Star Wars: Here's when and why the Empire replaced clones with Stormtroopers

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As explained in our article on the fate of Commander Cody after Order 66 of Revenge of the Sith,  ;Following the events of the Clone Wars, the Empire replaced; his soldiers by Stormtroopers. Gone are the carbon copies of Jango Fett from Kamino, it is now up to “normal humans” to be drafted into the army. But why and when exactly did this transition take place? We explain the chronology in detail below!

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The Disappearance of the Clones

From The Phantom Menace to Revenge of the Sith, the Empire has an impressive army of clones, which disappears completely in the continuation of the saga Star Wars, replaced by Sith. e by Stormtroopers, i.e. human beingslike you and me (or almost). The consequences of this change can be seen in the series The Bad Batch (in animation) and Obi-Wan Kenobi and Andor ( in real shots). In A New Hope, released in 1977, Palpatine rules the galaxy with an iron fist, and galactic democracy as it existed before is only a distant memory. Very useful at the time of Order 66, copies of Jango Fett have become dead weight…

Star Wars: Here's when and why the Empire replaced the clones by Stormtroopers

But why did the Empire got rid of of this so-called obedient, docile and fiercely trained army. kill? The main motivation for this great replacement is the same in Legends and in the Canon, and as in real life, it is above all a question of money!Clones are expensive to buy. produce, whether in terms of ordering, development or training. Not to mention that some of them, having recovered their free will, “rebelled” on the fringes of the army, which instilled a distrust of towards them. In the 1 year before the Battle of Yavin,they had virtually disappeared from the Imperial forces. 

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Continued to; the near-total takeover of the galaxy by the Empire at At the end of the War,the Kamino cloning facilities are closed, rendered useless, leaving only one generation of soldiers to survive. form. Those who contributed to establishing Palpatine's dominance are gradually being replaced by normal humans due to their accelerated aging. Around 5 years before the Battle of Yavin, virtually all Imperial Stormtroopers are recruits altogether. ordinary! In The Bad Batch, we learn that in addition to being less expensive, these new soldiers are paradoxically easier to manage. control only clones. Indeed,the Stormtroopers are die-hard fanatics who voluntarily choose to enlist under Palpatine and believe in his totalitarian ideology. However, despite identical to their DNA, Republic clones possess free will and individuality; affirmed when the effects of their inhibitor chip wear off. Company 99 refuses even to obey. Darth Sidious, leading to riots. 

Star Wars: Here's when and why the Empire replaced clones with Stormtroopers

Abandoned clones, doomed to death die

But what happens to “retired” clones? Their fate is not enviable, as revealed to us by the Disney+ Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Completely absent from the original trilogy, the copies of Jango Fett met a similar fate to; that of the Jedi after Order 66. decommissioned in the same way as the knights of the Force,they were decommissioned. abandoned at their sad fate,without resources or way out. We have proof of this when on Daiyu, the character by Ewan McGregor Meets a Forced Veteran Clone to beg in the streets. Ignored by all, even the Stormtroopers who replaced them, these once-important former soldiers are left behind. like old socks. A passage reminiscent of movies like Rambo, in which a military man who returned from the Vietnam War is now considered a soldier. as a dead weight by society, even as a threat to society. Eliminate. Between fiction and reality, there is only one step…

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Several clones are still alive at the time is set in the original Star Wars trilogy. In the combined stories of the Canon and the Expanded Universe, one of them breaks longevity records. Kix is ​​cryogenically frozen after guessing that the Empire is setting up Order 66. during the war between the First Order and the Rebels of The Force Awakens, he eventually sided with the rebels. of the Resistance. As for Rex, his control chip is removed by Ahsoka Tano during Order 66: he then joins the Rebel Alliance, even becoming a commander. Perhaps we will meet other surviving clones in the future of Star Wars? Surprise!