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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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Droids lack certain qualities that most humans (even clones) possess: grasping the subtleties of situations, thinking on their feet and adapting. I believe the Kaminoans touted this to Obi-Wan when they gave him a tour of the cloning facility. There are droids with advanced faculties, but they are likely to be expensive models -- not ones that you can mass ...


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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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We don't know if those stormtroopers are Jango Fett clones, but if they are, the clones had their mind tampered to make them more docile. From Attack of the Clones Script. LAMA SU: You'll find they are totally obedient, taking any order without question. We modified their genetic structure to make them less independent than the original host. This ...


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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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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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Per the wookiepedia 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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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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They are soldiers for life. Pretty much all the surviving Jango-Fett based caminoan clones were serving as Imperial Stormtroopers, even when they became a minority among non-clones and non-Fett clones in the latter days of the Empire. There were SOME clones who kinda-retired - one example was a sleeper cell of Soonier Fel clones (Carib Devist) in Zahn's ...


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According to the Wookieepedia page on cloning: Although the exact rate at which clones aged is unknown, it appears to be nearly twice as fast a natural-born Human and it is theorized that this rate increased as clones grew older—especially under stress, thus leading to a dramatic shortening of the clones' life expectancy To be honest, this makes very ...


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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 ...


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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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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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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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They do not have a home during the empire. They are billeted on a ship, barracks, or they sleep where they can in the field. They are soldiers but they are defacto slaves as they can not choose not to serve and they are engineered to die young. Post empire they find a home on Mandolore and many of the old units act as mercenaries. There are several ...


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I seem to recall (and admittedly, I read this in the 90's, so that makes it a dubious source) that the emperor was able to provide some cohesion to the storm-troupers by using the force — and this was so noticeable that there was commentary about sudden disorganization and chaos about the time of the Emperor's death. This would not have been possible ...


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Two novels in the Star Wars expanded universe offer a lot of insight into clone trooper medical care: MedStar I: Battle Surgeons & MedStar II: Jedi Healer (2004) both written by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry. The books focus on Republic Mobile Surgical Units (RMSU) - (pronounced "rimsoos") on the front lines of the Clone Wars. Think of the RMSU's as Star ...


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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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There is a forcing people to do things by serially murdering them sub-plot in John Varley's novel The Ophiuchi Hotline. Other things that may be memorable about the novel include a trip far into Trans-Plutarian space with pilot whose body has been heavily sculpted to the point where her head is the widest part of the body; several instances of people being ...


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In addition to what DavRob said, the Fett model clones were NO LONGER the main complement of Stormtroopers by 0 ABY (aka the year "A New Hope" happened). From Wookiepedia: ... Thus, the Fett clones were ironically reduced to a minority status after years of virtually filling the stormtrooper ranks in its entirety. According to a stormtrooper's entry log ...


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