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Why is the Star Wars timeline based on the Battle of Yavin?

Discussion in 'Star Wars Saga In-Depth' started by Drewdude91, Jun 8, 2011.

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  1. Drewdude91

    Drewdude91 Jedi Knight star 3

    May 21, 2011
    I would think that it would make more sense if it was based either off of the Battle of Endor or the Empire's formation. Also, going off of Anakin's birth would make sense given that our calendar is based around the birth of Jesus Christ.
  2. Lt.Cmdr.Thrawn

    Lt.Cmdr.Thrawn Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 23, 1999
    It's an out-of-universe reason. It refers all SW stories to the original film, to create the most common point of reference for viewers/fans. In a lot of the early EU the dating system referred to the battle of Endor (check out the timelines in your old Bantam novels). I preferred that system.
  3. StampidHD280pro

    StampidHD280pro Jedi Master star 4

    Jul 28, 2005
    I like to think of the destruction of the Death Star as the ultimate punctuation point. So why not have it be the prime meridian too?
  4. DRush76

    DRush76 Jedi Master star 4

    Jan 25, 2008
    Because the first Star Wars movie/story was "A NEW HOPE", which featured the Battle of Yavin.
  5. anakinfansince1983

    anakinfansince1983 Nightsister of Four Realms star 9 Staff Member Manager

    Mar 4, 2011
    I think it makes sense to have the frame of reference in the Star Wars timeline built around the very first Star Wars movie.
  6. Loupgarou

    Loupgarou Jedi Knight star 3

    Jan 19, 2010
    I think in-universe it makes sense as long as it's the New Republic/Alliance/Alliance-in-exile doing the timekeeping. Because it was the first moment that they actually had a victory worth talking about. The beginning of an era, the end of the Dark Times, and a sign of things to come.

    Out of universe, i think it'd make sense to have different timelines for each era, different battles that count. One for Old Republic, one for Prequels, one for Dark Times/OT, a New Republic one and a Legacy one.
  7. DarthBoba

    DarthBoba Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jun 29, 2000
    Yeah, pretty much because Yavin is super-significant to the New Republic. A pretty good OOU case could be made for associating the "start" with Naboo, but I seriously doubt anybody say 150 years later seriously remembers Naboo and it's significance besides maybe professional historians.
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