The Old Republic
The Old Republic
Founded on freedom and democracy, the Galactic Republic has ruled the galaxy for over 22,000 years. The Republic’s membership numbers in the billions. Peaceful worlds and varied species flock from across the galaxy to seek protection and lend their support to the Republic.
During its long history, the Republic has been defended by the valiant Jedi Order. Guardians of peace and justice, Jedi wield lightsabers and the Light Side of the Force — a mysterious power that binds together all life in the galaxy. But for the first time in its history, the Republic is threatened by a dark new galactic power.
Forged by vengeance and hatred, the Sith Empire opposes everything the Republic fights to uphold. Imperial might is a model of severe efficiency. Humans dominate the ranks of the Empire and form the backbone of its impressive military — a mandatory duty. Alien species are conquered and enslaved to fuel the Empire’s war machine.
Imposing and powerful, the elite Sith command fear and reverence from the citizens of the Empire. Like their exiled Jedi ancestors, Sith wage war with lightsabers and the destructive Dark Side of the Force.
All members of the Empire bow before their sovereign ruler – the Sith Emperor. Enigmatic and supremely powerful, the Emperor directs his domain from the shadows and manipulates the galaxy to carry out his will.
When a failed war against the Republic left the Empire shattered and hungry for vengeance, the Emperor rallied the remnants of the Sith and retreated. Centuries passed as the Empire, and its seemingly immortal Emperor, amassed incredible power, preparing for the day when it would claim its revenge against the Republic.
With sudden fury and shocking efficiency, the Sith Empire emerged from hyperspace and unleashed a catastrophic attack against the Republic. The enemy the Republic assumed extinct had returned to destroy them. The Great War had begun.
The Republic suffered heavy losses as the Sith Emperor’s genius strategy brought the galaxy to its knees. But while politicians argued, Republic heroes such as Jedi Knight Satele Shan emerged on the battlefield and forced a stalemate. Years turned to decades as the war raged on. When the Empire suggested peace, the Republic’s desperation and relief blinded them to the Sith Emperor’s ultimate deception.
While the Empire and Republic met on Alderaan to broker peace, Sith Lord Darth Malgus spearheaded a surprise assault on the Republic’s capital world, Coruscant. The attack was a devastating success.
Hobbled by the sacking of Coruscant and the loss of the Jedi Temple, the Republic had no choice but to accept the Empire’s severe demands in the Treaty of Coruscant. As both sides ordered a ceasefire, the Great War finally ended.
A tense peace now grips the galaxy. The Empire consolidates its power on its capital world of Dromund Kaas. The Sith flourish after reclaiming their homeworld of Korriban.
The Republic rebuilds its capital world of Coruscant. Blamed for the Sith’s victory, the Jedi resettle on Tython — ancient homeworld of the Jedi Order.
Border skirmishes erupt as the Empire seeks to goad the Republic into open war. Imperial Intelligence and the Republic Strategic Information Service wage covert battles to sway the balance of power. Peace slowly crumbles as the Republic and Empire march slowly and inevitably toward another galactic war…