Certain eras in TGFFA are well defined (both in-universe, as well as out-of-universe in terms of publishing) and are named, e.g. Old Republic era (KOTOR time), Clone Wars era, New Republic era, etc...

Are there named eras between the time of Old Republic described in KOTOR and Old Republic MMO; and Clone Wars era? If so, what bundles of EU material cover them (the way NJO books cover that era, or Legacy and Downfall books the Legacy era?)

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    Welcome to SFF.SE. Unfortunately, I'm voting to close this as too broad. The MMO took place over 3000 years before the events of the movies so there is too much to cover in an answer to this question. (BTW, the Republic stopped being the Old Republic when the Empire was created. It's no longer canonical, but after the events of the movies there was supposed to be a New Republic after the fall of the Empire.) – Null Apr 21 '15 at 21:42
  • I'm not asking for a synposis, I'm asking for material that covers this time, the three questions in bulletpoints, are what I'm specifically looking as answers. What is SFF.SE.? – XAMPPRocky Apr 21 '15 at 21:55
  • @Aaronepower: SFF.SE is this site (Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange) — welcome! – Paul D. Waite Apr 21 '15 at 21:59
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    @Paul D. Waite SFF.SE sounds like a Star Wars time period, honestly. – XAMPPRocky Apr 21 '15 at 22:02
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    (1) I re-wrote the question to be answerable and not too broad. Please VTRO. (2) @Aaronepower, I edited out tangential but very interesting subquestion of when "Old Republic" stopped being "old". Please post as a different question. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Apr 22 '15 at 3:27

According to Wookieepedia, the time period between Knights of The Old Republic and The Phantom Menace overlaps with four broad periods of Galactic History:

Old Sith Wars: 4000 BBY1 - 3950 BBY

This period is dominated by conflicts with various Sith Lords (hence the name), and opens with the events of the Tales of the Jedi comic series. Knights of the Old Republic picks up at the tail end of this period, with the main story of the first game starting in 3956 BBY.

Inter-Sith Wars Period: 3950 BBY - 2000 BBY

The events of SW:TOR occur entirely within this period; although we don't know exactly when the game will end, it's probably safe to assume that it won't last for two thousand years. The most recent TOR expansion, Shadow of Revan, takes place in 3640 BBY.

There's very little fiction that takes place during this period; most of the information we have on it comes from The Essential Atlas, which was intended to be a definitive source for planetary information. Some information can also be found in material related to The Old Republic MMO, especially in-game codex entries.

Draggulch Period: 2000 BBY - c. 1000 BBY

This period coincides almost entirely with the New Sith Wars, and the last century of this period is sometimes called the Republic Dark Age.

Once again, there's very little fiction set in this period. Most information comes from Essential guides and RPG sourcebooks.

Post-Ruusan Period: c. 1000 BBY - 19 BBY

Also sometimes called the Great Peace of the Republic, Wookieepedia technically calls this the "Fall of the Republic/Rise of the Empire Period." In-universe, this period begins with the Ruusan Reformation, a structural reorganization of the Jedi Order, and the Republic itself to a lesser extent, so significant that it became year 0 in the (in-universe) Galactic calendar. The first 700 or so years of this period is also called the Golden Age of the Old Republic.

The above lists of works are incomplete by design. If you're interested in a more complete list of works, Wookieepedia has a helpful timeline of Legends media

1 Dates in Legends are typically based around the Battle of Yavin, the climactic battle in A New Hope, which is 0 ABY; BBY and ABY mean exactly what you'd expect them to

  • You should add the Knights of the Old Republic comic series as well. It fits within the Sith Wars period. – Omegacron Apr 22 '15 at 14:10
  • @Omegacron Fair enough; I guess it doesn't hurt to discuss the tail end of the Old Sith Wars period – Jason Baker Apr 22 '15 at 14:21

Not sure about named eras, but there's the battle of Ruusan/rise of Darth Bane, covered in the Darth Bane trilogy. It occurs 1000 years before the clone wars, so 2000 after the period covered in the Old Republic game. Introduces the sith 'rule of two', setting the stage somewhat for Sidious' rise to power


There is virtually no material covering the events between the end of Star Wars: The Old Republic and the beginning of the Darth Bane trilogy. The event we know about between the Galactic War and the New Sith Wars (which is the war that is featured in the Darth Bane trilogy) is referred to as the Darth Desolous conflict.

Darth Desolous

However, not only is this no longer considered canon due to the legends rebrand, it was also very flimsy from its inception. Its only reference is a databank entry in the Wii and Playstation 2 versions of The Force Unleashed.

However, the New Sith Wars mark the transition period between what (in legends material) is considered the Old Republic era and what is called the Rise of the Empire era.

A reference to mark the transition (more of a discrete event) is the Ruusan Reformation. This is the legends explanation to Chancellor Palpatine's remarks in Episode II.

"I will not let this Republic that has stood for a thousand years be split in two. My negotiations will not fail." - Chancellor Palpatine

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