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In Star Wars Episode II, the roundels on the ships of the Galactic Republic have eight spikes. In Star Wars Episode 3, they have only six spikes. Why did the logo change? We can guess that cannot be due to the forming of the Empire because we can see six-spiked symbols early in the movie, while the Empire is only founded at the end.

Why did the insignia of the Republic change from eight to six spikes from Episode 2 to Episode 3?

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    A sign to the audience that the Republic from the start of the clone wars is not the same peaceful government as seen in Episode 3 (more militaristic and like a dictatorship, etc.)
    – Boolean
    Nov 5 '20 at 11:15
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    Two of the spikes were clearly loyal to the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
    – Cadence
    Nov 5 '20 at 17:06
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    Hmm. The ROTS Cross-Section book calls it a "reduced form" of the emblem, but doesn't explain why it's used.
    – Valorum
    Nov 5 '20 at 19:06
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    It's noticeable that Anakin had it on his fighter before the Empire was declared. I suspect it's a case of the tail wagging the dog. They used the wrong logo, then justified it later.
    – Valorum
    Nov 5 '20 at 20:50
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    @NKCampbell - Possibly. It's not in any way clear. The "Star Wars Propaganda" book doesn't mention the reason for the change either.
    – Valorum
    Nov 5 '20 at 21:28

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