What/where are the Unknown Regions?
The Unknown Regions are just outside the lines of the galaxy we know.
Don’t confuse the Unknown Regions with Wild Space. The latter is largely unmapped and unexplored.
Who’s been there?
The appearance of the Unknown Regions in
Relevant to the sequel trilogy, the remnants of the Empire became the First Order in the Unknown Regions. Before he died, Palpatine set up an observatory on Jakku that held computers tasked with plotting a route to lead Imperial forces safely through the Unknown Regions. This was part of his contingency plan if the Empire was ever defeated. After the Battle of Jakku, the last Imperial forces went into the Unknown Regions to rebuild. Therefore, Starkiller Base is in the Unknown Regions–and it’s probably not their only outpost there.
What is lurking in the Unknown Regions?
The First Order is only one of the threats in the Unknown Regions. One of the reasons Thrawn came to the known galaxy in the early years of the Empire was to secure help against a threat in the Unknown Regions. He first studied the Galactic Republic but didn’t think the government would make a sound ally. However, he found a partnership of sorts with the Empire. He offered information about the Unknown Regions and the mysterious threat there to Palpatine in order to secure their assistance fighting it.
In Legends stories, the powerful Yuuzhan Vong were such a threat, but there hasn’t been any evidence yet that they’ll be brought into the current storytelling universe.
Palpatine certainly became suspicious of the danger in the Unknown Regions, the one Thrawn warned him about or something else.
This notion was likely fueled in some part by Palpatine’s adviser Yupe Tashu. I won’t go so far as to say anyone influenced Palpatine, but Tashu’s obsession with the dark side and the Sith meant he had an interest in looking for more information. In the first
How could the Unknown Regions influence
Star Wars stories?
The remaining Imperials who fled to the Unknown Regions weren’t hugely concerned with looking for the dark side of the Force. The highest ranking officer, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, wanted only to rebuild a better, stronger Empire. With Palpatine and Vader dead, they didn’t have a Force user with them. But, they could have run into Supreme Leader Snoke along the way. Some rumors say he’s from the Unknown Regions. Maybe the coordinates from Jakku led them right to the source of the dark side and Snoke, or maybe he was also searching for the location and their paths crossed.
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