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A 1998 ''Franchise/StarWars'' RealTimeStrategy FourX game by [[Creator/LucasArts LucasArts]]' with a gameplay similar to ''Stars'''.

The player assumes the role of a military administrator and takes control over either the Galactic Empire or Rebel Alliance and must overthrow the other side. In order to balance gameplay, the sides are more closely matched than one would expect.

'''Rebel goals'''
# Capture Palpatine
# Capture Vader
# Capture Coruscant

'''Imperial goals'''
# Capture Mon Mothma
# Capture Luke
# Capture (or destroy) the Rebel base

Special gameplay events include: Luke goes to Dagobah, learns of his heritage, teaches Leia about their family, and the two (along with Chewbacca) rescue Han if he gets captured by bounty hunters.

One of Rebellion's unique aspects which sets it apart from other games of its genre (and especially from the later Star Wars RTS VideoGame/EmpireAtWar) is the heavy focus on gaining and maintaining the loyalty of planets rather than simply trying to take them all through brute force.

Also known as ''Star Wars Supremacy'' in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Tropes seen in this game include:

* AllianceMeter: A central facet of the gameplay. Each and every inhabited world in the galaxy has its popular support split between the Empire and the Alliance. If you attain a super-majority of popular support on a planet it will come to your side willingly. On the other hand, conquering a world that is loyal to your enemy will require you to leave behind some troops to keep the world in line, else the locals rise up and try to restore their preferred government. Planets are organized into sectors and events at one planet can affect the loyalty of all the other planets in that sector. Planets will react positively if you get other planets to come to your side or leave your enemy willingly, destroy enemy ground troops through Planetary Bombardment (unless you hit a civilian structure), or win a major space battle. Conversely, you will lose support if you destroy civilian structures through Planetary Bombardment (intentional or not) or suffer a disastrous defeat in a space battle.
** The Death Star has some rather unique effects on the loyalty system. On one hand, utilizing its Destroy Planet function causes the Empire to lose support on every planet in the galaxy. On the other hand, the presence of a Death Star can reduce garrison requirements or even immediately subdue uprisings on Imperial-held worlds.
* ACommanderIsYou
** The Alliance starts off as The Guerilla Faction. Their starships are vastly outmatched by the Empire's Star Destroyers, their military leaders aren't as effective as those of the Empire, and a good chunk of their otherwise-loyal planets start off under Imperial occupation. On the other hand, the Alliance Headquarters starts on a random Outer Rim system and can be moved at any time (unless there's an Imperial fleet on top of it), the Alliance starfighters are vastly superior to the Imperial TIE models and are a threat to Imperial starships, and liberating the occupied worlds can win the Alliance some major political points that can win over half a sector or more to the Alliance cause.
** The Empire starts off as The Brute Force Faction. They start the game with several Star Destroyers and the ability to build more (though that takes a very long time with the starting Shipyards). Their ships vastly outclass the Alliance ships and they are also more adept at conducting Planetary Bombardment thanks to the Victory Destroyer. They also have more and better military officers at their disposal. However, their TIE Fighters simply cannot deal with the (dangerous) Alliance fighters at all. They must also work to diplomatically secure their planets which start under military occupation, else the Alliance liberate them and cause a political crisis across a sector. And unlike the Alliance, the Imperial capital is no secret; its always Coruscant, and the Empire must constantly devote resources to its defense.
** As the game goes on, both sides move toward being The Balanced Faction. The Alliance quickly addresses its starship deficiency by researching the Nebulon-B Frigate and Mon Calamari Cruiser very early, while the Empire likewise addresses its ability to deal with Rebel starfighters by researching the Lancer Frigate and TIE Interceptor.
* {{Ambadassador}}: Anyone with the stats for it can be sent as diplomats to neutral planets. Most of the named ones such as Luke or Vader, and many of them badasses already, can also be very effective diplomats.
* AnyoneCanDie: Anyone except the main characters that is, even if they're on a planet destroyed by the Death Star, they're simply "captured and injured."
* AwesomeButImpractical: The Death Star is at best this and at worst ShmuckBait. The Death Star does have some legitimate uses; it can instantly destroy starships in space battles, has a massive carrying capacity, a bombardment modifier four times that of even the Victory II, its mere presence can reduce garrison requirements and subdue uprisings, and of course it can instantly destroy planets which is very handy against targets like the Alliance headquarters or any other REALLY well defended planet. On the other hand, it costs a massive amount of time and resources to build, it can be destroyed by starfighters or even sabotage, and its destruction can cause your characters to become traitors. Its primary function also comes with a pretty major drawback: every time you destroy a planet, every planet in the entire galaxy gains Rebel support. If you get trigger-happy with that superlaser, you could find yourself on the verge of losing your entire Empire to uprisings. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW6OEWF8eNQ Just take a look at what happened when the "GetDaved Fortress of Pain" went on a rampage.]][[labelnote:explanation]]Prior to "GetDaved's" rampage, jnwestray78 as the Empire had a pretty solid hold on the Corellian and Sesswenna sectors, with little to no Rebel support to be found. After "GetDaved" demolished half of the Jospro sector, the Corellian and Sesswenna sectors now had over 50% Rebel support - more than enough to require garrisons to keep them under his control, and this wasn't just limited to those two sectors mind you, but EVERY planet in the galaxy. He obviously did it just for demonstration or entertainment, but had he been playing against a human opponent that move could have cost him the game; Rebel fleets could have liberated a planet or two in each sector and the resulting political shifts would have escalated the situation into an outright disaster by incurring uprisings and massive garrison requirements for pretty much the rest of the game.[[/labelnote]]
* BlackAndWhiteMagic: Fits the trope in spirit anyway. The Rebels ''cannot'' steal Imperial craft. Nor will anyone defect, though they will sabotage their own missions if you sufficiently kriff it up, like losing two Death Stars or something. The Empire has stronger capital ships, the assassination mission, and starts out with a Jedi Knight and a Jedi Master. The Alliance, by contrast, has stronger starfighters, starts out with only ''one'' Force-sensitive (Unlocking Leia's Force-sensitivity is a [[GuideDangIt complicated side quest]]: Luke has to be on the same planet as Vader, and then has to be on the same planet as Leia. But early on, Luke will inevitably be captured by Vader.), and has a starfighter engineer (Wedge). Also, the Alliance's main characters are constant, while, except for Vader and Palpatine, the Empire's are variably. Differences in ship quality tend to be reduced over time, and all Force-sensitives other than Vader and Palpatine improve their stats easily.
* BoringButPractical: Sabotage missions. A successful Sabotage mission instantly destroys its target. Virtually every structure and military unit in the game can be sabotaged, including the Death Star (for which you get a special cutscene if you manage to pull it off). Many Characters are capable of performing Sabotage missions, and both sides can mass produce Special Forces units capable of performing them from the very start of the game. Enemy units and officers at the target location can detect and foil these missions, but you can counter this by assigning additional agents as decoys.
* CanonImmigrant: Incorporates a lot of characters from the StarWarsExpandedUniverse and gives some of them faces for the first time.
* CompetitiveBalance: This is in play late in the game, but not as it begins--the Rebels have inferior ships to the Empire and no trained Jedi, while the Empire has two. Later on the Rebels can research larger ships capable of standing toe to toe with the Empire and Luke can become a full Jedi and then find and train others.
* ContinuityNod: Lots of it! Most Minor Characters have stats and abilities that reflect what they do in the movies and the [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]. Some notable examples are below:
** Lando Calrissian can perform Facility Design Research, which makes since because he ran Cloud City and personally engineered some pretty creative facilities in the Expanded Universe, such as a walking mining city and an underwater mining operation with an underwater casino/observation gallery.
** Bevel Lemelisk is one of the Empire's Ship Design Researchers. HE ENGINEERED THE DEATH STAR!
*** And yet despite being executed seven(!) times for it, the Death Stars you build in this game still have that two-meter wide exhaust port...
** Thrawn of course has a very high Leadership rating and can be promoted to Admiral, but he is also capable of Ship Design Research. Those TIE Defenders the Empire has? Thrawn came up with something even BETTER: the Imperial Missile Boat.
** In a similar vein to Thrawn, Ackbar also possesses high Leadership, can be made Admiral, and can perform Ship Design Research. He designed the B-Wing.
** Mon Mothma is the leader of the Alliance, and as such has high Diplomacy and Leadership ratings. She is SO important to the Alliance that capturing her is one of the Empire's victory conditions. She is actually a Major Character and thus cannot be killed, but she does not have any special events or abilities like the other Major Characters.
* DecisiveBattle: The battle to take Coruscant definitely fits this trope. The Alliance must conquer Coruscant to win the game, and it is typically defended by a large fleet with many Star Destroyers and TIE Fighters in space, and many shield generators, planetary guns, and troop regiments on the ground. The Alliance must muster a very large and powerful fleet in order to take it. A space battle over Coruscant is one of the few times the AI will fight to the death even if it is vastly outgunned and there is no Interdictor keeping it there, and the number of ships involved makes it likely to be the largest space engagement in the game. Even after the space battle is won, the Alliance Fleet must then bombard its way through the shield generators and planetary guns and finally the troop regiments before it can finally launch the Planetary Assault to take the planet itself. Taking Coruscant is a huge victory for the Alliance; it generates TONS of loyalty for the Alliance on all other planets in the Sessweena sector, causes Imperial characters to become traitors, and completes one of the Alliance's victory conditions. In fact, if the Alliance has already captured Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, or the game is set to "Headquarters Victory", then taking Coruscant wins the game for the Alliance. Game mechanics aside, taking Coruscant shows the galaxy that the Alliance does have the military power and resources to defeat the Empire.
* FogOfWar: Your knowledge of enemy activity is very limited. You can only get real-time intel on enemy fleets when they are parked over your planets, and you can only get real-time intel on enemy planets when your own fleets are parked over them, and you normally cannot see enemy personnel or missions at all. Your other option for gathering intel is the Espionage mission which, if successful, will reveal absolutely everything on the target planet at that time and even what is on its way there. However, Espionage results are like a snapshot of what was there when the mission was completed; just because you can now target that Star Destroyer for sabotage doesn't mean it will still be there when your saboteurs get there.
* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: While this game doesn't have much in the way of story, the game's major characters (Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Han Solo, Emperor Palpatine, and Darth Vader) do have special events and abilities which reflect things from the movies.
** Luke Skywalker goes to Dagobah early in the game, during which he is completely off the map; unavailable for the Rebels and undetectable and uncapturable for the Empire. He returns with a very large stat boost and increased force rating.
** When Luke Skywalker encounters Darth Vader for the first time, [[LukeIAmYourFather Vader reveals Luke's heritage]] and Luke is automatically injured as a result. Bringing Luke and Leia together after this unlocks Leia's dormant force power.
** While Han Solo is traveling either by himself or with other characters only, he is assumed to be flying the Millennium Falcon and travels with the fastest hyperspace speed in the game.
** Han Solo is occassionally ambushed by Bounty Hunters who try to capture him. If they fail, then they give the Empire intel on Han's location. If they succeed, he is taken to Jabba's Palace and Luke Skywalker immediately drops whatever he's doing to try to rescue him. If Luke fails, then Leia makes her own attempt. If SHE fails then all three are captured by the Empire.
*** If Han is taken to Jabba's Palace while Luke is still on Dagobah, Luke will leave Dagobah prematurely to try to rescue Han. This causes Luke to miss out on a good portion of the stat boost he would have normally gained from Dagobah.
** Emperor Palpatine increases the Leadership ratings of every Imperial character in the game as long as he stays on Coruscant.
** All characters with unlocked force power will automatically detect and foil the missions of enemy force users.
** Lastly, there is a once-per-game event called The Final Battle. If Luke Skywalker is captured after reaching Jedi Student status, he is automatically moved to Darth Vader's location, and then both are moved to Emperor Palpatine. The Final Battle occurs when all three characters come together. The result depends on Luke's force rating: If he is still only a Jedi Student then he loses and remains in captivity. But if he is a Jedi Knight or Jedi Master, then he not only escapes captivity but also captures BOTH Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine for the Alliance. Remember that in order to win the game (on standard rules), the Empire needs capture Luke, while the Alliance needs to capture both Vader and Palpatine.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: A notable aversion: A-wings cannot do Death Star trench runs. But [[GuideDangIt the game doesn't tell you this]].
* HelloInsertNameHere: You can name your starships and fleets whatever you like, even downright silly things like naming a Death Star the "GetDaved Fortress of Pain" and its accompanying fleet the "Fleet O' Doom".
* IdiotBall: If you throw A-wings against a Death Star, this is you. Also if you have a Death Star before getting the TIE Defender, or have any ship in a fleet not fully loaded with starfighters.
** Build the Death Star, but don't put any troops or fighters on it. Even better, keep it in a fleet all by itself like that. Now, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wYRcpVnVnw remember what we said about even the Death Star being vulnerable to sabotage?]]
** Believe it or not, there's actually a third way to lose a Death Star: repeatedly use it in Planetary Bombardments against a REALLY well shielded planet with lots of planetary guns. The Death Star does take damage from the guns and can actually be destroyed this way.
* JackOfAllStats
** X-Wings. They are deadly against TIE Fighters but can also deal good damage to starships once their shields are down. They also enhance your ability to conduct Planetary Bombardment. And of course, they are essential for taking out Death Stars. However, they will have a hard time bringing down the shields of larger and more advanced starships on their own, and they are only really useful against such ships once their shields are down.
** Nebulon-B Frigates. They carry two squadrons of fighters each and have good turbolaser and laser cannon power, making them decently effective against both fighters and starships. And you get all of this for a relatively cheap cost. Despite not excelling in any one area, the Nebulon-B is by far the best ship in the Alliance arsenal at the time it comes into play. A group of Nebulon-B Frigates loaded with X-Wings can handle many situations.
** TIE Defenders, for most of the same reasons as the X-Wing. In fact, they are SUPERIOR to X-Wings!
* MagikarpPower: The Alliance starts out with relatively bad ships, but they get better quickly since they start out with...Wedge Antilles, who is now apparently an engineer.
** [[FridgeBrilliance The reason why]], is to better represent [[{{Badass}} the massive casualties he canonically inflicts on the empire]].
** Luke Skywalker. He starts out as a lowly [Jedi] Trainee; definitely better than any other character you have but leagues behind the Empire's two Jedi Masters (whom you must capture in order to win the game under the standard victory conditions). When Luke returns from Dagobah he will instantly jump up to Jedi Student, making him far more powerful than before, though still not quite able to stand up to Palpatine or Vader. But after about 20 more missions after that he will reach Jedi Knight status, at which point things get tougher for the Empire (who must capture him in order to win the game). Even without The Final Battle, Jedi Knight Luke can go toe to toe with Palpatine and Vader without getting captured in the process. Given enough encounters he can injure Palpatine and Vader to the point of having Combat ratings of 0, at which point any non-force sensitive characters or special forces can abduct them with almost certain success.
*** Luke also happens to be the easiest Jedi in the game to raise. In addition to the massive boost he gains from Dagobah, Luke can also gain large boosts from special events when he encounters Emperor Palpatine or Darth Vader (if he doesn't get captured). Luke also gains points for foiled missions in addition to successful ones (again, only if he isn't captured).
* NoCampaignForTheWicked: Averted, although the Empire has fewer big-name characters and its EvilCounterpart of C-3PO is made up for the game. Inverted in that more of the Rebel ships are made up while almost all of the Imperial ones had previously appeared in other sources.
* NonEntityGeneral: The player is this, commanding his chosen side from a secret command center. [[spoiler: If you lose the game, the enemy fleet finds you and blows the crap out of said command center, presumably killing you in the process.]]
* OrbitalBombardment: One of your options when you have a fleet positioned over an enemy planet. You can choose to just blast anything and everything on the planet, or you can choose to target only military or civilian facilities. Destroying military units and facilities without hitting any civilian facilities boosts your sector wide loyalty. Destroying civilian facilities reduces your sector wide loyalty, but if the whole sector already hates your guts then its a nice way to quickly reduce the enemy's resources. However shield generators can protect against bombardment up to a certain strength, and any planetary guns will severely damage or even destroy some of your ships.
* ShoutOut: We find a star system by the name of [[NeilGaiman Neelgaimon]].
* TooAwesomeToUse: The Death Star again. It's essentially the most powerful unit in the game, but is highly vulnerable to trench runs from starfighters, sabotage (if you did not bother putting troops in it), and the fact that using its superlaser on planets costs you dearly in popularity points for your AllianceMeter.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Death Stars are always vulnerable to a trench run by Rebel starfighters, as in the original film. Unlike the later films, where the Second Death Star was going to have that design flaw corrected if it had ever been completed.
* WrongGenreSavvy: No doubt many first-time players thought invading enemy planets was the best way to win the game. In reality, conquering enemy planets through Planetary Assault is at best inefficient, and at worst counterproductive. In fact, it is possible to win the game without conducting a single Planetary Assault.
** To elaborate on why Planetary Assault should be avoided: First of all, your fleet needs to be carrying troop regiments, which of course requires your fleet to have capacity for said troop regiments. Then after your invasion succeeds, you need to leave behind up to six of those regiments to prevent the planet from going into uprising or outright going back to the enemy. Since fleets have limited troop capacity this can quickly eat up your resources, and bringing in more troops takes time. Then you need to invest in some shield generators for the conquered planet; if you don't, an enemy fleet can swoop in and liberate the planet through Planetary Bombardment, which not only destroys your troops and gives the planet back to the enemy but also boosts the enemy's sector-wide loyalty. So to recap: Troops lost, Planet lost, Loyalty lost. Bottom line: use invasions sparingly.
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler: To the player, if he commands the Empire and loses the game. IMP-22 orders that you be 'sanctioned' for your failure, but seeing as the place is getting blown to pieces by three Mon Calamari Crusiers at the time, he decides to slip away and 'leave the Rebels to apply the appropriate sanctions'. Your command center explodes into flames a few seconds later.]]
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