SWG Legends news // Empire Day 2021 Has Arrived!

"Today is Empire Day, celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the galaxy's salvation, when our great Emperor Palpatine ended the Clone Wars and founded our glorious Empire."
―Imperial Holonet anchorman Alton Kastle

Attention Legends,
Galactic Civil War wages constantly. The victories, defeats, and ongoing conflict continue on this year, but we have this special time upon us again where we can really stop and celebrate the cause. Imperials! Once more the triumph and glory of the Empire is on full display for the entire galaxy to be a witness to. We celebrate Empire Day! Emperor Palpatine has ordered imperial loyalists to attend the celebrations happening in front of Theed Palace (Naboo). Lord Vader will be expecting a heavy turnout so you better not disappoint.
The day the Clone Wars ended, the Empire began. Imperial rule little by little gave way to what would eventually lead to revolution. While the Empire carries on with their festivities, the Rebel Alliance have their own celebrations. Members of the Rebel Alliance; you're all invited to Coronet (Corellia) for a Remembrance Day none shall forget. Princess Leia herself will be periodically joining celebrants to rekindle the fires of rebellion and she hopes her words will inspire you to be the difference.
Empire/Remembrance day has finally returned! Today, we're going to go over what's returning for you this year, what's new, and just what all we have in store for our Rebels and Imperials across the galaxy. So let's delve in! (You may also view the patch notes here)
An EF76 Nebulon-B looms over the city of Bestine on Tatooine.

New To The Festival?
If you're completely new or have forgotten the Empire/Remembrance day festivities, we highly recommend you stop now before reading further sections of this article and refer to our Friday Feature on Empire/Remembrance day here as well as to our SWG:Legends Wiki article on Empire day here. You can learn the basics of the festival and how to get involved with daily anti-propaganda/recruitment missions that you can run all throughout the festival to get Empire or Remembrance Day tokens from and much more.

What's Returning?
Welcome back, Empire Day! Celebrations for Empire Day have returned to the streets of Theed and Remembrance Day is once again running rampant throughout the city of Coronet. As mentioned earlier, Princess Leia and Darth Vader are back to pick a random citizen in the crowd that demonstrate what it really means to be a true service to the cause.
Also back are the many kiosks scattered throughout Theed and Coronet. Hang recruitment posters on empty Kiosks, tear down the opposing faction's recruitment posters and halt the spread of enemy propaganda (If you're brave enough to approach these kiosks as Special Forces, your token rewards will be doubled, but DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK!).
Empire and Remembrance Day vendors are also back with not only previous years rewards, but some new ones. Don't forget to claim your goodies from the Emperor statue (Imperials Only) or the Master Yoda fountain (Rebels only) that are next to these vendors. Below are the new goodies you can find this year at your respective faction's statue/fountain:

What's New This Year?

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Badges and titles have been updated for this year as well as some of the questing and rewards. We have a very special festival in store this year full of many new goodies to help you demonstrate your military pride. Our design and development team have again delivered and you will find the following items within the game with Empire Day being live:
  • Updated Titles
  • Updated Collections
  • Updated Badges
  • All new Empire Day Live Event Badge
  • New greeters
  • New paintings

The Galactic Civil War has reached new heights (quite literally). With the June 2021 Development Update, new weapons have been added to the Bespin PvP Arena Vendor:

This Empire Day, our Event Staff plan on taking it to task with a full slate of scheduled and surprise events happening all throughout the duration of Empire Day! Rebels and Imperials can expect the action to pick up at a moment's notice! Something we've always been wanting to bring to the galaxy for all of you is a brand new live event badge that's what we're happy to see come to fruition with this 2021 edition of Empire Day. We're proud to present the all new Empire Day Live Event badge that you will have the chance to acquire all throughout future festivals:

Live Events & Contests:

Which side are you on?! Follow the link here and pick your faction!

You never know when the fighting starts.. When it's time to survive. Rebel Commanders have begun to put their plans in action to strike back against the Galactic Empire and continue to build the momentum they've seized since the Battle of Yavin. Rebels! Be ready at a moment's notice for ingame announcements for the next mission.
The Empire have suffered losses. Are they beginning to lose their grip on the galaxy? Imperial high command with the help of intelligence ops have begun to mount a successful campaign to rally their troopers in the face of defeat and avenge the fallen. Loyal citizens of the Empire need to be ready to answer the call when the time comes to fight back and squash the Rebellion.
Do you still have Clone Armor? Well it's time to dust it off! Empire Day reenactment officials and historians have begun collaborating to bring citizens together for a chance to relive history! Stay tuned as more information for this event are to come!
There's a silent war going on behind the scenes for intel. Imperials and Rebels have gone as far as to employ Bounty Hunters to conduct off the books executions of defectors and adversarial intelligence officials for a price. Prepare for a race to track down collected intel and turn the tide of war. More details for this reoccurring scavenger hunt are to follow soon.
Many of the events listed here will re-occur more than once over the course of Empire/Remembrance Day, as well as the many encounters you can expect to join in on that are not listed. There will be lots happening over the course of the next month and you're all invited! We can't wait to share these experiences with you.
As already mentioned earlier, we ask that you try and stay tuned to this thread as well as any discord announcements or in-game messages for pending events!

May the force be with you,
The SWG:Legends Team