Were the Clones/Stormtroopers loyal to the head of the galaxy at the time or just to Emperor Palpatine? Whose side did they join after the empire fell?

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    Well, ultimately this will be answered in December 2015, won't it? – Dave Johnson Nov 19 '14 at 1:47
  • seems from the trailers that the rebels are still rebels and are being pursued by stormtroopers again – Moshe Goldberg Apr 26 '15 at 12:38
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    It does kind of seem that way, but we also know that it is 20 years after RotJ. It makes sense that someone else would have tried to grab power and keep the Empire going, but we have no way of knowing until December. – Dave Johnson Apr 27 '15 at 13:48
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    I remember from somewhere in the Star Wars universe(maybe even the actual episodes) that someone said that even if they do take down the Emperor and Darth Vader there is still the entire empire they have to take down hint hint. – Moshe Goldberg Apr 27 '15 at 22:07

None of this is canon any more, unfortunately, and could change with the new Disney films. But according to the Star Wars Expanded Universe, most of the Imperial Army, which includes stormtroopers, stayed loyal to whoever was in charge of the empire. Very few of them seem to have defected to the New Republic, which was the successor-state to the Rebel Alliance. Some of them stayed loyal to the individual worlds or ships they were stationed on, when the Imperial Navy split into warring factions supporting different warlords. This gave some of the larger warlords, such as Admiral Daala, control over a stormtrooper army of a sort, but nothing compared to the army controlled by whoever was in charge of the Empire at the time.

The Imperial government was itself quite volatile, with many changes in leadership, until it achieved a degree of stability under Grand Admiral Thrawn, only to fracture again after his death. Eventually, 15 years after Palpatine's death, the last eight surviving Moffs granted Thrawn's protege, Supreme Commander Pellaeon, permission to sign a peace treaty with the New Republic. Previous legislation by Leia Organa Solo had prevented former stormtroopers from holding office in the New Republic, but it is unclear if this law stood after the Pellaeon-Gavrisom Treaty.

  • Legends is NOT "not canon". It's printed and canon. Just different level of canon. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Nov 19 '14 at 19:39
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    @DVK: Due to Lucas, there are already too many levels of canon in Star Wars to remember. I just want to reminisce about the days when we thought Heir to the Empire was Episode 7, ok? Let me cry in peace! – James Sheridan Nov 19 '14 at 23:19

There is no fully canon answer until the release of Episode VII, which will presumably provide some information about the stormtroopers' fate.

In Legends, stormtroopers were allied with the Imperial Remnant after the death of Emperor Palpatine and the fall of the Galactic Empire. Although the Empire was defeated at the Battle of Endor, substantial Imperial forces remained elsewhere in the galaxy. The Imperial Remnant largely continued to fight the Rebel Alliance (which turned into the New Republic) but even found themselves fighting alongside the New Republic and its successor states during the Yuuzhan Vong War to repel the extra-galactic invaders. Eventually the stormtroopers became affiliated with the Fel Empire.

This is just a summary of the post-Empire history of the stormtroopers because their history continues for decades after the death of Emperor Palpatine -- they lasted until at least 130 ABY.

Also, the recently updated canon states that the stormtroopers were not clones.

  • What does canon mean? – Moshe Goldberg Apr 27 '15 at 22:09
  • @JediPythonClone Canon refers to the official stories of Star Wars. Episode VII is not going to follow the stories already written about the events after Episode VI, so any contradiction between those stories and Episode VII is resolved by holding that Episode VII is the "true" event. Everything else is just a "legend". – Null Apr 28 '15 at 1:02

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