The rise of the First Order and a “New Republic” in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” after the fall of the Empire are explained in a report from MakingStar Wars. Details about why the battle in Jakku is significant in the upcoming movie are explained in another report.
MakingStarWars reported after the death of the emperor, there was chaos on the planet of Coruscant, which once housed the Republic Senate and was the capital. Mas Amedda, the blue alien who was by the side of the emperor at the senate, apparently tried to keep the Empire together.
However, the chain of command was said to be in “disarray” and officers did not know to whom to report. Many “powerful people” declared themselves the next emperor, and each faction is said to have been at war with another.
During the chaos, the Rebel Alliance was able to take control of “several systems,” the report said, and formed a “New Republic.” The new government is said to have been formed in the Hosnian System. The report also describes how the greed for power of one Moff led to a major battle on the planet Jakku, and a Star Destroyer called “Inflictor” is said to have been deliberately crashed into the planet to avoid capture.
The report doesn’t specify whether this is the same Star Destroyer that is seen in the trailer of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The planet Jakku appears to be significant in the upcoming movie, and another report by MakingStarWars states Leia [Carrie Fisher] can feel “through the Force” what is happening on the planet will “change the galaxy forever.” Leia, who is said to be a general now, decides to send her best pilot Poe Dameron [Oscar Isaac] to Jakku.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is slated to be released on Dec. 18 in the U.S. Two trailers have been released so far and the producers released behind-the-scenes video footage at the San Diego Comic-Con event recently. Director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy and some of the cast members of the movie were present at the event.