Monday, February 18, 2013

Does Palpatine have to buy the clone troopers off?

Even clone troopers need a little recognition...
If you watched the latest Clone Wars episode, "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much," you can see Ahsoka climbing a statue of a clone trooper. This reminded me of memorials such as the "tomb of the unknown soldier", dedicated to the army at large rather than individuals.

However, one might think that the government wouldn't have to honor its clones, who are effectively property. The presence of the statue is an interesting indication that Palpatine's government feels it has to to at least put on a public display of honoring the clones.

The question is whether the statue is for the clones or for the public. Clones don't have families, so it's not like there are families demanding a public memorial. So, it seems like the statue is part of Palpatine's attempt to solidify the loyalty of the clones.

It's certainly an interesting time in the politics of the Republic!

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