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Comparative Forces


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Cavell
01.31.2013 , 08:25 PM | #1
Maybe this is buried in the backstory somewhere, but I'm curious if it's ever been definitively stated which side has the manpower/resource advantage.

I get the impression that the Republic has a far larger military, while the Empire's is smaller but much more...I don't want to say competent, because that wouldn't be right, but perhaps "strategically superior." Perhaps a bit like the Germans versus the Allies in World War 2 terms.

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OldVengeance
01.31.2013 , 08:27 PM | #2
I got the impression that the Empire had a larger military but smaller population and territory.

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SithKoriandr
01.31.2013 , 08:38 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by OldVengeance View Post
I got the impression that the Empire had a larger military but smaller population and territory.
What I got the impression of as well. Or at least, the Empire has a more funded military.

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Kalrenan
02.01.2013 , 07:58 AM | #4
My impression is that more people in the Empire are dedicated to the military life. The republic seems to rest in local militia to keep the line.

But then again, that's just my impression...
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Path-x
02.01.2013 , 01:14 PM | #5
Well considering the Sith Empire had a tiny portion of the galaxy compared to Republic before they attacked, they certainly had less resources and manpower. But they had better prepared and better trained military. Things changed after the war. Sith increased their territory but the Republic could draft in more troops and train them. So after that it is hard to say. But at the beginning Sith surely had better military and superior tactics to counterbalance their lack of resources and numbers.
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SithKoriandr
02.03.2013 , 10:29 AM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by Path-x View Post
Well considering the Sith Empire had a tiny portion of the galaxy compared to Republic before they attacked, they certainly had less resources and manpower. But they had better prepared and better trained military. Things changed after the war. Sith increased their territory but the Republic could draft in more troops and train them. So after that it is hard to say. But at the beginning Sith surely had better military and superior tactics to counterbalance their lack of resources and numbers.
I don't know if I'd agree with the superior tactics.

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"You saw what happened to your superior, and now you've failed as well! Die!"

"You lived and your superior died in that battle. Die!"

I'm actually curious why there aren't more defectors or more Sith shot in the back.

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Path-x
02.07.2013 , 12:08 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by SithKoriandr View Post
I don't know if I'd agree with the superior tactics.

"You failed! Die!"

"You saw what happened to your superior, and now you've failed as well! Die!"

"You lived and your superior died in that battle. Die!"

I'm actually curious why there aren't more defectors or more Sith shot in the back.
Empire's policy concerning bad of performance has nothing to do with tactics.
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Warrior: I must.

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Caelith
02.07.2013 , 12:13 PM | #8
I took it as about even but the Imperials are better trained whilst the republic rely on security forces and have very few actual career soldiers.

Thinking about it the Imperials and their life style reminds me of Sparta at its prime.
The siege of Coruscant was in fact brought to an end after the republic agreed to give the Empire a Shrubbery, one that looked nice and wasn't too expensive.

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Pefny
02.07.2013 , 12:35 PM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by SithKoriandr View Post
"You failed! Die!"

"You saw what happened to your superior, and now you've failed as well! Die!"

"You lived and your superior died in that battle. Die!"

I'm actually curious why there aren't more defectors or more Sith shot in the back.
I think, small amount of defetions in Empire comes from mentality of Imperial peaople - like in many totalitarian systems, they kinda "brainwashed".

Second thing - killing own is quite common in Empire - you name only small amount of reason of death in Imperial Armoed Forces. Guy named Darth Acharon was killing his soldiers almost for anything - from mission failing to bad boot polish. Numbers goes in hundreds.
Thing is - Imperials has less men than Republic and still wasting them in stupid causes like Siths personal desires. But hey, they got money from slavery so can hire Mandos and other mercs .
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Tahrl
02.07.2013 , 02:58 PM | #10
Way I see it, the Republic is larger and more established, thus stronger economically. But the Sith can counter this with practices such as slavery, which equates to near round-the-clock free labour.

The average Sith is also, arguably, stronger than your average Jedi. This is due to the fact that, if you are a weak Sith, you will die. Period. As a Jedi, they get all sorts passing through bar the weakest/most inept.

I would say the Sith have the better military. Initially the Sith army outnumbered the Republics, but now I would say they are numerically even. However, I would argue that the Sith army as a whole is more disciplined and better trained. However! The Republic have the best Special Forces.

Fleet-wise I would say that they are on par. Perhaps the Sith Fleet has an edge, taking into account the Sith Inquisitors Storyline...
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