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Galactic Civil War
Star Wars original trilogy, Star Wars Expanded Universe material
Canon information
Date 19 BBY to 19 ABY
Location The Galaxy
Result Alliance victory; toppling of Galactic Empire, reformation of the Alliance into the New Republic
Galactic Empire logo.svg
Galactic Empire
Rebel Alliance logo.svg
Rebel Alliance
Emperor Palpatine 
Darth Vader 
Grand Moff Tarkin 
Admiral Piett 
Moff Jerjerrod 
Grand Admiral Thrawn 
Gilad Pellaeon
Mon Mothma
Admiral Ackbar
Princess Leia Organa
General Jan Dodonna
General Crix Madine
Luke Skywalker

The Galactic Civil War is a fictional war from the Star Wars galaxy. It serves as the setting for the original trilogy of films A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, as well as many novels, comics, and video games in the Expanded Universe.

The war was fought between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance, later renamed the New Galactic Republic. While it is hard to pinpoint exactly when the war itself began in earnest (although it was surely in full swing shortly prior to the events of A New Hope), the foundations of the conflict are depicted during the events of Revenge of the Sith.


The Galactic Civil war beyond the movies

The Expanded Universe details many more battles of the conflict, such as Prince Xizor's involvement in the Civil War. Many of these events can be found in the timeline below.

Further, the Galactic Civil War continued after the Battle of Endor for many years in the Expanded Universe. With the destruction of the Galactic Empire's central leadership, the institution fell into warlordism, becoming disorganized and weak. Even so, the Empire remained a formidable threat to the New Republic, as it controlled much of the galaxy and still had access to a powerful military. In an effort to fully restore the galaxy to a peaceful state, the New Republic began a campaign of recapturing vital Imperial worlds, including Coruscant, the former capital of the Old Republic and the Galactic Empire alike. The Empire rose again several times under powerful leaders such as Grand Admiral Thrawn and a series of clones of Palpatine, but was always thwarted when those leaders were killed.

Later, a peace treaty was finally signed between the New Republic and the tiny fraction of the galaxy that was under the control of what remained of the Empire, nineteen years after the Rebels' victory at Yavin. At this time the Imperial Remnant, led by Grand Admiral Gilad Pellaeon, consisted of eight backwater sectors bordering the Unknown Regions in the Outer Rim. These systems preferred the policies of the New Order rather than those of the New Republic.[1]

Timeline of the Galactic Civil War

The following is a timeline of the Galactic Civil War. Note that most of these battles are summarized in the plot synopsis of their respective video game or book article. Dates may not be exact.

  • Operation: Knightfall - 19 Years BBY - Formation of the Galactic Empire, beginning of the Great Jedi Purge, first organized dissent against Palpatine's rule within the Senate
  • 2 years BBY - Formation of the Rebel Alliance, under the leadership of Mon Mothma of Chandrila, Bail Organa of Alderaan, and Garm Bel Iblis of Corellia
  • Battle of Danuta - First Alliance victory, theft of the Death Star plans
  • Uprising in the Death Star - .7 BBY - A prison break occurs in the Death Star (a mission in Star Wars: Battlefront II)
  • Operation Strike Fear - Emperor Palpatine's plan to destroy Mon Mothma and the Rebel Alliance. It was unsuccessful, and ultimately resulted in the Rebels destroying the Death Star. Depicted in the computer game Star Wars: X-wing. The operation ended with the destruction of the Star Destroyer Invincible.
  • Battle of Polis Massa - .1 BBY - Attempt at retrieving the Death Star plans; first major battle of the war (featured in Star Wars: Battlefront II)
  • Attack on Tantive IV - 0 BBY - another attempt at retrieving the plans; capture of Princess Leia Organa. From Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • Attack on Tatooine - 0 BBY - The search for the droids who have the stolen plans. From Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Attack on Tatooine (Phase 2) - 0 BBY - Imperials scout in Mos Eisley to continue the search. From Star Wars: Battlefront
  • Destruction of Alderaan - 0 BBY - Alderaan is destroyed; Senator Bail Organa among the many dead. An event in the movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
  • Battle of Yavin - 0 BBY - Destruction of the first Death Star; chronicled in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and other sources.
  • First Battle of Yavin Base - 0 ABY - Rebels are forced off of Yavin; chronicled in multiple sources.
  • Massacre on Talay - Introduction of the Dark Troopers
  • Battle of Ralltiir - Imperial attempt to capture Rebel scientists fails
  • Battle of Thyferra - Death of Imperial Moff Seerdon
  • Battle of Hoth - 3 ABY - Major Alliance loss
  • Battle of Bespin - 3 ABY - Bespin attacked by the Empire; Han Solo, a Rebel hero, is captured.
  • Battle of Gall - 3 ABY - failed Rebel attempt to rescue Han Solo from Boba Fett before Fett can deliver Solo to Jabba the Hutt. Shown in Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire.
  • Battle of Dubrillion - 3.3 ABY - Destruction of a major Imperial facility
  • Battle of Tanaab - 3.5 ABY - Lando Calrissian defends farmers from a force of pirates. He shows great skill and is later recruited as a commander by the Rebels.
  • Battle of Xizor’s Skyhook - 4 ABY - Death of Prince Xizor at the climax of Shadows of the Empire.
  • Battle of Kothlis - 4 ABY - The Second Death Star plans are beamed to the Razor, which was attacked over Kothlis
  • Battle of Fondor - 4 ABY - the prevention of the production of a new Super Star Destroyer that would have been used at the Battle of Endor.
  • Skirmish at Carkoon - 4 ABY - Han Solo is rescued from Jabba the Hutt by several other Rebels. Shown in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
  • Battle of Bespin continues - 4 ABY
  • Battle of Endor - 4 ABY - Destruction of Death Star II and fragmentation of the Empire. Shown in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Battle of Bakura - 4 ABY - An Imperial planet is attacked by unknown forces; the Alliance sends aid.
  • Fall of Coruscant - 6 ABY - Coruscant finally falls to New Republic forces
  • Thrawn Campaign - 9 ABY - Grand Admiral Thrawn begins a major campaign to destroy the New Republic
  • Battle of Bilbringi - 9.5 ABY - end of Thrawn’s Campaign.
  • 10 ABY - Final Destruction of Palpatine's First Galactic Empire at Byss. Depicted in the Dark Empire and Empire's End comic book series.
  • 19 ABY - Bastion Accords between Imperial Remnant and New Republic ends the Galactic Civil War


  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Novelisation, 1st edition hardcover, 2005. Matthew Woodring Stover, George Lucas, ISBN 0-7126-8427-1
  • The Truce at Bakura, 1st paperback printing, 1994. Kathy Tyers, ISBN 0-553-56872-8
  • Heir to the Empire, 1st paperback edition, 1992. Timothy Zahn, ISBN 0-553-40471-7
  • Dark Force Rising, 1st edition, 1992. Timothy Zahn, ISBN 0-553-08574-3
  • The Last Command, 1st paperback edition, 1994. Timothy Zahn, ISBN 0-553-56492-7
  • Dark Empire, trade paperback, 1993. Tom Veitch, ISBN 1-56971-073-2
  • Dark Empire II, trade paperback, 1st edition, 1995. Tom Veitch, ISBN 1-56971-119-4
  • Empire's End, trade paperback, 1997. Tom Vietch, ISBN 1-56971-306-5

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