In addition to showing the dangers of the outer edge of the galaxy, one of the points on which The Mandalorian has placed greater emphasis is on the fact that the Galaxy never really knew peace nor was there a period of relative stability before the advent of the First Order. In fact, Mando’s wanderings across the universe have made one thing clear: the war against the Empire never ended. Despite the – apparent – death of the Emperor in Return of the Jedi it is evident that there was never a true end to the Galactic Civil War. The Rebel Alliance gradually morphed into the New Republic, and for a time the fighting grew more fierce and intense than ever.
That brought some consequences that spread around the Galaxy and that in fact have an evident relationship with the way in which the violence of the Empire continues to be an essential element in everything that happens in The Mandalorian, and certainly in the stories whose setting be the events after the supposed death of the Emperor. For now, Palpatine’s probe droids launched Operation Cinder, the ultimate scorched earth strategy launching genocidal attacks across the galaxy in a brutal act of revenge for the death of the Emperor.
In other words, although Palpatine’s figure was central to maintaining the unity of the Empire, in reality his point of view on power – and how to exercise it – survived him, which explains how quickly the ranks of the First Order lined up to sustain a new offensive against the Republic, without having to resort to anything other than the remnants of the power structure created by Palpatine and his allies.
The Mandalorian: A Look Back
To give a bit of context: As recounted in Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, things came to a climax at the Battle of Jakku. The planet had been transformed into a giant bomb, poised to explode when the Imperial and New Republic fleets battled in a setting as distant as it was unexplored for both of them. According to the story recounted by the trilogy, only the most loyal Imperials had been given coordinates in the Unknown Regions to allow them to escape at their peak.
But the New Republic agents successfully disarmed the bomb – and therefore the plan – what turned out for the Battle of Jakku to become a turning point in the way power had hitherto been understood in the Galaxy. With such success on the horizon, the New Republic became the dominant galactic power, and eventually Palpatine’s former aide, Mas Amedda, surrendered on behalf of the Empire. The Galactic Civil War had come to an end. Or so the fans thought, even The Mandalorian.
Thanks to the live action Disney Plus series, it is now clear that not all those loyal to the Empire agreed to Mas Amedda’s negotiated surrender. While it is true that those loyal to Palpatine lost power and influence, there are strongholds far from the galactic core that still have every intention of confronting the Republic and are looking for ways to do so directly. One of those spaces of interest for the new empire, seems to be Tatooine, under the command of Moff Gideon, and that according to the argument of The Mandalorian is determined to create what seems to be some kind of weapon that would have genetic material as its main element of the child. In fact, in chapter 3 of the second season we already know that Gideon commands a fleet. Bo-Katan and other Mandalorian raiders They have been interfering with arms shipments for what seems like a large-scale army that also, they include fleets on land.
The sector around Tatooine was traditionally outside the control of the New Republic, and the Hutts remained the dominant force during the Empire’s reign. Jabba the Hutt’s death in Return of the Jedi created a substantial power vacuum, and it makes sense that the Imperial warlords would attempt to fill it with a sector-structured power organization, of which Gideon would command the majority. Apparently reports of imperial activity have come to the New Republic,because The Mandalorian season 2 episode 2 confirmed that the New Republic Defense Fleet is patrolling the region.
The Mandalorian way is that until now we understood the power relations in the Galaxy after Palpatine’s death, which is undoubtedly also a way (perhaps) to amend the serious errors of argument that affected the recent film trilogy, criticized by expose substantial targets in the narrative and in the very chronology of the central story. It is possible that these sporadic battles would continue for decades until finally, the First Order capitalized on the power fractures in a frontal attack. That also explains why the New Republic was so paranoid about Imperial activity in Claudia Grey’s novel Bloodline, nearly 20 years later, right before the First Order emerged from the Unknown Regions.
The article The new map of the power of the Empire that ‘The Mandalorian’ leaves us was published in Hypertext.