A deep-seated anti-droid sentiment existed in some segments of the galactic citizenry. While hostility towards droids dated back to ancient times, anti-droid sentiment was exacerbated by the Confederacy of Independent Systems's active use of battle droids during the Clone Wars. This sentiment continued into the Age of the Empire and the rise of the New Republic. Some worlds like Nakadia did not welcome droids.
The relationship between organics and mechanicals was rocky from early on, as could be attested by historical records of ancient uprisings and clashes that took place as droids became increasingly commonplace. Some came to fear them, regarding them as an "existential threat to biological life."
However, it was the Clone Wars, a three-year pan-galactic conflict that pitted the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, that exacerbated the prejudice towards automatons. Because the Confederacy's army was entirely made of battle droids, the Republic found a way to feeding on the prejudice, issuing a large amount of propaganda pieces showcasing terrifying robots. In the Core Worlds, far from the front lines of the early Clone Wars, businessbeings and government workers started fearing that their personal assistant droids had been co-opted with spyware to become mechanical eyes and ears for the enemy.
Eventually, the Republic won the war, and was re-formed into an autocratic Galactic Empire. Due to their bad memories of the conflict, many people remained fearful or distrustful of droids. The Nakadians disliked droids due to their Clone Wars experiences. They accepted machines but did not treat them as equals or sentients. They preferred to work the soil and tend to their crops themselves.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Heroes on Both Sides"
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope (First appearance)
- Star Wars: A New Hope
- "We Don't Serve Their Kind Here"—From a Certain Point of View
- Aftermath: Empire's End
- Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy (First identified as Anti-droid sentiment)