The Star Wars Universe is set "long ago in a galaxy far far away." Though the Star Wars universe is set in a distant past, the level of technology present in the Star Wars Galaxy is far beyond anything in the current day. It features a large verity of different cultures and alien spices as well as intelligent machines known as droids. Space travel is very common and governments span across entire space systems. In addition to it's sci-fi components there is also a heavy mystical element in Star Wars know as "The Force" which connects all living things and grants certain gifted individuals a large variety of special powers. Stories in the universe range over the course of hundreds of years. Dates in the Universe are measures using the Galactic Standard Calendar.
October 30, 2012, Disney bought out the rights to Star Wars and established an all new universe for Star Wars. All content that came out before Disney's acquisition of Star Wars are no longer considered part of the new continuity with the only exceptions being the movies (episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6) and the TV show Star Wars: The Clone Wars. All content to come out after Disney's acquisition is part of the new Star Wars universe. All off the previous continuity content is labeled as "Star Wars Legends."
This section is to objectively outline the main continuity of the Star Wars Universe.
This section is to objectively outline the continuity that has been discarded upon the rights being purchased by Disney.
Before the Republic (37,000 – 25,000 BBY)
Old Republic era (25,000 – 1000 BBY)
Rise of the Empire era (1000 – 0 BBY)
Rebellion era (0 – 5 ABY)
New Republic era (5 – 25 ABY)
New Jedi Order era (25 – 37 ABY)
Legacy era (37 ABY—)