Department of Philosophy:
Study of the Mandalorian People
While the history of the Mandalorian culture is long and involved, this course will simply be an overview. There is far too much knowledge to cover in a single course. The Mandalorians have a rich history, and a well-documented culture. Respecting these facts, this course will only go into limited details about each of these. It will provide a brief look at the history of Mandalorians, including their beginnings, conflicts during the time of the Old Republic, and activities during the time of the New Republic and Galactic Alliance, up to present day.
Mandalore is a title used by the Mandalorian leader. It was the name of their first leader, and subsequently, each Mandalorian leader took the name and added a title to it, such as “Mandalore the Indomitable” or “Mandalore the Ultimate.” These titles were, in most cases, befitting of the individual and their accomplishments, usually in warfare. When one Mandalore was killed in battle, another warrior would take up his place. This was usually the strongest and most feared of the Mandalorians, as he or she had to command the respect of the warriors around them.
Because the Mandalorians rarely appear in galactic history without a Mandalore leading them, this course will focus heavily on the various Mandalores, describing some events around them and briefly detailing what they did.
Beginnings – Mandalore the First
The Mandalorian culture began as the Taung on Coruscant in 200,000 BBY. There they fought the human factions for control of the planet. At one point, a massive volcano erupted and blanketed the skies in ash, casting darkness over the world. This event killed many of the Taung’s enemies, leading the Mandalorians to call themselves Dha Werda Verde or “Warriors of the Shadow” in their language.
However, the Mandalorians were still eventually pushed off of Coruscant and defeated. They retreated to the planet Roon. Here they reorganized under a warlord named Mandalore, who would later come to be called Mandalore the First. Mandalore led his people to take over another Outer Rim planet in 7,000 BBY, and this one was renamed Mandalore, in honor of their leader. There are no records of its previous name. Following this, the Taung began to call themselves Mandalorians, after their leader.
Sith Wars – Mandalore the Indomitable
For thousands of years, the Mandalorians never strayed far from their homeworld. Instead, they conquered nearby worlds, such as Shogun, Ordo, and Gargan. Then came Mandalore the Indomitable. This Mandalore was the first to take the name Mandalore as a title. He would lead the Mandalorians in their first crusade outside their own area of space. Around 4,000 BBY, his Mandalorians fought against the Krath, and he personally lost a duel to the Sith apprentice Ulic Qel-Droma. Afterward, the Mandalorians were forced to swear allegiance to these Sith.
Following this, the Mandalorians fought alongside the Sith during the Great Sith War, the invasion of the Republic led by the Sith Lord Exar Kun. The Mandalorians went so far as to attack Coruscant, before being driven back to Onderon. There, in a final battle, Mandalore the Indomitable’s Basilisk war droid was shot down, and he died on the surface of the planet’s moon, Dxun, the final stronghold of the Mandalorians during the Great Sith War. Afterward, a new warrior would find the fallen Mandalore’s mask, and take it up and proclaim himself Mandalore, thus beginning the tradition of the succession of Mandalores.
Mandalorian Wars – Mandalore the Ultimate
The new Mandalore proclaimed himself Mandalore the Ultimate. Mandalore the Ultimate rallied the remaining Mandalorians, but their numbers were few. To alleviate this problem, he began to accept other species into the Mandalorian culture. In addition, as the Mandalorians conquered worlds, they would take slaves of the native populations, and these peoples would help support the Mandalorian culture.
Mandalore the Ultimate was an ambitious Mandalore who led his warriors in a new war against the Republic. This time, they did not fight alongside the Sith, but historical texts do indicate that they may have been encouraged by the true Sith. For three long years, the Mandalorians ransacked the outer rim and worlds of the Republic alike, seemingly unstoppable, until a group of Jedi, disobeying the Jedi Council’s wishes, began to fight the Mandalorians. These Jedi, led by the knights Revan and Malak, pushed back the Mandalorians. At a final battle on Malachor V, Revan personally slew Mandalore the Ultimate in combat, as the war came to a close.
Jedi Civil War – Mandalore the Preserver
During the Jedi Civil War, an unidentified Taung attempted to reunite the Mandalorians. With only a small group of Mandalorians under his control, he was ignored by the galaxy at large as the Sith fought the Jedi and the Republic, and is largely a footnote to the history of the Mandalorians. Nevertheless, he did claim the title and was known briefly to the rest of the galaxy, and so deserves a mention in this course. This Mandalore also called Mandalore the Ultimate a pretender, and claimed he was backed by the Sith, but it is unclear if these claims were substantial or not.
After this Mandalore fell, one of Revan’s companions from during the war, Canderous Ordo, became the new leader of the Mandalorians. After the Jedi Civil War, he united the Mandalorian people once again, at the order of Revan himself. Unlike his predecessors, Mandalore the Preserver focused on keeping the Mandalorians together, rather than fighting in wars, although they did assist the Jedi Exile in the conflict fought directly after the Jedi Civil War.
Great Galactic War – Mandalore the Lesser and Vindicated
For nearly 300 years after the time of Mandalore the Preserver, there is no record of the Mandalorian culture. Then, in 3,667 BBY, a new warrior arose in the arenas on Geonosis. He won many battles and declared himself “The New Mandalore”. He brought the rest of the Mandalorians together, declaring that they would fight their greatest enemy, the Jedi Order. Almost overnight, he amassed a huge army, and with them he blockaded the Hydian Way, cutting off a large part of the Republic’s supply lines. Soon, however, a force of smugglers was able to break the Mandalorian blockade, and this Mandalore was killed by one of his own champions.
This new Mandalore named himself Mandalore the Vindicated, and set about to cement his power. He kept the Mandalorians loyal to the Sith, defeating an uprising led by Jicoln Cadera in the process. Unlike the previous Mandalore, Mandalore the Vindicated was cautious. He ensured that his warriors would be adequately compensated by the Sith Empire, and not be defeated as easily as they had under his predecessor.
Clone Wars – Jaster Mereel and Jango Fett
Little is known about the Mandalorians and their role in the galaxy for thousands of years. Then, around 60 BBY, Jaster Mereel was declared Mandalore. He did not like the Mandalorian style of acting like barbaric mercenaries. He developed his own law for the Mandalorians to live by, entitled the Supercommando Codex. Through it he declared that they should act as honorable mercenaries, rather than killing indiscriminately.
Some factions within the Mandalorian people did not approve of this way of life, and broke off. A group calling themselves the Death Watch, led by a man named Tor Vizsla, fo