N’aww, thank you, Anon!
Why do I think Yoda started the war?
Ooohboy. Buckle up kids, here’s another rant for ya!
please to correct me if I’m wrong; I might well be missing
something important and I picked up most if not all of this from you
(ALL HAIL!). Also thanks to dogmatix, who kept this in check and provided missing points. <3!
off. The Separatists had every right to secede. Democratic republic,
they could take their toys and go home. If the new government they
formed pissed off the Republic, or demanded things like health care
or emergency aid, without paying the taxes necessary for it, then
that’s a different matter, but there was no reason they could not
just say “sorry, you suck, your laws suck, and we’re going over
here now to play in our own sandbox, much like, say, the Outer Rim
does.” Tatooine, for instance, despite being located near Naboo, is
not considered Republic territory. So the Seps were doing things that
weren’t publicly LIKED, but were not really illegal.
of course, makes all the difference. Because the whisper campaign –
presumably if not explicitly by Sidious – was that once the Seps
left, they’d turn right around and attack for resources or
whatever. Honestly, I think the goal of the attack would be tailored
to whatever system is hearing these rumors, because then it hits home
all the harder. Those damn Seps. The Banking Guilds are a part of
them, and you know what they TRIED to do at Naboo, 10 years ago.
That’s what they’re gonna do to us, and this time, since they’re
not part of the Republic? WE WILL HAVE NO RECOURSE.
is all wrong, but that’s propaganda for you.
were not fired over this matter until Geonosis. The VERY interesting
thing, however, is who shot first.
fandom, isn’t it always about that?
Episode II! Republic Senator Amidala has had assassins after her.
Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi follows that trail back to Kamino, to find holy
fuck, the Jedi have somehow inherited an army. Um. ‘Kay. Meantime,
he’s still tracking back Who Wants Padmé Dead, and follows that to
Geonosis. There, he’s sneaking around a planet, uninvited, doing
who knows what. The locals find him. They are not happy.
Congratulations, Obi-Wan, you ignored the “Trespassers will be
tortured and thrown into the animal pit” sign. Guess what happens
to you now?
yet ~ANOTHER~ Jedi is trespassing, along with his girlfriend. They do
some significant property damage. They ignored the “Trespassers
will be tortured and thrown into the animal pit” sign as well. It’s
gonna be a party in the animal pit! This coincides with a whole “The
Republic sucks, their spies suck, we ain’t having none of that!”
public speech, followed by an execution and then barbecue. Or
whatever it is Geonosians do to celebrate leaving an asshole
200 odd MORE Jedi invade.
so the Jedi are in this weird gray area. They serve the Republic, but
they aren’t officially an ARM of the Republic. Technically, they’re
reality, everyone knows they’re jumping whenever the Senate tells
them to, and exactly how high. And by everyone, I mean whoever will
listen to the propaganda machine.
the Seps have just declared they ain’t having any more of this
shit, only to literally turn around, and find their head honchos are
now surrounded by 200 sword-wielding, mystic-power-using murder
machines. Of COURSE they call out the droids.
is still not grounds for war. This is an unmitigated clusterfuck,
where the brand new Separatist government just managed to piss off a
neutral, peaceful body of folks who come in and bring food,
negotiators, and peacekeepers to all and sundry. They also were about
to execute a beloved public figure from a small planet in a system
not too near the core, which means they were going to piss off Naboo,
and maybe that sector of space.
is still not grounds for war. This is a diplomatic disaster. This
could well scuttle the Separatist efforts before they get off the
ground, but still. Not. War.
we have Yoda. Yoda, who heard hey, the Jedi now have an army! Instead
of bringing in JEDI reinforcements, which would limit this disaster
to a Jedi and Geonosian affair (with a dash of Naboo), Yoda. Invades.
invades the planet, with the newly christened GRAND ARMY OF THE
Republic invaded a freshly declared independent planet.
This is grounds for war. The Seps were declaring their independence,
they were dealing with an internal matter of folks
invading/trespassing, and Yoda marched in to the tune of Ride of the
Valkyries and ramped everything up to 11, and then up to 15 or 16
just for shits and giggles.
that last bit
is inaccurate. He decided, consciously or not, that Jedi lives were
not to be risked in this combat. Clones, however, seemed expendable
enough. This is what they were made for, after all.
it the right thing to do? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe Yoda let his
attachment to Obi-Wan (a Jedi in his lineage) get the better of him.
Maybe he thought Senator Amidala was just that important. Or that
Anakin really was the Chosen One, and had to be rescued at all costs.
Whatever the reason?
to the next 3, 4 years of conflict, all because of a
little green troll decided that Jedi were not expendable.
That turned out well.
note: Yoda was one of my favorite characters, back when I was younger
and saw the Original Trilogy. However, Prequel Trilogy Yoda makes me
very, very angry. I understand that hundreds of years of working for
the Republic, and being blindsided by the Dark and a dude NAMED for
being an insidious twisted fuck leads to bad life decisions. So I
still love Yoda, but given the right AU – or canon – I am going
to express my displeasure. And there is admittedly a LOT of it.)