I've read some information on the net about the

Rebel Alliance still being rebels during the time of The Force Awakens, and the Empire still being big.

But today I read in a report about

The upcoming (and thus canon) battlefront that the new Republic is fighting the Imperial remnants.

So my question here is: is there any canon information out already on what the state of the galaxy is or will be?

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    No there isn't.
    – Valorum
    Apr 18, 2015 at 8:42

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Not yet, but there will be.

Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens is an umbrella title for a coming series of publications that will fill in the gap between Episode VI and Episode VII.

All titles published under Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be canonical within the Star Wars universe, and in-continuity with the Star Wars films, animated series, new books, and Marvel comics.

The first publication under this banner is scheduled to be the novel Aftermath:

Aftermath will be the first book in a trilogy that begins to bridge the Star Wars timeline between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens ..... I can’t wait for our first canon glimpse into the state of the galaxy after the Battle of Endor.

This passage also confirms that Aftermath is going to the the first canon material bridging the timeline, so until it's released we have nothing.

  • Thanks there so that means at least september to wait for (as that book is due in september according to the linkned site).
    – Thomas
    Apr 18, 2015 at 10:54

From the recent (on-going?) 2015 Star Wars Celebration, we know a little. The Rebels are now

called the Resistance.

Meanwhile, the Empire, or at least the faction that we'll see in Episode 7 are

called the First Order.

There will have been post-Return of the Jedi a huge battle in the skies above the planet

Jakku between the Rebel and Empire forces. This is the source of the destroyed ships on the surface of a desert planet, that planet isn't Tatooine, it's Jakku.

Here's a link that summarizes what we know regarding the names of the factions, and guesses at the rest. Here's a link that explains the planet.

Of course, JJ Abrams swore for months that Khan was not in Star Trek Into Darkness, so who knows?

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