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"The Empire justified its actions through Human superiority—it was our duty to preserve order to prevent the exploitation of lesser species. Any action in the pursuit of that goal was justified."
Soontir Fel

Human High Culture was the Galactic Empire's codified policy of Humanocentric speciesism. It centered around the belief (long, if privately, held by a minority of Humans in the Human-dominated Core) that Humans were inherently superior to other species.

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There were also several other undertones that carried over into anti-droid sentiments and anti-female chauvinism, which also manifested against Human females, who were almost universally barred from the higher echelons of power in the Empire's military and government. Examples of exceptions include Admiral Daala of the Imperial Navy (promoted in secret by Grand Moff Tarkin), Admiral Betl Oxtroe, Intelligence Director Ysanne Isard and the highly decorated Pilot Juno Eclipse.

Those not meeting the standards of Human High Culture were marked as being Non-huMan.

At the time of the foundation of the Galactic Empire, there were several active, minority populist groups on Coruscant that advocated concepts of Human supremacy. These were quickly assimilated into the nascent COMPNOR. Their views were then coalesced into a coherent vision primarily by Crueya Vandron, Ishin-Il-Raz, and Sate Pestage.

The chief tenet of Human High Culture was that Humans were the only truly intelligent and productive members of any society. They cited that it was almost exclusively Humans who had formed and led the Old Republic and the Human worlds of the Core were some of the oldest, richest, and most advanced in the galaxy.

As such, through the repealing of such laws as the Rights of Sentience and the creation of new acts, all nonhumans were made second-class citizens (if citizens at all). Non-Human slavery was re-legalized. Only 'pure' (i.e., those made exclusively by Humans and with no help from nonhumans) works of art (such as operas, holovids, books, etc) were allowed to be produced, viewed, and spread, since only Human culture was worthy enough to be allowed to prosper in the New Order. Non-Humans were 'actively discouraged' to participate in government or join the Imperial military, and Human governors and moffs were placed in command of nonhuman worlds and sectors.

However, there were some loopholes: if non-Humans were devoted enough to Emperor Palpatine, and focused solely upon serving his Empire, then they would be left unmolested. Examples of such tolerance were Grand Admiral Thrawn, Grand Moff Bertroff Hissa, and General Sk'ar. It could be argued that the roots of Palpatine's bigotry could be traced to the traditional animosity that dominated relations between the Humans of Naboo (Palpatine's home planet) and the Gungans who cohabited that world. However, It is debatable to what degree, if at all, Palpatine was a speciesist.[1] Palpatine freely consorted with nonhumans such as Mas Amedda and Sly Moore, as well as taking Darth Maul as an apprentice, of which all were Humanoid, therefore it might be suggested that as a Sith, Palpatine's Humanocentrism was more liberal than that of the standard Imperial sort, possibly due to the fact that Sith throughout history were predominantly either Human or Humanoid. From this viewpoint, it is conceivable that Palpatine's (Sidious) Speciesism was more broadened in that to include certain Humanoid species and he used anti-alien sentiments as a way to divide the beings of the galaxy and help consolidate his rule. After all, one of the worst atrocities Palpatine committed was the destruction the Human-dominated world of Alderaan. He also ordered the creation of an exclusively Human-killing pathogen.

Darth Sidious' earlier apprentice, Count Dooku (Darth Tyranus) was apparently also a Human supremacist who desired to see the Republic transformed into an Empire of Man, with the Sith as its army. However, it is possible he developed Humanocentric opinions late in life from his association with Sidious, as in his youth he had alien friends and it is difficult to believe that any anti-alien sentiment on his part could have been hidden from the Jedi for seventy years. Many of his hand-picked Dark Acolytes were nonhuman, and he also seemed to personally respect Geonosian Archduke Poggle the Lesser.

Human High Culture were enforced and imprinted upon the Empire's citizenry by the Coalition for Progress, Imperial Board of Culture, and the Sub-Adult Groups.

The views of Human High Culture would be kept alive in the New Republic for years after the Empire's defeat by fringe groups such as the Human League. At the same time, Admiral Daala strongly weakened this concept within the Imperial Remnant by allowing aliens of all kinds to join the Imperial military. Although not officially said, it can be presumed that the Rights of Sentience replaced Human High Culture because of such. By the time of the Fel and Sith Empire, several aliens served within the Imperial military as stormtroopers, officers and even Admirals. However, by 137 ABY, a few individuals, such as Admiral Dru Valan, still believed in the innate superiority of humans and resented serving under non-human officers.

Behind the scenes

One theory of the concept of "Human High Culture" was probably included to give the Empire another parallel to Nazi Germany. The Sub-Adult Groups bear a resemblance to the real world Hitler Youth. Another, more popular idea is that this is the explanation given to the obvious fact that all politicians and military strategists in the original trilogy were Human, due to financial limits and lack of creativity regarding alien governments. On the other hand, non-Humans are numerous in the prequels, due to the fact that Lucas had the finances and special effects to pull it off.

Appearances

  • Star Wars Journal: The Fight for Justice (Mentioned only)

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