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The First Imperial War of Succession was a conflict that proceeded the death of Emperor Sheev Palpatine at the Battle of Endor. His death caused a succesion crisis due to fact that the Imperial Senate, the organisation responsible for appointing the next Emperor, having being dissolved in 1939. This resulted in the issue being passed onto the Supreme Court who couldn't come to a super-majority vote on who to appoint. As a result Sate Pestage, previously Hand of the Emperor, declared himself Interim-Emperor but refused to appoint any successor, his territory along with the territory of loyal core world Moffs became known as the Central Empire based around Coruscant. He was however unpopular with many Grand Moffs outside of the Core who under the leadership of Grand Moff Bertroff Hissa propped up the illegitimate son of Palpatine, Trion Vescosine as the next Emperor, with the territory they controlled they formed what would be called the Golden Empire. Grand Admiral and nephew of Palpatine, Josef Grunger also claimed the Imperial Throne and successfully mustered many other Grand Admirals to support his claim, the territory they held became known as the True Empire.

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