AFTER RETURN OF THE JEDI
Following the death of the Emperor, leading lights in the Rebel Alliance moved to create the New Republic. Mon Mothma was elected its first chancellor.
The destruction of the second Death Star didn’t bring the Galactic Civil War to an instant end – as in the old Expanded Universe, Imperial remnants continued to fight the battle.
Despite being dead, the Emperor continued to exert an influence – he dispatched droids to leading officers containing a last will and testament that demanded the purging of planets of strategic importance. Palpatine’s home planet, Naboo, was near the top of the list.
Around this time, Luke Skywalker enlisted Poe Dameron’s mum, Shara Bey, to help him recover a pair of Force-sensitive trees (we’re not making this up) that had been nicked from the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.
The Empire continued its occupation of
Kashyyyk, so Han Solo and Chewbacca abandoned a New Republic mission to lead a ragtag assortment of smugglers and scoundrels to help liberate the planet.
Could Boba Fett have survived his close encounter with the Sarlacc, as he did in the old Expanded Universe? There are reports of some Mandalorian armour being found on the surface of Tatooine, “pitted and pocked, as if with some kind of acid”... What do you reckon?
Darth Vader turned into an icon and martyr. His helmet (that would later find its way into Kylo Ren’s hands) was something of a collector’s item, and hot property on the black market.
“Vader Lives!” graffiti was even sighted.
Jakku, Rey’s home, was the site of a top-secret Imperial research facility before the Empire’s fall.
Around a year after Death Star II was destroyed, the Empire made a last stand on Jakku – and it resulted in the Star Destroyer Inflictor crashing on the desert planet’s surface, creating Jakku’s most famous sightseeing spot.
The Empire eventually signed the Galactic Concordance, a peace treaty that ended the ongoing Civil War.
Not all of the former Imperials were prepared to put up with the changes, however – loads left to make their home in the Unknown Regions.
Among them was General Hux’s dad, Brendol. A veteran of the Clone Wars, he was an important figure at the infamous Imperial Academy on Arkanis. His son used some of his old man’s training techniques he pioneered to give instructions to First Order Stormtroopers.
Hux Sr created a crack team of Stormtroopers, where the qualification for membership was killing one of your fellow cadets. That’s team-building!
Poe Dameron grew up on Yavin IV – y’know, the planet where the Rebels were based in A New Hope – with one of those Force-sensitive trees nearby.
He’s been flying since he was six. Princess Leia is affectionately known as “Huttslayer” among various members of the criminal underworld. In one of the less PC additions to the new
Star Wars canon, Han Solo installed a kitchen on the Millennium Falcon as a wedding gift for Leia. Presumably before that Han and Chewie lived off takeaway from, er, Pizza the Hutt? It wasn’t all sweetness and light back in the New Republic. As Mon Mothma pushed for demilitarisation, the Senate split into a couple of distinct factions. The Populists believed every planet should control its own destiny. The Centrists craved a more authoritarian, centralised government – kinda like the Empire. About seven years before the events of The
Force Awakens, Leia was on the verge of being elected the New Republic’s first ever First Senator... ...until a rival senator told the galaxy that Darth Vader was her dad. Up to this point, only Luke, Leia and Han knew. Not even Kylo Ren (then Ben Solo) was aware of his grandfather’s identity – he was off training with Luke at Jedi school. (We’re guessing Supreme Leader Snoke got in touch around about now.) Han and Chewie didn’t spend all the years between Return Of The Jedi and The Force
Awakens capturing Rathtars – Han took part in and organised spaceship races… ...while Chewie went back to Kashyyyk to live a quiet family life with the Wookiees. Meanwhile, former Imperials have been building a new army and fleet in the Unknown Regions, going by the name of… you guessed it. The First Order was initially bankrolled by proceeds from smuggling and gambling. The New Republic was slow to realise the First Order was a threat, and was happy to let them do their thing, just so long as they stayed put on the other side of the galaxy. Leia was a tad more concerned, however, so formed the Resistance. Among her first intake: former Rebel Alliance legends Nien Nunb and Admiral Ackbar. And then there’s Major Caluan Ematt (above) – he was pretty important in the old Rebel Alliance, apparently. The New Republic doesn’t officially endorse the Resistance – they don’t want to be seen opposing the First Order – but assists Leia behind the scenes. Ace pilot Poe Dameron was a top Republic flyer before signing up. Snap Wexley, the X-Wing pilot played by JJ Abrams regular Greg Grunberg, is Temmin, the tech-genius kid who played a key role on Akiva in Star Wars: Aftermath. His mum, Norra, was a Y-wing pilot in the assault on the second Death Star.
From the horse’s mouth in Vader’s own comic.
You should have seen the eBay bids for this.