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"I remember what it was like before your ships showed up, before you Imperials ruled Lothal like the rest of the galaxy."
"Mister Grint, that sounds like treasonous talk to me."
"That it does, sir."
―Yoffar, Commandant Aresko and Taskmaster Myles Grint[src]

Treason, also known as treachery, was criminal action against a legitimately recognized government or someone who served that government. In the Galactic Empire, the definition of treason was such that merely speaking against the Empire or its policies was sufficient to place one under arrest, often without trial or other due process. "Traitor" was the formal term for an individual that had committed treason.

HistoryEdit

"They are obviously skilled at committing high treason."
Kylo Ren, insulting Armitage Hux's stormtroopers following Finn's betrayal[src]

Clone WarsEdit

After the operation on Hissrich, Jedi Master Prosset Dibs was found guilty of treason for attempting to murder Mace Windu, a fellow Jedi Master and a general in the Grand Army of the Republic. Although Dibs, disillusioned and angry with the Jedi Order, expected to be put to death, he was instead sentenced to rehabilitation at Windu's request.[1]

During the Battle of Christophsis, after a planned ambush on Separatist forces in Chaleydonia failed, Clone Commander Cody and Clone Captain Rex discovered that another clone trooper, Clone Sergeant Slick, had secretly turned traitor and had been selling intel to Separatist commander Asajj Ventress. Slick justified his actions by pointing out that the clones were technically being used as slaves, but as he was being taken into custody, the two officers pointed out that Slick's actions had resulted in the deaths of more clones than would have happened without his treachery. Before his arrest, Slick had managed to destroy the base's heavy weapons depot,[2] resulting in difficulties for Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker in holding off the Separatists' advance the next day as they had sent the fleet to resupply.[3]

After Viceroy Nute Gunray's capture on Rodia, Jedi Master Luminara Unduli and Padawan Ahsoka Tano attempted to transport him to Coruscant. However, Senate Commando Captain Faro Argyus had secretly turned traitor and assisted Count Dooku's assassin Ventress when she boarded the Jedi Cruiser Tranquility to rescue Gunray. Ventress killed Argyus not long after their successful escape when he disparaged her skills and implied he would downplay her contributions to the mission when he reported to Dooku.[4]

Prime Minister Almec of Mandalore committed treason against Duchess Satine Kryze's government after Kryze had guaranteed the system's neutrality by orchestrating a conspiracy to enrich himself through the black market. Ahsoka Tano, sent to the planet to instruct cadets at the Royal Mandalorian Academy of Government on Kryze's request, exposed Almec's actions with the help of some of her students after Almec attempted to stage a coup against Kryze and her government, leading to the former Prime Minister's imprisonment.[5]

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General Pong Krell committed treason by attempting to become the apprentice of Count Dooku.

During the Battle of Umbara, Jedi General Pong Krell was revealed to be a traitor to the Galactic Republic, having deliberately attempted to get as many of the clone troopers under his command as possible killed in an attempt to become the Sith apprentice of Count Dooku. After his treachery was revealed, Captain Rex, the 501st Legion and part of the 212th Attack Battalion managed to arrest Krell, although at significant losses. Ultimately, the clones made the decision to execute Krell due to the danger of the Umbarans freeing him and learning vital intelligence from him.[6]

Placed on trial for the bombing of a hangar at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, Ahsoka Tano was accused of murder and treason against the Jedi Order and Galactic Republic, but the true culprit, Barriss Offee, was exposed before the court could render its decision. All charges against Tano were dropped, but the young Togruta chose to reject the Jedi Order's offer to rejoin their ranks, as they had not stood by her during the trial.[7]

When clone trooper Tup abruptly killed Jedi Master Tiplar during the Battle of Ringo Vinda, he was taken into custody for the treasonous act. However, Tup's peculiar mental state afterwards, which included not even remembering what he had done during his brief periods of lucidity, led the Jedi and other clones to suspect that Tup might have been brainwashed by the Separatists to kill Jedi.[8] Unbeknownst to anyone but the Sith, however, the true cause of Tup's actions was a malfunction in his behavioral modification biochip, which had been secretly implanted in all of the clones to ensure their compliance with carrying out Order 66, the Sith's secret plan to destroy the Jedi.[9] Eventually, the chips' existence was discovered, but the Kaminoan cloners claimed the chips were there to prevent the clones from going insane, and Tup's actions were claimed to have been caused by a Ringo Vindan parasite that made his chip break down.[10]

After the Jedi Order tasked Jedi Master Quinlan Vos with assassinating the Separatist leader Count Dooku, he instead fell to the dark side of the Force, for a time becoming Dooku's apprentice. For this treason, he faced execution, but was given a chance to redeem himself. After he instead tried to get Dooku to lead him to his Sith Master, Darth Sidious, for training, fellow Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi appeared and stated that both he and Dooku were under arrest for treason.[11]

The Jedi Purge and Imperial EraEdit

When the Jedi attempted to arrest Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine after he refused to surrender control back to the Galactic Senate upon the defeat of General Grievous, he declared "It's treason, then" and engaged them in lightsaber combat. Afterwards, he declared the members of the Jedi Order enemies of the Republic and traitors in entirety and ordered their execution via the secret command Order 66,[12] which compelled all the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic to turn on their Jedi Generals and kill them via the control chips implanted in their brains.[10] Order 66 also dictated that any clone who somehow managed to resist the command would also be executed for treason,[13] which nearly happened to then-Commander Rex[14] after Ahsoka Tano freed him of the brainwashing by removing his control chip.[13]

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The Empire dealt harshly with those even suspected of disloyalty.

Approximately five years after the end of the Clone Wars,[15][16] Darth Sidious began to suspect that one or more officials of the Galactic Empire on Ryloth were guilty of treason, due to a series of attacks by members of the Free Ryloth movement that could not have enjoyed the level of success that they did without help from someone inside the Empire. He decided to lead a personal mission to Ryloth to root out the treachery, bringing along his Sith apprentice and feared agent Darth Vader with him. His suspicions were correct, as the Imperial colonel Belkor Dray had for years been supplying information to the Free Ryloth movement in an attempt to discredit his superior, Moff Mors, in the hope of claiming her position. During Sidious and Vader's mission, he was manipulated into his greatest treachery yet, aiding the Free Ryloth movement in a direct attack on their personal command ship, the Perilous, and then in tracking the two Sith Lords when they escaped to the planet. He also manipulated matters to his own ends by having the rebels attack the vessel of Moff Mors as well. Dray eventually paid for his treason with his life when Moff Mors realized the extent of his activities and had him shot by a V-wing starfighter, an attack he chose not to evade.[15]

When a couple of Imperial agents harassed Yoffar about not having a license for selling Jogan fruits, Yoffar grumbled that he remembered what life was like before Imperials ruled Lothal like the rest of the galaxy. Commandant Cumberlayne Aresko described his words as treasonous and tried to place him under arrest for it, but a timely distraction by Ezra Bridger allowed Yoffar to remain free. Later, Bridger encountered the residents of Tarkintown, many of which had been placed under arrest for similar "treasonous" statements.[17][18]

During his time at the Academy for Young Imperials and later the Arkanis Academy, Zare Leonis, an Imperial cadet, secretly participated in treasonous activities against the Galactic Empire. Despite this, when an Imperial crackdown began on the planet Lothal and fellow cadets reported hearing rumors that a cadet at the Pretor Flats Academy had been taken away by stormtroopers for admitting to treason, Leonis dismissed such rumors. Playing the role of the model cadet he urged his fellow cadets not to believe what he referred to as "friend-of-your-brother" nonsense.[19] Later, Leonis's own treachery was discovered at the Arkanis Academy. He was made to attend a tribunal and sentenced to death by firing squad, but escaped before the punishment could be carried out.[20]

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Maketh Tua committed treason by offering secret information to rebels against the Galactic Empire.

Following an Imperial crackdown on the planet Lothal, a once loyal Imperial official, Minister Maketh Tua, felt increasingly conflicted regarding the Empire's brutal tactics in searching for a group of rebels that had long troubled Imperial operations on the planet. Also fearing for her own life, she chose to commit treason by defecting from the Empire, promising the rebels information on other rebel sympathizers in exchange for their help in spiriting her away from the planet. Her attempt at defection was not successful, as her actions were tracked by the Empire, and she was killed in a blast orchestrated by the Empire and overseen by Darth Vader. The rebels were then blamed publicly for her death.[21]

Following a rebellious incident involving the theft of a medical frigate, the Galactic Empire traced the incident to elements within the planet Christophsis, arrested many within the planet's government, and executed Christophsis's prime minister for treason, then "pacified" his home city of Tophen as an example.[22]

Though it did not always refer to it directly as such, the Galactic Empire considered any rebellion against it to be treason. When Senator Mon Mothma spoke out against the Ghorman Massacre, the Empire declared her to have committed treason.[23] When he captured Princess Leia Organa, Darth Vader was unsympathetic to her pleas, describing her as "a member of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor." He then subjected her to harsh torture, hoping to extract information from her regarding where she had hidden the stolen Death Star plans.[24] Later, after the destruction of the Death Star, the Inferno Squad was formed and tasked with investigating and dealing with treasonous acts both inside and outside the Empire's ranks.[25]

Following the pivotal events of the Battle of Endor, Imperial Governor Ubrik Adelhard described reports of the destruction of the DS-2 Death Star and the deaths of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader as treasonous rumors. He then established the Iron Blockade and began persecuting those who spread such "rumors."[26]

New Republic Era and the First Order warEdit

When Lady Carise Sindian proposed the title of First Senator as a new rank within the Galactic Senate of the New Republic to replace the title of Chancellor, it was met with an immediate shout that the idea was high treason against the core values of the New Republic.[27]

The defection of the stormtrooper FN-2187, later known as "Finn," was considered an act of high treason by the First Order. Following his defection, several individuals in the First Order such as FN-2199 and Kylo Ren called the former stormtrooper a traitor.[28]

The First Order stormtrooper executioner was a special type of First Order stormtrooper tasked with executing First Order soldiers found guilty of treason.[29]

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