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"Cor'ika, we've got a hundred and fifty shabla contingency rules, everything from arresting the Chancellor if he goes gaga to reducing key allied worlds to slag if they switch sides…"
―RC-3222, to RC-5108/8843 and Jedi General Etain Tur-Mukan[3]

Order 4 was one of the 150 contingency orders that the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic were trained to execute for a variety of emergency situations during the Clone Wars. Order 4 stated that if the Supreme Chancellor was incapacitated, the command of the Grand Army would temporarily fall to the Vice Chair of the Senate until a successor was appointed.

Description[]

Order 4 was the fourth of 150 contingency orders created by the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. All such orders dealt with different emergency scenarios that the Galactic Republic might have faced during the war; the clone troopers of the Grand Army were trained to carry out Order 4 without delay.[1]

Order 4 specified that if Supreme Chancellor Palpatine—the Supreme Commander of the Grand Army—was incapacitated in such a manner as to prevent him from performing his duties, command of the army would temporarily fall to the Vice Chair of the Galactic Senate,[1] a position held at the time by Mas Amedda.[2] The Vice Chair would be relieved of his command once a new Supreme Chancellor was elected or an alternative Supreme Commander was chosen.[1]

Full text[]

Source: Republic Commando: True ColorsAttribution: Karen Traviss

Order 4: In the event of the Supreme Commander (Chancellor) being incapacitated, overall GAR command shall fall to the vice chair of the Senate until a successor is appointed or an alternative authority identified as outlined in Section 6 (iv).

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History[]

Between 20 BBY and 19 BBY,[4] 995 days after the Battle of Geonosis, clone commando RC-3222 indirectly mentioned Order 4, along with the rest of the Grand Army's 150 contingency orders, to squadmate RC-5108/8843 and Jedi General Etain Tur-Mukan during a conversation at the Republic's Special Operations Brigade Headquarters on the galactic capital planet Coruscant.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

Order 4 was first mentioned in Republic Commando: True Colors, the third novel in the Republic Commando series, written by Karen Traviss and published in 2007.[1]

Appearances[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Republic Commando: True Colors
  2. 2.0 2.1 Republic Commando: True Colors establishes that Order 4 stated that if the Supreme Chancellor was incapacitated, the command of the Grand Army of the Republic would temporarily fall to the Vice Chair of the Galactic Senate, a position held at the time by Mas Amedda, according to Databank title.png Amedda, Mas in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel
  4. The indirect mention of Order 4 in Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel takes place 94 days before the execution of Order 66, which The New Essential Chronology dates to 19 BBY. The mention must have therefore occurred in either 19 BBY or 20 BBY.
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