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The Commission for the Protection of the Republic (COMPOR) was a populist movement that existed during the waning years of the Galactic Republic. Formed in a time of conflict across the galaxy, COMPOR was responsible for promoting wartime propaganda to support the Republic during the Clone Wars. By the end of the war, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine transformed the Republic into the first Galactic Empire, consequently leading to COMPOR's reorganization as the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order (COMPNOR).

HistoryEdit

The formation of COMPOR was a result of the Clone Wars, the first full-scale conflict in a millennium. As such, COMPOR began as a populist movement that rallied loyalists to support the Galactic Republic against the rebellion of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Over time COMPOR grew in membership and influence as the civil war spread throughout the galaxy, becoming associated with high-ranking officers and politicians such as Admiral Wilhuff Tarkin and Senator Orn Free Taa, respectively, as well as Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine.[1]

Although the Confederacy was defeated at the conclusion of the Clone Wars, the Republic was also brought to an end by Chancellor Palpatine, who named himself Emperor of the First Galactic Empire in 19 BBY.[3] With the founding of the Imperial regime, COMPOR was subsequently reformed into the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order (COMPNOR).[2]

IdeologyEdit

The mission of COMPOR was to strengthen public morale and support the war effort by presenting and fostering a positive image of the Republic. To that end, COMPOR engaged in the creation and dissemination of propaganda throughout the Galactic Republic. The group was especially supportive of Sheev Palpatine as a wartime chancellor, and produced the propaganda piece "Do Not Bind His Hands" which asserted the position of granting all necessary powers to the leader of the Republic in order to secure total victory. COMPOR also considered emphasizing the Republic's relationship with the Jedi Order in its propaganda, but ultimately decided against this due to the Jedi's reluctance as military leaders. As such, the poster "Jedi Unite For Peace" never saw distribution.[1]

In supporting the war effort, COMPOR not only promoted patriotism but also pride in the newly-established armed forces of the Republic.[1] The clone troopers, elite soldiers of the Grand Army of the Republic for which the Clone Wars was named after,[4] became tools for COMPOR's propaganda, leading to pieces such as "Unite" and "Support The Boys In White."[1]

By promoting civic pride in the Republic, COMPOR endeavored to foster anti-Separatist sentiment in the general population. The group therefore used its propaganda machine to mock the Confederacy leadership and, in general, portrayed Separatists as evil. The poster "Evil Has Its Eye On You" featured two prominent Separatist leaders, Count Dooku and General Grievous, as ghoulish caricatures.[1]

OrganizationEdit

COMPOR was organized as a political movement of Republic loyalists from diverse backgrounds, such as artists, communications specialists, and writers. Through its membership, COMPOR's influence extended to various levels of the Republic's infrastructure, including media, military, government, and even the Office of the Chancellor. Its recruitment efforts were also successful with younger generations, leading to the creation of SAGroup, a youth program and sub-branch of COMPOR.[1]

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