A galaxy described as far, far away in the distant past.
Here the Jedi, a representation of good, is in conflict with the Sith, their evil counterpart. Their weapon of choice, the lightsaber.
The Jedi are a monastic, spiritual, and academic organization and dates back to at least 10,000 years before the destruction of the first Death Star.
The Death Star is a fictional spacecraft and superweapon. It is capable of destroying an entire planet with its powerful superlaser.
The Jedi Knights in the Jedi canon, serve and utilize a mystical power called the Force in order to help and protect those in need. For many generations, they served as a paramilitary for the Galactic Republic and the galaxy at large to prevent conflict and political instability including playing a leading role in the later Clone Wars.
The Clone Wars begin when thousands of systems seceded from the Galactic Republic form the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS). The first battle occurs on the CIS planet Geonosis where the Republic’s new clone army, led by Jedi generals, combats the Separatists’ battle droids. War quickly spreads across the galaxy and eventually reaches the Republic’s capital planet, Coruscant. The Clone Wars end shortly after the Great Jedi Purge, with the massacre of the Separatist leaders at the hands of Darth Vader. The entire war was orchestrated by the Republic’s chief executive, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who uses the Clone Wars to manipulate the Republic’s Galactic Senate into granting him emergency powers which he then uses to turn the Republic into the Empire.
The Sith are those who are strong enough to seize power through force or cunning. An organization created by Darth Bane after the destruction of the Sith Brotherhood of Darkness dynasty that lasted 1000 years, and promptly ended with the death of Palpatine.
Sheev Palpatine served as charismatic Senator from Naboo, who—through the use of deception and political manipulation—rises to the position of Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic and, finally, to the aged, pale-faced Darth Sidious, Emperor of the first Galactic Empire.
The Sith Lords or Dark Lords of the Sith, were masters of the dark side of the Force. Each Sith Lord traditionally uses the title Darth before their Sith name. The Sith exist only two at a time: a master and an apprentice.
The Galactic Empire is a galaxy-spanning regime established by Darth Sidious, to replace the Galactic Republic.The Empire replaces the Galactic Republic in the midst of a galactic civil war orchestrated by Palpatine, the Republic’s Supreme Chancellor. Palpatine is also secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious who intends to purge the Jedi and restore the Sith to power in the galaxy. Palpatine’s Sith identity is only known by a small few throughout his life. Palpatine claims that the Jedi attempted to assassinate him and overthrow the Galactic Senate and declares the Jedi to have committed treason. Palpatine declares that the civil war with the separatists in combination with the sudden overthrow of the Jedi requiring the reorganization of the Republic into a state that can provide stability, and a safe and secure society, a Galactic Empire with himself as Emperor. The Senate that he has manipulated overwhelmingly applauds Palpatine’s decision.
Though Palpatine’s Sith identity remains a secret to most, his apprentice Darth Vader is the Sith Lord who is the ruthless apprentice of Palpatine who is feared by many in the galaxy. The Empire eventually transform into a fully totalitarian regime, A brutal dictatorship, one based on “tyranny, hatred of nonhumans, brutal and lethal force, and, above all else, constant fear. They face opposition in the form of the Rebel Alliance.
The Galactic Republic was a interplanetary State prior to the establishment of the Galactic Empire. The Galactic Republic government was ruled by the Senate. It was a democratic, though eventually ineffectual, constitutional republic tied up in layers of bureaucracy.
The Republic began as a mutual protection and economic alliance among a number of planets in the Galactic Core. Each member world chose a Senator to represent them in the Republic Senate, a central Legislative body. Senators were ambassadors of their homeworld, and member worlds were able to maintain their government and society in accordance with local beliefs, customs, and traditions.
The Senate was an enormous building containing 1,024 floating platforms, each of which contained a senator and his or her aides. Each platform in the senate represented a “sector” of the galaxy, with one senator for that sector accompanied by a delegation of aides and advisers. Some platforms represented individual worlds bringing special pleas to the senate, others the special interest guilds such as the Trade Federation. Along with the senators, the leaders of the individual member planets apparently also had the power to vote in the Senate and introduce legislation. Each senatorial delegation had one vote.
The members of the Senate then elected a Chancellor from amongst their ranks who served as the Senate’s presiding officer and as the Republic’s de facto leader. The Chancellor was assisted by the Vice Chair, who is presumably elected in the same manner as the Chancellor.The Chancellor was elected from within the Senate for a set term. Presumably this term was up to two terms of four years, with the Senate able to give the Chancellor emergency powers as well as remove him from office when necessary.
The Jedi function as a peace-keeping force in the Republic, giving them a significant degree of political power. The Jedi with the most authority serve on the Jedi Council, among who Yoda and Mace Windu acted as de facto leaders at the height of the Republic. Although the Chancellor did hold some degree of political authority over the Jedi, very little pressure was ever put on the Council before Palpatine took office and commanded that Anakin Skywalker become a member of the Council, despite the misgivings of the Jedi. While the council allowed Anakin to be in the council, they did not grant him the status of a Jedi master.
Anakin Skywalker, Originally a Jedi prophesied to bring balance to the Force, he falls to the dark side of the Force and serves as Darth Vader the evil Galactic Empire at the right hand of his Sith master Darth Sidious. He is also the father of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa.
The Rebel Alliance learns that the Empire has been constructing a new Death Star under the supervision of Vader and his master Emperor Palpatine. In a plan to destroy the new weapon, Han leads a strike team to destroy the battle station’s shield generator on the forest moon of Endor, allowing a squadron of starfighters to enter the incomplete infrastructure and destroy the station from within.
Palpatine entreats Luke to kill Vader and take his place, but Luke refuses, declaring himself a Jedi. Furious, Palpatine tortures Luke with Force lightning. Unwilling to let his son die, Vader kills Palpatine, but is mortally wounded in the process.
The strike team defeats the Imperial forces and destroys the shield generator, allowing the Rebel fleet to launch their final assault on the Death Star. Lando leads the remaining ships into the station’s core and destroys the main reactor. Luke escapes on an Imperial shuttle with his father’s body, while Lando escapes in the Falcon moments before the Death Star explodes. On Endor, Leia reveals to Han that Luke is her brother, and they share a kiss. Luke returns to Endor and cremates his father’s armor on a funeral pyre. As the Rebels celebrate the end of the Empire, Luke sees the spirits of Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin watching over them.
Approximately thirty years after the events, The Force Awakens.