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An in-depth look at: The Mandalorian Wars

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An in-depth look at: The Mandalorian Wars

Aurbere's Avatar

11.07.2012 , 06:01 PM | #1
"They had no idea we were coming!"- Canderous Ordo, recounting the Mandalorian armada's first major strike to spark the Mandalorian Wars

The Mandalorian Wars is a war that is greatly misunderstood. Not the war itself, but the response that the Jedi made to the Mandalorians. I will address this in great detail.

The Mandalorian Wars were long in coming. After the Sith War involving Exar Kun and Ulic Qel-Droma, the Mandalorians were greatly disappointed. They had believed that they would see a "Grand Last Battle" by allying with the Sith against the Jedi. The Mandalorians were routed in a final battle on Onderon and their Sith allies were bested soon after. This crushing defeat led to a period of restoration, a time for the Mandalorians to regroup. They believed that their chance for glory had not yet come. They believed that a glorious war was in their future. And they were right.

Under the Leadership of Mandalore the Ultimate, the Mandalorians recuperated and prepared for another war with the Jedi. Mandalore allied with the Sith Empire to strike at their common foe. The Mandalorians served as the Sith Empire's pawn, to weaken or even destroy the Republic, allowing a smooth take-over for the Sith Empire's return to the galaxy.

Mandalore saw that he didn't have enough forces to wage a full war with the Republic yet. His first move was to unite the scattered clans along the Outer Rim. He took these clans and made several raids on Republic colonies along the Outer Rim. His forces also carved a path in Hutt Space, conquering several worlds controlled by the Hutt Cartel. During their war on the Outer Rim, Mandalorian general Cassus Fett led a massacre on the planet Cathar. The attack was incredibly successful and small percentage of the native Cathar survived.

Senators of the Republic were wary of starting another war. They still felt the sting of the previous wars. They decided to let the Mandalorians have their fun in their conquered systems, but would fight back if the Mandalorians were to strike the Republic itself. But Mandalore planned on doing just that.

Mandalore began stockpiling resources on his conquered worlds to fuel his increasingly large forces. With each new victory in the Outer Rim, they gained new slaves and conscripted new soldiers, bolstering their ranks. With each new strike, more and more refugees fled the the carnage. They flocked to worlds like Taris in an effort to hide from the Mandalorian armies.

And the Senate stood and watched. For almost a decade, the Senate watched as the Mandalorians began to make their way to critical resource planets near Taris. At this time the Senate decided to intervene. The Republic invited Taris and several neighboring systems to join the Republic, which allowed their forces to intervene.

The Republic had finally taken Mandalore's bait. The Republic had been lured into a false war, fighting over useless systems, failing to see Mandalore's true goal. The Republic's greatest military minds only saw what was right in front of them and couldn't see what Mandalore was planning. These first battles were Mandalore's way of testing the Republic's resolve, all the while the Republic was losing soldiers and their fleets were spread too thin to stop the Mandalorian advance.

The war escalated when Mandalore and Cassus Fett began blocking critical trade routes. The Republic reacted with their full military might, giving the Mandalorians the war they desired.

Hidden in their Temples and Enclaves, the Jedi Order debated over joining the war. An outspoken Jedi Knight, whom we call Revan, began enlisting his fellow Jedi to aid the Republic. The Jedi Council urged caution, warning of a greater threat. But Revan and his friend, who would become known as Malak, ignored their concerns. They began enlisting a large fraction of Jedi to bring aid to the Republic. All the while, Republic worlds burned.

The Mandalorian Wars truly began when Mandalore led his forces in a crushing victory on Onderon. This resounding victory kicked the war off with a bang. Republic forces began getting routed by the Mandalorian Armada... until Revan joined the war.

The Mandalorians destroyed entire civilizations, burning worlds as they went. Serocco saw one of the greatest Mandalorian victories, when Mandalore bombarded the surface with nuclear weapons.

But then Revan joined the war. Revan's Jedi forces began achieving several victories across the galaxy, leading to the Republic handing Revan control of the military. The involvement of the Jedi increased morale across the galaxy, leading to thousands of volunteers to join the Republic. This mass recruitment and the involvement of the Jedi increased the Republics numbers greatly.

But Revan began taking certain "liberties" with his forces. He began sacrificing worlds to make strikes on Mandalorian systems in an effort to beat back the Mandalorians. Revan began taking on Mandalorian tactics, fighting the Mandalorians fire with their own, in order to bring a swift end to the war. While these tactics worked, they costed many lives.

Revan led the Republic to several victories, pushing the Mandalorians into the unknown regions. He eventually forced a final conflict with Mandalore's fleets at Malachor V. Revan was delayed outside the system by a scouting party, placing the command of the attack on the shoulders of Jedi Meetra Surik. Revan had ensured his victory at Malachor by preparing a superweapon called the Mass Shadow Generator, designed by Zabrak Bao-Dur.

When Revan arrived at Malachor, he forced Mandalore into direct combat. Revan had previously visited Malachor and succumbed to the planets Dark energies. He called upon these Dark energies and utterly crushed Mandalore the Ultimate. The Mandalorians were scattered and fell into Meetra Surik's trap. She commanded Bao-Dur to activate the Mass Shadow Generator and watched in horror as Republic and Mandalorian forces were pulled into a massive gravity vortex. Ships were crushed and lives were destroyed in one terrible moment. The Mandalorians were defeated.

The misconception that I want to analyze in this OP is the debate over the Jedi Council's decision to stay out of the war. Many believe that the Jedi should have joined the war, but they don't see the Council's reasoning behind this. The Jedi were still recovering from the war with Exar Kun and Ulic Qel-Droma. They were also wary of the trappings of war. The Sith War saw several Jedi fall to the Dark Side, and believed that the Mandalorian Wars would be no different. Master Vandar Tokare had also had a premonition of catastrophic results if they joined the war. His vision showed him the Jedi Civil War. We can see that the Jedi were right to be cautious in joining the war.

But should they have joined the war. I personally believe that they should have. But only in an advisory position. The Jedi didn't have the numbers to actively fight in the war, but their tactical skills could have (and did) benefited the Republic. It would have also boosted morale. But I understand their reasoning behind their "pacifism".

I hope this made the circumstances of the Mandalorian Wars and the involvement of the Jedi more clear.

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11.07.2012 , 06:18 PM | #2
Great Post Historian Aurbere.

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11.07.2012 , 06:30 PM | #3
Ask, and you shall receive... thanks this is really nice work!
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11.07.2012 , 06:35 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by StarSquirrel View Post
Ask, and you shall receive... thanks this is really nice work!
Quote: Originally Posted by BrandonSM View Post
Great Post Historian Aurbere.
Thank you both! I have been debating whether to do this topic for a while now. Specifically because of the hate the Jedi receive over their "pacifist" approach to the war. But I really thought that I should discuss this.

So thank you both for the feedback.
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11.07.2012 , 07:08 PM | #5
It's a great read, and offers good points and commentary towards a hard subject. Great job! I know some of the history, but I'm haven't read any EU pieces (though I want to) I've played both KOTOR 1&2, but never really comprehended the subject of the war. Anyway, it helped me at least understand the war a little better, so thank you.
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11.07.2012 , 08:02 PM | #6
Excellent post, very good read.

Though i do disagree that the Jedi Masters were right in their caution. We get told multiple times from several sources that the Republic was fracturing under the Mandalorian attacks. Yes the involvement of Revan and his Jedi did indeed lead to the Jedi civial war which was terrible however if they didn't get involved it could have been a lot worse.
If the Republic fell to the Mandalorians the Sith could have just walked in and taken over, it was only through the actions of Revan that enabled the Republic to survive in the long term even with it's terrible cost.

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11.07.2012 , 10:11 PM | #7
Great post. Thanks for including Meetra in this analysis. She played an important part in the war.
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11.07.2012 , 11:26 PM | #8
I believe that the council was right. Revan, and the Exile should have listened to their teachings.

The jedi masters had sensed the presence of an unknown great evil at the edge of the galaxy, and were waiting for them to show face before the Jedi would interfere. There was more to learn about their enemy. Instead Revan foolishly led the charge and destroyed the Mandalorians before any information could be gathered, and at the expense of nearly the entire Republic fleet! This also led to the Jedi Civil war which saw the near extinction of the Jedi order completely. Not to mention thousands of years of knowledge lost forever. Monsters like Darth Nihilus, and Darth Sion took their place, and the force nearly ceased to be.

The Republic at that point was at the mercy of the Sith empire. Once Revan understood this he made a desperate move to band-aid his epic mistake, and only did he succeed finally when he was defeated by the Emperor, and able to put off the invasion for another 300 years.

This all could of been avoided. The battle at that point was in only outer world systems. The Republic could of defeated the Mandalorians with better tactics. Instead drawing them into a trap slowly muscling out the Mandalorians, while uniting the core worlds. Combined with the Jedi of that time, the Empire would of never stood a chance.

Revan could of been a great Jedi leader, although in the end he was like Vader. All part of the Emperor's grand plan.

That is the tragedy of Revan.
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11.08.2012 , 02:41 AM | #9
Great work!

My opinion is that Jedi mistook to wait, but also the Republic. The Senate waited a decade to intervene, allowing to Mandalore to create an Armada. If the Mandalorians had always been a threat for the Republic, why permit them to grow and to get stronger? A dreadful war and his worst consequences (Malachor battle and Revan's fall) could be avoided by preventive actions years before (it's my opinion).
Why Jedi and the Senate were so blind? Was fortuitous, or behind the scene there was the Emperor's hand?

p.s.: sorry for my bad english

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11.08.2012 , 11:22 AM | #10
Brilliant post... and just by the way - Mandalorian Wars would make awesome material for new TV Series (maybe even in the style of the Clone Wars) . To see young Revan and Malak as some of the characters - priceless!