It is a short time before the Battle of Yavin. The tyrannical Galactic Empire claims complete control of the galaxy. Shipping routes across the bulk of the galaxy are choked with ships of the Imperial Fleet. In the Outer Rim, though, the Imperial grip is not so tight. The Empire has only a nominal hold in the Troius Sector, with only a few outposts and a handful of ships maintaining the will of the Emperor.
From secret bases, ships and freedom fighters of the Resistance strike against the Imperial military. They harass shipping lanes and strongholds, gaining material and support little by little as their campaign grows. They face a new danger, though, as the Empire discovers a new ally among the decaying relics of the Old Republic…an ally that could end the rebellion before it grows to become a significant threat…
“War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over” Union General William T. Sherman
The game takes place shortly before the events in A New Hope, in the Troius Sector (a small sector of space in the Outer Rim). The Empire maintains its hold with a handful of outposts and garrisons, and a small supply of ships. They use hired mercenaries to protect manufacturing and production facilities, and have replaced local leadership with Imperial governors.
The sector has a representative to the Imperial Senate, who spends much of his time at the Imperial Center in the Core. The peace is maintained by the local government, and the fear of Imperial retaliation. Local governments collect their taxes, and turn them over to the Imperial representatives.
The Rebel Alliance (more formally known as the Alliance to Restore the Republic) operates in the sector out of a handful of operations bases (some landing fields for fighters, some small supply depots, and a couple of capital ships). Though many of the common people may quietly support the growing rebellion, there is little material support that can be offered. The underworld of the sector, overwhelmed mostly by a Hutt syndicate, does not look favorably on the Alliance (knowing that the growing rebellion only brings a stronger Imperial presence, which is bad for business). The Alliance not only has to stand against the Empire, but also pirates, bounty hunters, and the Hutt syndicate. What few allies and material they have, they hold precious.
The sector holds relics from the Old Republic. A Techno-Union stronghold still operates, and there are rumors of storehouses of Republic and Separatist material hidden throughout the systems. Other relics, from eras far back, are also talked about.
“We must carry the war into every corner the enemy happens to carry it: to his home, to his centers of entertainment; a total war. It is necessary to prevent him from having a moment of peace, a quiet moment outside his barracks or even inside; we must attack him wherever he may be, make him feel like a cornered beast wherever he may move.” Ernesto Che Guevara