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The Confederacy military, also known as the Separatist military or CIS military, was the armed forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, comprised by various branches including the Separatist Droid Army and the Confederacy navy. The Droid Army was composed of the Techno Union Droid Army, the Trade Federation military, the Geonosian droid army, the IG-series battle droid army, the Retail Caucus droid army, and the forces of the InterGalactic Banking Clan, Corporate Alliance, and the Commerce Guild, while other worlds, systems and sectors also provided local military units.

History[edit | edit source]

Origins[edit | edit source]

Thirteen years before the Fall of the Republic,[8] the Trade Federation was allowed to maintain an army of B1-series battle droids[9] to protect valuable shipments[10] from piracy.[9] The first major deployment of the Trade Federation's army was during the blockade and subsequent invasion of Naboo. The army fought against both the Royal Security Forces and the Gungan Grand Army. The Trade Federation fleet was used to blockade the planet. However, the Federation military was eventually defeated, as the young Force-sensitive Anakin Skywalker destroyed the Vuutun Palaa, resulting in the battle droids shutting down.[8]

Other conglomerates, such as the Techno Union, had their own armies to protect their interests. During the Separatist Crisis, the Techno Union, Trade Federation and the other conglomerates then pledged their armies to Count Dooku and the emerging Confederacy of Independent Systems. Together they formed the basis for the military[3] The Retail Caucus also pledged their droid army before the Battle of Christophsis.[11] For years before the outbreak of the Clone Wars, the Confederacy had been secretly building and training commanders.[12]

Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

Following a meeting on Geonosis between Dooku and his allies, the Republic learned that the Confederacy would take the shipment and use their army to force the Republic to their demands. When Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi was captured, the Republic's Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was given emergency powers by the Galactic Senate to create a Grand Army of the Republic,[3] using an army ordered by Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas.[13] Both the Separatist Droid Army and the Republic's Grand Army fought against each other on Geonosis in the opening battle of the Clone Wars.[3]

Battle droids combat Republic forces at the Second Battle of Geonosis.

Despite the defeat, the Confederacy was able to seize control of the major hyperspace lanes, thus separating the Republic from the majority of its troops.[14] The military would continue to be a effective fighting force against the Republic.[4]

While the Republic came have more victories than losses, the droid armies under Grievous's command would win multiple victories against the Republic, such as his capture of Eeth Koth[15] and his bombing of Coruscant's central power distribution grid.[2] Among Grievous's most daring assaults was at the war's end when he launched an assault on Coruscant and attempted to escape with the Supreme Chancellor. However, it failed when Kenobi and Skywalker killed Dooku and rescued the Chancellor.[4]

Following Dooku's death, Grievous became the new Head of State of the Confederacy.[11] However, his reign was short-lived as it came to a swift end when Kenobi found and destroyed him on Utapau. The military then fell under the command of the Council. However, their time ended when Lord Sidious's new apprentice, Darth Vader eliminated them on Mustafar. Vader also transmitted a master control signal that deactivated much of the Separatist military's droid forces. The elimination of the Separatists and the Great Jedi Purge enabled Palpatine to implement his Galactic Empire with himself as Emperor.[4]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

"The Separatist war machines were shut down. Their droid warships were confiscated or destroyed."
"Most were. Clearly, some escaped our notice or were made available by insiders to a host of new enemies."
Ars Dangor and Moff Wilhuff Tarkin[src]

Despite the dissolution of the Confederacy, its legacy still remained in the form of Separatist holdouts.[7] Stormtroopers of the Empire were tasked with destroying surviving battle droids on sight.[16] During the Imperial Era, at least three anti-Imperial insurgent groups, Cham Syndulla's Free Ryloth movement,[17] Berch Teller's rebel cell[7] and Nevil Cygni made use of Separatist equipment.[18]

In 2 BBY, the former Clone Captain Rex and members of the Spectres rebel cell encountered the super tactical droid general Kalani and his garrison of battle droids on Agamar during a salvage mission to obtain proton bombs from a derelict Separatist supply ship. Kalani had overrode the command signal on Agamar, believing it to be a Republic trick. Determined to end the Clone Wars on his terms, Kalani forced Rex and the Spectres to take part in a war game. The Jedi padawan Ezra Bridger convinced Kalani and Rex to put aside differences and make peace. The two sides then joined forces to escape an Imperial attack on Agamar.[16]

The future New Republic and Resistance starfighter pilot Temmin Wexley also rebuilt and befriended a heavily-modified B1 battle droid named Mister Bones.[19] Mister Bones fought during the Galactic Civil War and met his end at the Battle of Jakku.[20]

Organization[edit | edit source]

Leadership[edit | edit source]

"The duke that Oenti mentioned. Is he the leader of the Separatists?"
"No, that's Count Dooku. The other real driving force of their military is General Grievous."
―Commander Thrawn and Jedi General Anakin Skywalker[src]

Grievous, Dooku, and Asajj Ventress

As leader of the Confederacy and the Separatist Senate,[2] Dooku held the most authority over[21] Confederacy military[1] operations and its strategies.[21] Only members of the Separatist Council such as Viceroy of the Trade Federation Nute Gunray,[22] Emir Wat Tambor,[23] and Archduke Poggle the Lesser[24] were known to take command of their military's various operations personally. Dooku, however, was busy with maintaining his civilian authority over the Confederacy, and many of his military responsibilities were taken on by his generals and servants.[source?] One of the Confederacy's best officers was the Kaleesh cyborg, General Grievous,[25] who served as Supreme Commander of the Droid Army.[26] Under Grievous and Dooku served a number of high-ranking officers including Supreme Leader Asajj Ventress,[14] General Kleeve,[27] Duke Solha,[28] and Colonel Coburn Sear.[29]

Although primarily composed of droid forces, the Confederacy military also consisted of the armed forces of the worlds under its control. The Umbaran Militia,[30] Zygerrian royal guards,[31] several Kage Warriors,[32] and Geonosians from the Stalgasin hive.[3]

Army[edit | edit source]

"Separatist droid armies stomped through our cities, blasting and bombing. They seemed to have no purpose. Just to destroy things. Everything they could. […] We had an army of our own, of course, but they were beaten quickly. There seemed to be an endless supply of those robots, but not of us. Even when we stopped fighting back, the droids just kept marching and destroying."
Mayvlin Trillick describes the Separatist invasion of Oktaro[src]

Droid forces on Onderon

The droid army was the largest army assembled,[3] reportedly outnumbering the Republic clone army by a hundred to one.[33] The Separatist Droid Army was formed by the armies of several large corporations, including the Trade Federation Droid Army, the Techno Union Droid Army,[3] the Retail Caucus's private droid army,[5] the Commerce Guild's army, and the army of the Corporate Alliance.[3] The ranks of the Separatists also included a limited number of flesh and blood soldiers, however, officials such as Count Dooku touted that these were volunteers rather than cloned soldiers which had been pressed into service.[34]

Navy[edit | edit source]

A Separatist fleet during the Clone Wars

The Confederacy of Independent Systems Navy saw early action in the Clone Wars during the Battle of Christophsis where Admiral Trench blockaded the planet and held off Republic forces until the destruction of his flagship, the Invincible.[35] One ship in the navy, the Subjugator-class heavy cruiser Malevolence, terrorized Republic convoys early in the war, and was initially perceived as a "mystery weapon." It was eventually discovered, however, that the Malevolence was equipped with two mega-ion cannons that allowed it to leave enemy vessels defenseless with a single shot.[36] The Malevolence was destroyed during the Battle of the Kaliida Nebula.[37]

As well as Dooku being killed, the Separatists lost a third of its fleet during the Battle of Coruscant.[11]

The Separatist navy was primarily composed of starships utilized by groups like the Trade Federation[3] and the InterGalactic Banking Clan. The capital ships were also augmented by forces of starfighters, primarily composed of Vulture-class droid star fighters and Droid tri-fighters.[4]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Separatist supply ship in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Heroes on Both Sides"
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  5. 5.0 5.1 StarWars-DatabankII.png Retail Caucus Droid in the Databank (backup link)
  6. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide reference book establishes that the Separatist Crisis began in 24 BBY.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Tarkin
  8. 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  9. 9.0 9.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Trade Federation landing ship in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  10. StarWars.com Encyclopedia STAP in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  12. Rise of the Separatists
  13. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Lost One"
  14. 14.0 14.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  15. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
  16. 16.0 16.1 Rebels-mini-logo.png Star Wars Rebels – "The Last Battle"
  17. Lords of the Sith
  18. Thrawn
  19. Aftermath
  20. Aftermath: Empire's End
  21. 21.0 21.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
  22. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bombad Jedi"
  23. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
  24. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Landing at Point Rain"
  25. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lair of Grievous"
  26. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  27. Kanan 1
  28. Thrawn: Alliances
  29. Kanan 9
  30. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Darkness on Umbara"
  31. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Slaves of the Republic"
  32. Kanan 7
  33. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  34. Dark Disciple
  35. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
  36. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence"
  37. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
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