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Rebel Alliance

Alliance to Restore the Republic
Emblem of the Rebel Alliance
Emblem of the Rebel Alliance
Universe Star Wars
Type Resistance movement striving to form a republic
Founded 2 BBY, with the signing of the Corellian Treaty
Defunct 4 ABY, Declaration of the Alliance of Free Planets
Fate Reorganized into the Alliance of Free Planets then the New Republic
Location Various Hidden Bases, Coruscant
Leader Mon Mothma
Key people Garm Bel Iblis, Admiral Ackbar, Cabinet
Currency Galactic Standard Credit (Imperial Dataries)
Founding document Declaration of Rebellion
Official language Basic

The Alliance to Restore the Republic (commonly known as the Rebel Alliance, and, informally, as the Rebellion) is an interstellar faction of the fictional universe of Star Wars.

As a direct reaction to the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance warred against the Imperial Fleet throughout the Star Wars galaxy, in order to restore the ideals of the Old Republic. The Rebel Alliance was first featured in the 1977 film Star Wars as the main protagonists as well as its sequels: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). The faction's origins were alluded to in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) and their early activities are featured in the Disney XD television series Star Wars Rebels.


  • History 1
  • Expanded Universe 2
  • Symbol 3
  • Important people 4
    • Original founders 4.1
    • Senior civil government and military high command 4.2
  • See also 5
  • Notes and references 6
  • External links 7


The first antecedents of the Alliance to Restore the Republic are told during the events of Anakin Skywalker's fall.

The TV series Ahsoka Tano both playing a role in coordinating them.

During the events of Darth Vader, but is rescued by Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, who are able to deliver the station schematics to the Alliance. This leads directly to the Alliance's victory in the Battle of Yavin and the loyalty of Luke, who becomes the Rebellion's only remaining member with training in the Force.

In The Empire Strikes Back, the Alliance suffers a crushing defeat on Hoth when one of their main command centers, Echo Base, is overrun by the Empire's 501st Legion. The remaining forces of the Rebellion are forced to stay mobile, using Admiral Ackbar's flagship, the Home One, as their headquarters.

By Return of the Jedi, the Rebel Alliance has regrouped and learned that a new Death Star is being constructed, and will be completed under Emperor Palpatine's personal supervision. Mon Mothma has Admiral Ackbar and Lando Calrissian command the Alliance fleet and dispatches Han Solo and Princess Leia to disable the station's defenses, while Luke distracts Vader. The Alliance subsequently wins the Battle of Endor, in which Darth Vader, Darth Sidious, and much of the Imperial hierarchy are destroyed. Thus, the Empire is essentially defeated, and the Rebellion liberates most of the galaxy.

Expanded Universe

  • According to hyperdrive capability along prearranged routes which would allow this kind of harassment and escape before the Empire may react.[1]
  • The video game Kashyyyk, the Senators formally proclaim an open Declaration of Rebellion, which states the grievances of the Empire against the Alliance to Restore the Republic and concludes with an open threat to depose the Emperor. This marks the formal "founding" of the Rebel Alliance, and Galen Marek's family crest becomes its official symbol.[2] Thus, the Rebel Alliance is effectively founded by Darth Vader himself, and, by extension, Emperor Palpatine, though it is clear neither had imagined that the Alliance would actually ever become a serious threat. The Galactic Civil War consequently ensues, during which the Rebellion confronts the Empire many times throughout the galaxy.
Banner of the Rebel Alliance
  • Star Wars: Empire at War depicts various allies contribute secretly to the Alliance, slowly making the united Rebel Force more powerful. The most notable equipment contributions include the defection of the Incom Corporation staff and all relevant material involved in the development of an advanced spacefighter, the X-wing.[3]


The symbol of the Alliance is the "Starbird", which is revealed in The Force Unleashed to be the crest of Galen Marek's family. Princess Leia selected it to honor Marek's sacrifice, declaring it a "symbol of hope".

Important people

Original founders

Senior civil government and military high command

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b Rebel Alliance Sourcebook.  
  2. ^ a b  
  3. ^ Star Wars: Empire at War

External links

  • Rebel Alliance in the Official Encyclopedia
  • Rebel Alliance on Wookieepedia: a Star Wars wiki
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