Galactic Empire was an organization formed out of the Galactic Republic that was founded by Sheev Palpatine in 19 BBY following the end of the Clone Wars. Unlike the Republic, the Empire ruled with an iron fist and treated its population poorly, as the government was secretly ruled by the ancient and sinister, Sith Order. Eventually, after years of tyranical rule, the Empire would be faced with a new threat, the Rebellion, which would soon grow into the Alliance to Restore the Republic and start the Galactic Civil War. After years of war, the Empire would, at last be destroyed by the rebel forces, and be forced to surrender to the newly formed New Republic.