The Republic, led by a Supreme Chancellor, had a supposedly democratic government that was able to sustain itself for over a twenty-five thousand year period. For most of its duration as the dominant galactic power, the Republic did not style itself as a strong centralized government, but rather as a union of sovereign planets for the purposes of promoting trade, mediating disputes, and ensuring mutual protection. It is said that its complete history would "fill a thousand libraries".
In its latest years, it was a benevolent—though ineffectual—government tied up in layers of bureaucracy.
"For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire."Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker[
For years, theJedi Knights and the ancient armies and navies of the Republic defended against violence, and thus as a guild of Republic Protectors we continue in the struggle..
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