- Naboo N-1 Starfighter,
- Alderaan Cruiser,
- AT-TE Walker,
- AT-RT Walker,
- Freeco Bike,
- Y-wing Starfighter,
- ARC-170 Starfighter,
- BARC Speeder,
- Clone Z-95 Starfighter,
- Republic Attack Cruiser,
- Republic Attack Gunship,
- Republic Attack Shuttle,
- Republic Cruiser,
- Republic Frigate,
- Republic Police Gunship,
- Republic Tugboat,
- Stealth Ship,
- V-19 Torrent,
The Galactic Republic, while powerful, had become bloated. Senators and bureaucrats were corrupt, issues in the Galactic Senate were debated for lengthy periods with little resolution, and real change seemed impossible. This became the sad reality for Queen Amidala of Naboo, whose planet was invaded by the greedy Trade Federation. The Senate proved unable and unwilling to act, prompting the Queen to move for a vote of no-confidence in Supreme Chancellor Volorum’s leadership. As a result, her friend, Senator Palpatine, was elected as Valorum’s replacement. He promised to bring compassion and order back to the Republic, as well as an end to corruption.
During Supreme Chancellor Palpatine’s term, the galaxy became increasingly divided. A Separatist movement formed, and Palpatine hoped for a way to combat their threats -- though he had no legal way to do so. Jar Jar Binks, a Representative from Naboo, made a radical motion: to grant the Chancellor emergency powers during this time of strife. His suggestion was enthusiastically received in the Galactic Senate, and Palpatine promised to relinquish these powers once they were no longer needed. In his first act, the Chancellor created a Grand Army of the Republic, featuring legions of clone troopers, massive star cruisers, and advanced weaponry. The Republic’s new forces made their debut in the Battle of Geonosis, taking on the Separatists’ droid army and starting the Clone War.
THE CLONE WARS
Although Supreme Chancellor Palpatine promised to bring compassion and order to the Senate, it seemed as if all he accomplished was war. The Jedi, former peacekeepers, were now generals. Clone troopers fought bravely for the Republic, but were not welcomed or supported universally. And there was no end to the conflict in sight. On Coruscant, capital of the Republic, protestors took to the streets; they claimed the Republic had become twisted, the Jedi no longer noble. It was emblematic of the galaxy at large, which was being torn apart by distrust and death.
For three years, the Clone Wars ravaged the galaxy. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, meanwhile, continued to amass new emergency powers and remained in office long after his term had expired -- developments that troubled the Jedi. In truth, the Jedi had good reason to be wary of Palpatine: the charismatic and seemingly well-intentioned old man was actually a Sith Lord called Darth Sidious, and he secretly orchestrated the entire Clone War. When the Jedi failed to arrest Palpatine, he called a special session of Congress; claiming to be the victim of a failed assassination attempt, the Chancellor named all Jedi as enemies of the state, and announced that he would reorganize the Republic into the first Galactic Empire. The Senate erupted in approval. “So this is how liberty dies,” Senator Amidala said. “With thunderous applause.”
At the height of its rule, the Galactic Republic was governed by a body of Senators representing the many worlds of the galaxy. Within the cavernous Senate rotunda, hundreds of politicians would fill the viewing platforms that lined the curved walls. When a Senator wished to speak, the platform would detach and float to the center of the auditorium for all to see.
A noble order of protectors unified by their ability to tap into the power of the Force, the Jedi Order were the guardians of peace and justice in the Galactic Republic. The age of the Jedi would end, however, due to a nefarious plot by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious.
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.
A city-covered planet, Coruscant is the vibrant heart and capital of the galaxy, featuring a diverse mix of citizens and culture. It features towering skyscrapers, streams of speeder-filled air traffic, and inner levels that stretch far below the world’s surface. Coruscant was the seat of government for the Galactic Republic and the Empire that followed, and was the site of numerous historic events during the Clone Wars. It also housed the Jedi Temple and Archives, which hosted Jedi training and learning for over a thousand generations -- traditions that ended when the planet bore witness to Order 66.
Scheming, powerful, and evil to the core, Darth Sidious restored the Sith and destroyed the Jedi Order. Living a double life, Sidious was in fact Palpatine, a Naboo Senator and phantom menace. He slowly manipulated the political system of the Galactic Republic until he was named Supreme Chancellor -- and eventually Emperor -- ruling the galaxy through fear and tyranny.
Bail Organa, a member of Alderaan's royal family and the planet's representative to the Republic Senate, earned respect on Coruscant for his honesty and his commitment to justice. Prior to the Clone Wars, Bail served alongside Senator Padmé Amidala as a member of Chancellor Palpatine's Loyalist Committee. The two became close friends, and recruited like-minded allies to prevent Palpatine's alarming grabs for power. At the end of the war, Bail Organa adopted Padmé's daughter Leia and raised her as an Alderaanian princess. Bail died when the Death Star destroyed his homeworld.