Star Wars is opening a new era for storytelling with the arrival of the “High Republic” series, a trans-media setting that will span new books, graphic novels, and a Disney+ series. Here’s everything you need to know about this new Star Wars setting.
What is the “High Republic” era?
The High Republic era is a golden age in the Star Wars universe, described as a time of peace and prosperity set roughly 200 years before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. It’s said to be an “era of ambition, of culture, of inclusion, of Great Works.”
While many familiar Star Wars tropes are present in the High Republic era, they’re slightly different than you may recognize. As opposed to the prequel era, when the Republic had grown corrupt and paralyzed by bureaucracy, the High Republic is led by a well-respected and benevolent chancellor and the public feels that their voices are heard. The Jedi Order is less dogmatic and stilted, and Jedi Knights are seen as honorable peacekeepers. Even the sci-fi technology, like starfighters and transport vessels, are described as clean and sleek–a far cry from the dingy, broken-down aesthetic of many later movies.