Steve Mollmann wrote:
Yeah, if I remember right, Dark Empire was originally intended to take place a year or two after Return of the Jedi. If you look at the comic closely, nothing in the first mini says "the New Republic" except for the text pieces preceding each issue; in-story, everyone is still calling it "the Rebellion."
I think that DE was supposed to be an even more immediate aftermath to ROTJ than a year or two. In fact, if you look at the art in the first issue, even though no attention is brought to them in dialogue or text, there are Ewoks
fighting with the Rebel/Republic cell on Coruscant, which always made me think that it was originally supposed be just a couple of months after Jedi.