The First Order was a military and political organization which was active approximately thirty years after the Battle of Endor. Inspired by the principles of the Galactic Empire, the First Order fought against the Resistance, and later the New Republic and its Imperial allies for control of the galaxy.
The First Order was a military junta inspired by the Galactic Empire.
Like its predecessor, the First Order employed the use of Stormtroopers, including variants such as Flametroopers and Snowtroopers, with the latter utilizing snowspeeders. It also utilized Heavy Artillery Troopers and Riot Control Troopers. The First Order also utilized TIE fighters as well as a Special Forces variant, and a new brand of Star Destroyer. Its former base of operations was known as Starkiller Base, an ice planet converted into a stronghold. The base housed a superweapon capable of destroying entire star systems. General Hux assumed command of the base until it was destroyed by the Resistance.
Much like the old Empire, the First Order employed the services of Force-sensitives. Supreme Leader Snoke was known to be a powerful figure in the dark side of the Force, while Kylo Ren, who worked under him, was a member of the Knights of Ren. Despite having Force-sensitives within its ranks, the First Order did not employ the use of Sith or Inquisitors like its predecessor.
Rise of the First Order
During the Galactic Civil War, the Rebel Alliance struck a major blow against the Galactic Empire during the Battle of Endor. With the deaths of Emperor Palpatine and his apprentice, Darth Vader, the battle severely shattered the now-leaderless Empire.
In the years that followed, the Empire fractured into many babbling warlord kingdoms while Rebel Alliance, reorganized into the New Republic, continued to liberate more planets from the Empire's grip. Knowing the war would go on for many years, the New Republic and the remnants of the Imperial core, signed a peace treaty. A Demilitarized Zone was formed, separating the Imperial territories from the Republic territory. Then the Galactic Cold War started in the wake it all. The Imperial warlord factions also signed the treaty, in fear of retaliation, however, they were typically more aggressive towards the Republic, and the Empire itself.
The First Order started out as a clandestine Imperial remnant faction, established in the Unknown Regions. Following the treaty, the First Order sought to expand its territory and rule. It launched multiple simultaneous invasions of the shattered Empire territories with its sizable fleet of Imperial-class Star Destroyers and other capital ships. One by one, the Imperial Outer Rim territories fell or surrendered to the growing might of the First Order as it gained innumerable amounts of territory, was able to double its size and power.
- Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure (First mentioned)
- Before the Awakening
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
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