- "Order Thirty-Seven has begun. Please report to your stations. Repeat: Order Thirty-Seven has begun."
- ―Voice over speakers at Imperial garrison on Bellassa
Order 37 was one of a series of contingency orders that the clone troopers of the Grand Army of the Republic learned when they were being trained on Kamino. It dealt with using a large amount of civilian hostages to force the capture of an individual. It involved suppressing local civilian populations, including mass civilian arrests and civic lockdowns, and then issuing an ultimatum: if the local populace does not turn over said individual, all the arrestees will be executed. Though it was rare troops ever had to use this order as it was a last resort to capture the wanted individual(s)
A follow-up file for Order 37 was entitled: Scenarios for Body Disposal Post Order Thirty-Seven.
|Source: The Last of the Jedi: The Desperate Mission||Attribution: Jude Watson|
Scenarios for Body Disposal Post Order Thirty-Seven:
It is imperative that bodies not be released to family members. . . All HoloNet communication must be shut down that morning and comm silence maintained for the next month so COMPNOR can control information outflow. . . . No accounts to be disseminated as they can prove detrimental to Imperial control of surrounding systems. . . . Proof of body disposal documented for Inquisitor Malorum to pass to LDV. . . .
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The exact contingency for Order 37 is not known, however the execution of the order on the planet Bellassa included mass arrests of the civilian populace, including the use of shock batons to strike down any people protesting arrest (or simply being in the way). Arrestees were gathered in mobile repulsorlift holding pens. The spaceport was locked down for Bellassans, but offworlders were allowed to exit. The Imperial ultimatum was then given: the city of Ussa had twenty-four hours to turn Ferus Olin over to Imperial authorities or the arrested civilians would be executed. Obi-Wan Kenobi suspected that the Empire would not honor the ultimatum and execute the civilians even if Ferus Olin was turned in, and then would carry out the scenarios for body disposal and communications suppression.
- The Last of the Jedi: The Desperate Mission (First appearance)
- The Last of the Jedi: Return of the Dark Side