Timeline/The Great Hyperspace War
BTC 1347 - The Great Hyperspace War[edit | edit source]
Recorded by Master Gnost-Dural
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Among past threats to the Republic - the Great Hyperspace War stands above all other wars in galactic history.
In fact, the battle we fight today is in many ways an extension of this same conflict. The Sith Empire we believed we had destroyed in this war has now returned to avenge its defeat. The historical factors that set the stage for the modern conflict bear close examination. I believe the greatest factor of all may have been the way the Republic concluded the Great Hyperspace War. The Great Hyperspace War began at a time when the Republic had enjoyed several millennia of peace, growth, and consolidation.
In contrast, the Sith Empire was ending its centuries-long adolescent period. Undiscovered by the Republic, the Sith had conquered all the star systems near Korriban. They were now seeking new opportunities for expansion.
At this time, a brutal power struggle had broken out following the death of the Sith ruler. Among the contenders was the Dark Lord, Naga Sadow.
Whether by chance or by destiny, it was at this time that two Republic explorers stumbled onto Korriban. Naga Sadow seized this opportunity to gain political advantage. The explorers were imprisoned as spies, but Naga Sadow staged an attack to liberate one of the explorers and left evidence suggesting the attack was a Republic military operation. Leveraging the widespread fear of an impending Republic invasion, Naga Sadow rallied the Sith to unite behind his cause - a pre-emptive strike against their newly discovered enemies. Eager for war, the people embraced Naga Sadow as their new ruler.
His first act was to launch a brutal assault against the Republic. The Sith armies attacked on several fronts, including Coruscant itself. Naga Sadow commanded all his forces from a meditation sphere suspended over a giant star. The initial onslaught overwhelmed the Republic's unprepared defenses. The Sith Empire's victory was almost assured, but as happens so often, the dark side turns upon itself. Naga Sadow was betrayed by his apprentice. Though the apprentice was defeated, the attack did success in breaking Naga Sadow's battle meditation. The tide of the war was turned.
The Sith were lost without their leader's direction and Republic forces soon chased the invaders back to the very doorstep of Naga Sadow's meditation sphere. Recognizing his imminent defeat, the Sith Lord abandoned his forces and started a chain of events to destroy the nearby star and everything in its vicinity. Naga Sadow fled back to Korriban only to discover renewed opposition to his rule. Civil war broke out, whittling away what was left of the Sith Empire's already weakened armies. Naga Sadow defeated the upstarts, but the Sith were defenseless when the Republic fleet attacked shortly thereafter. As the Republic fleet wiped up what remained of the Sith military, Naga Sadow fled again, this time into permanent exile on Yavin 4.
It was at this moment the Republic made what might now be considered a mistake: The Sith no longer posed a threat to the Republic, but the Supreme Chancellor was unsatisfied. Jedi and Republic forces were sent to Korriban and other Sith planets to ensure no remnants of the Sith Empire remained.
It was this action which drove the surviving Sith to flee into deep space with the new Dark Lord who rose to take Naga Sadow's place... The same Dark Lord they continue to call 'Emperor' to this day. I believe this was why he led his people to rebuild their civilization on Dromund Kaas, and this was why they returned thirteen centuries later to get revenge against the Republic. One must wonder how things might have been different if the Republic had handled the end of the Great Hyperspace War differently...
We mustn't forget, though, the conflict at the heart of the Great Hyperspace War and the war we fight today began even before the Sith Empire rose to power. I'll elaborate in the next holo-record.
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