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It's a darker time, a time of war, and the Galactic Empire reigns supreme with its merciless conquering. It was only a matter of time before the rebels would come together and form what would be the Rebel Alliance.
The Rebel Alliance, also known as The Rebellion, or the First Rebellion, or The Alliance, was initiated and formed by Bail Organa and Mon Mothma to fight against the rule of the Galactic Empire. It all started with Bail's first secret movement, called the Bail Organa Resistance Movement. This movement consisted of other rebellion cells like the Phoenix Cell that was led by Commander Jun Sato, and the Ghost Crew aka the Spectres. At the same time, there was another rebellion group called the Artrivis Resistance Group (ARG) led by Travia Chan, that had the same goal - to defeat the Galactic Empire, and after the ARG lost their battle in 14 AFE, they reached out to Mon Mothma in hopes of joining her alliance.
All existing alliances and rebellions wished only for the Old Republic to be restored, and the members of the movement were all renegade members from the Galactic Empire, some from the Imperial Senate, namely Mon Mothma and Bail Organa, and others from the Imperial Military such as Jan Dodonna, Ryder Azadi and Wedge Antilles. The Alliance would later be led by Bail's daughter, Princess Leia Organa. Ashoka Tano, a Jedi Padawan, assited Bail in uniting other Jedi who survived such as Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger to also join The Rebellion.
The Alliance did not go directly against the Galactic Empire, but instead they established satellite bases across the galaxy to build their rebellion support. The Alliance makes their first big move with the help of Luke Skywalker when they decide to launch an attack on the Death Star, destroying it in the Battle of Yavin. However, Darth Vader led the Imperial Forces to defeat The Alliance, making them flee for survival.
Much later on, The Alliance recollected themselves from adversity and launched a second attack, again with the help of Luke Skywalker on the Second Death Star that was still under construction at the Battle of Endor, subsequently defeating Darth Vader, and being reborn as the New Republic. Eventually, they defeat the Galactic Empire in the Battle of Jakku, forcing the empire to adhere to the Galactic Accordance.