The Galactic Empire, also known as the New Order, the Imperium, the First Galactic Empire during it's original reign and simply the Empire, is one of the major factions in Star Wars: Legacies of the Galaxy. Formed by Emperor Palpatine at the very end of the Clone Wars, the Empire was originally the Galactic Republic turned to a dictatorial state ruled by the Order of the Sith Lords. The Empire's cruel government, which practiced specism, slavery and genocide; eventually attracted the ire of numberous people in the Galaxy. The end result was the Alliance to Restore the Republic, which fought the Empire during the Galactic Civil War until it was reduced to the Imperial Remnant and forced to sign a peace treaty. After decades of peace with the New Republic, the Empire began to regain power under the Fel dynasty. More peaceful, the Fel Empire reigns from the planet Bastion over Imperial space.

In spite of originally being a tyrannical rule under the Dark Lord of the Sith, the Empire has begun reforming it's own moral and political structure into a more benevolent and less corrupt form. The former xenophobia, while still practiced by certain members of the government, has mostly been swept away. Non-humans and women now have higher power in the Empire and prejudice is generally frowned upon by the population of Imperial space. Harsh rule and oppressive treatment of citizens has also declined, however some members of government are still attached to the old ways.

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