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Clone Trooper
General Information
Founder(s)Sifo-Dyas
Leader(s)Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine
Headquarters
  • Kamino
  • Coruscant
  • Historical Information
    Formed From32 BBY
    Date Dissolved19 BBY
    Other Information
    EraRise of the Empire Era
    Affiliation
  • Old Galactic Republic
  • Grand Army of the Republic
  • Order of the Sith Lords
  • Clone Troopers were an army of identical, genetically-modified clones that were created to serve within the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars, a full-scaled intergalactic conflict that all across the galaxy. Grown at an accelerated rate and raised in the laboratories and facilities of Kamino, the clone troopers were trained throughout the first ten years of their lives to become one of the most efficient military forces in galactic history. Bred for the sole purpose of combat, the clones were indoctrinated with unwavering obedience to the Galactic Republic and—more specifically—their Commander-in-Chief, the Supreme Chancellor.

    For roughly three years, the clone troopers fought to defend Republic sovereignty against the Separatist rebellion. Throughout the conflict, the members of the Jedi Order served as commanders and generals of the Grand Army and, thus, they served alongside their clone soldiers on many occasions. However, the covert Sith plot to seize control of the galaxy, masterminded by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, effectively caused the clones to betray and destroy the Republic that they were sworn to protect with their lives. Sidious, in his public guise as Chancellor Palpatine, issued Order 66 to the clone troopers on the eve of the Clone Wars' end.

    The contingency order declared that all Jedi were traitors to the Republic and, hence forward, subject to summary execution. Due to their inability to disobey any order, the clone troopers carried out the Chancellor's command without question. Though a small percentage of clones ignored the order, the vast majority of the clones executed their unsuspecting Jedi officers, many of whom had come to trust the clones with their lives.

    In the aftermath of the Jedi Order's near destruction and the sterilization of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, Palpatine abolished the Old Republic and instituted the Galactic Empire in its place, with himself as emperor of the galaxy. Among the many new reforms that symbolized Palpatine's New Order, the Republic clone troopers were re-designated as Imperial Stormtroopers. Without the guidance of the Jedi, the first generation of stormtroopers quickly established a reputation as the brutal enforcers of a galactic-spanning despotic regime. Following an open rebellion on Kamino, almost all of the original Fett-based clone troopers were disbanded and new stormtroopers were cloned from a variety of additional genetic templates.

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    LegacyEdit

    It was at the end… The end of the war. Our fellow soldiers, the clones—the ones we Jedi fought side by side with—suddenly turned and betrayed us.—Kanan Jarrus, recounting the clones' betrayal of the Jedi[src]

    By the time of the Galactic Empire, clone troopers and the Grand Army of the Republic were never forgotten. By the war's end, clones had saved billions of lives across the galaxy, while their vehicles and equipment inspired new weapons such as the E-11 Blaster Rifle and AT-AT. Even though the Fett-based clones have largely been shelved, with cloning even being considered a clandestine science after the Empire's birth, military-related cloning itself as well as the research had not ceased. Various top-secret facilities conducted research on creating Force-sensitive prime clones, similar to the clones X1 and X2 from the Clone Wars.

    At least one Jedi survivor harbored a grudge against the clones. Kanan Jarrus was traumatized by the events of Order 66, including the sudden execution of his master Depa Billaba by their own clone troopers, who betrayed and murdered the Jedi Master without hesitation. This experience caused him to develop a strong sense of bitterness towards the clones. During the time of the First Galactic Civil War, Grand Admiral Thrawn ended up making the discovery that using ysalamiri to sever a developing clone's connection to the Force resulted in the creation of mentally-stable clones to be created in mere weeks, a discovery he later intended to use to his advantage during his actions against the New Galactic Republic.

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