In the opening scene of Star Wars Andor, what does BBY imply?

In the opening scene of Star Wars Andor, what does BBY imply? ...

The opening sequence in Andor, the new Disney Plus Star Wars show, that featured the cryptic characters BBY 5, was a favorite among Star Wars enthusiasts. Turns out it's a way of remembering a distant past.

Before the Battle of Yavin, the planet around which the climactic confrontation in Star Wars: A New Hope takes place, is BBY, with 0 BBY representing the year when the Battle of Yavin took place. ABY 1 represents the year following the Battle of Yavin.

It's similar to our real-world nomenclature, which uses CE (the Common Era) and BCE (Before the Common Era) to mark periods of time. However, BCE and CE do have a year zero in common, since it coincides with the Christian belief in the birth of Jesus Christ. Instead, historians used BC and AD Before Christ and Anno Domini, or The Year of our Lord.

Therefore, BBY 5 is set five years before The A New Hope events. We take a look at the larger Star Wars timeline including how Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, and other Star Wars streaming television shows interweave into things in a larger feature on the timeline.

The Mandalorian, on the other hand, eliminates that text entirely, leaving no upfront textual clues as to when or where the action takes place from episode to episode. It's the same with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Jedi: Fallen Order.

The absence of text crawls or even the mention of planet names caused a bit of backlash from the fandom, particularly during the first season of The Mandalorian. Andors' approach can therefore be seen as a bit of a concession to those who were upset by the absence in the past. He has said that throughout the show's production he consciously avoided pandering to fans.