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This article is about the first battle of the Clone Wars. You may be looking for second battle of Geonosis.
"This is just the beginning!"
―Count Dooku[src]

The Battle of Geonosis was the first conflict of the Clone Wars. The battle took place twenty-two years before the Battle of Yavin and was fought on the planet of Geonosis between the Grand Army of the Galactic Republic and the Droid Army of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. It was the result of tension between the Republic and the Separatist Alliance, a group of planets that had seceded from the Republic, which had been building towards armed conflict for some time. The events leading up to the battle were manipulated by the two Sith Lords: Count Dooku, the political leader of the Separatists; and Sheev Palpatine, Supreme Chancellor of the Republic and secretly Darth Sidious.

The battle itself began as an attempted execution, after the Separatists arrested Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, Padawan Anakin Skywalker, and Senator Padmé Amidala under the charge of espionage. A team of two hundred Jedi, led by Jedi Master Mace Windu, arrived to rescue the prisoners, and were soon confronted with numerous battle droids. Many Jedi were killed before Jedi Grand Master Yoda arrived with clone troopers from Kamino, an army that had been secretly created for the Republic. The arrival of the clones sparked the full-scale battle on Geonosis. As the battle raged on, Kenobi and Skywalker engaged and were defeated by Dooku in a lightsaber duel, before being rescued by Yoda. Dooku escaped Geonosis and the Separatists retreated, but the goal of the Sith had been fulfilled: the beginning of the Clone Wars.

The war continued on for three years, and served as a pretext for Palpatine to amass greater executive control over the Galactic Senate. At the end of the war, he branded the Jedi as traitors and executed Order 66, a command to all clones to kill the Jedi. The Jedi Order was destroyed, and Palpatine transformed the Republic into the Galactic Empire, with Palpatine as the ruler of the the galaxy for the next twenty-three years.

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Previous: Secessionist Movement
(unknown-22 years before the Battle of Yavin)

Next: Jedi Purge
Lothal insurgency

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After the
Battle of Geonosis
Battle of Murkhana · Battle of Christophsis · Battle of Teth · Mission to Jabba's Place · Raid on Ziro the Hutt's club · Battle of Ryloth · Mission to Rugosa · Battle of Abregado · Battle of the Ryndellia system · Battle of the Kaliida Nebula · Battle near the Kaliida Nebula · Battle of Mimban · Battle of the Rishi moon · Battle of Falleen · Mission to Skytop Station · Mission to Rodia · Rescue on the Tranquility · Mission to Vassek's third moon · Skirmish at Vanqor · Mission to Florrum · Battle of Quell · Defense of Maridun · Skirmish on Orto Plutonia · Battle of Orto Plutonia · Raid on Nuvo Vindi's laboratory · Mission to Iego · First Battle of Felucia · Battle of Dorin · Second Battle of Geonosis · Battle of Khorm · Battle of Saleucami · Battle of Kamino · Mission to Mortis · Battle of Mon Cala · Skirmish of Naboo · Mission to Aleen · Battle of Umbara · Battle of Kiros · Mission to Zygerria · Battle of Kadavo · Defense of Cato Neimoidia · Bombing of the Jedi Temple Hanger · Trial of Ahsoka Tano · Duel at the Jedi Temple · Battle of Ringo Vinda · Mission to Oba Diah · Mission to Moraband · Escape from the Spire · Battle of Zanbar · Battle of Ord Mantell · Assault on the Mandalorian supply outpost · Second battle of Dathomir · Mission to Utapau · Battle for Anaxes · Mission to Skako Minor · Battle of Coruscant · Battle of Utapau · Battle of Cato Neimoidia · Battle of Kashyyyk · Battle of Mygeeto · Battle of Saleucami · Duel in Palpatine's office · Attack on the Jedi Temple · Battle of Kaller · Order 66 · Mission to Mustafar
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