Galactic Empire

We stand on the threshold of a new beginning. In order to ensure our security and continuing stability, the will be reorganized into the first Galactic , for a safe and secure society, which I assure you will last for ten thousand years. An Empire that will continue to be ruled by this august body and a sovereign ruler chosen for life.

Palpatine, in his Imperial Inaugural Address

The Galactic Empire, also known as the Imperium or simply the Empire, is the galactic government established by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to replace the Galactic in 19 BBY to bring law and order to the Galaxy. The , which had lasted for at least 25,034 years, ended following a period of intense political turmoil and the subsequent devastation of the . After the death of Count Dooku above Coruscant, the death of General Grievous on Utapau and finally the massacre of the leaders of the Confederacy of Independent Systems on Mustafar, Chancellor Palpatine began a purge of the nefarious Order and rightfully proclaimed himself of the Galaxy. Under his leadership, Palpatine reorganized the Galactic into “the first Galactic Empire” and established its capital on Coruscant.

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