A Time Of Change The Rebellion against the Empire was victorious with the Battle of Endor, but the conflict did not end there. The war to free the galaxy was only now beginning. No longer insurgents, the long-suffering members of the Alliance to Restore the Republic found a thousand worlds eager to join open battle against the demoralized remnants of Palpatine's Imperial juggernaut. The military, bureaucracy and COMPNOR elite could only watch impotently as system after system, sector after sector came under Republic control. With the loss of Vader and so many talented fleet officers, things looked understandably bleak. More than that, the legions of the Empire found themselves crippled by the loss of the Emperor himself. Without the benefit of his supreme confidence and ruthless foresight, the vast Imperial war machine was paralyzed by indecision. No single individual possessed the power and the will to step forward and unite the military. Whole squadrons and battlegroups abandoned strategic objectives to follow seemingly random dispatches from competing authorities. Vast regions of space were left defenseless as the Core systems were transformed into fortress worlds. As the war pressed on, even these worlds fell, and the remaining Imperial forces retreated to isolated backwater regions of the galaxy. It became more apparent with every passing year that Palpatine had never intended his New Order to survive him. Warriors who had once terrorized a galaxy now found themselves embattled and divided.
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