Galaxy Awaits: Rise of an Empire takes place in the Star Wars canon universe five years before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story and 5 years after Chancellor Palpatine and Darth Vader ended the Clone Wars and founded the Galactic Empire, as portrayed in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
The end of the Clone Wars ushered in a new era for the galaxy. An era of oppression and strife under the hard rule of the Empire led by the Emperor and his apprentice, Darth Vader. Sweeping across the galaxy, Stormtrooper armies cinch control of system after system, forcing worlds to join the Empire or be enslaved by them. For many, it is one in the same.
The hardest hit was the Jedi Order that was dealt a fatal blow at the hands of Darth Vader when he destroyed their temple on Coruscant. The Emperor activated Order 66 and the once loyal Clonetroopers slaughtered many unsuspecting Jedi right there on the battlefield. The surviving Jedi fled into hiding and scattered to the wind.
The galaxy, as it pertains to the game, is divided into Factions. Factions are used by the Story Coordinators to convey plot information and activities to a large number players through a handful of NPCs called Faction Contacts. These Contacts offer Faction members Missions and other plots that players can choose to participate in. All characters in the game must belong to one of the following Factions:
A Job is a character's profession. Each Job offers certain perks that are somehow beneficial to your character, and the perks are detailed in the Rule Book. All characters in the game must have one of the following Jobs: