The Empire has taken many traits and trappings from these inspirations, from Nazi-styled military uniforms to a political organization that reflects the rise to power of figures such as Julius and Augustus Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Adolf Hitler.
Much has been said about the additions of female lead characters in Star Wars movies.
But while present in the other materials like comic books, novels, and animation, female characters on the villain side have been few and far between on film. Now, we can say canonically that there were female stormtroopers in the Empire's military as well. That statement makes Rogue One the first big-screen material with Galactic Empire female stormtroopers.
Star Wars Rebels and the novels A New Dawn and Lost Stars have also touched on women in the rank and file of the Imperial military, of course, with Rebels specifically focusing on cadets and pilots. Directed by Gareth Edwards, it's the first of the new standalone features from Lucasfilm and Disney, which take place outside the core "Skywalker Saga" of films noted by an Episode.
Rogue One tells the story of the small band of rebels that were tasked with stealing the plans to the first Death Star.
In that crawl, it read: "Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. Start the Conversation.