"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[2]

Order 5 was one of 150 contingency orders that the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic were trained to implement for several different emergency scenarios during the Clone Wars. Order 5 dictated that if the Republic Supreme Chancellor—an office held by Palpatine—was to be declared unfit to lead the Grand Army, the Chief of Defense Staff would take command of the army until an alternative authority was determined.


Order 5 was the fifth of 150 contingency orders created by the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. The 150 contingency orders dealt with an assortment of emergency circumstances that the Galactic Republic might confront during the war. As such, all clone troopers of the Grand Army were trained to execute Order 5 without a moment's hesitation.[1]

Order 5 stated that if Supreme Chancellor Palpatine—the Supreme Commander of the Grand Army—was deemed unfit to direct the army, then the Republic Chief of Defense Staff would take command of it. The Chief of Defense Staff would then form a command structure with a group of senior Republic officers, and would be relieved from command once a new Supreme Chancellor was elected by the Galactic Senate or an alternative Supreme Commander was identified.[1]

Full text[]

Source: Republic Commando: True ColorsAttribution: Karen Traviss

Order 5: In the event of the Supreme Commander (Chancellor) being declared unfit to issue orders, as defined in Section 6 (ii), the chief of defense staff shall assume GAR command and form a strategic cell of senior officers (see page 1173, para 4) until a successor is appointed or alternative authority identified.

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Between 20 BBY and 19 BBY,[3] 995 days after the First Battle of Geonosis, clone commando RC-3222 indirectly mentioned Order 5, along with the rest of the Grand Army's 150 contingency orders, to General Etain Tur-Mukan and squadmate RC-5108/8843 during a conversation at the Republic's Special Operations Brigade Headquarters on the galactic capital planet of Coruscant.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Order 5 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]


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 Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel
  3. The indirect mention of Order 5 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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