"...there's a splinter of the Republic military that...that feels the Republic isn't taking certain threats as seriously as they maybe ought to be taking them. Specifically the threat posed by the First Order."
- Poe Dameron
From the Ashes of Rebellion
The Resistance is a small private force created by Princess Leia Organa to keep watch on the movements of the First Order.
Though she petitioned the New Republic government for support, she found the politics of the Senate too slow and too mired in self-interest to be of any help. The New Republic tolerateed the Resistance, though it was wary of risking war with the First Order, right up until the Hosnian Cataclysm.
The upper levels of the Resistance consist primarily of veterans of the Galactic Civil War who have remained loyal to Princess Leia Organa. Many of the New Republic politicians who rebuilt the Senate thought the best way to preserve peace was to disband the galactic-scale military forces that had become the norm since the Clone Wars. This left many skilled veterans without commands. When Leia began organizing a Resistance to stand watch against the militarized rise of the First Order, these old rebels were ready for the fight.
A secret detachment was been assigned to the Smuggler's moon known as Nar Shaddaa. Known as The Kath Hounds they were located in a hidden base known as Hound Base.
Until the First Order found them.
Operating out of the frigate Renegade, the Resistance kept up its hit and run opposition to the First Order across many months and systems, until the Liberation of Naboo, which allowed the creation of Beacon Outpost on the moon of Rori.
An organized group, the Resistance has a designated rank system for members in both the Resistance army and navy.
Militarily, the Resistance was forced to make do with outdated and aging equipment unlike the New Republic, and was so undermanned that most of its personnel were forced to do double duty as scanner technicians, droid programmers, starship mechanics and regular foot soldiers.
Many of the youngest kids were used to fill out the ranks of the Starfighter Corps, and were recruited from local planetary defense forces. Spirited and idealistic, many of the pilots formed a close-knit bond, and were eager to bring the fight to the First Order. As a symbol in their struggle against the First Order, the Resistance adopted the starbird once used by the Rebel Alliance. The symbol adorns the helmets of Resistance starfighter pilots.
Owing to its lessened pool of manpower, the Resistance placed a greater emphasis on treating the wounded and returning them to duty, and as a result finding medical equipment was a high priority. Resistance troopers commonly utilized the BlasTech EL-16HFE blaster rifle, and were ferried into combat on Resistance transports, which were heavily modified transports assembled from varying vessels from previous wars. Gian-211 patrol speeders and an army of droids helped keep the Resistance up and running, with many robotic workers given more responsibility and independence than elsewhere in the galaxy and seen as more than just droids, which was a continuation of the ideas of the Rebel Alliance. Many protocols of the Rebel Alliance also remained in use, with code K-one-zero signaling the evacuation of a base, which was most notably used during the Battle of Hoth.
The Best Starfighter Pilots in the Galaxy
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