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What is the Galactic Republic logo supposed to represent?

In Legends, it originated from Bendu

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Bendu was a collection of non-confrontational beliefs practiced by the Bendu monks. The symbol of Bendu was a circle connected by eight even spokes, which represented the unification of the galaxy by the Force. Due to their study of numerology, the number eight created by this symbol had great meaning.

Sith Empire

Symbol used by the Sith Empire during the Galactic War

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Bendu (reduced)

Reduced form of the Bendu symbol used on Anakin Skywalker's ship during the Clone Wars

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Palpatine's Bendu inspired Imperial crest

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Even though the symbol of the Bendu was eventually used by the Galactic Republic, they at first used their own symbol [Not given]. Curiously, the later reformed Sith Empire used a six-spoked symbol similar to the one used by the Republic after the Second Sith Civil War. By then, the Republic had adopted the symbol to represent their own role in galactic unification. A six-spoked form of the symbol was also used by the Republic during the Clone Wars immediately before the rise of the Empire. The symbol was later the basis for the emblem of the Galactic Empire. Then at the end of the Galactic Civil War, the New Republic restored the Old Republic's system government, though with editing of forms to reduce the probability of abuses. The Bendu was reinstated but, due to its similarity to the much-hated Imperial Crest, it was not widely adopted as an official symbol and the Alliance Starbird all but supplanted it.

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The name "Bendu" may come from George Lucas's original name for the Jedi Knights: the Jedi Bendu. There are several instances wherein the symbol is used. In Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith during the Battle of Coruscant, Anakin's fighter bears the Clone Wars version of the six-spoke symbol and not the eight-spoke symbol. This can be seen when R2 fights the buzz droid.

Old Republic Logos

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Factions have always been vital to the stories in the Star Wars franchise. Given the ever-increasing scope of the galaxy, continuously populated with many different characters subscribing to many belief systems, various symbols have helped to easily designate the different ideologies to fans. The conflicts that have raged between the Jedi and the Sith, or the battles between the Rebels and The Empire, have been differentiated for decades by the use of distinct symbology.

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What makes the design behind each faction in the Star Wars Universe collectively revered can be attributed to many factors. From origin to aesthetic, to recognition, and even nostalgia, there's a lot of reasons fans might consider one faction special over another. There's no denying, however, that each one has in some way come to visually define the franchise.

10 Separatist Hex

To differentiate themselves from the Galactic Republic, the Confederacy of Independent Systems chose a symbol that couldn't be further from the Starbird crest; a hexagon, made from dark blue outlines six triangles, and a small hexagon at its center.

The hex icon, as it came to be known, was used throughout the Clone Wars conflict, only disappearing once the Separatist armies were defeated and the New Republic was rebuilt into the first Galactic Empire. At that point, the symbol disappeared, but not before being incorporated into the design of the Empire's infamous TIE fighters, perhaps as a nod to the faction that had been used by Darth Sidious to make his dark machinations into a reality.

9 Death Watch

When fans first encountered the infamous Death Watch in The Clone Wars, their pauldrons were marked with the symbol associated with Clan Visla, similar to the shape of a jai'galaar depicted in mid-dive, always colored in red. After the Clone Wars ended, the color of the elite clan was changed to blue.

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Considered to be little more than thugs by members of Mandalorian royalty like Bo-Katan, they were nevertheless revered by foundlings like Din Djarin, who was saved by their cohort after his parents were killed by Separatist droids. Their symbol accurately reflects the savage violence they idolize and the warrior ways of a bygone era.

8 Hutt Cartel

The Hutt Clan, once the galaxy's most powerful crime families, was known to indiscriminately align itself with whichever faction it felt would prove most commercially beneficial, whether that be the Galactic Republic or the Shadow Collective. Its own symbol was equally mercurial and reflected a kajidic, or Hutt social and philosophical structure guiding all Hutt clans (the Desilijic, for example, which contained Jabba the Hutt).

Known primarily for financing crime syndicates renowned for running weapons, contraband, and various ephemera, the Hutt Cartel was a great threat during the time of the Republic, their expansive piracy and organized crime proving particularly problematic in the Outer Rim where the Galactic Senate had little influence.

7 Sith Order

In the novels, video games, and comic books of Star Wars Legends, the Sith have had a variety of symbols denoting their collective. Some were created in a time when the Sith were plentiful, and others after Darth Bane instituted the Rule of Two. Those symbols have been replaced by the one introduced in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, a crest that came about in an era when the Sith were all but excised from the galaxy but with the mind to return stronger than ever.

The Sith symbol, visible on the stone receptacle Kylo Ren smashes in order to retrieve the Wayfinder that will lead him to Exegol, consists of a jagged diamond-like pattern within a circlet, a simple shape that conveys both brutality and elegance.

6 First Order

The Imperial forces defeated at the Battle of Jakku, combined with the Imperial Remnant in the Unknown Regions, joined the New Republic's Centrist party to create the First Order, a fascist military power looking to reclaim the Empire's totalitarian control of the galaxy.

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The First order symbol, often found in crimson and emblazoned on all their banners and paraphernalia, seemed to present a deconstructed version of the Imperial cog/Galactic Republic symbol, its rectangular points so numerous they most closely resembled sharp points. It was a perfect rebranding for Darth Sidious's ultimate return to the arena of galactic subjugation.

5 Clan Mudhorn Crest

After working together to take down a rampaging mudhorn in the first season of The Mandalorian, Din Djarin and his asset Grogu became a clan of two according to the Mandalorian Code; Clan Mudhorn. The armorer bestowed the signet upon the pair for their bravery and teamwork, and the two foundlings became a family that would always protect one another.

The symbol features a mudhorn's skull, commemorating the one they killed on Arvala-7, and is worn on Mando's right pauldron. Not only is it a striking feature on his gleaming beskar armor, but it's also highly personal, as all such ornamentation is for the Mandalorians.

4 Rebel Alliance Starbird/Resistance Crest

Emblazoned on X-wings and flight helmets across the ranks of the Rebel Alliance and the Resistance, the Starbird logo came to be a symbol of courage and hope across the galaxy. Created from the signature of Mandalorian Sabine Wren and the symbol taken up by extreme freedom fighter Saw Gerrerra, it was used by the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

The design is a simplified version of the Galactic Republic logo, the stars removed from around it seems to signify the systems that had once been aligned to it, now lost at the dawn of the Empire. After the defeat of the Empire, the New Republic once again incorporated the Starbird into its logo as well, making it one of the most enduring symbols in the Star Wars Universe, and one of the most famous in the franchise.

3 Galactic Empire Imperial Cog

Based on the symbol for the Galactic Republic, the Imperial Cog became one of the most recognized pieces of iconography in the galaxy. By taking the Republic's roundel and removing two of its spokes, it became an omnipresent emblem of Sheev Palpatine's dreaded Galactic Empire.

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From fleets of formidable Star Destroyers to military uniforms and various pieces of propaganda, the sigil struck fear in the hearts of inhabitants from Outer Rim planets like Tatooine to Core Worlds like Coruscant. It was the public face of a dictatorship whose cog represented progress but became the embodiment of evil, and is one of the most recognizable symbols in the Star Wars franchise along with the Rebel Alliance Starbird.

2 Jedi Order

Taken from the standard of the Old Republic, which the Jedi Knights served as peaceful guardians for thousands of years, the symbol of the Jedi Order became a beacon of strength and freedom for countless star systems. It featured a lightsaber encircled by a pair of wings and could be found in everything from Jedi texts, to the sides of ships in the Grand Army of the Republic.

The symbol has not only been important throughout galactic history, from the time of the Old Republic to the time of Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order, it's also been incorporated into Star Wars paraphernalia, such as the very first poster for the movie in 1977.

1 Boba Fett/Mandalorian Crest

The crest associated with the most famous bounty hunter in the galaxy happens to be associated with the unique Mandalorian armor he wears. Known as the krybes, the symbol has come to have many different origins, from being a Bantha skull to being the emblem of a training master in the days of ancient Mandalore.

The most commonly held belief is that it's the skull of a mythosaur, the ancient beasts once ridden by Mandalorians thousands of years in the past. With the incredible popularity of characters like Boba Fett and Din Djarin on The Mandalorian and the fact that the horned skull is so iconic, it's become one of the coolest symbols of any Star Wars faction.

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Galactic Republic

Fictional state in the "Star Wars" universe

This article is about Star Wars. For a more general treatment, see Galactic empire.

"Old Republic (Star Wars)" redirects here. For the game, see Star Wars: The Old Republic. For the comic book, see Star Wars: The Old Republic (comics).

"Republic (Star Wars)" redirects here. For the comic book, see Star Wars: Republic.

The Galactic Republic, often referred to as simply the Republic, is an interstellar state depicted in the fictional Star Wars universe, where it existed prior to the establishment of the Galactic Empire. The Republic is most prominently portrayed in the prequel trilogy of films in the Star Wars franchise. In the original trilogy, set later in time, it is referred to as the Old Republic.

The Republic is portrayed as a democraticconstitutionalrepublic that sustained itself peacefully for over twenty-five thousand years, but was tied up in layers of bureaucracy. It was mainly overseen by the Senate, a body in the Legislative Branch of the Republic government. It was protected by the Jedi Order, the guardians of peace and justice throughout the Star Wars galaxy. After the end of the Galactic Empire, the New Republic was founded. It was enforced by the original Rebellion, eventually known as the New Republic Military. The consolidation of the New Republic is depicted in The Mandalorian as it sought to wipe out remnants of the Imperial forces, and was eventually destroyed by the First Order, under Supreme Leader Snoke's direction, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Fictional history (canon)[edit]

Fictional timeline (canon)[edit]

See also: Star Wars in other media § Legends fictional timeline

All Star Wars chronology takes the destruction of the first Death Star during the Battle of Yavin, portrayed in the first film Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977), as the basis of counting standard years. The conventional calendar era notation is "BBY" ("Before the Battle of Yavin") and "ABY" ("After the Battle of Yavin").[1] Alternatively, newer literature may use the notation "BSW4" ("Before Star Wars Episode 4") and "ASW4" ("After Star Wars Episode 4").


Little is said to be known of the earliest history of the Star Wars galaxy before the Republic, but several species that evolved in the Core Worlds, including humans, later came to dominate the galaxy. It is hypothesised that humans originally came from Coruscant, later settled other Core Worlds such as Alderaan, and went on to colonise other planets from there.[3] Smith (1996) claimed that '[i]t is unknown whether hyperdrive was invented by the humans of the Core Worlds or introduced by alien traders from far off in the Unknown Regions', but there is agreement that the introduction of hyperspace travel predated the Republic, and allowed the formation of a 'galactic civilization' and central governments over multiple planetary systems, and thus the rise of the Republic.[4]

Old Republic[edit]

According to the large body of films and other fiction that belong to the Star Wars franchise, the Old Republic was formed 25,000 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)[6][7] when the first "Galactic Constitution" was signed on Coruscant,[citation needed] after hyperdrive connected many worlds in the Core and enabled the establishment of an interstellar central government. Coruscant became the capital planet of the Old Republic, the Galactic Empire, and the New Republic, and the entire surface evolved into one big city, with skyscrapers reaching more than 5,000 levels. The Republic was made up of several hundred thousands of worlds, and each planet or system had representation in the Republic Senate, which comprised most of the Republic Legislative Branch and the government itself. It started off merely as an economic and protective alliance, mainly among the Core worlds. It eventually expanded to the Colonies and other outlying worlds and regions, becoming a superpower rather than an alliance, and it became the central government for the galaxy.[citation needed] The Core Worlds such as Coruscant and Alderaan were notable for their prosperity, which was later matched by the Colonies, while the Inner Rim and Expansion Region were a bit less secure and wealthy; the Mid Rim was an unsafe region that saw much of the fighting Galactic Civil War on planets such as Naboo and Kashyyyk, as it was far from the Republic's military concentrated in the Core. The Outer Rim was the most unsafe place in the galaxy, where neither the Republic nor the Empire ever gained much de facto hold, leading to lawlessness, widespread violence and crime syndicates; many key battles of the Clone Wars took place here. A large part of the Outer Rim including Tatooine was traditionally ruled by the Hutts and therefore called the Hutt Space.

As the Republic expanded, it came into contact with the slave empire of Zygerria. Because slavery was disallowed in the Republic, it disliked the Zygerria Empire, as slavery was central to the Empire's political and economic system; conversely, the Empire refused to become part of the Republic. The Republic and Jedi declared war on the Empire and won. The Empire was reduced to a small harmless alliance on Zygerria.[citation needed]

Sith Empire and reforms[edit]

The Sith (which formed in the Republic's early years) return to their original strength and invaded Malachor. The first Sith War began, which led to the demise of the first Republic.[citation needed] The power of the new Sith Empire increased as the Republic's decreased. The Republic and Jedi forces failed to keep the Empire's Forces out of Republic Space. Soon, the Sith became a second superpower. Around this time, an ancestor of Pre Vizsla stole the Darksaber from the Jedi Temple. Around 1000 years prior to Star Wars, the Dark Age began and the Old Republic was brought to the brink of collapse, but with the Liberation of Coruscant, the Sith Empire collapsed first.[citation needed] After the Sith Empire was defeated in c. 1032 BBY, the Republic (now known as the Galactic Republic) reformed and became a democracy. It demilitarized at the Ruusan Reformation, shortly after the Seventh Battle of Ruusan.[citation needed]

High Republic[edit]

The multimedia project Star Wars: The High Republic depicts the galaxy 200 years before The Phantom Menace.[12]

The Republic began to diplomatically influence its neighboring worlds rather than conquering them by force. This meant the Republic expanded slowly. The Republic finally took control of the Mid Rim. Power blocs formed out of the Republic, but the Jedi kept order. The Republic became peaceful but corrupt, and a Core-Rim distrust formed. After Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum came to power, a standoff between the Trade Federation and the Republic led to the Invasion of Naboo (32 BBY), depicted in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.[citation needed]

Separatist Crisis[edit]

Count Dooku: 'As I explained to you earlier, I'm quite convinced that 10,000 more systems will rally to our cause with your support, gentlemen.' (...)
Wat Tambor: 'The Techno Union army is at your disposal, Count.'
San Hill: 'The Banking Clan will sign your treaty.'
Dooku: 'Good, very good. Our friends from the Trade Federation have pledged their support, and when their battle droids are combined with yours, we shall have an army greater than any in the galaxy. The Jedi will be overwhelmed. The Republic will agree to any demands we make.'

– Fragment from the Separatist council meeting on Geonosis, portrayed in Attack of the Clones

Further information: Clone trooper

Several trade organizations represented in the Senate, such as the Trade Federation and Commerce Guild, kept armies of droids to protect their profits and occasionally took advantage of this, such as when the Trade Federation invaded and occupied Naboo. Individual sectors also maintained their own security forces, such as Naboo Security Force or the CorSec from Corellia, and these were sometimes used to combat small threats. However, there was no centralized and official military of the Republic. The Trade Federation and other cartels within the Republic desired that the Republic government lack significant central military power so that it could not enforce any legal regulations on their business.

Dissatisfied with several problems in the Republic, such as ineffectual government, heavy taxes, and perceived favoritism of the Core Worlds over the Outer Rim planets, the Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS) was formed in 24 BBY: several systems seceded from the Republic and formed a new state, thus triggering the Separatist Crisis. The CIS was ostensibly headed by former Jedi Master Count Dooku (although Palpatine was actually in command of both sides), who gained much popularity amongst critics of the Republic after his scathing Raxus Address outlining the problems of the Republic, leading many systems to side with him and form the Confederacy. The Separatists became a huge threat to the Republic after some of the galaxy's megacorporations allied with the CIS, as they possessed vast resources and private armies of battle droids. A Military Creation Act was proposed in the Republic Senate, strongly opposed by many of the Republic's pacifist leaders, such as Padmé Amidala, the Queen of Naboo, who feared the possibility of war. But most of the Senate advocated a permanent, official, and central military to oppose the Separatist threat. Supporters of the Act include Orn Free Taa of Ryloth and Ask Aak of Malastare.[citation needed]

However, a Clone Army had already been created in secret on the planet Kamino on the edge of the galaxy ten years earlier, commissioned without authorization by Master Sifo-Dyas, a former Jedi perceiving chaos in the galaxy. When it became clear the Confederacy had no intention of negotiating, the Republic quickly accepted the Army made for them, and it was dubbed the Grand Army of the Republic.[citation needed]

Clone Wars[edit]

Main article: Clone Wars (Star Wars)

Despite the high quality of its armaments and cloned troops, the Republic's war effort was initially hindered because most of the major industrial companies in the Galaxy had, under the aegis of the Techno Union, sided with the Confederacy. Eventually, though, the Republic became a humongous superpower not only economically but also militarily. The rapid militarization of the Republic during the Clone Wars, overseen by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, had far-reaching effects. The Confederacy won most battles in the first year of the Clone Wars. During the second and middle year of the Clone Wars however, the Republic defended itself from Confederate attacks and retaliated with its own assaults, many of which were successful. During the third and final year of the Clone Wars, the Republic won many offensive battles in the Mid Rim and pushed the Confederate forces back to the Outer Rim with its "Outer Rim Sieges" campaign.[citation needed]

Fall of the Republic[edit]

During the Clone Wars, the Senate increasingly grants enormous amounts of power to Palpatine, who is the Commander-in-Chief. Such actions are justified in the name of security and are considered a perfectly reasonable way to increase the wartime government's efficiency. Eventually, Palpatine gains enough political power that he and his office are equal to the Senate.[citation needed]

Tension between Palpatine and the Jedi grow as the war progresses. Many members of the Jedi Council remain skeptical of Palpatine's growing power. In time, the Jedi believe that Palpatine will not surrender his emergency powers and his long overdue position by the end of the war. This suspicion is also shared by some senators, including Padmé Amidala of Naboo, Bail Organa of Alderaan, and Mon Mothma of Chandrila.[citation needed]

After the death of Separatist leaders Count Dooku, who was the Head of State, and General Grievous, who was the Commander of the Separatist Army, and the discovery that Palpatine is actually Darth Sidious, the Sith Lord behind the war, the Jedi activate their contingency plans.[citation needed]

Order 66[edit]

The Sith are the ancient enemy of the Jedi and were thought to have been destroyed many years ago. A small group of experienced Jedi led by Mace Windu fail to arrest Palpatine for treason when Anakin Skywalker pledges himself to the dark side. Shortly afterwards, Palpatine secretly orders the clones to exterminate the Jedi Order. Because of control chips implanted inside the clones' heads, the clones are forced to slaughter the Jedi leaders in what would later become known as the Jedi Purge. The Jedi padawans remaining on Coruscant are eliminated by Darth Vader, formerly known as Anakin Skywalker, and his personal legion. The clones, at the same time, start a war against the Confederacy and the droids.[citation needed]

Galactic Empire versus Rebel Alliance[edit]

Main articles: Galactic Empire (Star Wars) and Rebel Alliance

Before the conclusion of the Clone Wars, Palpatine addressed the Senate. He related the story of an unsuccessful "assassination attempt" on his life by the Jedi. Claiming that it was a "rebellion" and that their next move would be to kill all the Senators, he declared the Jedi Order to be enemies of the Republic. Palpatine announced that the Galactic Republic should be reorganized into the Galactic Empire, and he would be the emperor for life. Deluded by Palpatine's charisma and skill (and perhaps also by his considerable dark side power), the majority of the Senate cheered him on loudly in approval. The official continuation of the Galactic Republic was the Galactic Empire, which was fueled by cruelty and fear.[citation needed]

As the Clone Wars entered their final year, Palpatine's once near-unanimous support had begun to falter. As depicted in the Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith novelization and deleted scenes from the film itself, a bloc of senators began to emerge, even before the Clone Wars end, who opposed Palpatine's authoritarian rule and resented his treatment of the Jedi and other opponents. This bloc, originally led by influential politicians such as Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, and later by Bail's adopted daughter Princess Leia Organa, eventually became the political voice of the emerging Rebel Alliance.[citation needed]

New Republic[edit]

The New Republic was a restoration of the Galactic Republic after Palpatine's Galactic Empire was crushed following Palpatine's death and the destruction of the second Death Star in the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY. In 28 ABY, part of the New Republic, concerned about corruption emerging in the Senate and its unwillingness to see the First Order as a major threat, created the Resistance to fight the First Order. This New Republic is first portrayed onscreen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), where it is depicted as the ruling government of the galaxy and primary target of the First Order, a military power that sought to restore the Galactic Empire.[16][17] 30 years after the events portrayed in Return of the Jedi (1983), the New Republic effectively collapsed when the First Order's Starkiller Base destroyed Hosnian Prime and the New Republic fleet and Senate with its superlaser.


The successor government to the Empire was explored as early as Marvel Comics' self-titled Star Wars series, which ran until 1986. The New Republic per se debuted in the 1991 Star Wars Legends novel, Heir to the Empire, by author Timothy Zahn.[citation needed]


Senate, Chancellor and Jedi Order[edit]

The Republic begins as a mutual protection and economic alliance among a number of planets in the Core. Each member world or system chooses a Senator to represent them in the Galactic Senate, the main body of the legislative branch of the government. Senators are ambassadors of their homeworlds or systems. Member worlds and systems maintain their governments and societies as long as it does not defy any central and core Republican laws. There are a wide variety of different local governments along the political spectrum: from monarchies to republics to hive-like communes.[citation needed]

When the Republic's power and influence expand, many new areas of the galaxy are incorporated into the Republic. The Core and Colonies are the base of the Galactic Republic. A reorganization of senatorial representation occurs 1,000 years prior to Star Wars during the Ruusan Reformation.[citation needed] The most common organization for these new territories is to group regions into Sectors of about 50 inhabited worlds. Each sector is represented by a Senatorial Delegation. When the number of sectors becomes too large, sectors are organized into roughly a thousand regions, each represented by one delegation to the Senate.[citation needed]

The Senate serves as the unicameral main body of the legislative branch, but has immense power over the entire Galactic Republic. The capital of the Republic, which contains the most political power and wealth, is Coruscant.[citation needed]

Inside the Senate Building, there is an area in which the Senate debates, casts votes, and makes or passes bills. It contains 1,024 floating platforms, each of which contain a senator and his or her aides. Each platform in the senate represents a "sector" of the galaxy. A few platforms represent individual worlds of high importance, or worlds bringing special pleas to the Senate. Some represent special interest groups such as the Trade Federation, and other companies, corporations, and industries. Each senatorial delegation has one vote.[citation needed]

The members of the Senate elect a Supreme Chancellor from among their ranks who serves as the Senate's presiding officer and as the Republic's de facto leader. The Chancellor is assisted by the Vice Chair, who is presumably elected in the same manner as the Chancellor; the same Vice Chair is present throughout the entire prequel trilogy. The Senate follows pseudo-parliamentary rules. Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum was forced out of office by the Senate in a motion of no confidence, introduced by Queen Padmé Amidala of Naboo, for example.[citation needed]

Senators receive one vote in all matters, procedural and substantive. The Chancellor is elected from within the Senate for a set term. The Senate gives the Chancellor emergency powers in times of crisis and removes him from office when necessary. The assembly is in turn divided into individual committees, each specializing in specific fields of government administration, and which were responsible for creating legislation to be reviewed by the full assembly. The Senate has some form of judicial power as well, although the Republic has a judicial branch, in which the Supreme Court was the main body.[citation needed]

The main functions of the Senate are to mediate disputes between members, provide for the common defense, create and pass laws into effect that would benefit most of the Republic, and regulate inter-system trade. The Jedi Order, although technically not officially part of the Republic, are considered the defenders of the general Republic. The Republic often orders the Jedi to specific areas that require assistance. In this way, they are eventually the unofficial police force of the Republic. They become representatives of the Senate as well, to some extent.[citation needed]

Despite the seemingly organized structure of the Republic, the waning years of the Republic are a time of corruption and great social injustice. The Senate becomes divided between those who genuinely wish to uphold the values and ideals of the Republic and those who wish to further their own goals. Following a series of weak and ineffectual Chancellors, there is a crisis involving the invasion of Naboo by the Trade Federation over a tariff passed by the Senate.[citation needed]

After Senator Palpatine of Naboo becomes Chancellor, he increases the power of the office, from acting as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, or the Republic Military, to the institution of his personal bodyguard organization, the Red Guard. The Office of the Supreme Chancellor is given power equaling that of the Senate. The Galactic Senate also meets less often, as the Chancellor is voted more emergency powers to act on his own during the time of crisis.[citation needed]

Eventually, many Outer Rim planets and companies leave the Republic due to the amount of corruption and unfair treatment to Outer Rim worlds. Together, they form a rebellion known as the Confederacy of Independent Systems, almost exclusively referred to in the films as the Separatists. Some large industrial companies, including the Trade Federation, side with the Separatists, providing them with their military and its resources.[citation needed]

Galactic politicians[edit]

Politicians include Senators, the Supreme Chancellor, the Vice Chair of the Senate, the Administrative Aide, various Representatives from systems, and to an unofficial extent, the members of the Jedi Council. Jedi Council members hold special status as they appear to have the ability to watch Senate meetings and advise such Senators on various matters. The Jedi order protects these people.[citation needed]


While the Republic had an Army and Navy for thousands of years, after the Rusaan Reformations, the Republic does not maintain a military except for a small force known as the Judicial Forces.[citation needed]

Palpatine and the Jedi[edit]

The Jedi with the most authority served on the Jedi High Council, among whom Yoda and Mace Windu act as de facto leaders at the height of the Republic. Although the Senate holds some degree of political authority over the Jedi, very little pressure was ever put on the Council before Palpatine took office and demanded that Anakin Skywalker become a member of the Council in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, despite the misgivings of the Jedi. While the Council allowed Anakin to sit among them, they did not grant him the status of Jedi Master.[citation needed]

Reception and analysis[edit]

See also: Star Wars sources and analogues

The story of the Galactic Republic's rise, fall and resurrection have been compared to those of the real-world Roman Republic[20] and Weimar Germany.[21] From the storytelling perspective, the story of its "fall and redemption" has also been compared to that of Anakin Skywalker.[22]

Brake and Chase (2016) compared the hypothesised colonisation of the Core Worlds by Coruscanti humans to the state of the space colonisation by humans from the Earth, which had taken its first step with NASA's Apollo program of 1961–1972, just before George Lucas invented Star Wars.[3] They argued that Lucas offered a solution to the Fermi paradox: indeed, most of the Star Wars galaxy was conquered/colonised and submitted to the central government of the Republic rather quickly by the expansionist humans from the Core Worlds soon after they acquired the necessary rocket technology for interstellar travel, but there are still large unchartered Unknown Regions which are simply too far from the fashionable Core Worlds to have been fully explored (as exploration of the Unknown Regions is lethally dangerous), let alone colonised.[3]: 90–94  Thus, it's possible that the Solar System is also situated "in the Milky Way's version of the Unknown Regions", and that even if there are other species in the Milky Way, which may even have established a Star Wars-like Galactic Republic or Empire, the Earth and its human civilisation have so far been in unchartered and dangerous hyperspace-travel territory (from that galactic civilisation's point of view), and humans themselves are still too technologically limited to make contact with it.[3]: 93–94 


New Republic appearances[edit]


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What do the Star Wars symbols mean?

Star Wars symbols, their history, and meanings. Symbols in the Star Wars universe are basically insignias, emblems. They show which organization the person, vehicle, or building it belongs to.

What is the Star Wars imperial symbol?

In Star Wars Legends, it has its roots in the Bendu symbol. In later years, the Imperial symbol was incorporated into the insignia of other organizations such as House Benelex and Ante-Endor Association, in order to show allegiance to the Empire.

What are the Star Wars Rebel Alliance colors?

According to the Legends roleplaying book The Rebel Alliance Sourcebook, the color of the pips indicates the branch of service, with blue designating navy and red designating army. This was partially retained in the canon reference book, Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide.

What is the Star Wars Rebel Alliance?

Rebel Alliance. In the fictional universe of Star Wars, the Alliance to Restore the Republic (also called the Rebel Alliance or simply the Rebellion) is an interstellar coalition of revolutionary factions and pro-democratic republic clandestine cell systems in a resistance movement against the totalitarian Galactic Empire.


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Star Wars Symbols and Definitions, Part I


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I've noticed there are just a plethora of Star Wars symbols out there. Have you ever looked at one of the symbols and asked yourself, where did this all come from and what the heck does all this mean??!! It's not something you can learn just by watching the movies.

I first noticed some of these symbols in the Lego Star Wars games I play. There's an emblem for a (Jedi) character to cut through with a lightsaber. Had I known what the symbol meant right away, it wouldn't have taken me an hour to figure what character to use or what to do!! The Clone Wars Lego game really stumped me, as all the characters had their own symbols.

I also began watching the Prequels again and caught a few that I didn't catch before. Now, with TFA being released on DVD in a few weeks (yay!), I'm thinking I need to fully understand the new symbols in TFA, plus the ones represented in the Prequels, original Trilogy and TV show series and books.

There are quite a bit of emblems and logos out there so I will have several blogs on this. Hope you enjoy!

The Rebel Alliance

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The Alliance to Restore the Republic was a resistance movement formed by Bail Organa and Mon Mothma to oppose the reign of the Galactic Empire. It is shown in black and white here, but the symbol is a red starbird.

The New Republic

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Following its great victory of the Battle of Endor, the Alliance to Restore the Republic rebranded itself as The New Republic. Shortly afterward, the Galactic Concordance was signed with the remnants of the Empire. Believing the Empire was no longer a threat, the New Republic turned its attention to reshaping galactic politics.

Galactic Empire

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This represents the government that rose to power in the aftermath of The Clone Wars, replacing the Galactic Republic. Central authority was given to Darth Sidious, who was publicly known as Emperor Palpatine. The Empire saw its end at the Battle of Endor.

Jedi Order

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The emblem of the Jedi Order up to the time of Order 66 that wiped out most of the Jedi. The symbol of wings and what appears to be a shining light represents their role and beliefs.

The Old Republic

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Also known as the Galactic Republic. If you look carefully, you will see that the Galactic Empire symbol is very similar.

The First Order

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After the Galactic Concordance, the Empire was unable to wage war. The Old Empire withered away, becoming a remnant of political hardliners locked into disagreement with The New Republic before eventually breaking away to reform in the Unknown Regions as the mysterious First Order.

The Resistance

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The Resistance was created by Princess Leia Organa to keep watch on the movements of The First Order. The Resistance adopted the Starbird used by The Rebel Alliance as their symbol.

I hope you enjoyed the first edition - more to come! Thanks very much for reading - your feedback and comments are welcome!

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5 Symbols in the Star Wars Universe

Do you remember the first time you noticed the symbols of the Empire and Rebellion appear in the original trilogy? The Imperial insignia can be seen on uniforms, and the Rebel Alliance starbird appears on the helmets of the X-wing pilots who take on the Death Star. Symbols like those appear throughout the Star Wars universe in the films, television series, books, games, and comics. Like emblems in our world, the symbols allow you to tell which organization someone has pledged his or her allegiance to with a quick glance. Here are five such symbols from the galaxy far, far away:

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1. Rebel Alliance
The Rebel Alliance stood against the Galactic Empire in the original trilogy and after years of fighting, the Rebellion eventually signed a concordance with the Empire. Their symbol, a starbird, is most often spotted on pilots’ helmets and can also be seen on uniforms on the Resistance base in The Force Awakens. The design may have roots in the phoenix/starbird graffiti Sabine Wren leaves behind in Star Wars Rebels.

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2. Galactic Empire
When Sheev Palpatine formed the Galactic Empire, he adopted a different version of the Galactic Republic’s crest. The new cog with six spokes was used throughout the organization. It’s visible on uniforms, flags, and even propaganda posters. The symbol is associated with the might of the Empire, and its presence on a world signifies Imperial control. In other words, the Empire knew how to brand itself.

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3. First Order
Though the remnants of the Empire signed the Galactic Concordance with the New Republic, not everyone wanted peace. The First Order rose from the ashes of the Empire. Like the Imperial crest, the First Order’s new insignia is prominently featured on uniforms and displays throughout their operations. It’s distinctive from the Imperial crest and represents a very different institution.

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4. Galactic Republic
Often referred to as the Republic, the Galactic Republic governed the galaxy before the Clone Wars and the rise of the Galactic Empire. The Republic was allied with the Jedi Order and managed the universe through the Galactic Senate. The Republic’s insignia was an eight-spoked cog.

Star Wars - Jedi Order Symbol

5. Jedi Order
The Jedi Order was all about peace until the Clone Wars. Though a few Jedi survived Order 66 and the purge that followed, the Order as it was in the days of the Galactic Republic is no more. Their symbol of wings and what looks like a shining light represents their role and beliefs.

Do you have tattoos featuring any of these symbols? Share links in the comments or send me photos on Twitter — be sure to tag @StarWars!

Amy Ratcliffe is a writer obsessed with Star Wars, Disney, and coffee. Follow her on Twitter at@amy_geek.



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