How the Galactic Civil War came to an End – Star Wars Explained

How the Galactic Civil War came to an End – Star Wars Explained


The Galactic Civil War was the official name
given to the conflict between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance. So how did it end? And what were the terms in the treaty that
concluded the war? In Canon, the Galactic Civil War ended about
1 year after the death of Emperor Palpatine and his former apprentice Darth Vader. Their deaths caused chaos within the empire,
as no one knew who was supposed to succeed as ruler. This disarray caused a ton of infighting within
the empire, where regional governors fought among each other for territory. Other governors completely locked down their
sectors and fortified their positions, waiting for either the Rebel alliance or an ambitious
Imperial to attack. The Imperial capital world Coruscant descended
into a full blown civil war once news of the Emperor’s death was announced. This forced many high ranking Imperials, such
as Grand Vizier Mas Amedda, to focus on the war right in their vicinity rather than the
war against the rebel alliance across the galaxy. On the other hand, the Rebel Alliance began
to make multiple fast forward attacks on Imperial outposts and holdouts, successfully destroying
them and forcing the Imperials back. Eventually the Rebel Alliance transformed
into the New Republic, and it welcomed countless new systems who were willing to join its fight
against the remaining Empire. Finally the Battle of Jakku happened, which
was a last hurrah for the Empire, as they tried to make a one last ditch attempt in
defeating the New Republic by throwing pretty much everything they had left at them. They of course failed, losing dozens of star
destroyers and even a super star destroyer during the battle. This last stand finally ended with the signing
of the Galactic Concordance, where Mas Amedda represented the Empire, signing the treaty
and officially surrendering the crippled Galactic Empire over to the New Republic. Along with ending the war, the terms of the
treaty also stated that the remaining Empire had to abandon all of its Imperial Academies
and that it could no longer recruit or mobilize stormtroopers. The treaty continued to state that the Empire
had to stay within the boundaries that the New Republic outlined for them, which consisted
of small territories within the Core and Inner Rim. The Empire also had to hand over Coruscant
to the New Republic. And finally, the Empire could no longer use
torture. In Legends, the galactic civil war lasted
another 15 years after the deaths of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader. Just like in Canon, the Empire had no idea
who should succeed as the new emperor, so chaos of course abrupted as multiple Imperials
sought to take the throne. This caused a ton of infighting and back stabbings. The Imperial Ruling Council on Coruscant later
instigated the fortress world strategy, where they basically let go of unimportant worlds
and just over fortified key systems and worlds. Elsewhere in the galaxy, Imperial governors
and admirals started to become warlords and only sought to gain power for themselves within
their territories. High ranking Imperials were killing each other
left and right, destroying each other’s fleets and armies for their own ambitious
goals. Literally two grand admirals killed each other
over who should control the Corellian system. At this point, the Rebel Alliance could just
sit back and watch the empire kill itself. The empire’s disarray gave the rebels some
breathing room and a chance to regroup and later transform into the New Republic. Once their forces were again fully mobilized,
the New Republic began to focus on one Imperial warlord at a time. Knocking out one warlord, and then moving
on and focusing on the next. This was essentially the strategy up until
Grand Admiral Thrawn came out of the Unknown Regions and unified the remaining Empire,
pushing back the New Republic and going on route to almost destroying them right before
he was assassinated by his bodyguard. But Thrawn’s progress wasn’t completely
removed, as later the reborn Emperor Palpatine came back to life in his clone bodies, who
continued where the Grand Admiral had left of and began to reek havoc on the New Republic. But he too was later killed and his Imperial
forces again began to scramble without a unified leader. Afterwards, Gilad Pellaeon, Grand Admiral
Thrawn’s former right hand man, soon took over power within a section of the empire. Being a lot more rational and level headed
than the other Imperial warlords, Pellaeon decided to move his forces into the outer
rim and away from the chaos and destruction happening within the core worlds, where the
New Republic was making its final attacks on eliminating remaining Imperial forces. Understanding that there was no way of winning
the war, Pellaeon decide that the only way for the Empire to survive was to come to peace
with the New Republic. This finally led to the Pellaeon-Gavrisom
Treaty. The treaty was signed by Pellaeon, who represented
the Imperial Remnant, and by Ponc Gavrisom, who represented the New Republic. The treaty’s terms stated that all hostilities
between the two governments were to come to an end, and that the Imperial Remnant were
to be recognized by the New Republic as a legitimate government. The treaty also outlined open trade and commerce
between the two factions, while also giving power to both sides to crack down on smuggling
when necessary. Cloaking devices were also outlawed for both
sides, as a way to prevent spying. And finally, the treaty stated that any sovereign
system could choose to align with who they wished. So if a pro Imperial world was within New
Republic territory, they could peacefully switch sides and join the Imperial Remnant. And vice versa. And with just two signatures, marked the end
of the 21 year long galactic war.

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    Happy Slappy

    Canon sucks. Legends forever! One lousy year for the war to end? Come on! Years of infighting makes much more sense. Most empires end up the same way! Also, Thrawn rules!
    Always wandered what happened to the Vizier though…

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    Majin Mist

    I feel like legends make more sense in this one because a big empire should not fall only after a year because there leader died.

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    Corristo89

    The Rebel Alliance had almost their entire fleet at Endor and was being shredded by the Imperial Fleet and the Death Star II. The Empire on the other hand only committed a fraction of its power to Endor. The Rebels won, but they were hardly in a position to immediately take the initiative and invade entire planets. The fact that the Empire tore itself apart after Palpatine's death meant that they could gather their forces, find new allies and plan their strategy for the years to come.
    Toppling an Empire hardly ever stops at killing the emperor and the top brass. The French offed their king in the late 18th century, but that didn't mean that the monarchy was instantly gone and all their woes disappeared. It was at that point when the ideals of the Revolution had to really be defended from internal and external foes.

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    Ducky

    The Legends version feels more realistic, especially with Palleon actually being the smartest imperial.

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    Mr. Mr. Pink

    I'm happy that the empire had the opportunity to surrender to Big Bird from Sesame Street in the Videos Thumbnail

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    Ben Brown

    The legends version makes a hell of a lot more sense. Governors were basically running smaller kingdoms of their own, and after emperor died, it would be like the Holy Roman Empire in Europe. The galaxy would have shattered not split between the empire and republic, but into hundreds of smalled fiefdoms all fighting eachother.

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    Robert Lombardo

    The canon version has them allow the Empire to CONTINUE EXISTING AFTER DEFEATING IT?! Fucking stupid! Force them to unconditionally surrender! They have literally nothing against you anymore!

    Of course then that means no movies, no reboot, no munnies! Some bullshit man.

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    G C

    Superb explanation you got there mister! Nice voice too by the way. I learn lots of stuff with your videos! Continuez votre bon travail (keep up the good work)! A fan from Montréal, Québec (Quebecer).

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    edwads74

    #disneycanonisnotmycanon , Darth Disney can write whatever they want as "canon". but i and many other fans don't have to accept it. we can reject their notions, and go by the Expanded Universe books and lore. that is OUR canon.

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    sexobscura

    they came to an end because the McDonalds sundae machine started working again for good [YES – it was the actual start of the Civil War]

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    mccoulet

    Everyone glorifying legends, it's like most of you don't have real opinions, let alone have read the books, you're just busy jumping on the bandwagon of hating one thing without a unique perspective since all of you repeat yourselves.

    Fucking embarrassing to see.

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    Larry Bones

    Seems absurd. The only outcome that would not result in another war shortly after any such treaty is an outcome of total victory followed by unconditional surrender and complete disarmament and disbandment of all defeated forces.

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    Hosea Davit

    5:25 peacefully switch side? Yeah right like no one gonna use it to their advantage oh no a Sith is retaking half of the republic land peacefully is nobody seeing this is a bad idea

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    carolusmagnus86

    I have to admit I like these versions more than episode vii. In my opinion, episode VII is not good to use even as toilet paper.

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    Ярослав Степанишин

    Ye another stupid explain from disney about all the sht they v done with the story trying to take something from the old canon

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    Voltaic Fire

    The Empire wouldn't have fallen if there had just been a clear chain of succession but alas Palps was just too arrogant.

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    Dat Tall Audiophile

    The Legends version makes more sense. How can you believe that an empire that ruled an entire galaxy can be defeated in a year LOL. Think how long it took to fully get rid of the damn Nazis in Europe, a small part of a little planet. This new "canon" sucks.

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    Psychotic Luke

    I actually prefer the Legends version. Sure would be nice seeing Empire working together with New Republic. And no hostilities.

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    Jays adventures

    Okay hold on one moment canon civil war only lasted one year? Impossible!! It ain't like the emperor of the Galaxy put a order that if he were to die the imperial army were to destroy itself… Oh wait yeah lol that is what happened

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    Derek Waldron

    Just gonna say this I grew up with "legends" as my star wars canon with the thrawn trilogy, the xwing series, and the new jedi order book series it would've been a gold mine for movies if Disney hadn't screwed it all up

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