The Rebellion Rebellions are built on hope, but the Galactic Alliance emerged as tensions flared. For five centuries, the galaxy endured Sith rule. But as the Sith Lords who ruled the Empire became increasingly cruel and oppressive, voices began to rise and call for a return to democracy and personal liberty. The rebellion brought together unlikely allies from all corners of the galaxy—disgruntled Imperial senators, the criminal underground, extremist groups and even what little remained of the Jedi—and united them under a single (albeit shaky) banner. The stakes could not be higher. This rebellion held in its hands the galaxy's hope for a free and just society. Contents History Organization Government Military Ranks & Structure HISTORY The Sparks of Rebellion It could be argued that the seeds of rebellion against the Sith Empire were planted five centuries ago when it annexed the Republic. The Core Worlds were used to democratic rule and personal liberties. Despite the corruption of the Republic government, its citizens were angered by the sudden takeover of their government and subsequent loss of their sovereignty. In order to prevent widespread revolts, the Sith Empress Andraste moved her capital to Coruscant and allowed the Senate to remain intact. This compromise ensured that the Empire would be ruled by a sovereign, while the newly created Imperial Republica would simultaneously be overseen by its former governing body. However, this was a ruse meant to placate the populate. In reality, the throne retained full control over the Empire and its governing; the Senate was little more than a puppet kept to give the illusion of democracy. But the ruse did its job and, for a time, there was peace in the Core. The ruse would eventually collapse. As the successive Sith rulers became more and more authoritarian, it became quickly apparent that the Senate held little real power to reign in their dictatorial tendencies. But dissenters in the Senate, and in Imperial Republica’s populace, had no opening to lash out at the Empire. The Empire was a military juggernaut and, after absorbing Hutt Space, was too strong to oppose with military might alone. It was not until a schism formed within the Empire’s ruling royal family that an opportunity presented itself for a successful rebellion to take root. An Empire Divided With the rise of yet another Emperor on Coruscant, tensions flared and rippled across the Empire. The reigning Lord on Korriban, overseer of the Old Empire, believed that the ruling family on Coruscant had grown weak and complacent. The teachings of the Sith were explicit: only the strongest could inherit the true power of the dark side of the Force. With this in mind, the Lord of the Old Empire, himself a distant cousin of the Emperor, challenged the Sith sovereign for supremacy over the Empire and therefore the galaxy. The divide grew volatile. The Emperor dispatched the Imperial Starfleet to the border between Imperial Republica and the Old Empire as a threat to his would-be-usurper. But the Lord of the Old Empire was only emboldened by this action and, having amassed followers of his own, dispatched ships to meet them. Skirmishes between the two sides quickly broke out and the Dark Council on Coruscant—itself quickly dividing between the two would-be Sith rulers—feared that civil war was on its way. This was the sign of weakness the disgruntled senators on the Imperial Republica had long been waiting for; but senators alone lacked the might to oppose the Empire, so they began to scour the galaxy for allies to aid them in their cause. It did not take as long as many of them thought it might. Criminals and smugglers had long had free reign during the Hundred-Year Darkness. With the old Jedi Order fighting against their dark brethren, many crime syndicates flourished. But the Sith Empire’s reign challenged their supremacy once again and, soon, Jedi antagonism was replaced with Sith antagonism. In light of this, the galaxy’s criminal element found an odd kinship with the dissenting Senators and an uneasy alliance was forged between them to fight back against the Empire. At first, the fledgling rebellion was reduced to simple piracy and harrassing Imperial supply lines. They did not yet possess the firepower necessary to challenge the Imperial fleet, even in its divided state. But their early action was not without purpose and did not go unnoticed. For five centuries, the survivors of the Jedi Order remained hidden in the Outer Rim Territories. There, they trained new Jedi and quietly waited in exile for the moment they could reveal themselves to the galaxy and assist it in throwing off the shackles of the Sith Empire that had once defeated them. The handful of remaining Jedi also sensed the opportunity in the division. They also took notice of the actions these early rebels were taking to harass the Empire and saw the opening they had long awaited. A number of them gathered and revealed themselves to the leaders of this small rebellion in the ruins of an ancient Jedi enclave on Dantooine. The early rebels were initially distrusting of the Jedi—as the ripples of the Hundred-Year Darkness had not yet calmed—but ultimately decided to accept them due to their long-standing opposition to the Sith. These Jedi knew that, if the Sith were to ever learn they were still alive and in-league with a cell of rebels, both would be obliterated before the rebellion could fully take-off. As a result, the Jedi resolved to keep themselves in the shadows and advise the leadership with their precognitive Force abilities. They would only reveal themselves when the Force designed them ready to do so (or whenever the rebellion needed them most). The trio of disgruntled politicians, criminals, and Jedi subsequently made Dantooine—a relatively remote and unassuming farming world—their headquarters. An Early Setback The division in the Empire drastically changed the public’s perception of the leadership in the galaxy. The Sith Lords were essentially divided over who should reign as the next galactic dictator, and while they still had staunch supporters on both sides deep in Imperial Space, the galactic fringe was quickly growing fed up with the Empire’s dictatorial rule over the galaxy. Extremist cells began to crop up on independent worlds. Taken alone, these incidents were barely of note to the massive Empire and were usually put down by sector security forces led by the local Sith governors. The early rebel alliance saw a use for these extremist cells. One in particular, a noted ruthless group based in the Onderon system, had perfected hit-and-run tactics from their base on Dxun. Rebel leadership—with some push back from their Jedi advisors and some of the more peace-minded members of the council—made an effort to recruit cells like this into their cause. Quickly, the fledgling rebellion was growing into a force that could actually threaten the Empire. And, as more outlying systems became irritated with the tensions in the Empire, more supporters flocked to the rebel cause. Even the scattered Jedi came together. One in particular scoured the galaxy and tracked down those willing to fight. Some joined, others did not. There were those who refused out of uncertainty and those who were not approached in time: a Twi’lek mechanic working on Nar Shaddaa, a Feeorin instructor hiding on Tatooine and a Morellian female in the Outer-Rim. In the end, they were the lucky ones. As the rebellion gained traction, acts of terrorism and resistance were on the rise. Many were emboldened to take more drastic measures against the Empire. However, they had overplayed their hand. The Empire took notice of one of their more bold and reckless actions: an attack on an Imperial arms factory on Corellia. The world had been one of the founding Core worlds and later a defining force in the Imperial Republica. Being so close to Coruscant, where the Emperor remained, the assault was ripples felt were strongest. It was not a simple attack on Imperial resources, it was an attack on their sovereignty and dominance over the galaxy. Responding in force, the Imperial forces chased the rebel cell off of Corellia and traced them back to their base on Dantooine. The ensuing battle was devastating. The Empire had no idea what kind of operation it had stumbled upon, believing these rebels to be nothing but a small band of terrorists and pirates, and treated them as such. Imperial ships rained fire down upon the ruins of the Jedi enclave on Dantooine, destroying many small freighters and killing a significant number of insurgents, including most of the rebel leadership. The survivors fled through underground tunnels into the kyber crystal caves that the Jedi had once used in the construction of their lightsabers eons ago. A small company of rebels survived the battle and the Empire, believing it had snuffed out yet another forgettable threat, left Dantooine none the wiser. Of course, the rebels were not quick to retaliate. The loss of the majority of their leadership had crippled them. And at best, there were several dozen rebels left. Furious extremists, broke smugglers, hopeless freedom fighters and only two Jedi, a human man and woman, had survived. Arguments were made, questions asked: what more could they do? In everything but name, the Rebellion was dead. They were nothing but a spark in the darkness. But sometimes, a spark is all that is needed to start a fire. A Rebellion is Born What was left of the rebels returned to an abandoned Jedi sanctuary on the river moon of Al'doleem. It was there the final string of debates were made, and where a Duro freedom fighter by the name of Hugo was chosen to lead them. As for the remaining Jedi, their existence was wiped clean. To everyone else, they were six feet under on Dantooine—except to the new Rebel Commander. By his side, they would act as personal advisors and low-profile confidants. At the same time, they would embark on a journey to retrieve the others and revive the Order. And so, the Galactic Alliance was born. ORGANIZATION Government The Galactic Alliance is an ongoing movement aimed to resist and topple the Sith Empire. Overseen by the Rebel Council—comprised of dissenting Senators, freedom fighters and infamous smugglers—the Alliance seeks to restore the former Republic and end an era dominated by fear and corruption. In its earliest days, the Council maintained a shared responsibility and convened either across the stars or at individual worlds. However, the setback on Dantooine left much of the Rebel leadership dead and the Alliance in disarray. What government they had was now buried under the rubble of the former Jedi enclave. In their desperation, those who remained turned to a new leader. Someone who could salvage the Rebellion from the ashes of Dantooine and overcome the odds set against them. But they were not alone. The surviving Jedi, now at their lowest point in galactic history, understood there was no going back. Mingled into the Alliance, they are now advisors, diplomats, or dreamers longing for the restoration of the Jedi. Now, it is up to their newfound leader to save the Rebellion, the dream, and reclaim the Republic. Military Since Dantooine, the Rebellion’s military is insignificant compared to the Sith, but not meaningless. It is said that "one man with a sharp stick and nothing to lose can take the day." The Alliance is no different. It is flawed, naturally. Unlike the Imperial Republica, the Rebellion lacks an active fleet, an organized military structure and the industrial might of the Core. Still, with every passing day, the Alliance grows in number and support. The weapons and resources needed to overthrow the Sith may be in short supply, but only for the time being. Even then, faith in the rebel cause is strong. The spark is lit, and the fires of rebellion is destined to spread across the galaxy. As long as hope remains, so will the Alliance. The Jedi A critical component of the Alliance’s organization and military are the remnants of the Jedi Order, which as long since changed since five centuries ago. Although dedicated to the light side of the Force and aligned with the old Jedi Code, tradition has faded with time. Individual Master-apprentice relationships have become rare and, instead, Padawans often rely on Jedi Knights, Masters or each other. With little Jedi left to judge, old taboos were left behind. Marriage and close attachments are accepted, but only as long as they neither led to jealousy or rage, which in turn could lead to the dark side of the Force. Overall, the Jedi of the Galactic Alliance are devoted to restoring peace and democracy to the galaxy. They are also dedicated to hunting down lost Jedi lore and, one day, aim to restore the Jedi to what they were before the Sith menace stamped them out and seized the reigns over the galaxy... Locations With Dantooine in ruins, the Alliance is left with little. The most trusted members of the Rebellion reside on the river moon of Al'doleem and in the abandoned Jedi temple there. Given the setback was only months prior, paranoia is rife. The reclusive planet is currently known to none but the Alliance Commander, the leftover Jedi and a select few as either advisors or maintenance. The old temple contains various rooms, guard towers and hangars—all of which are largely unoccupied. The Jedi there, however, felt it was best not to train or meditate there in an effort to keep their existence a secret. Rather, they chose to lodge themselves at a monastery on the other side of the continent. On the outside, the refuge appears meaningless, but in the mountain it stands upon and in the earth, the Force flows. The monastery is settled on a convergence in the Force and allows for the Jedi to live freely, knowing the Sith are unable to sense their presence. Another world where the Rebellion maintains a solid presence would be Savareen. While also unknown to many, it has grown to become a smuggler haven. It is where the more independent side of the rebels live, even if the base of operations there is nothing more than a refinery and a rusty outpost. In some cases, the Alliance trains or personally convenes with other rebel cells there for the sake of discretion and to prevent the same mistake made on Dantooine, where all their resources were pooled into a single spot. As for other rebels or for those inspired to stand against the Empire, they are presently neglected. Unless approached by the highest members of the Alliance, they are without knowledge of their locations or even existence. Instead, they are encouraged to start cells of their own; groups on individual worlds, whether Corellia or Nar Shaddaa, working together to liberate the galaxy. RANKS AND STRUCTURE The Galactic Alliance is not yet a fully-formed military force. As a result, its structure is more loosely defined. An emphasis is placed upon prestige within the Alliance. Those agents of the rebellion who pull their weight and accomplish missions that positively impact the faction’s overall goal are moved into leadership positions to guide the Alliance forward. And given the Rebellion's caution since the attack on Dantooine, they have encouraged cells throughout the galaxy to form and grow on their own before integrating into the Alliance. With compensation, of course. The sole exception to such loose organization is the Jedi Order. Though the Order remains small after its near extinction at the hands of the Sith Order, it maintains a similar command structure. It has also reintroduced the rank of the Jedi Padawan, which refers to those few Force-sensitives who opt to undergo Jedi training, even in these turbulent times. However, rebel or Jedi, all who work within the Alliance answer to the Alliance Commander, who acts as the faction’s commanding officer. Rebellion Ranks Alliance Commander They are the face of the Rebellion. Selected after the loss of previous leadership and given much needed power and authority, they are called to lead the Alliance and ensure its survival and success at any cost. Rebel Council They are the mind of the Alliance. Ambassadors, advisors, and truly a counsel to the Commander in trying times or amid overwhelming odds. They also act as the balance. Despite the authority of the Commander, the Council can also decide their fate. If leadership is found inept, they can vote to remove and immediately elect a replacement. Rebel They are the backbone and foundation of the rebel movement. They are the diplomats, strategists, freedom fighters, spies and intelligence operatives. Force-sensitive or not, if you stand against the Empire and with the Alliance, you are a rebel. Jedi Ranks Jedi Master A Jedi Master is a seasoned and powerful warrior, as well as a master of the Force. They have undergone the most rigorous tests life has put in their way in order to prove their command and mastery over the light side of the Force. With the Jedi on the verge of extinction, it falls to the them (those of the remaining five) to train others in the ways of the Force. Jedi Masters are looked up to as leaders among their own kind and allies, albeit discreetly, within the rebellion. However, they still answer to the Alliance Commander. Jedi Knight A Jedi Knight is a fully-trained representative of the light side of the Force. Once, they were the most numerous members of the old Order. Today, they are as rare as any other Jedi. In the past, Jedi Knights were forced to go through rigorous trials to obtain the prestigious rank. Now, proving a commitment to the light and an understanding of the Force is considered enough. Jedi Knights are also skilled warriors whose presence alone can often change the tide of a battle. And in this case, a war. Jedi Padawan A Jedi Padawan is a Force-sensitive trainee who has just begun to learn the ways of the Force. Initially, they may have only just begun to tap into their Force potential but lack the refined control that Knights and Masters possess. Padawans train by learning alongside their fellow Knights and Masters, but also by practicing on their own. In this way, they master the skills necessary to control their powers and move up to a full-fledged Jedi Knight.