And then Midichlorians formed from the Spring of Life and began the forward march that would birth generations of beings in the galaxy far, far away.
The story of Star Wars doesn’t just begin when a young slave is taken in by the Jedi order and tragically becomes a Sith Lord, or when his moisture farming son follows in his original footsteps and destroys the oppressive Empire – instead, 25,000 years before the Battle of Yavin (BBY), the first seeds of conflict began to sprout throughout the Galaxy. The Old Republic Era was characterized by the first inklings of government between the various races throughout the galaxy, run by politicians who wanted to unite under the banner of peace between the various races with trade routes and open communication. Founding planets of the Galactic Republic, included Alderaan, Chandrila, Corellia, Coruscant and Duro. This period was rife with conflict and war, and its effects would continue to be felt in the galaxy for centuries to come.
Originally, the Sith were a horned, red-skinned species from the planet of Korriban who were later subjugated by Ajunta Pall, a dark Jedi who would use his newfound power to create the Sith Empire and become the first Dark Lord. This began an eternal conflict with the Jedi order with both sides fighting for centuries and suffering heavy losses on multiple fronts in their various wars.



Wars: As with most complications between differing ideologies, the peaceful, monk-like nature of the Jedi conflicted heavily with the war- mongering bloodlust of the Mandalorians. This led to a centuries-long conflict between both sides which led to grand levels of destruction on both sides, devastating the old Jedi order and invigorating the Mandalorians, after finally discovering a worthy adversary in quite some time. This period saw the rise of Revan and Malak, a pair of powerful young Jedi who would lead the Order to victory despite disobeying and eventually being hunted down by the people who they were raised by. After defeating Mandalore the Ultimate and hiding their ceremonial mask, Revan and Malak became disillusioned with the old Jedi order and left it only to be later corrupted by a Dark Lord of the Sith known as Vitiate. Due to the high levels of darkness in their hearts after the war, both Jedi were made easily susceptible to the power of the dark side.

However, the Jedi- Mandalorian war was only a smaller conflict of the larger scale Great Galactic War between the Sith and the Republic. This war lasted a total of twenty-eight years and left worlds on the Core and Outer Rim absolutely devastated. The Republic was nearly destroyed and the Jedi themselves had to make a strategic retreat, removing themselves from Coruscant and moving to the planet Tython. The Republic is forced to sign the Treaty of Coruscant, ceding territory to the
Sith Empire and beginning an eleven year Cold War, which saw tensions rise as each side kicked their wounds before blowing up into a new Galactic War.

The Fighting would continue in much the same fashion for centuries after with the Jedi-Sith War and a third Galactic War before the age of the High Republic. The High Republic Era is fairly new in terms of Star Wars canon, lasting from 500 BBY to about 100 BBY and is characterized as being the era where the Republic expanded towards the worlds on the Outer Rim and the Jedi had a surge of activity with possibly some of the Order’s highest numbers ever. Considered a time of great peace, in comparison to the other eras at least, The Galactic Republic sought to bridge the various gaps between worlds, increasing the sharing of resources between planets, and fostering relationships that could be used to make life better for everyone living in planets allied with The Republic. Kyong Greylark and Orlen Mollo were the most prominent Co-Chancellors of this era with Greylark dedicating most of her time to politics on Coruscant and Mollo actively going on Outer Rim Expeditions with crews of Jedi, being one of the first leaders to bring a small bit of stability to the lawless lands beyond the Core worlds.


That’s not to mean that the era was mostly a time of politics and paperwork as the Jedi themselves were hard at work trying to better connect with the force and help keep the peace in the Galaxy. Based on the holy moon of Jedha, many different groups of Force users lived in prosperity with each other until ideological conflict began bubbling towards the surface. As the years went by, prominent Jedi of this era followed and utilized the force in unique ways that would serve as archetypes for later Force users and retroactively lay the groundwork for Jedi who weren’t part of the Council like Ahsoka Tano.

Avar Kriss, who felt and interpreted the Force as a song was one of the stronger Knights of this
era, being able to create a network between her and other force users, allowing them to combine their effort and might. Vernestra Rwoh, at the age of 15, was one of the youngest Jedi Knights of the time, showing leadership and aptitude for the force that others her age wouldn’t learn until their late teen years or adulthood. Ty Yorrick was a Jedi who left the council to become a mercenary and monster hunter and managed to avoid turning to the dark side in the process due to her nature of wanting to save people instead of hurting them. And finally, Orla Jareni could be considered to be the first of the Grey Jedi, a Wayseeker who thought to find her own path serving the force and ignoring the council when she chose to do so.
Of course, no era of Star Wars is complete without some conflict and this time period, despite being more peaceful, has had quite a number of them.
The Path of the Open Hand were an extremist sect of missionaries who believed that no one should use the Force out of fear that it would cause death and destruction throughout the Galaxy. They tried to destroy the Jedi order through various means, including using a being known as The Leveler who could nullify Force energy, manipulating a war where the Order would be seen as the antagonists and
their battle concluded with the Night of Sorrow which saw The Path’s leader defeated and its members scattered to the wind.
The Nihil were a collective of anarchists and pirates that stood opposed to the order that the Galactic Republic was trying to establish in the Outer Rim territories. They often fought the Republic and Jedi and even caused the Great Hyperspace Disaster which saw the Republic restrict hyperspace travel after a ship known as the Legacy Run was destroyed and began causing issues for other ships in the hyperspace lanes with its debris striking and killing many. They were defeated eventually by the Jedi, but were successful in making sure that the Republic lost many of the footholds gained in the Outer Rim. One of the many consequences of the aforementioned Disaster was the awakening of the Dregnir, a race of plant-like monsters who infected and overtook worlds with their chlorophyllic influence.
Avar Kriss and other Jedi were tasked with ending this threat. The Republic Era is the one that most younger fans are familiar with, consisting of the Prequel movies and the Clone Wars television show. This was one of the shorter eras in Star Wars, but certainly one with varied events and tumultuous political proceedings. After an age where the Sith practically ruled the Galaxy and another where the Jedi and Republic were able to flourish, the Republic Era was a good combination of both with the Sith now beginning to work in the background and the Jedi becoming more politically minded.
In the past, there was an entire empire of the Sith, but due to their selfish nature and lust for power, they were very prone to betrayal, murders and lack of ability to cooperate with each other. Thus, it was up to one Sith to make a change. At around 1032 BBY Darth Bane, towards the end of the original Jedi-Sith War, organized the eradication of all of the other Sith. He went on to establish the Rule of Two that would govern how the Sith operated from that point on.


The Jedi also made a change to their status quo, becoming active in the affairs of the Republic,
almost becoming their own branch of the government with the Jedi Knights acting as something of a standing army that could be called on in case of conflict.
Prominent Jedi of this era included – Qui-Gon Jinn, a grey Jedi who wished to stay out of the political affairs of the Senate and rejected the dogmatic nature that the Order had adopted in regards to following their codes; Obi-Wan Kenobi was the apprentice to Jinn before his master fell to Darth Maul. He would then become the master and brother figure to a young Anakin Skywalker and part of a love that couldn’t be with Duchess Satine Kryze of Mandalore; Anakin Skywalker was a Jedi Knight who was “destined” to be the one to destroy the dark side, though the problem with prophecy is the haze surrounding the exact details. Skywalker was a respected leader in the Clone Wars and had every chance to find happiness away from the Jedi order, but his bubbling anger and corruption
by Palpatine turned his heart dark, leading to him becoming Darth Vader.

Mace Windu was a strong minded member of the Jedi Order who had the gift to see how people fit into the narrative of the Force, all he did was analyze the actions of those around him, seeing that the force hinged on Kenobi, Skywalker and Palpatine, but didn’t know what to make of his sight until it was too late. Finally, Jedi Master Yoda was the oldest member of the Council and absolutely the wisest: he guided both Kenobi and Skywalker on their journey through the force and would do the same for Luke Skywalker years later.

While initially choosing to stay out of the Separatist conflict, they changed tact when it is revealed that one of their own, Count Dooku, was one of the leaders of the movement. They felt obligated to atone for the actions of Dooku and their duty to protect the Republic upon discovery of the illegal Droid army being built by the Separatists.
Little did they know, every single piece of the conflict was being manipulated by Palpatine, a Sith Lord who was able to emerge due to the Jedi’s arrogance in believing that they had destroyed the Sith for good during the Jedi-Sith War.
The Clone Wars was a long period of the Republic Era where the Galactic Republic fought against the Confederacy of Independent Systems. These battles would be the final nail in the coffin for the Republic and the Jedi order as the Galaxy knew them. When the Droid army was activated, the council made use of its own secret army of Clones, made from the DNA of bounty hunter Jango Fett, and both sides waged war for three years until the death of Count Dooku. Without their leader and the continued means to produce the droids, the Separatists crumbled and the Republic was left picking up the pieces.

This is until Palpatine is discovered to be the Sith Lord, Darth Sidious. He accuses the Jedi order of attempting to assassinate him after a failed arrest by Mace Windu and activates a kill order installed in the brains of the clones which targets all known Jedi.
Palpatine uses the chaos to instill martial law and elect himself Emperor with no dissenting votes.
The Imperial Era occurred just after the end of the Clone wars. This was the age where the Empire
fully rose to prominence with the burgeoning Rebel Alliance coming soon after. This is where Star Wars: Rebels, Fallen Order, The Bad Batch, Kenobi, Rogue One and the Original Trilogy take place. This was an era of absolute darkness with Emperor Sheev Palpatine ruling over the galaxy with absolute terror, using Darth Vader as his right hand of violence.

It’s during this time that the Empire finds itself at the height of its power, not seen since the Age
of the Sith during the Old Republic. Both Core and Outer Rim Worlds remain in the control of the Empire, with Sidious allowing some of the criminal elements of the Outer Rim to conduct their business as normal as long as they give proper contribution to the Empire. 19 years before the Battle of Yavin, Clone Force 99 completes a series of missions just as Order 66 is issued to all Clone Troopers.


The crew, consisting of Hunter, Echo, Crosshair, Tech and Wrecker, being defective Clones, didn’t have
their implants activated properly and managed to escape taking part in the Jedi Purge only to be betrayed by Crosshair who believed that “good soldiers follow orders.” This led to The group striking out on their own and trying to avoid being captured and reprogrammed by the Empire. Soon after, they pick up their clone sister, Omega and presumably continue having adventures throughout the galaxy. 14 years before the Battle of Yavin, Cal Kestis hides away on the planet Bracca, hoping to continue avoiding the Jedi Purge.

He is soon discovered by Imperial Inquisitors and goes on the run with former Jedi Cere Junda and pilot Greez Dritus, unlocking aspects of the force that he lost due to the trauma of the Purge before doing his part to take down the Empire.

9 Years before the Battle of Yavin, Obi- Wan Kenobi lives as a hermit on Tatooine and watches over his former apprentice’s son, Luke Skywalker and later Leia Organa as well. Also hunted by Inquisitors and his former protege, he faces down Darth Vader for the first time since they last saw each other on Mustafar, both of their feelings still raw from the battle. At the same time, Ezra Bridger, a force sensitive child, joins up with a crew of early Rebels. He trains in the ways of the Jedi with his master, Kanan Jarrus, and is instrumental in one of the earliest defeat of the Empire. By sacrificing himself he ensured that Grand Admiral Thrawn would no longer threaten his home of Lothal, his friends and the Galaxy. He fights Thrawn and sends the both of them and the Grand Admiral’s fleet into exile with the help of hyperspace traveling whales. And of course, Rogue One sees the crew of the famed ship stealing the plans for the Death Star before heroically sacrificing themselves so that the Rebellion is able to gain a significant advantage over the Empire.

The New Republic Era is the period that Star Wars fans currently find themselves in, consisting of The Sequel Trilogy, The Mandalorian, Ahsoka and the Book of Boba Fett. This era is mostly characterized as being a time of relative peace with small pockets of imperial remnants straddling along until the creation of the First Order. In The Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin is tasked with delivering a package to a few remaining imperial holdouts and discovers that it’s a child – a member of Yoda’s force sensitive race. Remembering his own youth, Djarin scraps the job as he begins to develop paternal feelings for the child and takes him on as a Mandalorian foundling, just as he was. Their journeys take them across many planets and adventures with them crossing the paths of an old Boba Fett and Ahsoka Tano while also continuing to foil the return of the Empire in their spare time.
On Tatooine, Boba Fett and Fennec Shand pick up the remains of Jabba’s crime ring while offering support to Djarin and elsewhere, Ahsoka Tano tries to intercept the return of Thrawn and his fleet while also continuing the story of Rebels, giving fans answers to many of their questions almost a decade later. Some time after all of these events, The First Order is founded by Supreme Leader Snoke after almost two decades of continued covert marshaling of forces, leading into the sequel Trilogy.

The history of Star Wars is vast. Between the current canon and very interesting Legends
stories, there isn’t enough time to cover every wonderful aspect of this amazing galaxy. So hopefully this small taste was more than enough to open one’s mind to just how much media there is to consume from this universe. Between all of the movies, television, books and comics, there
are so many avenues with which one can enjoy the storytelling of Star Wars, one just has to open their mind and feel their way through The Force.


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