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Why isn't the First Order the Second Order?

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". ...
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Why not use Droids for sanitation duty?

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 ...
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Why isn't the First Order the Second Order?

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....
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Why did the Dreadnought not shoot the cruisers first?

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 ...
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In Star Wars Rebels, how can the kids at the Stormtrooper Academy know their parents and have a name?

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 ...
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Who are the two cloaked figures in Snoke's throne room?

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 ...
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Where did the AT-M6s and AT-ATs come from?

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....
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Why did the Resistance use the Rebel symbol while the First Order didn't use the Empire's?

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 ...
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Why not use Droids for sanitation duty?

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 ...
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Do the stormtroopers wear their stormtrooper armor when they mop the floors?

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, ...
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Why isn't the First Order the Second Order?

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 ...
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Where did Maz Kanata's patrons go during the First Order's attack?

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 ...
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Why did the Resistance use the Rebel symbol while the First Order didn't use the Empire's?

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,...
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What does the First Order Heavy Gunner have on his chest?

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 ...
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Why did the Dreadnought not shoot the cruisers first?

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 ...
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Why is Poe Dameron so shocked in the First Order star destroyer hangar?

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. ...
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How much control did the First Order have by the time of The Last Jedi?

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 ...
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Why does the Resistance trust Finn so easily?

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 ...
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What is the First Order's healthcare like? Like, what do they do in the case where anyone is injured?

It would appear that they have ready access to Medical Droids and Bacta treatment aboard the Supremacy. It seems likely that injured soldiers would also be given treatment and then returned to their ...
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Do any First Order pilots have red on their helmets?

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 ...
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Is the First Order prejudiced against non-humans?

The First Order inherited the Galactic Empire's anti-alien policy. Quoting Wookieepedia on the First Order (emphasis mine): Prerecorded speeches often filled the airwaves, in which General Hux ...
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Why are the First Order's weapons designed this way?

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 ...
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Why isn't the First Order the Second Order?

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 ...
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Where did the AT-M6s and AT-ATs come from?

I assumed that they came from There's a couple of things to bolster my theory
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How much control did the First Order have by the time of The Last Jedi?

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 ...
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Why did the Dreadnought not shoot the cruisers first?

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; ...
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Why did the First Order not use Interceptors as their primary starfighter?

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. ...
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Why not use Droids for sanitation duty?

  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 ...
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Why didn't the First Order use surveillance cameras, while Han Solo did?

There are a few problems there that need to be taken into consideration. Han had A FEW cameras watching critical parts of the ship. And it was only a freighter sized ship. Despite the cameras a whole ...
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Why didn't the First Order use surveillance cameras, while Han Solo did?

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 ...
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