1. an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
2. unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, esp. of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group.
1. total rejection of established laws and institutions.
2. annihilation of the self, or the individual consciousness, esp. as an aspect of mystical experience.
After order 66 commenced,and the Clone Wars ended with the bloodshed of innocent Jedi across the galaxy, what was this new Empire's first action as a whole cohesive unit... now that the clone troopers become one massive military goliath? Combining with the battle droids they once fought, the troopers turned not only on the Knights of the Old Republic, but on the very planets that they once fought for. Most, if not all of these planets, were inhabited by non-humanoid beings.
One chief example of this is Kashyyk. Many have read the stories of the Wookies ultimately being imprisoned by the Empire. Chewbacca included, until a young Imperial Officer named Han Solo freed the furry mechanic (who was then indebted to the Corellian detractor).
During the first meeting of high ranking Imperial Officers that we see in A New Hope it is revealed that the entire group of them are humanoids. Such is the case in every film thereafter -- Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as well.
In the same aforementioned original trilogy The Rebel Alliance, however, has much of their membership filled with all species from the galaxy. In addition to Kashyyk's Chewbacca, among the Rebellions ranks we see also Nien Nunb (Lando Calrissian's Millenium Falcon co-pilot from Sullust) and fan favorite Admiral Ackbar (who leads an entire fleet of Mon Calamari resistance against the Empire), among others.
Approximately nineteen years after Palpatine named himself Emperor, Grand Moff Tarkin proclaims, "The Imperial Senate will no longer be of any concern to us. I have just received word that the Emperor has dissolved the council permanently. The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away," clearly showing his disdain for the previous leadership. The leadership of The Republic, who maintained order through peace with all species, because the force flows through all species.
Even though the various pilots, admirals and generals of The Rebellion could not tap into the force via high midi-chlorian counts, that didn't stop them from believing in the power of the Force. Even much as wishing said power on their brothers and sisters, as a gesture of good luck similar to saying "God bless." Their belief is evident in A New Hope when General Dodonna ends his review of the mission plans to destroy the Death Star by saying, "Then man your ships. And may the Force be with you.
General Dodonna's obvious belief in the force and its power to protect the various X-Wing, Y-Wing and B-Wing pilots is in stark contrast to a comment from Grand Moff Tarkin to Darth Vader saying "The Jedi are extinct, their fire has gone out of the universe. You, my friend, are all that's left of their religion." Tarkin is in essence not only saying that the beliefs of the Jedi are not his religion, but that the very beliefs that encompass the religion is hogwash, balderdash or quite frankly... tomfoolery.
Early in A New Hope, Admiral Motti of the Empire says to Vader, "Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerous ways, Lord Vader. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels' hidden fortress..." Clearly showing his unbelief... Right before he was force-choked, of course.
The complete denial of anything mystical was not exclusive to the empire, as Han Solo himself said to Luke, "Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid." He did appear to begin a change in beliefs when he stated, although likely insincere, "Hey, Luke... may the Force be with you." But surely as a result of his time with the Rebellion, by the end of Return of the Jedi (at the latest), Han has developed an acceptance of the reality of the supernatural, in the form of The Force.
These themes of the Empire being completely intolerant to forms of non-human life or beliefs in the force is echoed throughout the series. Much like the opposite is personified in Return of the Jedi by Admiral Ackbar who after giving the Rebel forces the battle plan to destroy the second Death Star ends his rally with the ever inspiring statement, "May the force be with you." Ackbar is a military leader, not much unlike Grand Moff Tarkin or Admiral Motti of the Empire... except of course for the fact that Ackbar is Mon Calamari, a non-humanoid species!
Even Darth Maul, though his appearance is somewhat different than most, was a humanoid. But Sith fall into a different altogether category...
1. a religion or unorthodox sect of an existing religion considered to be false due to extremism and members often living outside of conventionality
2. society under the direction of a charismatic leader.
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