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Galactic Empire, The
the name given to the regime established by Chancellor Palpatine when he assumed the position of galactic Emperor and instituted his New Order, in the wake of the Clone Wars. The basic belief of the Empire was to rule by fear of force rather than by force itself. Palpatine became the Emperor, and built a huge war machine in order to instill fear. Palpatine's use of the Dark Side of the Force bolstered his ability to control the galaxy, until he was destroyed during the Battle of Endor. After that, the Empire floundered for a number of years. Various warlords and Imperial officers tried to re-establish momentum for the Empire in a series of skirmishes with the New Republic, but none was able to triumph over it. Even the reborn Emperor Palpatine tried to strike back from a hidden base on Byss, but could not defeat Luke Skywalker and the New Republic.