Factions are exclusive to Galaxy Awaits: Rise of an Empire as part of the game structure. Players must choose from one of four Factions for their character to assist in forming In-Game alliances and enemies, and facilitates the game story and economy.
Factions also have an entry in the Rules describing the game mechanics.
Empire - The militaristic, oppressive government of the galaxy.
Independent - A catch-all for characters, peoples, and organizations not affiliated with the other Factions.
Rebellion - A loose band of cells working to free the galaxy from the rule of the Empire.
Selvarin - The local residents of the planet Selvaris, where the game story takes place.