Star Wars: A Wayward Eye
The Imperial Remnant, also known as the New Order with a Personal Face, was the faction that comprised the few remaining territories that once belonged to the first Galactic Empire under the reign of Emperor Palpatine. Known simply as the Empire by its inhabitants, yet referred to as the Remnant by its neighbors, the “Empire” was centered on the fortress world of Bastion and was the direct continuation of the former Galactic Empire. The Remnant, however, was distinct from Palpatine’s New Order, in that it was ruled by a Council of Moffs, which was led by a Supreme Commander of the Imperial Fleet, rather than an emperor.
The distinction between the “Galactic Empire” and the “Imperial Remnant” was a largely conventional approach to distinguish the sharp decline of the Empire. As the Remnant was essentially the same state as the Empire, albeit in a greatly diminished form, the date of separation between the two entities varied between several critical points in the Remnant’s history. An important point, however, was the death of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader during the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY. Although it was still officially known as the Empire, the Remnant effectively became its own state after Admiral Natasi Daala initiated the reunification of the Deep Core warlords in 12 ABY. In the same year, Grand Admiral Gilad Pellaeon came to power and oversaw campaigns of expansion and renewed stability between 12 to 13 ABY. Thus, these dates were also important points in distinguishing the Remnant as a completely separate state from the former Galactic Empire.
The Remnant existed for roughly half of a century. When much of the galaxy came under the rule of the New Republic, a resurrected form of the Old Republic and the successor state to the Rebel Alliance, the Remnant grudgingly chose to accept defeat and surrendered to the new galactic power in 19 ABY, thus marking the conclusion of the Galactic Civil War. Under the terms of the Pellaeon–Gavrisom Treaty, the Remnant was allowed to retain the few remaining territories that it possessed. In return for its continued existence, the Remnant recognized the Republic as the dominant and legitimate force throughout the galaxy. Although there was no official surrender on the Remnant’s part, the treaty marked the final end of the Galactic Empire; the Remnant was merely what remained after its devastating defeat in the war.
Much of the Remnant’s existence was marked by the long leadership of Admiral Pellaeon. During that time, the Remnant slowly but steadily reorganized itself into a more politically and economically stable society. Despite the loss of the vast and virtually unlimited resources that the Empire once enjoyed at the height of its power, the Remnant took great care to preserve itself as a powerful military force to be reckoned with. When the New Republic fell in the Yuuzhan Vong War against an extra-galactic race of relentless conquerors, the Remnant nearly faced its own destruction as well. At Pellaeon’s behest, the Remnant allied itself with the newly formed Galactic Alliance and ultimately defeated the Yuuzhan Vong in 29 ABY. Although the Remnant remained much the same as it was before the war, while the Alliance quickly moved to take the New Republic’s place as the hegemonic power throughout the galaxy, the shared victory in the war helped to improve Alliance—Remnant relations throughout the following decade.
After the Second Galactic Civil War, which began in 40 ABY and concluded a year later, the Remnant was placed under the leadership of Jagged Fel, a son of Baron Soontir Fel, who ascended to the rank of Imperial Head of State. At some point after 44 ABY, the Imperial Remnant ceased to exist after its reorganization into a new Empire. The Empire looked to Jagged Fel as its founder, who had been crowned emperor. The Galactic Empire was thus revived by the passing of the throne to the dynastic rule of the Fel family. Yet even with the restoration of the Imperial monarchy, the Empire functioned in many similar ways to the former Remnant. The Moff Council retained much of its authority and prestige, and were, at least in theory, influential advisers to the emperor. The Empire was also a relatively small state in comparison to the dominant Galactic Alliance, yet also continued to steadily increase its influence through Jagged Fel’s Victory Without War program. Over a century after the collapse of the original Imperial state, the Empire emerged as the new dominant force throughout the galaxy after a successful war against the former Galactic Alliance.