Next month, the first in a line of novels leading up to the release of The Force Awakens will be release. Entitled Aftermath, this novel will be telling the story of the Rebel Alliance immediately after the Battle of Endor. Here is the synopsis from the publisher:
As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance—now a fledgling New Republic—presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding. Out on a lone reconnaissance mission, pilot Wedge Antilles watches Imperial Star Destroyers gather like birds of prey circling for a kill, but he’s taken captive before he can report back to the New Republic leaders.
Meanwhile, on the planet’s surface, former rebel fighter Norra Wexley has returned to her native world—war weary, ready to reunite with her estranged son, and eager to build a new life in some distant place. But when Norra intercepts Wedge Antilles’s urgent distress call, she realizes her time as a freedom fighter is not yet over. What she doesn’t know is just how close the enemy is—or how decisive and dangerous her new mission will be.
Determined to preserve the Empire’s power, the surviving Imperial elite are converging on Akiva for a top-secret emergency summit—to consolidate their forces and rally for a counterstrike. But they haven’t reckoned on Norra and her newfound allies—her technical-genius son, a Zabrak bounty hunter, and a reprobate Imperial defector—who are prepared to do whatever they must to end the Empire’s oppressive reign once and for all.
Seems pretty cool, but something weird stood out to me as I read it.
This synopsis mentions the New Republic.
In the old canon, the New Republic was formed after the Rebellion captured the Imperial capital of Coruscant and persisted until an invasion by extra-galactic aliens, at which point it became the Galactic Alliance. But that is the old canon. New images from ComiCons and press releases have shown the good guys as being called “The Resistance”, which seems to imply that the New Republic is not a part of the new movies. So what gives? Does the New Republic exist or not?
Here are a few options for what this might mean:
- The use of the term “New Republic” is just meaning a republican government that is new. But that seems weird because in the publishers blurb the words are capitalized. If it was an improper name, this should not be capitalized. So it seems to be a new government.
- The New Republic that we have grown to know and love is formed, flourishes for a bit, and then fails. We could be seeing a resurgence of the Empire that has knocked out the New Republic government. This would be the easiest way to make the story, but it also begs the question of why the authors of these novels would take the time to describe a new government only to destroy it before the movies even happen.
- The New Republic formed, took control of the galaxy but fractured internally, creating new governments like The First Order and The Resistance.
- The New Republic formed, but over time became the First Order through imperialistic policies and corrupt politicians. This would also be an easy way to tell the story, but would seem too close to the story of the prequel trilogy.
- The Resistance is a small government, or military organization only slightly affiliated with the New Republic. It is possible that with a resurgent Empire, New Republic leaders are unwilling or unable to react to the threat. Instead the Resistance fights the battles of the New Republic which has become stagnant and irresponsible. So you have the Resistance as the good guys, Republic as the neutral guys, and First Order as the bad guys. The Resistance could be formed around a new Jedi Order following in the footsteps of Luke Skywalker.
We will have to find out come Sept. 4 when Aftermath hits shelves and eventually Dec. 18 when The Force Awakens is released. In the meantime, keep speculating.