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"A civil war killed most of Satine's people, hence her aversion to violence."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Anakin Skywalker on Duchess Satine's pacifism[src]

The Mandalorian Civil War occurred on Mandalore many years prior to the Clone Wars. Ultimately, the New Mandalorians brought about an end to the civil war, with Duchess Satine Kryze acting as ruler of Mandalore.


"Master Qui-Gon and I spent a year on Mandalore, protecting the duchess from insurgents who had threatened her world. They sent bounty hunters after us. We were always on the run, living hand to mouth, never sure what the next day would bring."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

In the years prior to the Clone Wars, a civil war erupted for control of the Outer Rim world of Mandalore. Many Mandalorians were killed during the conflict, bringing devastation to the planet.[3]

During the war, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, spent a year on Mandalore to protect Duchess Satine Kryze, the leader of the pacifistic regime known as the New Mandalorians. The insurgents attempted to kill the trio via bounty hunters, forcing the duchess and the Jedi to live on the run. Their time together led Kryze and Kenobi to fall in love.[3]


"When she returned, she took on the difficult task of rebuilding her world alone."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi, on Satine Kryze[src]

The death toll during the war became a primary reason for why Kryze was averse to violence, a pacifist belief she held for the rest of her life. At the end of the war, Kenobi chose to return to the Jedi Order, though he would have left had Kryze asked him to. The duchess returned and set about rebuilding Mandalore herself and[3] ruled over Mandalore for many years, including during the Clone Wars. Violence ultimately gripped Mandalore once again, after the warrior group known as Death Watch made itself known by allying itself with Sith Lord Count Dooku and the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[5] After a falling out with Dooku,[6] Death Watch then entered an alliance with Darth Maul and the Shadow Collective to takeover of Mandalore from the pacifist New Mandalorian government.[7] Kryze was then killed by Darth Maul during the ensuing conflict, bringing an end to her pacifist rule and bringing forth another civil war.[8] Subsequently, the Galactic Republic laid siege to Mandalore to capture Maul[9] and during that time, Bo-Katan Kryze became Lady of House Kryze and Mandalore's Regent. She, however, was removed by the Galactic Empire when she refused to obey them during their occupation of Mandalore[10] and was replaced by Gar Saxon, who acted as Viceroy[11] and the Emperor's Hand on Mandalore.[12] Seventeen years later, a third civil war began between the Imperial-backed Clan Saxon and Rebel Alliance-backed Clan Wren[13] which erupted in a larger scale with Bo-Katan creating the Mandalorian resistance and taking the title of Mand'alor.[10]

Behind the scenesEdit

The civil war on Mandalore was first referenced in "Voyage of Temptation,"[3] a second season episode of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series.[14]

The "Voyage of Temptation" Episode Gallery on references the threat of the insurgents and the civil war as two separate events. The guide does say Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi protected Satine Kryze from insurgents, but it states that she returned after "a" civil war.[15]

The 2015 reference guide Ultimate Star Wars identified the conflict as the Mandalorian Civil War. In doing so, the authors utilized an event that, in the Star Wars Legends continuity, served as a separate conflict from the Great Clan Wars, the event during which Obi-Wan Kenobi and Satine Kryze first met and fell in love.



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