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- "We've invented a Separatist threat that's bigger than the reality. The claim of quadrillions, quintillions, and even septillions of Separatist battle droids is so ludicrous that we'd rush to debunk it if someone didn't have a vested interest in making us believe it. Nothing adds up—literally. Do you know how big a quadrillion is? Let's use the Galactic Standard notation—a thousand million million. A quintillion? A million quadrillions. A septillion? A billion quadrillions. Any coalition capable of producing even quadrillions of any machine could roll over the Republic in a few days. And the amount of materials and energy needed to produce and move even a quadrillion droids is immense—it would drain star systems. Either our government is composed of innumerate idiots, or it's inflating the threat way beyond the average citizen's math skills so that it can justify the war and where it's heading."
- ―Hirib Bassot
On a political show, Bassot argued that the threat of the Separatist armies was overinflated, and hinted that this was part of a government propaganda effort to continue the Clone Wars beyond reasonable means to maintain a hidden agenda.
Behind the scenesEdit
Bassot's sex and race are never established.
The character mixes what would be, in our world, two different number systems, the short scale and the long scale. In the short scale, a quadrillion is equal to one thousand million million; in the same scale, a quintillion is only one thousand quadrillion, not one million. It is unknown how the Galactic Standard notation, specifically cited in the quote, compares to our short and long scales.
Bassot also claims that the government-cited droid production levels would require strip-mining entire star systems. However, well-known corporations like the Mining Guild were responsible for just that, on a galaxy-wide scale. It is unclear whether this shows Bassot's unfamiliarity with the practice, or whether the argument is that diverting mining output from its regular industrial applications on that scale could not possibly go unnoticed.
- Order 66: A Republic Commando Novel (First appearance)