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Separatist Crisis
Beginning

24 BBY

End

22 BBY

Place

Numerous disaffected worlds: Muunilinst, Raxus Prime, Felucia, Jabiim, Murkhana, Xagobah, Geonosis, and more

Outcome

The Clone Wars begin

Major battles

Battle of Kashyyyk, Mission to Kabal, Battle of Antar 4, Battle of Yirt-4138-Grek-12, Battle of Vuchelle, Skirmish in the Ruby Nebula, Raid on The Trade Federation base, Mission to Ansion, Gotal hostage standoff, Raid on Spacestation 1138, Plot to assassinate Senator Amidala, Duel on Kamino, Attack on the Trade Federation Sensor Station, Attack on Point Modie, Mission to Mount Merakan, Battle of Nod Kartha, Dogfight over Geonosis, Mission to Tatooine, Battle of Khons, Second Battle of Lok, Battle of Geonosis

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"After all, the Republic is really to blame for all of our Galaxy's struggles. A Confederacy of Independent Systems is in the making—and a great galactic war is inevitable."
San Hill

The Separatist Crisis (24 BBY22 BBY) was the term given to the period of tension that immediately preceded the Clone Wars, which it ushered in, a few years after the Invasion of Naboo.

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"I will not let this Republic that has stood for a thousand years be split in two. My negotiations will not fail."
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine

For decades, numerous planets, species, and groups had been trying to reduce the power of the Galactic Senate, lower or eliminate taxes, grant graft in exchange for political favors, or withdraw from the Republic for various isolationist or xenophobic reasons. Spurred by the disillusioned Count Dooku and the failure of the Senate to even vote on the Financial Reform Act, the various corporations and planets begun to withdraw from the Senate in 24 BBY, organizing themselves into a loose separatist movement which allowed laissez-faire capitalism and no government involvement in planetary affairs.

The crisis allowed Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who was due to step down that year, to remain in office until the threat was resolved. Amidst much debate, he agreed to allow discussion of a Military Creation Act. The period of the Separatist Crisis saw thousands of additional planets continue to leave the Republic; others such as Corellia, while not attempting to secede, declared themselves neutral in the conflict and withdrew their representation from the Senate.

Dooku's confederacy secretly used the negotiation period to begin building droid armies, in the hope that by the time negotiations invariably failed, they would be strong enough to force the Republic to grant them independence anyway. The arrival of a Republic army, contrary to these expectations, sparked the Clone Wars.

A major turning point in the crisis was the Battle of Antar 4, which occurred in 22.5 BBY. The botched Republic attempt to remove a radical, Separatist-affiliated terrorist government from Antar 4 not only resulted in converting the majority of Antar 4's citizens' sympathies to the Separatists, but also showed Separatist-leaning worlds that the Republic was not as infallible as had been thought. In the eighteen months prior to the Battle of Antar 4, over a thousand worlds had joined the Confederacy; in the three months following the battle, over five thousand new worlds joined.

Political factors

Although the Republic provided some measure of unity, and promoted a norm of negotiation, it lacked a military force capable of maintaining order. Security was the province of individual planets, or powerful interplanetary blocs like the Trade Federation. Thus, there was a kind of latent anarchy beneath the civilized surface. The planets that would later constitute the Confederacy of Independent Systems brought this deficit into plain sight by departing from the Republic.

Although it is not entirely clear, there might have been reasons for both weak and strong planets to follow this course of action. Strong planets obviously would fare well under a more decentralized regime, because they could exercise their power openly. But while the Republic's influence may have been enough to thus irritate the great powers, it was not enough to convince the weaker powers that it could truly protect them, as the Naboo crisis demonstrated. Perhaps smaller-scale alliances would provide better protection than a commitment to a galactic government.

Economic factors

"There will come a time when that cult of greed, call the Republic, will lose all pretext of democracy and freedom."
―Dooku

Advocates of decentralization also found support amongst the free-trade lobby. A galactic government could either impose its own taxes, adding to trade barriers put in place by planets, or favor a liberal trade regime, compelling planets to lower those barriers. The Republic tended towards the former model, in part perhaps because it lacked the power to pursue the latter. It thus became much resented by business and trade actors. The CIS offered an alternative of liberalizing but otherwise minimalist governance that these actors found attractive.

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Separatist Crisis
Beginning

55 BBY

End

52 BBY

Place

The known galaxy.

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"After all, the Republic is really to blame for all of our Galaxy's struggles. A Commonwealth of Independent Systems is in the making - and it will provide the economic and military security that the stagnated Republic cannot."
—San Hill

The Separatist Crisis was a period of political unrest that began in 55 BBY, lasting until 52 BBY, and was the main chain of events that triggered the Galactic Clone Wars.

History

For decades, numerous planets, species, and groups had been trying to reduce the power of the Galactic Senate, lower or eliminate taxes, grant graft in exchange for political favors, or withdraw from the Republic for various isolationist or xenophobic reasons. The outbreak of the Mandalorian Civil War five years previous, in 60 BBY, had many more groups fearful of how quickly the conflict could spread, and disturbed by the Republic's lack of military force that could be employed against the growing violence of the Mandalorian combatants. Spurred by the exhortations of San Hill and the failure of the Senate to even vote on the Financial Reform Act and the rejection of the Military Reform Act, the various corporations and planets begun to withdraw from the Senate, organizing themselves into a loose separatist movement known as the Commonwealth of Independent Systems, which allowed laissez-faire capitalism and no government involvement in planetary affairs, as well as a powerful independent military force.

Over the three year period between when the InterGalactic Banking Clan began petitioning for a separation from the Galactic Republic and when the Clone Wars broke out, many thousands of worlds and groups seceded from the Republic to join the newly-formed Commonwealth. Though at first the number of systems deserting the Republic was only in the hundreds, the Senate deemed the matter serious enough that the Military Reform Act was tabled once more as the Military Creation Act and extended debate arose focusing on whether the Republic should allow the new Commonwealth to exist in harmony with or force it to reintegrate with the Republic. Decarte Palpatine made his large-scale political debut during this period of debate, arguing for forceful reintegration. Despite not being a member of the Galactic Senate, Palpatine was one of the main campaign leaders in the sector he lived in, and it was this campaign, along with the campaign for a build-up of military force and support of the Military Creation Act, that would see him elected as a Senator in 55 BBY.

While the debate became slowed down for various reasons, many more systems began to join the fledgling Commonwealth, with thousands joining per year. The perceived increase of military force that the CIS offered became desirable to many worlds as the Mandalorian Civil War spread and began consuming worlds not directly involved. One of the key battles that would trigger an increase in the rate of seceding systems was the Battle of Moonus Mandell. Many more systems opted to take a neutral stance, withdrawing from the Senate but not seceding from the Republic entirely. Eventually it became apparent that many of the worlds leaving were economically valuable worlds that founds the open capitalism of the Commonwealth far more enticing than the sanctions of the Republic. Faced with a severe loss of economic power, the Republic opted to attempt for reintegration in 53 BBY. However, negotiations broke down in 52 BBY and a hostage situation involving a shipload of Jedi trainees became the turning point, where the Separatist Crisis became the Galactic Clone Wars.


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