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Below you will find a list of the factions on TheStarWarsRP.Com. The factions, in the order they appear below, are the Jedi Order, the Galactic Republic, the Sith Empire and the Mandalorian Clans. If you would like to join one of our four main factions, please contact the Faction Leader or follow the instructions in one of the following sign-up threads:

Jedi Order Sign-Up
Grand Army of the Republic Sign-Up
Sith Empire Sign-Up
Mandalorian Army Sign-Up

There may also be an Independent Faction you wish to join and/or create. If so, please see this board. If you have any questions about signing up for a main faction or an Independent Faction, please contact a staff member at your earlier convenience.

Thanks, and good luck in your future faction endeavors!
 

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The Jedi Order

The Jedi Order is an ancient and noble monastic peacekeeping organization unified by its belief and observance of the Force. The Jedi were the guardians of peace and justice in the Galactic Republic and became the most famous of the various groups that relied on the Force for their power. Led by a series of Jedi Councils, the Order grew over the millennia despite facing many trials, most often threats from the Sith, wielders of the Dark Side of the Force.

Since the beginning, scientists had been studying the Force and its connection to Midichlorians. This research was conducted most notably by the Paladins of the Chatos Academy, the Followers of Palawa and Order of the Dai Bendu on lost planets such as Ondos and Had Abbadon. The Jedi Order itself, however, began on Tython, where the brightest and best philosophers, priests and warriors came together long ago to discuss their enigmatic, mystical positive energy called the Ashla. Those who wanted to use the Bogan, the negative energies of the Force, for their personal gain ignited a century long conflict called the Force Wars, from the ashes of which arose the Jedi Order. Some of these Jedi left Tython to defend the galaxy and became known as Jedi Knights.

Initially, the Jedi were a contemplative order, but over time they began to take a more direct and active role in galactic affairs. The Jedi followed the “light” side of the Force, using their power for unselfish and beneficial acts. In the ensuing millennia, the history of the Jedi was intertwined with both the Republic they served and the Sith they fought in conflicts such as the Great Hyperspace War, the Great Sith War, the Jedi Civil War, the Great Territorial War, the Great Rim Lines War and the Great Sovereign Crusades.

Eventually, the Jedi formed a central political entity called the Jedi High Council. The High Council was a gathering of great minds that acted as a governing body for the Order, as well as an advisory board for the Galactic Senate. The Jedi Council could only have twelve members at a time.

Among other tasks, the Jedi eventually became responsible for law enforcement and peacekeeping within the Republic. Many Jedi held different opinions on peacekeeping. While some favored diplomacy at all costs, other advocated a more direct approach, such as issuing “aggressive negotiations”, with the majority striking a balance between the two extremes.

The Jedi, in addition to battling interstellar criminals and settling galactic disputes, served as mediators, defenders and teachers. Because of their sense of honor and the epic challenges they undertook, the Jedi became legends, serving as symbols of the best the Republic had to offer. With lightsabers at their sides and the power of the Force flowing through them, the Jedi accomplished the tasks set before them with dedication and seeming invincibility. But invincibility was only an illusion. Jedi often died in the defense of freedom and justice.

The philosophy known as the Jedi Code was created to keep young Jedi students from being drawn to the dark side. It was taught by the Jedi Council to hundreds of thousands of Jedi throughout the ages.

<div align="center">There is no emotion; there is peace.
There is no ignorance; there is knowledge.
There is no passion; there is serenity.
There is no death; there is the force.

-The Jedi Code</div>
At its heart, the Jedi Code provides simple instructions for living in touch with the Force. A Jedi never uses the Force to gain wealth or personal power. Instead, a Jedi uses the Force to find knowledge and enlightenment. Anger, fear, aggression, and other negative emotions lead to the dark side, so Jedi are taught to act only when they are at peace with the force.

Jedi are encouraged to find non-violent solutions whenever possible. They should act from wisdom, using persuasion and counsel instead of Force powers and violence. When all else fails, or to save a life, a Jedi must sometimes resort to battle in order to resolve a particularly dangerous situation. Though combat may sometimes be the best answer, it should never be the first option a Jedi Explores.

Because of their connection to the force, the Jedi sense its flow and draw upon its energy. While doing so, a Jedi sometimes perceives disturbances in the force. These disturbances can be explained by the presence of powerful Force-users in the area, or intense emotions that cry out in the Force. There are even times when such disturbances result in feelings of urgency or premonitions that spur a Jedi to a place or situation where they are needed.
 

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The Galactic Republic

The Galactic Republic was born with the signing of the Galactic Charter by delegates from the Coalition of Planets immediately following the Unification War and the destruction of the Anarchic Brotherhood of Planets almost 21,000 years before the Great Sovereign Crusades. During that time, the Humans and Duros invented the hyperdrive system, allowing Coruscant to become the capital of the Galactic Republic.

Though history often recalls the Republic as a peaceful government, numerous galactic conflicts such as the Hundred Year Darkness, the Great Sith War, the Mandalorian War, the Jedi Civil War, the Great Territorial War, the Great Rim Lines War and the Great Sovereign Crusades have occurred throughout its reign.

The Republic began as a mutual protection and economic alliance among a number of planets throughout the galaxy. The Republic’s greatest failing was its lack of formal organization. Much of its operation was, and still is, based on non-binding constitutional conventions, which are often ignored and undermined by corrupt and power-hungry politicians than heeded. Coalition governments are common, with special interest defining the legislative agenda.

The leader of the Republic, elected by the Galactic Senate, is the Supreme Chancellor. The Supreme Chancellor serves as the Republic’s head of government, chief diplomat and, during extreme times of war, commander in chief. The current Supreme Chancellor is Cos Jonathan Dashin, war hero and a previously one-term Chancellor during the Great Sovereign Crusades.
 

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The Sith Empire

The sworn enemy of the Jedi Order, the Sith Empire is a group of servants of the Force unified by their belief in its Dark Side. Thousands of years ago, a Jedi had come to the understanding that the true power of the Force lied not through contemplation and passivity, but only by tapping its darkness could its true potential be gained. The Jedi Council at the time balked at this new direction. The Dark Jedi was outcast, but he eventually gained followers. They made their way to Korriban where they stayed for a period of time known as the Hundred Year Darkness, just before the Great Hyperspace War. During this time, the Order of the Sith was officially created.

The leader of the Sith Empire is called the Dark Lord of the Sith. Before the time of the Dark Lord Revan, a Sith Council had been in existence, made up of ten Sith Lords from within the empire. Each Lord on the Council personally ruled over a dozen worlds. The Council convened in a great citadel on Ziost. They also oversaw the economic activities of the Sith Empire. Though the empire was far smaller than the Galactic Republic, it was much wealthier and in possession of unique and potent technologies.

The empire is very different from the Galactic Republic, being much more ecumenically driven than its counterpart. It is hierarchical, utilizing both a rigid caste system and a stratified rank structure to put its subjects in their proper place. The members of the empire that use the Force are very religious when it comes to the Dark Side, believing in a unique Sith Code. It is taught during the training of Sith Acolytes. Sith Masters understand that their students should not only be able to recite it at any time, but that they need to understand the meaning behind it as well.

<div align="center">Peace is a lie, there is only passion
Through passion, I gain strength
Through strength, I gain power
Through power, I gain victory
Through victory, my chains are broken
The Force shall set me free....
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The Mandalorian Clans

The Mandalorians, called Mando’ade in Mando’a which means “Children of Mandalore”, are a warlike and nomadic group of clan-based people consisting of members from multiple species. Originally, the Mandalorian clans were Taung from Coruscant, led by the warlord “Mandalore the First”. Eventually, they conquered an Outer Rim world, which they named Mandalore after their leader. The Taung then took the name Mandalorians and were seen by many as the most skilled fighters in the galaxy, thriving in battle. They were known for their use of cutting edge weaponry and held to a strict code of honor. These Mandalorians wore crusader armor that differed from one soldier to the next.

For thousands of years after Mandalore’s conquest, its new inhabitants would not venture far from the system they inhabited. It was not until the Great Sith War that they would seek to expand their conquests and, in the process, because infamous to the galaxy at large.

The current Mandalorians as a people may look Human, and many are, because once Mandalore the Ultimate came to power he recruited Humans who believed in the Mandalorian philosophy to build an army that could challenge the Republic. Pure bred Mandalorians, however, are not Human. On the outside, the case may be but within they are very different. After millennia’s of inter-breeding with a species from their home region, it had resulted of an exceptional skill of having an inbuilt genetic resistance to mind intrusions, therefore making any pure bred Mandalorian strong willed birth. This means that Jedi mind tricks had no effect what-so-ever. They live longer than the average Human and their strength and endurance, along with their fanatical dedication to their code, makes them a worthwhile ally, as well as a dangerous enemy.

The Mandalorian culture revolves around that of battle and war being a source of honor and pride in their community. The leader of the Mandalorians typically takes on the title of “Mandalore”. Mandalorians are frequently allied with the Sith Empire, most notably Exar Kun, though they would not hesitate to cooperate with the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order if it suited them. The Mandalorian Code, a major part of their culture, is simple and is composed of three facets of life: Strength, Honor and Death.

<div align="center">Mandalorians are required to be strong at all times,
signs or weakness invite disaster and any Mandalorian perceived
as weak by his fellows can be challenged to a death duel
to prove their strength.

Honor is very important to the Mandalorian Clans. Fighting with
honor is the only way to fight. Should a Mandalorian Warrior fight
in a dishonorable fashion, he would be slain by his clansmen for
tarnishing the name of the clan with his actions. It was considered
best to die fighting honorably than to survive
through dishonorable means.

Death is a fact of life to the Mandalorians. Everyone dies, and
what matters to the Mandalorian Warrior is how a person dies.
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All Mandalorians are required to live their life by this code.
 
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