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The military term "unit" does not mean one individual. In fact, a single unit can contain several hundred soldiers. The relevant factor is the number of people in command. For instance, A company is a military unit, typically consisting of 80–250 soldiers and usually commanded by a major or a captain. Most companies are formed of three to six platoons, ...


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I believe there are two reasons. The first is that the Jedi's ability to use The Force has diminished (see this question for more information).Yoda and Mace Windu discuss their blind spot and failure to detect what was going on in Attack of the Clones. Yoda: Blind we are, if creation of this clone army we could not see. Mace Windu: I think it is time ...


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The protagonist of Clarke's Imperial Earth (1975) is explicitly a clone. The Duplicated Man (1953) by James Blish and Robert Lowndes revolved around a machine that can duplicate people. The fictional novel "Lords of the Swastika" written by Hitler in The Iron Dream (1972) featured idealized "Aryan" clones led by a clone of the protagonist. Destination Void (...


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To quote from the same paragraph Identical twins, but not in piddling twos and threes as in the old viviparous days, when an egg would sometimes accidentally divide 96 embryos is accomplished by allowing a triplet cell to divide 5 times. A double cell would only produce 64 embryos.


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Lama Su was likely referring to the number of units that could be deployed immediately. Here is Lama Su's original dialogue to Obi-Wan Kenobi from Attack of the Clones. And now to business. You will be delighted to hear we are on schedule. Two hundred thousand units are ready, with another million well on the way. Given that clones can be fully grown in ...


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You seem to be underestimating the sheer number of people living in the galaxy and the relatively small proportion that the clones represent. The best estimates suggest that the total population of the Star Wars galaxy is around 100 quadrillion sentient beings. The best guess for clone numbers is several million. That means that they represent less than 0....


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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word clone first entered English as far back as 1903 to describe plants that were duplicated through grafting (or similar). Another early use of the word describes asexually reproduced cells. This sense dates back to at least 1929. The "duplicate person" sense of clone can be found as far back as 1970, in a ...


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I believe the company had to have humans to run the various equipment cheaply and to maintain the machines. Basically the clones were the organic component in a closed system. While conceivably a moon base could be fully automated, one can presume in the Moon universe it's probably cheaper to use a dispensable human clone instead of only using mechanical ...


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Per the Wookieepedia page on Darth Sidious (AKA Chancellor Palpatine), his Entire life was the culmination of a thousand-year plan to overthrow the Republic and the Jedi Order from within. and that he headed both the Galactic Republic and, secretly, the Confederacy of Independent Systems. so that As billions perished in the war, the vast ...


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You're referring to "Fat Farm" by Orson Scott Card which originally appeared in his collection of short stories entitled 'Maps in a Mirror' Per the Wikipedia article; Martin Barth is a very rich man with a serious overeating problem. When his obesity interferes with his enjoyment of his lifestyle, he goes to a secret clinic, gets himself cloned and then ...


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The number of Republic and/or Separatist planets isn't what's important -- it's the number of droids faced by the clone army. If there was no Separatist Droid Army then 200,000 clones would be more than enough for the Republic to force its will upon the Separatists. Conversely, had the Senate continued to be deadlocked over the Military Creation Act and the ...


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Within G/Disney-Canon, this has never been tested. It can be noted, however, that midichlorians cannot be transplanted in the EU/Legends canon. However, this has come up a few times in the EU/Legends canon. A few notable ones off the top of my head: The Dark Empire comics deal with the Emperor being revived via clone bodies. Each are very powerful Sith/...


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Perhaps the point of the cloned humans is not really to assist in the mining but to test out the technology required to create them. The rapid deterioration of the clones on the base shows that this technology has not been perfected but it would be of huge use to a corporation involved in space exploration or industry. The secrecy of the operation, ...


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Hego Damask, a leading member of the Intergalactic Banking Clan, provided Jedi Master Sifo Dyas the funds for the Clone army. Sidious first convinces Damask that the Republic must lose its faith in the Jedi. Sidious took a moment. "We will have to exploit their vanity and blind obedience to the Republic," he said with greater confidence, and as if ...


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This is dealt with in the EU novel "Labyrinth of Evil". Master Sifo-Dyas commissioned the Clone Army, presumably with a small down-payment and a blank cheque from the Jedi's own accounts. Count Dooku (with the assistance of Senator, then Chancellor Palpatine) kitted the army out with fancy hardware and big ships using his own vast personal wealth and any ...


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This is probably Robin Cook's Mutation. Victor Frank, and his wife Marsha, are unable to have a second child due to Marsha's infertility. They turn to surrogacy as an alternate method of conception. Victor, an obstetrician-gynaecologist and owner of the biochemical company Chimera Inc., injects the egg implanted in his wife with an agent called Nerve Growth ...


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Cloning as a scientific process might not have been mature in 1974, but the idea of a Doppelgänger had been around for hundreds of years A doppelgänger (literally "double-goer") is a non-biologically related look-alike or double of a living person, sometimes portrayed as a ghostly or paranormal phenomenon and usually seen as a harbinger of bad luck. Other ...


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I think that's William Tenn's "Child's Play" (1947). This link has a detailed description of the story, see if this is what you're looking for: Sam Weber, an unsuccessful lawyer, has received a mysterious box as a Christmas gift - "Merry Christmas, 2353"! Obviously someone is playing pranks. After much frustration, he will discover the box responds ...


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There is no reason to assume the Tet was near completing its project. If the Tet were a self-replicating machine, a basic strategy would be to mine energy and other resources from Earth to make as many Tets as possible. Fifty years isn't nearly enough time to sift all the deuterium out of Earth's oceans, or to strip mine the planet for metals, fissile ...


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This is "The Extra" by Greg Egan. The story is about a rich man who makes clones of himself. The clones are fed and exercised so that they will have perfect bodies, but are not given the ability to mentally develop. Keeping a stock of congenitally brain-damaged clones of oneself - in the short term, as organ donors; in the long term (once the techniques ...


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According to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction one of the first uses of "clone" for people instead of plants (where the usage is much older) was the book The Biological Time-Bomb (1968) by Gordon Rattray Taylor: It is not mere sensationalism to ask whether the members of human clones may feel particularly united, and be able to cooperate better, even if ...


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Could be "Watchers: I.D." by Peter Lerangis. From the author's website: The watchers see things that others can't see. In this installment, a young girl discovers she is a clone, and has only days to live unless she finds the secrets of her creators. Another synopsis throws up a few more details: As Eve approaches her fourteenth birthday, something ...


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In Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels, episodes 1 and 2 feature three Kaminoan clones that retired: Captain Rex (from 501st Legion), Commander Wolffe (from 104th Battalion), and Commando Clone Gregor. All three live together on/in an old RT-TT on Seelos.


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The short story "Republic Commando: Odds" sets a lower bound for us. Lama Su contacts Palpatine and insists that if he wants any more clones, he'll need to drop an initial payment of a billion credits. By definitions then, the GAR (including ships, training and materiel) must have cost at least 2 billion, but presumably much much more. But they watched, ...


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As far as Jedi telling them apart, the canon answer is in the Season 1, Episode 1 of of Clone Wars cartoon ("Ambush"). Predictably, the answer is "The Force" :) Yoda tells the clones he's with to take off their helmets while resting so he can look at their faces. They object that there's no point as they all look identical. Yoda tells them that indeed ...


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In the Star Wars: Rebels episode “The Last Battle” some have argued that Rex shows signs of PTSD when he appears to have a flash back in which he calls Ezra, ‘Cody’ one of his former comrades. In Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 6 trooper Tup suffers an injury that causes his control chip to malfunction and execute order 66 ...


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I'm sure there's more than one book that would fit this general description, but it sounds to me like "Anna to the Infinite Power", by Mildred Ames. I never read the book, but I saw the movie it was based on once on cable, and your description sounds just like it. The book was published in 1981, and was for teens. At the time, I was interested because I ...


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In universe you do see other species fighting for the CIS in the clone wars, but just in their homeworlds: Genosians and Umbarans are the two who come to mind. However, from a logistical standpoint why use the combined droid armies of the different members of the CIS (the Trade Federation, the Intergalactic Banking Clan, the Techno Union) who are designed ...


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This could also be Code 46. It features a relationship between a man and the clone of his mother. Society is regulated by various "codes". The code of the movie title prohibits "genetically incestuous reproduction", which may occur as a result of the various medical technologies which have become commonplace, such as cloning. William ...


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Quark (1977)? This TV series was a spoof of sci-fi movies and shows, it took place on a spaceship and had two clone women who were always arguing about which one was the clone and which was the original. It lasted one season. Full episodes can be viewed on YouTube, there were 8 in all. Here is one titled "Goodbye Polumbus". You can see the clones speaking ...


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