The Mandalorian police, also known as the Mandalorian Guard, were the enforcers of law on the Outer Rim world of Mandalore—specifically within the New Mandalorian capital city, Sundari—and on Mandalore's province moon, Concordia, during the Clone Wars. Despite the New Mandalorian policies attempting to abandon Mandalore's violent history and instill a dedication to peace, there remained a need for a police force as a means of maintaining public welfare. Mandalorian Guards were a regular sight on the docks and streets of Sundari during the Clone Wars, their presence intended to provide a sense of order and security.
The Mandalorian Guard were a police agency on the planet Mandalore, located in the Mandalore sector of the Outer Rim. Operating largely within New Mandalorian society, the Mandalorian police fell under the authority of the office of the New Mandalorian Prime Minister. Despite the New Mandalorian attempt to forgo violence, the Mandalorian police force was continued due to the need to ensure the welfare of the public and to maintain security. The Mandalorian police were organized into ranks, among them Captain and Sergeant, with captain being the higher of the two.
By the year 21 BBY, the second year of the Clone Wars the New Mandalorian capital city of Sundari came under the attack of a terrorist bomber associated with the violent Mandalorian splinter group known as the Death Watch. When the culprit took his own life following a chase through the city with Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, the leader of the New Mandalorians, Duchess Satine Kryze, elected to return the body of the deceased man to his family on Mandalore's moon, Concordia. A squad of Mandalorian police officers accompanied Concordia's Governor Pre Vizsla when he greeted the Duchess' shuttle upon arrival at the spaceport hangar. Numerous Mandalorian Guard members were also on hand to escort Duchess Kryze from the Sundari Royal Palace to the docks of Sundari where her personal starship, the Coronet was waiting to take her to Coruscant. While on Concordia, Kryze had discovered the Death Watch was being led by Governor Vizsla, and was being supported by the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Escaping with the help of Kenobi, she intended to plead her case before the Galactic Republic senate that Death Watch did not speak for the whole of Mandalore. Not long after, a single guard was sent to scout the Death Watch's hideout on Concordia. There, he witnessed a massing of Death Watch soldiers equipped with Kom'rk-class fighters and AAT tanks. The scout then reported back to the New Mandalorian Prime Minister, Almec, replaying the information that the Death Watch was rallying an army on Mandalore's moon.
Sometime later, following a number of New Mandalorian children falling ill due to poisoning, Duchess Kryze and Republic Senator Padmé Amidala set out to find the cause. Discovering slabin-tainted tea illegally imported by a group of Moogan smugglers to be the source of the children's illness, Kryze and Amidala tracked the smugglers and their shipments to a warehouse at the Sundari docks. Mandalorian police under the command of their captain, together with several members of Kryze's Royal Guard, engaged the smugglers in a firefight that ended with several smugglers dead and the others placed under arrest. During the shootout, two members of the Mandalorian police were wounded, including the police captain. At Kryze's insistence, and against the advice of the police captain present, the Mandalorian Guard burned down the warehouse and any potentially poisoned tea inside with several flamethrowers.
The police were the primary combatants on the side of the New Mandalorians during the Takeover on Mandalore. They were quickly overwhelmed across Sundari and Mandalore, suffering many casualties, as the forces of the Shadow Collective sought to drive the planet into chaos. The police's ineffectiveness at stopping the crime syndicates made Duchess Kryze look weak, and when Pre Vizsla arrived to stage the gangsters' defeat, the planet soon came under the control of the Death Watch.
Mandalorian Guard officers wore uniforms colored in shades of gray, and adorned with segmented armor plating similar to traditional Mandalorian armor, but unique in their design and configuration across the body. An officer's lack of full body armor was supplemented by sturdy riot shields carried by most members of the guard. Due to the New Mandalorian desire to distance its society from the Mandalorian warrior clans, the helmets worn by the Mandalorian police are not full-faced, and do not feature a prominent T-shaped visor. Instead, the wearer's mouth remained exposed and visible, while an articulated face guard that could be raised and lowered with the touch of a button, shielded the wearer's eyes and upper face. At least one police captain, however, wore a helmet with a distinct visor alluding to the traditional T-visor. The Mandalorian police were armed with tonfa-like stun batons, fitting their role as maintainers of security. Nevertheless, the Mandalorian Guard also had access to more damaging weapons, such as WESTAR-35 blaster pistols and BT X-42 flamethrowers, for occasions that required increased force.
The Mandalorian police made use of several MandalMotors vehicle products, including the Buirk'alor-class airspeeders for transport within the city of Sundari. The noses of the Guard's speeders displayed the word "POLICE" in Mando'a lettering. They also had access to MandalMotors-built Aka'jor-class shuttles for missions that required travel beyond the capability of an airspeeder, such as transit between Mandalore and it's moon, Concordia.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Encyclopedia hosted on StarWars.com provides an informational entry for the Mandalorian Guard. Oddly, the Encyclopedia entry mistakenly makes reference to both the Mandalorian Guard and the Mandalorian Royal Guard tasked with protecting Duchess Satine, as though they were interchangeable. In fact, as of now, the Encyclopedia links incorrectly to the Wookieepedia article for the Mandalorian Royal Guard.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Voyage of Temptation" (Appears in flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duchess of Mandalore"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Corruption"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Academy"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
- "The History of the Mandalorians"—Star Wars Insider 80 (First mentioned) (Retcon)
- "50 Great Reasons to Rewatch Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Three"—Star Wars Insider 125
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Corruption"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2
- ↑ The Essential Atlas
- ↑ Star Wars Annual 2011
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duchess of Mandalore"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shades of Reason"
- ↑ "The Mandalorians: People and Culture"—Star Wars Insider 86
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars: New Battlefronts: The Visual Guide
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Incredible Vehicles