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Are clone troopers overrated?

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Outside of the advantage of being trained from birth they arent special when compared to other scifi equivalents. They fought a napoleon esque war against a terribly incompetent opponent for 3 years. Compare this with a veteran from the human covenant war (halo) and you have at most a couple months of training paired with 28 years of experience, and imo better experience when you factor in the opponent they fought.

Is this to say that the clones suck? No as ive said before the one advantage that they have is a huge advantage if you were to pit opposing sides right when they got out of training. I love clones always have but it annoys me when people seemingly ignore the fact that clones outside of their training arent special.

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It probably would have been far more economical to do what every other military has done and just use a normal army. Clones were a joke.

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Is there even a regular military in the old Republic? We see some non clone officers, but not much else. Naboo’s forces are referred to in TPM as volunteers. And the bad guys use droids.

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Where were you in '77?

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It’s an issue of quantity over quality.
Couple that sort of thing with climate and you have the Eastern Front in World War 2.

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Not at all. What’s important to remember is the Droids outnumbered the Clones 100-1. That’s an insane ratio. Imagine a medieval knight, decked out in all armor on horseback, against 100 spear-armed peasants. That’s basically the quality gap from Clone to Droid. It is the reason whenever we see them, they are almost always killing tons of battle droids. Eventually, though, one battle droid is lucky enough to shoot one down, and the war stays even.

There are two reasons the Republic did not raise an army:

  1. The Clone War is imperialistic by nature. The CIS is fighting for their freedom, so it makes some sense why they’d get a militia (see: Geonosis, Umbara). But the Republic is fighting to keep its government together. A war would easily backfire should actual citizens start dying in combat. Senators would question the violence and possibly depose Palpatine, who was adamant in the war’s continuation. But Clones are viewed as second class citizens, so no one really cares. Plus the Republic can continue on economically.

  2. Clones are stronger. They come from Jango Fett’s DNA, so they are better than the average soldier. Continuing on our metaphor, imagine the clones to be a knight, droids peasants, and the average person a medieval soldier/archer - at least they know how to fight, but if they go against the best, game over. So not only does it help the Republic stay together internally, it contributes to their chances of victory.

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