New Imperial Order
|New Imperial Order|
|Motto||"The True Empire"|
|Status||Inactive (Merged Year 10 Day 160)|
|Leader|| Steward Karrade (Year 6)|
Executor Cherokee (Years 6 – 10)
Grand Vizier Ndengin (Amid merger) (Year 10)
|2IC|| Grand Vizier Seele (Years 6–9)|
Grand Vizier Ndengin (Years 9–10)
|Founded|| Year 6 Day 318|
(see: Third Imperial Civil War)
|Dissolved||Year 10 Day 160 (reunification)|
|Affiliation||Galactic Empire (splinter group)|
|Industry|| Quasi-Religious Order (Year 6)|
Government (Year 7)
|Holosite||New Imperial Order (Archived)|
The New Imperial Order (NIO) was a key belligerent in the Third Imperial Civil War which lasted from Year 6 Day 318 to Year 10 Day 160. The movement coalesced when Imperial officers and enlisted personnel frustrated with the incompetent reign of Grand Moff Daelin Zerk broke away from the Galactic Empire and formed a rival government.
Led by Garen Karrade and Thomas Cherokee, the New Imperial Order was, in their opinion at least, the embodiment of the true Galactic Empire and the true Imperial Spirit it encompasses. Headquartered in the Kothlis system, they had the long term goal of returning the Imperial throne to competent leadership and establishing a new dynasty of the Imperial Order. After almost four years of conflict, a reconciliation was negotiated between Emperor Vodo Bonias' Galactic Empire and Thomas Cherokee's New Imperial Order. The two governments were merged on Year 10 Day 160. Two years thereafter, during the Fourth Imperial Civil War, Thomas Cherokee usurped Bonias' throne as emperor of the galaxy.
Seeds of Separation
The New Order began as a growing movement during the dark years of the weak and avaricious emperors, a movement whose purpose was to restore pride and purpose to a Galactic Empire which had lost it's direction. Members of the new group, led by stalwart Imperials such as Trey Connel, Mccarthur, Cherokee, and Matrel Byden, thwarted repeated attempts by contentious Imperial cabals eager to keep the nepotism and favoritism of the dark years of the Empire alive for their own personal gain. Growing under the leadership of Emperor's Connel and Mccarthur, the first true reign of the New Order began with the Empire of Emperor Charon. The New Order immediately began to improve the Galactic Empire, changing weakness into strength, chaos to order, and uncertainty to decisiveness.
That all changed in early Year 4 when powerful outside forces orchestrated the usurpation of Emperor Charon. Former emperor and self-declared warlord Vodo Bonias was accused of placing Greyson Uebles on the Imperial throne as his puppet. Uebles' brief reign was no surprise to the members of the New Order as it meant Vodo's rise to Emperor for a second time was all but inevitable. Scores of high ranking Imperials, including most of Imperial High Command left the Galactic Empire when Emperor Charon's reign was forced to a close.
Within the Galactic Empire, which struggled to find even a semblance of the glory of the New Order, the second year of the second reign of Emperor Vodo Bonias was marked by a series of successive defeats and failures each seemingly more embarrassing than the last. In that troubled year, Imperials saw the assassination of Grand Moff Kirov Qel-Droma, the loss of the New Anzat Order as a vassal state, and the continued defection of Imperials to other groups. Even more troubling than the spate of losses was the lack of any effective response to them. A growing group of dedicated Imperials eager to defend the New Order grew increasingly concerned for the future of their beloved Empire. Much of this concern centered around the Emperor’s chief deputy, Grand Moff Daelin Zerk. Zerk, an acerbic officer devoid of charisma and leadership ability, was a favorite of Vodo, who arranged for his speedy ascendance to the highest levels of Imperial power.
As Grand Moff, Zerk quickly alienated much of the people under his command, which, given his high position and Vodo's predilection to defer to the Grand Moff, was nearly everyone in the Imperial services. Field commanders found themselves unable to conduct their operations without Zerk’s interference, and in many cases, the Grand Moff's unwanted intervention resulted in the failure of the operations. Officers from all branches and all levels petitioned the Emperor to take action. Their pleas fell on deaf ears as Bonias continued to take no action. After repeated grievances failed to be addressed, a small cadre of Imperials knew they must take action to save the New Order from the current Emperor.
Rebirth of the New Order
While the Galactic Empire was turned into a hollow shell of its former self, many new and talented enlisted and officers joined and put for effort, often unrecognized by the unwholesome leadership in the command levels of the Empire. On Year 6 Day 303, a group of officers and enlisted held a secret meeting to discuss the course of the Empire and the future of the New Order. They came to the conclusion that the Empire could not prosper under Vodo. That same day, they pledged their lives and treasure to the restoration of the New Order. The reformers seized control of an Imperial holonet transceiver and broadcast the group’s mission: to remove Vodo from the throne and appoint an Emperor worthy of the vast Empire he would rule.
Across the galaxy, believers in the New Order, both within the Empire and without, rallied to the cause. The group was immediately fortified with volunteers eager to restore the New Order to the glory of years past. In addition to the scores of able-bodied persons that rushed to fill the group's lines, people across the galaxy contributed assets to ensure the success of the mission. As Imperial servicemen fought their way off their ships, eluding the hapless agents of the Imperial Security Bureau (ISB), Vodo stubbornly refused to put the good of the Empire above his own ambitions. The possibility of a peaceful resolution quickly disappeared. Ten days after the initial broadcast, the reformers formed a group of their own, the New Imperial Order, and selected Garen Karrade as its Steward.
All that remained was to find the backing necessary to ensure the proper growth and success a movement such as this needed. Businessman Jim Stratus donated a large portion of his personal wealth, but even more was needed. The New Order was not entirely without means however, and so it turned to the Kiner Corporation. With the technical help and financial support of Corellian Engineering Corporation, the revolution was truly able to begin and The New Imperial Order was able to prop itself up on the advanced infrastructure and assets selflessly donated to the NIO by KinerCorp.
Trial By Fire
It would not be long after the Order was formed that it would be baptized by fire. Two of the Order’s founding members, Admiral Slicer and Captain Michael Pangborn were quickly co-opted by the Emperor and betrayed their comrades, fleeing back to the Vodoist Empire. In a heartening show of solidarity, the loyal members of the Order turned their backs on the traitors, allowing Slicer and Pangborn to slink back to the Vodoists with only a hand full of officers more concerned with their careers than the future of the Empire. However, for all their perfidy, several resolute officers remained including Commodore Rawius Titan and Lieutenant Guinar Ndengin as well as dozens of enlisted faithful.
The betrayal of a few did not stop or even slow the resurgent Order. Former members of the initial birth of the New Order were contacted and were quick to offer their support and expertise. Thomas Cherokee, former Executor to Emperors Connel and Mccarthur; Seele, former Director of Imperial Intelligence under Emperor Charon; former Imperial Admiral Jim Stratus; and Charon's Imperial Adviser Sesor Yrelnana were among those who answered the call to bolster and guide the New Imperial Order.
Harnessing the Fire
The hardships of the Order's infancy could not dampen its members' spirit or weaken their resolve. The New Imperial Order came through its initial challenges with flying colors, and continued to grow at a rate that surprised even its founders. With the new year, Garen Karrade retired from his post as Steward, entrusting authority over the Order to Executor Thomas Cherokee.
The betrayal of Slicer and Pangborn would not be the last test the NIO would face. As the fledgling order took its first steps toward establishing itself in the galaxy, its territorial integrity was challenged. The Eidola Pirates, seeking a base in the Bothan Sector, attempted to establish themselves on the planet of Dressel, right in the New Imperial Order's backyard. The NIO military sprung to action, fending off botched contracted construction crews on Dressel while preventing Eidola from taking the planet, all while fending off the Vodoists' ham-handed attempts to kidnap and murder Order members.
In early Year 8, the Sorosuub Corporation was betrayed by Commodore Knighcrawler subsequently lost control of Tatooine. The New Imperial Order quickly began the process of securing the planet and restraining hundreds of Sorosuub builders. In a surprise move by the Falleen Federation, they arrived in system with a fleet and a newly acquired Victory Star Destroyer with much needed materials for the newly united government formed from the Rebel Alliance and Sorosuub Corporation, the New Republic. A Second Lieutenant Sola Tao of the Order then captured the Minister of the Interior, Tyler Davik, while he was supervising the construction of Federation builders and held him captive for the majority of the campaign. New Imperial forces failed in holding control of the planet but the newly formed New Republic paid the New Imperial forces for the assets at market value resulting the NIO losses to be near minimal.
On Year 10 Day 160, the New Imperial Order and Galactic Empire reunified. Thomas Cherokee, the leader of the New Imperial Order, was appointed as Executor of Vodo Bonias' Galactic Empire, a position that had been vacant since the resignation of Arturus Goth.
The New Imperial Order was very much a center of Humanocentrism. While the military accepted anyone regardless of race, COMPNOR did not allow non-humans within its ranks. The government when developing planets even reduced the taxes required by humans to promote immigration to Kothlis. In comparison to previous Imperial splinter groups such as the Imperial Core, the New Imperial Order wanted to return to the Galactic Empire once a reasonable Emperor assumed the throne or took the seat of Galactic Government.
Many of the personnel who comprised the New Imperial Order later became influential members of the Galactic Empire following reunification in Year 10. Two officers in particular, Thomas Cherokee and Guinar Ndengin, would later inherit the mantle of emperor following the much celebrated overthrow of Vodo Bonias in the Fourth Imperial Civil War.
- Davsk Carvalm
- Durand Somerville
- Eric Jackson
- Forone Caracer
- Garen Karrade
- Greg Black-Granger
- Guinar Ndengin
- Helseth Hlaalu
- Jarek Sankin
- Jim Stratus
- Jorus Taidan
- Karnak Covell
- Khaleon Hope
- Lane Rendell
- Luke Sabershaft
- Magnus Kalidor
- Matrel Byden
- Mayas Lennorian
- Ralic Feali
- Ranson Sharp
- Rawius Titan
- Romolus Lupine
- Rul Knizar
- Rupert Havok
- Senki Blackrain
- Sesor Yrelnana
- Sola Tao
- Taan Polo
- Thomas Cherokee
- Trey Connel
- Vincent Lytear
- Year 6 Day 180: Owen von Ismay denounces Grand Moff Daelin Zerk's ineffectual tenure as Emperor Vodo Bonias' Chief of Staff.
- Year 6 Day 302: Imperial reformists announce their goal to depose Grand Moff Daelin Zerk as Imperial Chief of Staff.
- Year 6 Day 302: Orion Silverhelm's Corporate Sector Authority offers asylum to any and all disgruntled Imperial servicemen.
- Year 6 Day 302: The Galactic Empire expels Guinar Ndengin, Trey Connel, Slicer, Garen Karrade, Matrel Byden, and others.
- Year 6 Day 313: The New Imperial Order is founded and the opening maneuvers of the Third Imperial Civil War occur.
- Year 6 Day 318: The Third Imperial Civil War formally erupts between Bonias' Coruscant regime and Karrade's New Imperial Order.
- Year 7 Day 88: The New Anzat Order declares war on Emperor Vodo Bonias' Galactic Empire.
- Year 7 Day 135: The New Imperial Order, holding numerous systems, achieves the status of a legal government.
- Year 9 Day 276: Imperial Outer Rim Authority renames itself to the BlasTech Corporation and declares neutrality.
- Year 10 Day 51: Vodo Bonias is grievously injured. Pro Consul Arturus Goth is appointed regent of Vodo's government.
- Year 10 Day 160: The New Imperial Order and Galactic Empire are reunified and thus ends the Third Imperial Civil War.
- The New Imperial Order - Holosite (Archived)
- New Imperial Order - Garen Karrade (Archived)
- New Imperial Order - Thomas Cherokee (Archived)
- GNS: "An Interview with a Defector" - Year 6 Day 180
- GNS: "Call to Arms: Save the New Order" - Year 6 Day 302
- GNS: "CSA Opens Its Arms" - Year 6 Day 302
- GNS: "Result of the Coup de Etat" - Year 6 Day 302
- GNS: "New Imperial Order Rising" - Year 6 Day 313