A 'Star Wars' Timeline
Rogue One takes place about two decades after the events depicted in Revenge of the Sith and just before those in A New Hope — which means 11 years after the Gorse Conflict and four before Operation Cinder. Yes, the Star Wars timeline is complicated, but we’ve plotted the essential points for you here, using the Blockade of Naboo as Year Zero.
Founding of the Galactic Republic
The democratic Galactic Republic, led by an elected Supreme Chancellor and supported by the Jedi Order, governs the galaxy through a thousand-year era of peace and prosperity.
Blockade of Naboo
Senator Palpatine of Naboo (a.k.a. Darth Sidious) secretly orchestrates the Trade Federation’s invasion of his homeworld.
The Phantom Menace (1999)
Senator Palpatine Rises
The Galactic Senate passes a vote of no confidence on the sitting chancellor Finis Valorum. Palpatine succeeds him as Supreme Chancellor.
Han Solo Is Born
Mon Mothma Elected Senator
Count Dooku Joins the Separatists
Under the supervision of his master, Sidious, Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus) stirs up discontent and sets the stage for the Separatist Crisis by creating a competing government: the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
Attack of the Clones (2002)
Military Creation Act
The Senate votes to give Palpatine emergency military powers, which he uses to build a clone army, created from the DNA of the mercenary Jango Fett.
The Grand Army of the Republic
The Republic’s clone army, under the leadership of Jedi generals, faces off against the Separatists’ drones. The relationship between the clones and Jedi, who are used to working independently, slowly sours.
Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The Rise of Darth Vader
Anakin Skywalker discovers Palpatine’s true identity as a Sith Lord and backs him instead of the Jedi Masters who intended to arrest the duplicitous chancellor.
Dissolution of Jedi Order
Palpatine announces he has uncovered a plot by the Jedi to overthrow the Senate and activates Clone Protocol 66, an order implanted in the clone troopers to shoot down their Jedi commanders.
Birth of the Galactic Empire
Palpatine reorganizes the Republic into the Galactic Empire, a “safe and securer society,” and pronounces himself Emperor.
Birth of Luke and Leia
Padmé Amidala dies in childbirth after delivering twins whose father is Anakin (now Darth Vader). Bail Organa adopts the girl, and Obi-Wan Kenobi takes the boy to Tatooine, where he is raised by Anakin’s stepbrother Owen Lars.
Loyalists Senators Unite
Senators Mon Mothma and Bail Organa are disturbed by the founding of the Empire and begin to meet in secret to discuss Emperor Palpatine.
The Great Jedi Purge
Vader leads Inquisitors trained in the Force to wipe out remaining Jedi who escaped Order 66.
The leader of the Twi’lek Resistance, Cham Syndulla, tries and fails to kill Vader and the Emperor after luring them to the planet Ryloth.
Separatists Worlds Rebel
The ex-Republic Intelligence agent Berch Teller attempts to betray the Empire from within but is foiled by Tarkin, whom the Emperor rewards with a promotion to Grand Moff and a new role supervising the construction of a superweapon above Geonosis.
The Gorse Conflict
Unsafe conditions in the mining world of Gorse and its moon Cynda force Kanan Jarrus (a Jedi survivor of Order 66) to take a stand against the Empire. He teams up with the pilot Hera Syndulla, daughter of Cham.
Star Wars Rebels (2014-)
Lothal Rebels Unite
A cell of Resistance fighters on the Outer Rim planet Lothal bands together and calls itself the Spectres, operating out of Hera’s Ghost ship. Kanan Jarrus leads Jedi apprentice Ezra Bridger, the Mandalorian Sabine Wren and the Lasat warrior Garazeb Orrelios in various plots against the Empire.
Alderaan Assists Ghost Team
Bail Organa, working with his old Senate friends to undermine the Empire, sends his daughter, Princess Leia, to assist the Lothal rebels.
The Fulcrum Revealed
Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalk- er’s former Padawan, reveals herself as the mysterious Ful- crum, who has been feeding information to Ghost Team on behalf of the Rebellion.
Imperial Senate Dissolved
The Emperor dissolves the Senate, the last functioning remnant of the Republic, and moves to centralize powers under the planetary Governors.
Rogue One (2016)
Star Wars (1977)
The Battle of Yavin
After rescuing Leia from the Death Star, Luke and Han Solo take down the superweapon in the first major victory for the Rebellion.
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Cloud City Annexed
Darth Vader lures Luke to the mining installation of Cloud City by using Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca as bait. During a lightsaber duel, Darth drops the ultimate truth bomb on Luke: “I am your father.”
Return of the Jedi (1983)
The death of Emperor Palpatine sets off a series of disasters on his home planet of Naboo and at least a dozen other worlds, one final act of terror from the late Sith Lord.
The Battle of Endor
As the Imperial Fleet and the Rebellion dogfight in space, and Han, Leia and Chewie battle Empire forces on the ground, Luke and Vader duel on Death Star II. But when the Emperor tortures Luke for rejecting the dark side, Vader musters up his last shred of humanity and kills his former master to protect his son. Before the two Skywalkers can escape the exploding Death Star, what is left of Anakin Skywalker dies.
Demilitarization of the Republic
Mon Mothma, now Supreme Chancellor, leads the New Republic in the demilitarization stipulated by the treaty. Active forces are reduced by 90 percent.
The Battle of Jakku
The fleet of the Rebellion, now calling itself the New Republic, routs the Empire in the largest battle since Endor. After a Star Destroyer crashes onto Jakku’s surface, the two militaries sign a historic peace treaty: the Galactic Concordance.
Birth of Ben Solo
The Birth of Rey
Leia Forms the Resistance
The fleet Senator Leia Organa discovers a new danger stirring in the galaxy: the First Order. Once the New Republic learns that Leia and Luke’s father was the deceased and war-hungry Imperial Darth Vader, the New Republic refuses to rearm. Leia quietly begins to gather like-minded individuals to her side.