Say I'm a guy who's fed up with The Empire. They've annexed my planet, killed my family and denied me my basic rights.

However, I've heard that there's an alliance of Rebels working to fight The Empire. Rumor has it that they destroyed the Death Star.

How do I go about joining this Rebel Alliance? They aren't going to have public recruitment stations, obviously, so is there any way to join without already knowing someone affiliated with them?

I suppose I could go the way of those Lothal rebels, and work with my own smaller group and perhaps the Rebel Alliance would come to me. Unfortunately, I don't have the resources to do this, so it isn't really a viable choice.

Do I have any real options here?

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    One does not simply join the Rebel Alliance Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 14:09
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    @Skooba One problem at a time.
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 14:27
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    The pre-requisite to joining involves rescuing a member of the Rebel Alliance of high importance (pilot, leader, etc), from a heavily fortified ship/station designed to not let people escape. You must wear Stormtrooper armor at some point during the rescue, otherwise your application is void. Trash compactors are optional.
    – Jimmy M.
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 14:33
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    If you're reading this, you ARE the Rebel Alliance. Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 15:06
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    @Richard: That's why Chewbacca doesn't get the club badge at the end. Duh.
    – scrwtp
    Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 14:33

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You know a guy who knows a guy

“You’re going to join the rebellion?” he started. “You’ve got to be kidding. How?”
“Damp down, will you?” the bigger man cautioned, glancing furtively back toward the power station. “You’ve got a mouth like a crater.”
“I’m sorry,” Luke whispered rapidly. “I’m quiet—listen how quiet I am. You can barely hear me—”
Biggs cut him off and continued. “A friend of mine from the Academy has a friend on Bestine who might enable us to make contact with an armed rebel unit.”
“A friend of a—You’re crazy,” Luke announced with conviction, certain his friend had gone mad. “You could wander around forever trying to find a real rebel outpost. Most of them are only myths. This twice removed friend could be an Imperial agent. You’d end up on Kessel, or worse. If rebel outposts were so easy to find, the Empire would have wiped them out years ago.”
“I know it’s a long shot,” Biggs admitted reluctantly. “If I don’t contact them, then”—a peculiar light came into Biggs’s eyes, a conglomeration of newfound maturity and … something else—“I’ll do what I can, on my own.” - Star Wars: A New Hope - Official Novelisation

You form a cell, then do some low-level stuff against the Empire

In Star Wars: Rebels, our rebellious heroes are actually unaware that they're working for the Rebellion proper. Only Hera has a connection to a planner, unaware that that planner; Fulcrum is actually a part of the Rebellion against the Empire.

When the time was right and they'd proven themselves to be both reliable and ideologically sound, the crew were invited to become part of the main cell. They were then tasked with recruiting others to join the fight, resulting in the formation of other small Rebel cells.

You keep your ear to the ground and hope someone makes contact with you

“Hey,” he said. “Can’t sleep?”
Lohgarra admitted she’d woken up hungry, then said Thane looked worried. “‘Worried’ isn’t exactly the word.” The number of people he trusted enough to share this with could have been counted on one hand, with fingers left over—but Lohgarra was among them. “Lieutenant Commander Antilles, from the, uh, unaffiliated group earlier today? He wants me to fly with them.”
That earned a roar of indignation. How dare that man try to steal her best pilot? Taking advantage of a crisis like that was unthinkable. She’d see to it that Thane got a raise, if that was what it took to keep him—
“No, no, Lohgarra, you don’t understand.” Thane lowered his voice. “They’re with the Rebellion.” - Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Lost Stars

Some Rebel units host open recruitment sessions on planets that they've (temporarily) liberated from Imperial control

When the civilians came out of hiding and into the plaza, the open recruit began.
Sergeant Zab’s squad—the squad Namir had once called, in a moment of pique, “morons who could make a hydrospanner backfire”—had somehow smuggled an astromech droid into the city surveillance center. From there, they’d accessed the public address system and broadcast the captain’s message: Twilight Company would soon depart Haidoral Prime. Those on Haidoral who shared the Rebellion’s ideals of freedom and democracy could remain to defend their homes, or they could sign on with Twilight to take the fight to the enemy. To go where the Rebellion was needed most. And so forth.
The captain recorded a new broadcast every time Twilight went looking to bolster its ranks, tailored to the needs and the circumstances of the local population. To Namir, all the messages sounded alike.
Open recruitments were technically against Rebel Alliance security policy, but they were a Twilight Company tradition and the captain was insistent the practice continue. So long as the Rebellion sent Twilight into hell time and again—and so long as Twilight survived—the company would replenish its losses from the ranks of the willing - Star Wars: Battlefront - Twilight Company

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    @RogueJedi - You gain a low-level reputation for being someone who doesn't like the Empire and hope that the Empire doesn't squish you before the Rebellion get to you.
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 14:23
  • The six degrees of separation will ensure you at least know a guy, who knows a guy, who knows a guy, who knows a guy, who knows a guy, who knows a guy....
    – Skooba
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 14:25
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    Even if you don't know someone, the Rebellion probably isn't the only group out there. There might be more local groups. It could even just be a group of friends who decide that enough is enough and just do it on their own. Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 14:27
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    In Battlefront: Twilight Company it is shown that after the Rebels take a planet, they open recruitment opportunities for the populace. Feel free to add to your answer @Richard
    – NKCampbell
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 15:10
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    @NKCampbell - An excellent find and added accordingly. Cheers :-)
    – Valorum
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 15:45

Forming your own cell and making a name for yourself is usually how you get their attention. After that, Ahsoka Tano in canon and Starkiller in Legends should come find you.

If you don't have the resources for a cell though, read up on hacking the Holonet and radio transmissions, and form your own channel to speak out against them. Again, this should get their attention.

And then again, there are repeatedly said to be whole worlds that rebel. Go to one of them, and a recruiter shouldn't be too hard to find.

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    That's a great summary! Do you have any specific examples? Commented Mar 4, 2017 at 14:21
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    Welcome to SFF! Do you have any contextual evidence to support this? Please take our tour to see the kind of answers we are looking for.
    – Skooba
    Commented Mar 4, 2017 at 14:56

You can try to find them.

The Rebellion hit a lot of high, mid, and low level Imperial targets. To quote the old saying "Where there's smoke, there's fire." If you were really persistent about it, you could wait until they hit a high level target then go to the planet an hope that some Rebels are still there. Eventually you might get lucky.

  • Wouldn't the Empire try and keep information about Rebel attacks from the general public?
    – Rogue Jedi
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 16:44
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    Yes but some things are just to big to keep hidden (Like the Death Star for example) Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 16:46
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    Also if your looking a Rebellion that doesn't want to be found your no going to use Regular sources your going to go to the sleazy dinners and cantinas with people who will be able to tell you what you want to know. For a price of course. Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 16:48
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    i thought they kept the death star a secret from the general public up till the end.
    – coteyr
    Commented Apr 1, 2016 at 19:31
  • If so then that would be impressive of the Government to be able to keep the destruction of such a huge battle station a secret especially after it destroyed a major planet A.K.A Alderann Commented Apr 2, 2016 at 6:20

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