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Pure speculation, but I'd like to point out that an in-universe answer may relate to the use of "first" in a context other than to mean chronologically, but instead to mean "primary", or "foremost". It's the first order you should think about when you wake up in the morning, not the first order to ever have existed.


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Sanitation is a low-level duty. Basically you do it while you're a cadet, long before you get to go out and shoot people. After years of training, FN-2187 had itched for some real action. Like other stormtrooper cadets, he’d rotated through several lower-level duties, including a janitorial assignment, but he hadn’t seen any real live-fire action ...


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First off, I agree with Lightness' interpretation of First as meaning primary, which puts the First Order ahead (in their opinion) of alternative governments in the galaxy — namely, the Republic. The First Order see themselves as the primary agents of order. As General Hux waxes in his speech on Starkiller base: Today is the end of the Republic. ...


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The Rebels/Resistance have shown a consistent tactic throughout their history; basing themselves somewhere remote, striking at Imperial targets and then, when confronted, bugging out to a rendezvous point and a new base. In this instance the First Order have a new and highly effective tactic of their own, the capacity to follow ships through hyperspace. ...


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You are confusing stormtroopers of the First Order with stormtroopers of the Galactic Empire. Star Wars Rebels is set five years before the events of the original trilogy, so these stormtroopers serve the Galactic Empire (the one ruled by Emperor Palpatine). The Galactic Empire phased out clones from the Stormtrooper Corps at the end of the Clone Wars and ...


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These are identified in the film's Visual Dictionary as Snoke's "Attendants". We also get a little bit of back-story. Apparently they were instrumental in helping the fleeing Imperial fleet to escape the newly resurgent Galactic Republic after their defeat at Jakku. This was when they apparently came under the influence of Snoke and the First Order. ...


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Snoke's command ship is truly enormous. It's hundreds of times larger than a Star Destroyer and even with a great big chunk taken out of it, vast sections of the ship appear to be completely undamaged. Kylo Ren orders Hux to gather his forces and take them down to the planet. It seems highly likely that they came from somewhere in the sections that weren't ...


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Possibly because the Imperial Crest itself was modeled on the logo of the Old Republic, known as the Galactic Roundel: Combined with the symbol of the old Republic's Navy: Since the New Republic was the clear heir to the Republican throne, and the First Order despised the Republic and everything associated with it, it would make sense for them to distance ...


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Fatigue duty is a long established military tradition. In the British military one form of punishment is "Restrictions of Privileges" and would usually involve repeated inspections of uniform and kit mixed with assorted menial tasks that could include, yes, sanitation duty. The American UCMJ allows the assignment of fatigue duty (over and above regular ...


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As I pointed out in another answer, stormtroopers don't pull sanitation duty, that's something that falls to stormtrooper cadets. Assuming the training regime is similar to that of the former Empire, a cadet would wear a soft jacket and trousers.


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According to The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary, they indeed hold ammo: Web gear holds extra ammunition Most likely the ammo is for the Sonn-Blas FWMB-10 megablaster (a.k.a. "big frigging gun") our friend is holding in the image above.


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I imagine one of the history lessons in First Order curriculum would go something like this: The birth of the glorious Galactic Empire brought forth by our eternal leader Emperor Palpatine signified the dawn of the New Order and the end of the corrupt and impotent Old Republic. With Vader's Fist leading the Imperial March, we were the heralds of a new era, ...


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According to the film's official novelisation, the bar's patrons appear to have been systematically slaughtered by the attacking stormtrooper forces Swooping TIE fighters were methodically reducing the stone walls and towers to dust, while others strafed smugglers and traders who were frantically running for cover. Their panicked flight was futile, as ...


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I think without a novelization and insight into what the First Order you can't really say for certain. However, I would like to offer a theory (which is also only speculation): given that the First Order no longer had a planet killer, but instead had Hyperspace tracking, the Resistance could potentially have had an easier time hiding on the planet than by ...


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The film script offers the following information INT. STAR DESTROYER HANGAR - NIGHT Poe, shackled, is ushered from the transport through the hangar. He is awed by the imposing space. POE: All right. All right! The film's official novelisation concurs, stating that it's "enormous and impressive". The shackles that Poe had worn on the troop ...


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The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary says this about the First Order Fleet (relevant parts are bold): The discovery of the Resistance base's location leads to the dramatic arrival of the First Order fleet at D'Qar. Spearheading the assault is the Finalizer, the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer under General Hux's direct command. Even this overwhelming ...


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This is just speculation on my part, but I believe the reason the First Order wants to create an obvious, yet deniable, connection to the Empire. It is sensible to assume that after Palpatine's defeat, the newly formed New Republic banned all symbols of the old regime so the galaxy could overcome its dark past - similarily to how Nazi symbols are banned in ...


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More importantly than helping Poe, he also helps bring BB8 and the star map to them. As this was one of the things most desired by the First order, if he was going to betray them he would have done so as soon as he had that. Edit to clarify the situation when Finn meets the Resistance. At this time, the first order have just destroyed the Republic with ...


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Only the elite special forces ones. From the canonical Star Wars databank: Elite Special Forces fighter pilots bear red flashes on their helmets, and report to the upper ranks of the First Order hierarchy.


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The First Order inherited the Galactic Empire's anti-alien policy. Quoting Wookiepedia on the First Order (emphasis mine): Prerecorded speeches often filled the airwaves, in which General Hux would often comment on the depravity of the Republic ... and unchecked alien advances throughout the Outer Rim. Following which stories of First Order victories ... ...


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TLDR The First Order was playing to their strength. The Rebel Fleet was inadequate to fight them and they knew it; hence the escape. The First Order knew they had the upper hand in a space battle; hence their patience. So this all comes down to military strategy... which can be a much longer explanation. If you would like that, let me know and I will throw ...


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There's no direct canon answer yet. Plausible explanations would be: Supreme Leader Snoke indicated to Kylo Ren that he was older than the Empire, and didn't quite seem terribly impressed with the Empire. As such, it's possible he wasn't interested in acknowledging the Empire as a full fledged "first" order, but more like a precursor effort. Technically, ...


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I assumed that they came from There's a couple of things to bolster my theory


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The backstory of The Force Awakens is that the New Republic, to resist the effects of centralizing too much power, only had a modest fleet and other naval forces were primarily planetary defense squadrons. The First Order built up their forces, but was still somewhat limited in scope and the Republic probably could have at least matched them in a straight ...


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The Empire operated the TIE/ln ("TIE fighter") and the TIE/IN ("TIE interceptor"), among other vehicles in the TIE line. However, the First Order did not operate either the TIE/ln nor the TIE/IN. Instead, the First Order operated the TIE/fo (which looks like the Imperial TIE fighter and was the First Order's primary starfighter), the TIE/sf (two-seat variant ...


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  There is no other viable reason, except to portray Finn as someone who didn't bloody his hands (literally and figuratively :) ) until events of Episode VII . Note that many (all) armies in real world use soldiers for sanitation duties, partially to keep them busy and partially to reduce costs. But in SW universe there is no real reason for that, ...


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There are a few problems there that need to be taken into consideration. Han had A FEW cameras whatching critical parts of the ship. And it was only a freighter sized ship. Despite the cameras a whole GROUP of people managed to sneak aboard without Han detecting them. Then for the starkiller base you have 2 areas. The planet itself. Extensive landscapes ...


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The base is planet sized so having surveillance cameras all over would require a lot of people to be watching the monitors. It is likely that the Stormtroopers and other people working on the base would be the 'surveillance' as Stormtrooper helmets all had comlinks and audio pick-up in them so it would be easy to very quickly tell the command when anything ...


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Unknown, but I think Sidon did So far, I don’t think there’s any canon information about what happened to Sidon Ithano or his crew when Maz Kanata’s castle got bombed. While the crew could well have died, I’m skeptical that Sidon Ithano would have been killed by a mere bombing run, given what he survived in The Crimson Corsair and the Lost Treasure of Count ...


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The stormtroopers themselves aren't colored like real-world soldiers, they're black and white. The new black and white weapons at least now match their armor. The filmmakers wanted The Force Awakens to feel new and updated but still stay firmly rooted in the familiar. As Mark Hamill said in an interview, Nothing's changed really. I mean, everything's ...


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