ABY is an acronym used by the Star Wars fan community, which stands for After the Battle of Yavin. The term is used when attempting to file information in correct chronological order using the Battle of Yavin (ie, the events from Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope) as an immutable standard. Events that take place following the original Star Wars film are said to happen in x (years) ABY. For example: The events from the novel Heir to the Empire take place in Year 9 ABY, nine years following the events from the original Star Wars (five years following events from Return of the Jedi). This dating tool is not part of any official calendar and is not used within the mythology of the Star Wars universe itself.
(See Also: BBY)
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