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"It is vital we demilitarize our government so that a galactic war cannot happen like this again."
―Chancellor Mon Mothma believed the New Republic needed to demilitarize[2]

The New Republic Defense Force, also known as the New Republic military, was the unified military forces responsible for protecting the New Republic, composed of the land-based New Republic army, the naval New Republic Defense Fleet, and the special operations New Republic Special Forces and was formed from the forces of the Alliance to Restore the Republic following their victory against the Galactic Empire at the Battle of Endor.

However, following continued action during the last phase of the Galactic Civil War, training and funding was allocated primarily to the local planetary defense forces, and the New Republic Defense Force was kept reduced footing via the Military Disarmament Act and sought out Imperial activity in the Outer Rim Territories.

The New Republic did not consider the emerging First Order to be a threat, and the Senate ordered the Defense Force not to engage the First Order in combat, leading to Leia Organa to form a splinter paramilitary group, the Resistance to observe the actions of the First Order. However this policy of non-aggression would, however, backfire when their destroyed the Hosnian system, which hosted the Republic's capital world at the time, Hosnian Prime.


"Democracy is not in need of defense. People are. And it's why we'll keep the ten percent. A peacekeeping force. The rest of our efforts will go toward training the militaries of other worlds. We will be a true Galactic alliance, and not a false one with an authoritarian sun at its center."
―Chancellor Mon Mothma[2]

The New Republic Defense Force saw substantial action against the remnants of the Galactic Empire during the last stages of the Galactic Civil War.[2] New Republic military forces took part in the rebellion on Akiva, the liberation of Kashyyyk,[12] and the Battle of Jakku. Despite the Imperial defeat on Jakku, elements of the military particularly the Starfleet were ordered to remain on high alert for Imperial activity.[13]

Chancellor Mon Mothma believed the government needed to demilitarize and make their military a peacekeeping force.[2] The New Republic military was reduced by the Military Disarmament Act.[3] While the military had sufficient resources to defend the galaxy about six years before the destruction of the Hosnian system, some Centrists like Senator Erudo Ro-Kiintor of Hevurion lobbied for the government to divert more funding into individual planetary defenses. In reality, this was a pretext for channeling government funding into Centrist worlds.[4]

The military of the Republic fell under the command of the New Republic Command, a body of individuals that led the Republic's armed forces. During the early conflict between the First Order and the Resistance, the military forces of the Republic were ordered to not fire on the First Order due to the Galactic Senate desperately wanting to avoid another galactic war.[1]

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