The Infinite Empire, also called the New Infinite Empire, Rakatan Colonial Empire, or Second Rakatan Empire, was a government established by the surviving Rakatans on Lehon around 980 BBY. After uniting the many tribes on the planet, the Empire was founded with the intent of restoring the former glory of the original Infinite Empire. Plans were made to re-colonize the galaxy, though the Rakata were aware that the galactic populace had greatly advance over the last several thousand years and would prove to be more of a challenge than it had been in the original times. For this reason, preparations for an invasion had begun well before that point by the former priest caste, and the Over-Predor, leader of the Empire, had begun plans for the invasion. The Empire had reconstructed the Star Forge, though the newer one functioned largely free from the Force, unlike it's predecessor. Other preparations included created puppet states, such as taking advantage of Yuuzhan Vong ultranationalists and using them to create a Yuuzhan Vong Empire to aid the Rakata.
Their invasion of the galaxy began in 202 ABY, as the reorganized galactic government had been experiencing years of peace and expansion since the end of the war against the One Sith in 138 ABY. The Triumvirate was taken by surprise, and was quickly pushed out of the Outer Rim Territories. The Rakata's allies included the Ssi-ruuvi Imperium, who had been badly damaged in the Yuuzhan Vong War and also wished to restore their former empire. The Rakata also established a Chiss puppet regime on several planets taken from the Chiss Ascendancy, called the Chiss Republic. After taking Coruscant from the Triumvirate, a "New Galactic Republic" was established by the Rakata to help them oversee the conquered territories in the galaxy.