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In episodes 2 and 3 of Andor,

a flashback to Cassian Andor's youth shows a freighter crashing on his homeworld of Kenari. Some crew stagger out, with clearly visible Separatist/CIS insignia on their arms, and one of them is killed by blowguns: Screenshot showing a dead humanoid with a CIS emblem highlighted by a hand-drawn red circle

However, later, Maarva says that Cassian and the rest of his people won't be safe, since they just killed a "Republic officer". Screenshot of Maarva with the closed caption "Yeah, people who've just killed a Republic officer."

Has this been officially addressed? Is this just a costuming error, the result of rewrites, or something else?

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    Military surplus, maybe?
    – Valorum
    Sep 22 at 17:34
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    @Valorum Republic officers in surplus CIS uniforms during the height of the Clone Wars seems like a really bad idea. Unless it was some kinda espionage deal... Although now I think about it, Boba Fett had that bait-and-switch with the speeder bike gang. Could be that Maarva is just lying through her teeth about it since Cassian eventually joins anti-Republic insurrectionists as a child in the near future. Sep 22 at 18:48
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    @SpaceWolf1701 Maybe, though Cassian doesn't even speak Basic at that point, so it seems like she'd have little reason to lie. B2EMO also identifies the (offscreen) incoming ship as Republic and says they should hurry up, and he'd have even less reason to lie.
    – Milo P
    Sep 22 at 19:46
  • @MiloP A good point. I wonder if there's not something we missed, maybe there's actually a Republic guy in there somewhere we just didn't notice? Sep 22 at 19:50
  • Maybe she doesn't know what she's talking about Sep 26 at 3:07

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This is addressed by the starwars.com Episode Guide for Episode 3:

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The flashbacks in this episode occur during the later years of the Republic, prior to the start of the Clone Wars, with Maarva and Clem worrying about an incoming Republic frigate interrupting their salvage operation. The dead crewers aboard the transport corsair wear uniforms with a symbol closely related to the eventual Separatist Alliance. Travel to Kenari will later be restricted by the Empire due to environmental disaster.

(source: https://www.starwars.com/series/andor/andor-season-1-episode-3-episode-guide, Trivia Gallery image 1, emphasis added)

The implication is that the faction that the crew belongs to will eventually become the Separatist Alliance/CIS, but hasn't yet seceded from the Republic.

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