Confederacy of Independent Systems
Government Info

Confederacy of Independent Systems

Type of Government:


Founding document/Constitution:

Articles of Secession

Head of State:

Count Dooku

Head of Government:

Separatist Council

Commander in Chief:

Supreme Commander of the Droid Armies

Secret Leader:

Darth Sidious

Executive Branch:
Legislative Branch:
Societal information
  • Geonosis (original)
  • Raxus Prime
  • Raxus
  • Cato Neimoidia
  • Utapau
  • Mustafar
Official Language:

Galactic Basic Standard


Galactic Credit Standard

Religous Body:
Formed From:

Galactic Republic

Historical information
Date of Establishment:

24 BBY

Date of Fragmentation:

19 BBY

Date of Reorganization:

19 BBY (as Separatist holdouts)

Date of Dissolution:

19 BBY, absorbed into the Galactic Empire most remnants dissolved by 11 BBY; non-organized resistance dissolved in 3 ABY


The Confederacy of Independent Systems (CIS), also know as the Confederacy or the Separatist Alliance was the government of Secessionist Movement lead by Count Dooku (AKA, Darth Tyranus). It was formed from various planets, sectors, and mega-corporations who declared their intentions to leave the Republic. The CIS refused to comply with the excessive taxation and the corruption in the Republic Congress during the Separatist Crisis.


The Rise of the Separatist movementEdit

Main article: Separatist Crisis

Following the Invasion of Naboo, seccesion spread through out the Republic's failing government to it's many worlds due to it's increasing corruption and it's mindless beuracracy of the Senate. Commerce guilds and trading corporations became dissillusioned when the Republic started passed laws on taxation on all trade routes.

All these worlds, guild and corporations then came together under the sway of former Jedi, Count Dooku. Dooku was able to sway thousands of systems to his Separatist movement to prepare for a fight against the Republic. These elements started to band together with Dooku at it's head. They then started to call themselves the Confederacy of Independent Systems. It's membership included the heads of the Trade Federation, the Techno Union, the Corporate Alliance, the Commerce Guild and the InterGalactic Banking Clan. The Republic refused to acknowledge the CIS as a formal government, to make sure that they were not legitimized. [1] [2]

Clone WarsEdit

The Confederacy then rallied it's armed forces to their cause, to eventually destroy the Republic and take Coruscant. The Trade Federation, despite the Republic ordering them to downsize it's droid army after the Battle of Naboo, built up their army in secret for the CIS armory with help from other factories and factions, such as the Techno Union. Worlds such as Hypori and Geonosis had their foundries build billions of battle droids ready to fight for the Confederacy while Dooku continued to rally more Star systems to the Separatist cause.

However the Republic found out about what the Confederacy was planning when Jedi Master Kenobi was tracking down the bounty hunter Jango Fett from Kamino to Geonosis. There Kenobi informed the Republic leadership of this before he was captured. This prompted the action of Kenobi's apprentice, Skywalker and Republic Senator Amidala to try and rescue him. Unfortunately they were both captured in one of the Geonosian foundries and were sentenced to death in a Geonosis arena.[3]

Midway during the execution, Jedi Master Windu and 200 other Jedi arrived to rescue Kenobi, Skywalker, and Amidala and then fought both the native Geonosians and hundreds of battle droids. The droids overwhelmed the Jedi, leaving only about a dozen still alive, but then Jedi Master Yoda arrived with an army of clone troopers. With these reinforcements, the Republic was able to push the Confederacy off Geonosis, and thus began the Clone Wars.[3]

For over 3 years, the Confederacy and the Republic would fight the Clone Wars, while many died on both sides. Unbeknown to both sides until too late, the War was merely a plan set by Darth Sidious to bring about Sith domination of the Galaxy.[4]

Half way during the war, the Confederacy was doing very well[4], capturing many planets despite losing Muunilinst and Dac. However the Confederacy's fortune turned and began to suffer numerous defeats which led to the Outer Rim sieges. The Confederacy was held responsible for atrocities, such as the ones committed by Gen. Grievous. Also the Confederacy attempted to use super weapons such as Dark Reaper [5] and the Malevolence's ion weapons [6]

While popular accounts of the Clone Wars focused on the Separatists' legions of battle droids and corporate flotillas, the Confederacy relied heavily on the armies and defense fleets of sectors and individual star systems such as Umbara, Thustra, and Persavi that followed the lead of Antar, Ando, and Sy Mirth in breaking with the Republic. Many battles of the Clone Wars were fought between armies of organics, with nary a battle droid or clone trooper in sight. In some divided sectors, battles were fought by soldiers on both sides wearing identical uniforms and opposing fleets were made up of the same classes of warships and starfighters, with only new insignia and hastily applied coats of paint indicating the change of alligence.[7]

In addition to the Separatist Council and Dooku, a Separatist Congress headquartered on Raxus also ruled the Separatists during the war, running the affairs of the Confederacy as a democracy according to Senator Kerch Kushi, though it did have representatives from the corporate guilds as well, such as Voe Atell and Amita Fonti.[2] [8] One idealistic and courageous Senator, Mina Bonteri, attempted to forge a peace treaty between the Comfederacy and the Republic about halfway through the war, but the efforts of Count Dooku, Darth Sidious, and General Grievous thwarted her attempt, and she was later murdered by either Dooku, Asajj Ventress, or a Republic attack on Raxus.[2] [9]

The Confederacy had it's share of valiant heroes, including Commander Merai,[10] Alto Stratus,[11] Mina Bonteri,[2] Tofen Vane,[12] and Nosaurian General Rootrock,[13] most of whom were driven by a desire for galactic freedom or a desire to protect their people, or, in Bonteri's case, a soft peace between the Confederacy and the Republic. It also had it's share of more questionable heroes such as Admiral Trench,[14] Lok Durd,[15] Oro Dassyne,[16] Mar Tuuk,[17] and Riff Tamson,[18] [19] [20] who were usually driven by enjoyment of warfare and conquest or the desire to rule others besides their own people, and heroes like Sev'rance Tann,[21] Durge, and Asajj Ventress,[16] and General Grievous, many of whom were driven by hatred of the Republic or the Jedi.
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Commander Asajj Ventress, General Grievous, Commander Durge

Midway during the war, Grievous initiated Operation Durge's Lance, a campaign which spearhead into the Inner Rim, leading to a string of Confederate victories, including the conquest of Duro.[22] At this point, many were certain that CIS victory was inevitable.[1]

Unfortunately, the Republic launched heavy offensive against the Confederacy on worlds such as Bomis Koori IV and Boz Pity. With deaths of two of it's most ruthless commanders, Durge and Ventress, the Confederacy lost it's advantage in battle. During these offensives, the Separatist Council was forced to keep moving from place to place.[1] Despite that fact, the Confederacy still showed the galaxy that they could still fight by launching offensives at worlds like Kashyyyk and others.[16] These attacks ultimately led to Gen. Grievous's massive assault on Coruscant to capture the Supreme Chancellor. Unfortunately, the Confederacy lost Count Dooku when he was killed and they suffered heavy losses, thus making the assault all but useless.[1] [16]

The Fall of the ConfederacyEdit

The Confederacy eventually lost the Clone Wars, though it was not their own fault.


Separatist HoldoutsEdit

Government and PoliticsEdit


Main article: CIS Armed Forces


The territory of the Confederacy of Independent Systems varied in size a great deal during the course of its short history and the Clone Wars. As of 22 BBY, the Confederacy of Independent Systems numbered at least ten thousand star systems, as well as the various commercial factions with the planets they controlled, allied under its banner:

Notes & ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Labyrinth of Evil
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 CWTV2LogoMini The Clone Wars – "Heroes on Both Sides"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith novelization
  5. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (video game)
  6. CWTV2LogoMini The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence"
  7. Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare
  8. CWTV2LogoMini The Clone Wars – "A Friend in Need"
  9. CWTV2LogoMini The Clone Wars – "Pursuit of Peace"
  10. Star Wars: Republic 50: The Defense of Kamino
  11. Star Wars: Republic: The Battle of Jabiim
  12. Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Hero of the Confederacy
  13. Star Wars: Republic: Into the Unknown
  14. CWTV2LogoMini The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
  15. CWTV2LogoMini The Clone Wars – "Defenders of the Republic"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Star Wars: Clone Wars
  17. CWTV2LogoMini The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
  18. CWTV2LogoMini The Clone Wars – "Water War"
  19. CWTV2LogoMini The Clone Wars – "Gungan Attack"
  20. CWTV2LogoMini The Clone Wars – "Prisoners"
  21. Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
  22. CIS Shadowfeed (Insider)

External LinkEdit

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