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Execute Order 66. Or was it Order 666?
« on: May 09, 2006, 08:01:04 PM »
Some interesting information and theories about Order 66. How did it originate, possible historicle references and a debunk by george himself.

Give us your ideas on the deadliest order ever issued. Execute Order 66.


Order 66 (Star Wars)
"Commander Cody, the time has come. Execute Order 66." — Palpatine
Order 66 was a military directive central to the plot of the film Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and, hence, to the entire fictional Star Wars universe. It was a pre-arranged command directing that all Jedi be killed, thus beginning the Great Jedi Purge.

It was rumored that Order 66 was a directive ingrained in the clone troopers during their training. This rumor was debunked by George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars universe, in an interview with Star Wars Insider, who stated that it was simply an order. Fans have expressed bafflement that the Jedi were unable to sense duplicity on the part of the thousands of troopers with which they had contact over the course of the Clone Wars.


Reasons for Order 66
Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.
The order was issued by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, not long before he proclaimed himself Emperor at the end of the Clone Wars. It was justified as a military response to what was portrayed by the Emperor as a rebellion by the Jedi. After the attempted arrest of then-Chancellor Palpatine by Jedi Council members Mace Windu, Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar, and Saesee Tiin, Palpatine claimed that the Jedi had planned to overthrow the galactic leadership and kill all the members of the Senate.

The true reasons the Emperor had were much more sinister—being the Sith Lord Darth Sidious, he had meticulously orchestrated his final move against the Jedi. The key to the order's success was the spreading out of the Jedi—keeping them away from the Core Worlds by assigning them to distant battlefields. The order, sent to clone trooper commanders across the galaxy, dictated that all Jedi were to be killed. Thousands of troopers turned on their Jedi generals, beginning the Great Jedi Purge.

Palpatine was able to pull off this master stroke against heroes renowned for their ability to detect traps by utilizing the absolute devotion of his army to its Chancellor. As clones were incapable of deceit, most Jedi were not able to sense the deception in advance (only Yoda was shown to have become aware in time to save his life). The soldiers were completely loyal to the Emperor instead of the Republic and had no reservation or feelings on the morality of Palpatine's commands whatsoever. In the novelization, for example, Commander Cody's only regret upon receiving Palpatine's holo-message was: "Would it have been too much to ask for the order to have come through before I gave him {Obi-Wan Kenobi} back the bloody lightsaber...?"


Carryout of Order 66
Order 66 began with Darth Vader's march to the Jedi Temple with the 501st Clone Trooper Legion, led by Commander Appo. Vader and the 501st Clone Trooper Legion killed all the Jedi in the Temple, including the younglings.

As his new apprentice led the assault on the Temple, Palpatine contacted clone commanders across the galaxy ordering them to carry out Order 66 -- exterminating the Jedi Order once and for all.

On Utapau, Commander Cody received Palpatine's command and ordered his men to shoot down his former friend, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. A blast from an AT-TE hit near the Jedi Master and his varactyl mount Boga. Together, they fell hundreds of feet into a lake far below. Though Boga was presumed to have been killed in the fall, Obi-Wan managed to survive and escape the planet. Part of Obi-Wan's success in escaping was the clones' inability to perform an extensive search; although Cody demanded that his body be found, his men thought that surviving the fall was impossible.
On Mygeeto, Commander Bacara received the same order. He and his soldiers immediately opened fire on Master Ki-Adi-Mundi. Ki-Adi managed to deflect the first few blaster bolts with his lightsaber, and cut down a soldier, but he was shot in the chest.
On Felucia, Commander Bly and his men opened fire on Jedi Knight Aayla Secura. She was shot in the back by Bly, then the other troops fired on her. The video game Star Wars Battlefront II hints that the clones made an attempt to ensure it was a quick death, as Aayla had been an exceptional leader to them. Elsewhere on the planet, the newly-Knighted Barriss Offee was killed by a single blast from an AT-ST.
On Kashyyyk, Luminara Unduli, former Jedi Master of the deceased Barriss Offee, was conversing with eight clone officers when the order came. Pulling blasters from concealed holsters, the clones quickly shot their general in her stomach, chest, and head. Shortly thereafter, Master Quinlan Vos, standing tall atop a clone turbo tank, was engulfed in a ball of flame as his tank was destroyed by another. However, Master Vos was not killed but badly wounded and managed to escape into the jungle wilderness of Kashyyyk.
On Cato Neimoidia, Jedi Master Plo Koon was leading an aerial assault against Separatist forces in his Jedi starfighter. His wingmen, led by Captain Jag, piloting advanced ARC-170s, dropped back onto his tail while Plo Koon was looking for a landing pad and destroyed him.
On Saleucami, as Jedi Knight Stass Allie patrolled the rocky terrain on her BARC speeder bike, Commander Neyo blew her apart from his own.
Also on Kashyyyk, Commander Gree received the order to terminate Master Yoda. He and one of his men (a BARC trooper) tried to assassinate Yoda from behind, but the aged Jedi Master beheaded them both with a single backflip. With the help of the Wookiees Chewbacca and Tarfful, Yoda managed to escape from the planet.
At the Jedi Temple, the Jedi were overpowered by clones. The clones used a surround-and-shoot tactic, knowing that Jedi could not deflect blaster bolts coming in from all directions at once.

Darth Vader had his own fair share of kills: Murdering Gate Master Jurokk, commiting homicide on Whie Malreaux, Bene and Cin Drallig, stabbing Shaak Ti, fighting Cin Drallig's Padawan Serra Keto and winning, killing Archive Master Jocasta Nu, and finally cutting down all the unarmed Jedi Apprentices that were sent to hide in the Council Chambers. Countless others were also killed fighting Vader, as depicted in the novel and movie.

the clones had served alongside the Jedi, they gave them a chance to escape. They were executed by Darth Vader for the treason.


Possible historical and religious references
The idea for Order 66 may have come from the 1944 assassination plot on Hitler. The assassins had made arrangements after the assassination took place to implement Operation Valkyrie in Berlin which would turn the German troops against the Nazi regime. This however never happened due to the failure of the assassination attempt.

Order 66 may allude to other previous historical incidents. Among these are the Jewish Holocaust, and the Japanese-American interment during World War II, which was demanded by President Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066. Joseph Stalin's Great Purge following his consolidation of power in the USSR in the '30s is also a possible reference point.

As for possible religious references, the number 666 is listed in Revelation 13:18 as the Mark of the Beast, a sign of a servant of Satan that will come in the last days of the earth before (or shortly after) Christ's return. In fact, Order 66 and the 666 are more similar that it appears. In the modern numerologic system(a=1..z=8), the numerical value of the word Order is 6. This makes 'Order 66' a symbolic equivalent of the number 666.


Trivia
Order 66 is now also slang for mass layoffs in a workplace.


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Re: Execute Order 66. Or was it Order 666?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2006, 09:11:21 PM »
wow.
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Re: Execute Order 66. Or was it Order 666?
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2007, 02:41:58 PM »
just called that because Yoda is 66cm tall   :P

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Re: Execute Order 66. Or was it Order 666?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2007, 03:08:43 PM »
Nice recap SH1.

Was there more to this?
"the clones had served alongside the Jedi, they gave them a chance to escape. They were executed by Darth Vader for the treason."
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Re: Execute Order 66. Or was it Order 666?
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2007, 06:33:34 PM »
Very cool info
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Re: Execute Order 66. Or was it Order 666?
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2007, 10:58:08 PM »
666 was short hand for Roman emperor Nero.. you were not allowed to sell goods without that token... hence in the bible, 666 was the sign of the beast..aka.. imperial rome   - got that from the history channel...  :think:

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Re: Execute Order 66. Or was it Order 666?
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2007, 12:09:28 AM »
wow thanks for the extra info sh1.
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Re: Execute Order 66. Or was it Order 666?
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2007, 01:50:00 AM »
Bumping this after reading Republic Commando: True Colors

Possible Spoiler:

Most of the clones did exactly what they were told because they were trained to do so.  Many Orders were written (but not issued) under Palpatine's direction, each as a contingency plan in case of a new need or threat.  For example, there was even an Order to overthrow the Chancellor, if need be.  But of course, Palpatine knew that the only consequential Order that would ever be employed was Order 66. 

The clones were forced to memorize hundreds of these possible Orders.  Any clone who questioned command was removed from duty (killed).  The more controllable, "regular" clones (even some officers) had been genetically tailored by Kaminoan scientist Ko Sai to follow orders.  However, the first clones off the line (Null ARCs, ARCs, and some Republic Commandos) were less or much less (or never) altered (like Boba) and then specially trained by Mandolorian friends of Jango to have more open and independent minds. 

Thus, some tried to defect from the army when they realized that they had no future and that after the war were meant to be "put down" or serve out their short lives as Stormtroopers. 

All of these Jango-esque Stormies we've been seeing in action-figure form or otherwise are really 3rd or 4th generation clones of Jango.  The original clones from AOTC and ROTS eras were supposed to grow old and die before they could be discharged from the army and have a normal life.   The Traviss novels are about some of the more typically conscientious clones who realize that their Jedi generals are good people who, like them, are being used.  These clones questioned Order 66.  They began to look for a way out, and a way to prolong their lives.

Meanwhile, Palpatine set up his own cloning facility on one of Coruscant's moons to make Jangos as long as he needed them.  Elsewhere in the EU, we find other examples of cloning.  Some other "templates" were used for Stormies, and many regular Joes around the galaxy were recruited or impressed into the army to fill out the ranks.  Therefore, throughout the OT/Rebellion era, there were both Jango-derived and normal human Stormtroopers.  But that's another topic.  :)

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