Hard to believe it was 35 years ago this month that Star Wars premiered. The movie not only popularized Joseph Campbell’s insight that the function of myths is to inspire individuals and perpetuate society, but was itself an example of Campbell’s teaching that ancient myths must be continually modernized so they can fulfill their function.
Talk about inspiration! Star Wars tells the story of the ultimately successful secession of the Rebel Alliance from the Galactic Empire. However, the three prequels that followed The Return of the Jedi focused on the unsuccessful first effort to break away from the Republic. The first conflict arose as the increasingly corrupt Republic was transforming into the Empire. The two opposing forces in the first secession attempt were known as The Grand Army of the Republic (!) and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. (!!!) Here’s a synopsis of each:
The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), also known as the Clone Army, was the main part of the armed forces of the Galactic Republic in its final years, becoming one of the largest armies ever assembled, although not as large as the Separatist Droid Army. After the Clone Wars, it served as the nucleus for the armed forces of the Galactic Empire.
After the deaths of the members of the Separatist Council, some Confederacy-loyal worlds still refused to be absorbed into the new Galactic Empire. These remnants, some organized and unorganized, would continue to fight throughout the Imperial era. The Empire would use these holdouts as justification for expansion of the Imperial Navy. Many of them ended up joining the Rebel Alliance at its formation.
May the Force be with you.