The X-wing is a versatile Rebel Alliance starfighter that balances speed with firepower. Armed with four laser cannons and two proton torpedo launchers, the X-wing can take on anything the Empire throws at it. Nimble engines give the X-wing an edge during dogfights, and it can make long-range jumps with its hyperdrive and its astromech droid co-pilot. Luke Skywalker is famous for destroying the Death Star behind the controls of an X-wing.
At the time of their introduction, the Republic clone troopers represented the future of galactic warfare. Far superior to battle droids, the clone troopers formed the backbone of the Republic's new military that waged war against the forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. So symbolic were they of the times, the galaxy-wide conflict that saw their debut took its name from their ranks: the Clone Wars.
Protecting the skies over Republic worlds were specialized clone fighter forces flying the latest in starfighter technology. The ARC-170 fighter was a bulky, aggressive ship covered with weapons. Three clone trooper pilots operated this advanced combat craft, with a pilot handling the flight maneuvers, a copilot operating the laser cannons mounted on the ship's wide wings, and a tailgunner operating the dorsal rear-facing cannon. The fighter also carried an astromech droid for onboard repairs.
A fast, maneuverable starfighter, the V-19 saw service during the Clone Wars in battles above planets such as Teth and Ryloth. The craft’s blaster cannons and concussion missile launchers gave it a formidable weapons complement. Many of its technologies were later adapted for the V-wing fighter. V-19s were tricky to fly, as the bounty hunter Cad Bane discovered when he stole one to escape from the Jedi Cruiser Resolute.
Part of the Galactic Republic fleet during the Clone Wars, the Republic frigate is a converted diplomatic cruiser ready for combat. Battle armor and laser turrets adorn its hull, giving what was once a peaceful vessel that ferried ambassadors some necessary teeth for combat. Its trio of massive sublight engines give the small craft swift performance, but it is easily outgunned by the larger, dedicated combat craft employed by both the Republic and Separatist Alliance.
For over a thousand years, the Galactic Republic stood firm as a democratic union that governed the galaxy. The Republic was governed by the Galactic Senate, consisting of elected officials from each system and world, and Jedi Knights served as peacekeepers. With the rise of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, however, the Galactic Republic -- and democracy -- would crumble.