Alliance to Restore the Republic
the group of planets which opposed Palpatine's New Order. The name was often shortened to simply the Alliance, and was called The Rebellion by the Imperials. It grew out of pockets of resistance to the New Order, and was promoted early on by Mon Mothma and Bail Organa. Following Imperial attacks on Mantooine and Ghorman, the Alliance grew at a furious pace, linking disenfranchised humans with oppressed alien races. While it promoted peaceful union of all races and planets, the Alliance realized that military might would be key to the Galactic Civil War. With Mon Mothma as the Alliance's Commander in Chief, it was politically and strategically sound. Following his rescue from Moff Tarkin, Ackbar was named the Alliance's Fleet Commander. Crix Madine used his military training to become the Alliance's Special Forces Commander, while Jan Dodonna became the Starfighter Commander. In addition to these positions, the Alliance recognized the need for a Sector Commander, Fleet Intelligence Officers, Ordnance and Supply teams, and Support Services. The leaders of the Alliance recognized that, if the war came down to sheer numbers, the Empire would win eventually. The Alliance was very cash-poor, and relied on its member races and creeds to help fund its operations. Thus, the Alliance relied on cunning and stealth at first, winning small victories while planting seeds of doubt in the Imperial mind. Following the destruction of the first Death Star, the Alliance became more than a rag-tag coalition; it became a legitimate threat to the Empire. Palpatine saw this, and sent the majority of his war machine in search of the Alliance. By moving quickly and quietly, the Alliance evaded Imperial pursuit, but took severe losses in doing so. When the Emperor allowed the plans to the second Death Star to be leaked, the Alliance jumped at the chance to overthrow the Empire. The combined might of the Alliance's members, coupled with Palpatine's greed and conceit, overcame the Imperial yolk, and the heart of the Empire was killed during the Battle of Endor. Following the clean-up operations from the Battle of Endor, the leaders of the Alliance re-established the Republic. Dubbed the New Republic, it embodied the ideals of the Old Republic while meshing in the renewed spirit of racial diversity.