In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, it was revealed that most of the officers of the Republic Navy were clones.

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If so, then why weren't there any at the end of Revenge of the Sith on the bridge of the star destroyer? Were the clones already phased out this quickly, or is there a different reason?


Palpatine might have disliked clones

The Empire had a codified policy of xenophobia. Wookies and Twi’leks were often enslaved, for example. This was definitely something promoted by the Emperor himself, and not merely the prevailing attitude:

Palpatine and his propaganda machine worked to drive that nail of bigotry deeper by demonstrating how the old Jedi thugs and the scumfroth rebels consisted of many more nonhumans than humans. You could trust a human, the Empire said; aliens would always betray you.

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It is difficult to say how much Palpatine bought into this. He was a hypocrite at best: his former apprentice Darth Maul was a Zabrak, for example. Nonetheless, it seems likely that Palpatine, being a human himself, supremely arrogant, and indeed the source of much of the Empire’s propaganda, might have believed nonhumans to be inferior.

If this were the case (or even if were not), it would not be extraordinary for him to have a similar attitude toward clones. They had short lifespans, were blindly obedient, and (according to now-Legends material) were unable to effectively wield the power of the Dark Side: all things that Palpatine was likely to despise.

The Star Destroyer that we see at the end is probably not an ordinary ship. It is transporting Palpatine and Vader to view the Death Star construction. As such, it may be a flagship or other vessel important to Palpatine. In any case, if Palpatine believed clones to be inferior, his first step would probably be ensuring that the important ships had no clones among their officers.

  • This answer is close to the one I was looking for. I am aware that Palpatine hated clones, but I am also aware that they continued to use clones for a few weeks after the events of Revenge of the Sith. The Kanan: The Last Padawan comic is my source for that. Many clones went after the Padawan Caleb Dume for weeks until he was presumed dead. – Donatello Swansino Sep 5 '16 at 3:35
  • Where is it stated that Palpatine hated clones? – Thomas Sep 5 '16 at 5:32
  • @Thomas - I don’t think it is (unless Donatello knows something I don’t). I was suggesting that there is good reason to think he would have looked down on clones. – Adamant Sep 5 '16 at 6:19
  • I believe that in one of the Servants of the Empire books, Brendol Hux says that Palpatine secretly found the clones to be inferior beings. However, he did use clones for a few weeks after the Clone Wars (see my previous comment). – Donatello Swansino Sep 6 '16 at 0:48

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