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"This new empire is a disgrace to the memory of the Republic and the Jedi who served it."
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The New Order, also called the New Imperial Order and the New Era of Power, was the name primarily given to the political program adopted by the Galactic Empire and its successor governments (Imperial Remnant, Fel Empire and Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire); and the ideology of COMPNOR.

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Terminology

The term New Order was likely based on the use of the term "Old Order" to represent the Galactic Republic. The term had also been used earlier by members of the Separatist Council to describe the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

Whether the use of "New Order" by both the Confederacy and the Galactic Empire was due to them both being led by Palpatine, or just coincidence, is unknown.

History

The New Order has its origin in the Declaration of a New Order by which Palpatine established the Empire in 19 BBY. It endured, with and without Palpatine, in one form or another, for at least one hundred and sixty years. That it lasted this long is no credit to Palpatine, for in the end it had never truly been intended to operate without him; it fell to others—to Gilad Pellaeon and, later, to the Fels—to try to find a new relevance for it, to give it a new lease on life as a "New Order with a Personal Face." Under Darth Krayt, however, the New Order was returning back to the way it was, back to Sith tyranny and absolute rule under the Head of State.

Ideology

The New Order arose as a result of the failures of the Galactic Republic, which was decentralized and often found ineffectual in resolving disputes between its more powerful members. The Empire was championed as a strong unifying solution to this problem. It criticized the perceived decadence and weakness of the Republic, and advocated an authoritarian and militaristic social and political culture. It promised to trade frailty for strength, chaos for order, and uncertainty for decisiveness.

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Male Chauvinism

The New Order's ideology was pervasively male chauvinist, possibly due to its military origins. The armed forces were almost entirely male—first because their earliest members were so and later because of deliberate exclusion. Likewise were most of the Emperor's advisors. However, there were notable exceptions such as Admiral Natasi Daala. Though later, during the days of the Imperial Remnant, women were just as important as they were in the New Republic. Male chauvinism would later rear its head, especially when the Council of Moffs saw that Marasiah Fel was to become the next ruler of the Fel Empire.

Culture

The culture of New Order proponents was ascetic and minimalist. These aesthetics were encouraged throughout the galaxy by the Coalition for Progress, an arm of COMPNOR. During its short existence, the Empire was not particularly brutal in the suppression of artistic culture, as it was primarily interested in military and political dominance. However, pressures from the New Order left their mark on the art of the Imperial period.

Despite this, there existed a sharp dichotomy in Imperial culture. On one hand, there was certainly a change from the artistic vibrancy of the Galactic Republic. On the other, the privileged élites of the Core Worlds that formed the ruling class of the Empire often attended soirées, fêtes, and balls. These fortunate few enjoyed a charmed existence under the Empire where Human-produced operas and artwork presented a sort of intellectual renaissance, at the expense of non-Human or politically "subversive" art.

It was felt that only the upper crust of galactic society was suited for the rigors of command, so a disproportionate amount of the Imperial command staff came from richer backgrounds. This led to a sharp contrast between the highly cultured top brass and the comparatively brainwashed rank-and-file.

Another aspect of their culture was being Anti-Jedi, denouncing the use of the Force, though Palpatine commissioned a loose organization of loyal Darksiders called the Dark Side Adepts as a replacement for the now abolished Jedi Order and to make up for the lack of Sith Lords to do his bidding.

Such was not true later on during the days of the Imperial Remnant on, as the top brass were now formed from the more experienced veterans rather than galactic blue-bloods, meaning more sensible, experience-backed decisions on the battlefield. In addition, Jedi were no longer hated like they were. Though individual hatred was possibly prevalent, it was no longer law to despise them or the Force. Such would lead into the formation of the Knights of the Empire.

Xenophobia

The New Order was intrinsically tied to a Human-supremacist vision of society. Aliens were rarely accepted into formal Imperial organizations, droids even less. They were also often the target of exclusionary policies, perhaps as a result of the stigma surrounding the alien-based Confederacy of Independent Systems and their droid army.

Officially, New Order proponents justified the subordinate status of non-Humans by suggesting that Human supremacy was needed in order to protect and govern them. This marginalization explained why non-Humans did not hold positions of power: they were not technically barred but ostensibly were simply unfit for such positions. Theoretically, Imperial law made no distinction between Imperial citizens (Human or others) but the practice of Human High Culture belied such legal niceties.

In some cases, sentient aliens had been virtually exterminated by the Empire (infamously, the Empire occasionally used an ecological act permitting the eradication of dangerous species to justify military operations against sentient species). This allowed aliens to be enslaved and put to work in mines and on the Death Star. Chewbacca worked under the Empire until Han Solo freed him from oppression. Another change was Humans were the only ones allowed in the military (notable exceptions included Grand Admiral Thrawn). Many planets were represented by Humans in the Imperial Senate prior to its deconstruction. Many species, including the Mon Calamari and the Bothans, joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic in response to their loss of rights and treatment. After the fall of the Galactic Empire the Remnant abandoned speciesism altogether, thus potentially drafting the Rights of Sentience into the Imperial Charter. Droid rights were most likely brought up from an absolute no to a controversial maybe. By the time of the Second Imperial Civil War, Humanocentrism was still present amongst the ranks of the Imperial Military, as exemplified by Admiral Dru Valan, despite the new laws.

Economic practice

Following the Clone Wars, the Empire started a process of stabilization and expansion of the economy. While the Imperial Period saw dramatic increases in state control and centralization of economic procedures, it had little effect on the galactic economy, as witnessed in the virtual non-existence of inflation.

New Order supporters

At first, people of the Empire enthusiastically supported the vision outlined in the Declaration of a New Order, largely due to the violence that had plagued the galaxy for so long. Many Senators wholeheartedly supported the new government while a number of more cautious Senators chose to watch and wait to see how the new government would handle the affairs of state. Imperial citizens were encouraged to join COMPNOR. However, the New Order began to lose support as the Empire's authoritarian nature became increasingly public.

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Shockwave has destroyed the Autobots, and begins his plans for the conquest of Earth.

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Synopsis

Within the Ark, Shockwave observes a number of human television programs, and judges Earth's natives as quite primitive. As he walks past the deactivated Autobots, now strung from the ceiling for use as spare parts, he concludes that conquest of the planet "will be a simple task indeed."

Elsewhere in the vessel, the poisoned Decepticons are being revived. Shockwave explains to Megatron that, in light of this humiliating defeat, his leadership was clearly faulty, and it is only logical for Shockwave to take command. The weakened Megatron is in no condition to disagree... yet. Shockwave flies off to undertake his first conquest.

Meanwhile, as Sparkplug recovers from his heart attack, he makes Buster promise not to have anything more to do with the Transformers. Ratchet takes Buster back to the Ark to say his good-byes, only to discover that the Decepticons have taken over. Buster convinces Ratchet to stay outside while he sneaks in to investigate. Buster discovers the deactivated Autobots and despairs. When he realizes that Optimus Prime is not among them, he holds out hope, only to have that hope destroyed when he discovers Prime's detached head located in another room. Prime, still functional, informs Buster that he is the Autobots' last hope.

Credits

Writer(s): Bob Budiansky
Art: Alan Kupperberg
Colors: Nelson Yomtov
Letters: Rick Parker
Editor(s): Jim Owsley
  • Originally published: February, 1985
  • Cover date: June, 1985

Featured characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots Decepticons Humans

Errors

  • In a flashback, one of the Decepticons flying to their fortress appears to be Shockwave, who had not yet rejoined the Decepticons.
  • Many, many coloring errors. Notably, most Autobots are colored like Gears.

Items of note

  • Cameos: on television: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows (these 3 not in UK reprint, see below), Mrs. Shummway, Monty Hall, soap opera stars, sports announcer (voice only); dead Autobots: Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Windcharger, Huffer, Gears, Wheeljack, Ironhide, Bluestreak, Prowl, Hound, Trailbreaker, Sideswipe, Jazz, Brawn, Mirage; healing Decepticons: Thundercracker, Ravage, Starscream; flashback: Big Red; Sunstreaker, hospital employees, Frenzy, Rumble.
  • According to a text box in issue #4, this story was originally going to be drawn by the team of "Vince Giarrano, penciling superstar-in-the-making" and "Brad Joyce, inker extraordinaire". This did not come to pass, and while Joyce did eventually ink issue 10, Giarrano would never work on the series.
  • In a panel on page 9 of U.S. issue #5, Shockwave blasts the body of an unnamed Autobot. It is Sunstreaker's character model, but the blue and red colors are completely wrong for Sunstreaker. However, given Sunstreaker's absence in the scene on page 4 of U.S. issue #9, which is meant to include all the Autobots, and the appearance of his damaged body in #10, the repair of which is noted to be unlikely, plus Yomtov's penchant for completely messing up the colors, it seems reasonable that Sunstreaker is the Autobot.
  • In the U.S. version of the story, the first page illustrates a scene from the classic TV series The Honeymooners. However, in the UK reprint, a publicity still from the contemporary (at the time) series V was used instead.
  • The entire issue is devoid of any standard comic sound effects such as "BUTHROOM" or "KA-BLAM"

Covers (3)

Yes, where is he? Inside, you dolt!
  • U.S. cover: Iconic cover of Shockwave who burned (The Transformers) "Are All Dead" into the wall by Mark Bright. The cover is possibly the most well-known of all Transformers comics and has been homaged in official media at least twice: once in a panel of Dreamwave's The War Within series, and again as a cover of IDW's The Reign of Starscream #1.
  • UK issue 22 cover: reuse of U.S. cover art
  • UK issue 23 cover: Buster amongst the dead Autobots by Robin Smith

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