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Was there any indication how long the Empire was around before the prequels?
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20-Jul-2015, 1:32 PM

<blockquote><p><strong>Darth Id</strong> said:</p><p>George's original conception was that the evil Empire was more or less timeless, and the whole Star Wars universe was based on the for-all-intents eternal struggle of the forces of good against the Empire.</p>
<p>I don't think there is anything in <em>Star Wars, ESB </em>or even<em> ROTJ</em> that necessarily contradicts this.  Ben's yearning reference to a time "before the dark time, before the Empire" could be a reference to something extremely ancient and remote.  There's no reason it wasn't 200 or even a thousand years before the events of SW, and Ben was the last of a long dwindlage of torch-bearers.</p></blockquote><p> </p>

Even in the first draft, the Emperor is presented as the first emperor, coming to power with the aid of corrupt robber barons and the Sith Pirates (or something like that).