korriban. That regime ruled an area of space that encompassed 120 worlds at its height and developed in isolation from the Republic and other outside forces. The old Empire grew into incredible wealth and power, but was considered nothing more than a myth to the Republic, which had largely forgotten about the Exiles. Similarly, the Sith had forgotten about the Republic that defeated their ancestors centuries before. During what came to be known as the "Golden Age of the Sith," the Empire was ruled by the Dark Lord of the Sith Marka Ragnos. His century-long reign ended with his death in 5,000 BBY, after which Sith Lords Naga Sadow and Ludo Kressh battled for command of the Empire. Sadow, who believed the Sith were destined to expand beyond the borders of Sith Space, eventually won out and became the new Dark Lord.

With the aid of hyperspace explorers Gav and Jori Daragon, Sadow and the Empire rediscovered the existance of the Republic. The progressive Dark Lord saw the Republic as an opportunity for the Sith to expand their Empire across the galaxy, and so manipulated his fellow Sith Lords into supporting him in a war of conquest. With a Sith armada at his command, Sadow initiated the Great Hyperspace War, attacking the Republic on three fronts—Koros Major and Kirrek in the Koros system and the Republic capital world of Coruscant. The Empire was beaten back on all three worlds and Sadow and his forces were forced to fall back to Korriban. Upon their arrival, Sadow's fleet was attacked by forces loyal to Ludo Kressh before being set upon once again by Republic forces that had followed them back to Sith Space. Between the combined blows of Republic counter-attacks and infighting within the Sith, the Empire's leadership crumbled.

The Sith scatterEdit

"Following a crushing defeat in the Great Hyperspace War, the handful of surviving Sith desperately sought to escape annihilation at the hands of their Jedi foes. The desperate Sith, leaving their collective destiny to chance, chose to forgo all known hyperspace routes and attempt a series of dangerously random hyperspace jumps and blind scouting missions."
―A HoloNet dossier on Dromund Kaas[src]

In the aftermath of the Great Hyperspace War, the Jedi and Republic systematically destroyed the Sith civilization, pushing the survivors of the war to flee Sith Space in search of a refuge. While Naga Sadow escaped to Yavin 4 in the Gordian Reach, other Sith hid out on Thule, where they hoped to one day be rediscovered by the Empire. Desperate to avoid persecution at the hands of the Jedi, a group of Sith left their former lives behind and joined one of the last surviving Sith Lords in an exodus from the crumbling Empire. Leaving their fate to chance, these Sith boarded an armada and made several random hyperspace jumps in a mission to scout for a new home. For two decades, the Sith were unsuccessful in their search for a new planet upon which to rebuild their Empire, and so wandered the Outer Rim aimlessly.

The long road homeEdit

After twenty years in space, a random jump led the armada to the jungle world Dromund Kaas. The planet had once been part of the old Empire, but was forgotten when the hyperspace routes to the world were lost. The Sith landed on the planet and reclaimed Dromund Kaas, establishing the world as the capital of the new Empire to be commanded by the Dark Lord who had led them to the world—the now self-proclaimed Sith Emperor.

Forging a new empireEdit

Rebuilding a societyEdit

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Kaas City, the Empire's capital on Dromund Kaas
"Over the course of the next thousand years, the Sith Empire recovered its strength. The Emperor developed a massive Imperial military, a fleet of advanced warships, and undertook dark rituals which prolonged his life and his undisputed rule."
―A HoloNet dossier on the Empire[src]

For the following century, the Sith dedicated themselves to the goal of forging a new Empire. Led by their Dark Lord, the Imperials worked to tame Dromund Kaas's dense jungles, in which they began to build their new capital, Kaas City. At the center of the city, the Sith erected a massive citadel to serve as both their center of government and a monument to the power of the Sith Emperor. During this time the Emperor commissioned the creation of the Dark Council—a body of twelve Sith Lords who aided in the governing of the Empire.

Once Dromund Kaas was successfully settled, the Empire changed its priorities from the building of a capital to the creation of a military. The Sith worked relentlessly for centuries to create a massive army and navy. Unlike the previous Empire, the revitalized Imperial dominion allowed for non-Sith to join its ranks, despite placing them lower in society than Force-wielding Sith. As its military swelled in numbers, the Empire itself did as well, encompassing a variety of worlds, including Malachor V, where the Trayus Academy was established for the education of new Sith devotees. The Empire eventually ceded the world, but left the Academy untouched, still filled with dark side teachings. The Dark Lord who led his people in their exodus from Sith Space still ruled during this period, having prolonged his life and rule through arcane rituals. These rituals, combined with rites of darkness he committed in Kaas City to increase his considerable power, turned the ionosphere of Dromund Kaas into a violent and continuous electric storm.

Conquest and growthEdit

Influence on the larger galaxyEdit

Manipulating the MandaloriansEdit

The Knights from the Old RepublicEdit

"It has been here for thousands of years. It is a place where Sith teachings run strong… It is the threshold of the borders of an ancient empire. Kreia says that it was a place of reflection for the ancient Sith… a gateway to their lands. It drew Lord Revan… and it calls to her as well. She said that the teachings here will lead one to the Sith… the true Sith… and all their shadowed worlds. This place led Revan to the graveyards of Korriban… and beyond."
―Darth Sion, on Malachor V[src]
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Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders

During this period of rebuilding, the Sith Empire was almost entirely hidden from the galaxy at large, but still had a heavy influence on the events that shaped the wider galaxy. The first of these major events was the Mandalorian Wars—a pan-galactic conflict between the Mandalorian warrior clans and the Galactic Republic. The Mandalorians were a fierce warrior people with an ancestral rivalry with the Jedi Order and a disdain for the Galactic Republic, and had been allied with a Sith sect led by the fallen Jedi Exar Kun and Ulic Qel-Droma during the Great Sith War of 4,0003,996 BBY. In the final stages of the war, the leader of the warrior clans, Mandalore the Indomitable, was killed and the Sith were defeated. The Mandalorian clans scattered, but the mantle of Mandalorian warrior-king was adopted by a Taung soldier who came to identify himself as Mandalore the Ultimate. The new Mandalore reformed his warrior clans into the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders with the intent of making his people into a force for conquest instead of solely conflict. While still hiding in the Unknown Regions, the Sith learned of these new Mandalorians and planned to manipulate them into weakening the Republic.

Representatives of the Sith approached the Mandalorians about undertaking a final, grand crusade against the Republic and the Jedi. The Mandalorians, who were eager to test their strength in battle against both factions, agreed to the proposition and initiated a plan to goad the Republic into a war it was unprepared to fight. Mandalore the Ultimate started by expanding the territory of the Mandalorian people into regions that were unaligned with the Galactic Republic. Although the Republic was weary of Mandalorian expansionism, the Galactic Senate chose not to take action against the warrior clans, as they had not yet made an incursion on Republic space. This changed when the Mandalorians neared the Republic business world of Taris, at which point the Republic Military was dispatched to defend the planet and its resource worlds. Although the Republic's defensive line was not enough to hold back the Mandalorian assault, Mandalore allowed for his enemy to believe they had halted the warrior's advance. The manufactured stalemate would later be termed the "False War," as the Republic had entered a state of warfare without fully committing to a galactic conflict. It was instead lulled into a false sense of security that Mandalore capitalized upon in his next stage of the war, termed "The Onslaught."

The Republic took heavy losses in this stage of the war, but was reinvigorated by the arrival of the Revanchists—a rogue group of Jedi who had chosen to defy the wishes of the Jedi High Council and join the fight against the Mandalorians. The Revanchists were led by two Jedi Knights, Revan and Malak, who organized successful campaigns against the Mandalorian armada. The two became such an asset to the Republic's war effort that the military granted them control of a third of its forces. While battling the brutal Mandalorians, the two Jedi developed a brutality of their own, and came to fight as their enemy did—with complete ruthlessness. In the latter stages of the war, Revan discovered the Sith's abandoned academy world of Malachor V. The planet was so saturated with the dark side of the Force that the experience nearly killed the young Jedi, but Revan instead embraced the darkness. While exploring the Trayus Academy, he learned the location of Korriban and discovered evidence that the Sith Empire sill existed in the Unknown Regions. Galvanized by the revelation of a new threat to the Republic, Revan put in motion a plan to quickly end the Mandalorian Wars. In a final, devastating battle over Malachor V, Revan killed Mandalore the Ultimate, and destroyed an incredible number of Mandalorian and Republic ships through the use of a superweapon called the Mass Shadow Generator. The activation of the weapon cracked the surface of Malachor and killed many of the Republic forces who were not totally loyal to Revan and Malak.
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Darth Revan and Darth Malak during the Jedi Civil War

Following the battle, the surviving Mandalorians were disarmed and disbanded. Instead of returning to Republic space as heroes, however, Revan and Malak took their forces into the Unknown Regions, under the pretense of pursuing the remaining Mandalorian forces. In reality, the two Jedi were searching for the Sith Empire. They were successful in their mission and eventually encountered the Sith Emperor himself. The Emperor inducted the two into the Sith order, at which point they adopted the Sith honorific of "Darth," renaming themselves Darth Revan and Darth Malak. Revan became a Dark Lord with Malak as his apprentice, and the two were asked to return to known space and wage war against the Jedi and Republic as the vanguard for the Empire's return. They acquiesced to the command and converted their Republic fleet into what would become the core of a new armada for their splinter Empire. These forces were bolstered by the use of the Star Forge—an ancient factory station built by the Rakatan Infinite Empire and discovered by Revan and Malak.

In 3,959 BBY, the two initiated a conflict with the Republic that would later become known as the Jedi Civil War. The campaign was highly damaging for the Republic, which was unprepared to fight another war in the immediate wake of its battle against the Mandalorians. Revan and Malak were highly successful until 3,957 BBY, at which point a team of Jedi mounted an attempt at capturing Darth Revan during a conflict in space. Malak, who wished to ascend to the position of Dark Lord, used the Jedi's assault on Revan to enact a betrayal of his master. From a safe distance, Malak fired on Revan's ship, allowing the Jedi to capture the Dark Lord. The galaxy at large believed that Revan was killed during the battle, but in reality the Sith Lord was only injured, but experienced long-term amnesia as a result. He was taken to the Jedi Council, which filled his blank mind with false memories and placed him within the Republic Military, where they hoped he would be able to aid in revealing the source of power behind the Sith onslaught. While serving in the military, Revan began reconnecting to the Force and was accepted into the Jedi Order as a Padawan. He later encountered Malak, who revealed to the amnesiac Sith Lord his true identity, but Revan refused to accept his former path and instead aided in defeating Malak and the Sith Empire he had helped to forge.
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Darth Traya continued Revan's battle against the Jedi.

Following the war, Revan abandoned the Jedi Order and returned to the Unknown Regions to combat the Sith Empire. This decision was known only to his droid companion and his former Jedi Master, Kreia. Kreia had admired Revan greatly and so launched an independent investigation into his fall to the dark side, which eventually resulted in her discovery of Malachor V and her own fall to the dark side and acceptance of Sith teachings. She adopted the name Darth Traya and, along with her two apprentices, Darth Nihilus and Darth Sion, continued the battle against the Jedi. The three formed the Sith Triumvirate and nearly wiped out the Jedi Order, but were ultimately defeated by a female Jedi known as the Exile. In the Exile's last confrontation with Traya, the Sith Lord revealed the continued existence of the Sith Empire and Revan's mission to destroy it. After defeating Traya the Exile destroyed Malchor V, ending its ability to further corrupt Force-sensitives. She then followed Revan's path into the Unknown Regions, hoping to join him in his mission to defeat the Empire.

Struggling in the shadowsEdit

Tension on the Dark CouncilEdit

Revan's returnEdit

Preparations for warEdit

"When the Emperor planned the Republic's destruction, he did not foresee the need for alliances. The Sith would sweep through the galaxy, systematically exterminating their age old Jedi enemies and dismantling the proud Republic."
―The Holocron of Jedi Master Gnost-Dural on the Great Galactic War. — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Revenge of the Sith EmpireEdit

Victory in the Outer RimEdit

Coreward troublesEdit

The Sith prevailEdit

Consolidation and conflictEdit

Problems in peaceEdit

A return to warEdit

DemographicsEdit

Government and politicsEdit

Organization of the stateEdit

Central authorityEdit

Emperor's power baseEdit
Dark Council and Spheres of InfluenceEdit
  • Ancient Knowledge
  • Biotic Science
  • Defense of the Empire
  • Expansion and Diplomacy
  • Imperial Intelligence
  • Laws and Justice
  • Military Offense
  • Military Strategy
  • Mysteries
  • Production and Logistics
  • Sith Philosophy
  • Technology

Ministry of WarEdit

Ministry of IntelligenceEdit

Imperial Intelligence

Outreach Bureau

Ministry of LogisticsEdit

Other state institutionsEdit

Imperial Diplomatic ServiceEdit
Imperial Non-Human Relations BureauEdit
"The Empire is nothing without the support of its allies."
―Commander Byten[src]
"My men were after a Cathar noble. "Prince" Shange. Revolutionary type, opposed the Cathar joining the Republic. Republic intelligence wanted him quiet, so they abducted him and his followers. They've had him in statsis here for twenty years now."
―Commander Byten[src]
"Shange was a celebrated hero on Cathar. We free him, he'll blow the lid off the kidnapping, the imprisonment, all of it. A scandal like that could ruin the Republic's reputation with any number of species. Unfortunately, my team is monster-chow."
―Commander Byten, Imperial Non-Human Relations[src]
"Given how vocal Shange is, I'm sure the entire galaxy is going to hear about the Republic's little misstep. With luck, word of Shange's abduction will sow dissent among other alien species. Turn them against the Republic."
―Commander Byten[src]
Science BureauEdit

Interstate relationsEdit

Galactic RepublicEdit

Mandalorian clansEdit

Hutt CartelEdit

Chiss AscendancyEdit

EconomyEdit

Society and cultureEdit

State religionEdit

Class and casteEdit

SpeciesismEdit

SlaveryEdit

"My lord—look at them out there. They're like animals. Hundreds of slaves, with no one to command them and without a thought in their minds as to what to do with their 'freedom.'"
―Ensign Corian Shye[src]

MilitaryEdit

Imperial High CommandEdit

ArmyEdit

Conquest Consolidation CorpsEdit

NavyEdit

Imperial Reclamation ServiceEdit

Medical CorpsEdit

Science CorpsEdit

Engineer CorpsEdit

Law enforcementEdit

Police stateEdit

Justice systemEdit

"The convicted are usually executed or given a trial by combat to see if they're worthy. Whatever you decide, you will be the one to carry out the sentence."
―Jailer Knash[src]

AstrographyEdit

TerritoryEdit

Major locationsEdit

Dromund KaasEdit

KorribanEdit

BalmorraEdit

Taral VEdit

Odacer-FaustinEdit

Malachor systemEdit

Vesla systemEdit

Naval staging areaEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

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