A look at how the Empire became the First Order in the Canon Timeline from the fall of the Empire and throughout the changes within the galaxy until the Rise of the First Order. This video explains what is known from an Imperial and First Order point-of-view from 5 ABY to 34 ABY and the end of the cold war between the First Order and the New Republic leading up towards the events of The Force Awakens.
After the Battle of Jakku the remaining imperial leaders escape into the Unknown Regions and rendezvous with the Super Star Destroyer, the Eclipse. In the meantime, a break-away Imperial Remnant has retreated to the Queluhan Nebula in an attempt to rebuild their forces.
On Coruscant, a provisional government headed by Mas Ameeda is overseen by the now ruling New Republic and the Galactic Concordance has been signed to end hostilities.
Out in the Unknown Regions, the mysterious Snoke is aiding the surviving imperials to regroup in the Unknown Regions. Rae Sloane and Brendol Hux having survived the Battle of Jakku appear to go missing or be killed and the First Order rises from the ashes of the old Galactic Empire.