Foreword: I first got the idea for such a project after I read several excellent Star Wars alternate universe stories in Fanfiction.net, and decided to create a neat fusion AU of my own which could contain the largest number of possible factions and groups all jostling each other for power. Basically, writing this AU is a bit like playing a game of [link=http://www.swrebellion.com/]Rebellion[/link] in which one takes characters and concepts of the original series (plus the EU) and remixes it to one's liking. However, in this case, I had far more sides than the mere Rebellion and the Empire! I must confess I had the political and astrostrategic ideas in mind first, then the placement of secondary characters from the EU, and then how the original characters could fit. Here's hoping you enjoy this. Notes:  marks ideas and elements that I have borrowed from [link=http://www.fanfiction.net/u/40174/Darth_Yoshi]Darth Yoshi[/link]'s very excellent Infinities series.  marks ideas and elements that I have borrowed from [link=http://www.fanfiction.net/u/407638/Darquecyder_6]Darquecyder 6[/link]'s "A Simple Decision" series. Both series are of the type of SW AU kind that I like to classify as "holistic;" they basically incorporate loads and loads of characters and concepts from the EU and use them to maximum effect, rather than your typical alt-Obi-Wan love story. Interestingly,  was written from 2002-2005 and has a very different rise of Palpatine, while  was written only a few months ago, and is so up-to-date it references the upcoming Force Unleashed games. On with the timeline.