Why am I posting this? Because I want to inform the ill-informed of how things used to be. Since TCW, the Rise of the Empire era has become twisted and misshaped into something barely recognizable from what us older Star Wars fans grew up with and previously knew about the clone war.
These next few excerpts are from Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Chronology. A source book that compiled every Star Wars Comic, Novel, TV Series, and Video game ever published into a concise timeline. The book was published shortly before the TCW movie and TV series aired.
Make no mistake, I fully recognize that all these events have been reticonned and are no longer true (though I wish they weren't). The 3 biggest controversial subjects that TCW has steamrolled over as if they hadn't been written about before are the origins of the Dathomirian Witches (apparently TCW added zabracks to Dathomir's population too which is completely bogus), Darth Maul's origins, and the Mandalorian culture during the clone war.
so without further adieu, TCW fans, I give you how things went down when we were your age:
Of Dathomirian witches:
"Approximately 600 BBY, a fallen Jedi named
Allya was exiled to the savage forests of Dathomir, a rugged planet which had long served as a prison colony for the republic's worst criminals. Allya used the force to subjugate the other prisoners and to tame feral Rancors. Over time, Allya had many daughters, all of whom she taught to use the force. A female dominant society eventually took shape, led by "witches" who viewed the
force as a form of atavistic magic." (Wallace, 32. An excerpt from Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Chronology). They remained this way for much of The Clone War. A society of female dominant humans no zabracks. of course that's all changed now.
Of Darth Maul
"In keeping with the sith rule, Sidious accelerated the training of his own pet project, the Zabrak child called Maul. Unknown to Plagueis, Sidious had taken the Zabrack child from his home world of Iridonia and, in a dark reflection of the Jedi order's own raining methods, began tutoring maul in the art of cruelty and manipulation." (Wallace,32). So as you can see, for years it was commonly believed that Maul hailed from the Zabrack home world of Iridonia, but now that has all changed.
Last but sure as hell not least, Of The Mighty Mandalorians:
"The Battle of Galidraan marked the end of the Mandalorian civil war, a conflict between the true Mandalorians and the Mandalorian deathwatch that had been sizzling for over a quarter century. Following the Mandalorian genocide of the Ithullans a century and a half earlier, some clan members had expressed a desire to shed the amoral ways of the "Mandalorian Mercs". Eventually, the charismatic Jaster Mereel came to lead the clans as Mandalore, and set down an idealistic code of conduct in the Supercommando Codex. A Mandalorian named Tor Visla attracted followers fond of the old ways, who then formed the Deathwatch faction. Armed conflict broke out in 60BBY.
Visla succeeded in killing Jaster Mereel, but Mereel's role as leader of the True Mandalorians was filled by Jango Fett. After decades of infighting, Galidraan was to be the end of the Deathwatch but instead it proved to be the end of 4 thousand years of Mandalorian dominance.
The governor of Galidraan informed Jango Fett that he would give up Visla's position if Jango's troops terminated a group of local rebels. They did so, only to learn that the governor and the deathwatch
had set Jango up. Protesting to the Republic that the True Mandalorians had slaughtered innocents, the governor called in a Jedi peacekeeping force led by Master Dooku and his Padawan, Komari Vosa. The Mandalorian army fought to the last man; only Jango Fett survives, to become prisoner to slavers. The once Great Mandalorian Power had been forever gutted. Besides Jango, Only Visla and a few surviving members of the Deathwatch remained active in the galaxy, while a small regiment of troopers remained on Mandalore as home guard." (Wallace, 34-35).
So what does the battle of Galidraan have to do with the Mandalorians in TCW? Seems like it could fit, and it does, the battle of Galidraan has not been reticonned and fits in with the new timeline that TCW now dominates. However its what happens after Galidraan and during the clone war that is the problem.
In TCW, the Mandalorians are peace loving neutral people who have no desire to be apart of the clone war. However, it was the Deathwatch that won the Mandalorian civil war, and they left there home guard on Mandalore and they existed as they had for thousands of years, Mandalorian clans fighting with each other for territorial dominance or just pure sport. But in TCW they somehow turn into peace lovers and do not explain what happened in the years after the Mandalorian civil war to turn them that way. Most likely another civil war broke out and they exiled the deathwatch to Dxun but I'm not sure.
Now, as to what happened with Mandalore during the clone war in the old timeline, we must look at Alpha-02 (AKA Mandalore the Resurrector):
“Elsewhere, the Mandalorians staged an unlikely resurrection following their decimation in the Battle of Galidraan. Alpha-02, an aberrant Kaminoan clone of Jango Fett, became obsessed with rebuilding the clans and recruited two hundred soldiers from the police units on Mandalore along with former members of the Deathwatch. These new Supercommandos comprised the Mandalorian Protectors, and they struck against the Republic at Null, Kamino, and New Bornalex. . Following many bloody
battles, only 2 recruits remained- Tobbi Dala and Fenn Shysa, Both of whom returned to Mandalore” (Wallace, 80).
That's all I have to say really. This article is not to spawn a debate but rather to inform how things used to be in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. Am I asking you to accept my philosophy on the clone war over TCW's? No absolutely not. All I ask is that you respect where your beloved show came from, because your beloved show has showed time and time again that it certainly does not respect where it came from.