Originally posted by sunilraman
well, which megalomaniac wouldn't want a droid or clone army?
More than a few real live officers are known to have tried with the presently available human resources, with variable results.
they're fast to manufacture, have a high uniform level of quality, disposable, 'faceless', 100% loyal to whoever controls them, you can build all machines and cockpits and equipment for specific sizes,
A citizens' army (the kind that fought most wars on Earth for the last 200 or so years) would have been more difficult from the get go, although far from insurmountable.
On the other hands, delegating the republic's defence to drones 100% loyal to whoever controls them (the nec-plus-ultra in mercenaries) means ultimately handing the keys of the house, hovercar, and speace-bank account numbers, to the one holding the remote-control.
much much better than trying to enlist and train whiny civilians
When it comes to crucially important matters (like defending something deemd worthy of it, like a republic with relative freedom), whiny civilians can prove quite resilient. Of course, they are far less so when it comes to questionable military adventures per-se.
of all shapes sizes and races to go and fight on all sorts of different environments ~ you know, equal opportunity issues and all that.
imagine trying to make spacesuits for 100 different species? or different versions of blaster rifles -- one for those with fingers, one for those with more than 10 fingers, one for those with less than ten fingers, one for those with tentacles, another one for those with suction pods, another for those with telekenesis ~
I assume all the concerned space-faring cultures would have developed the required technologies to produce such gear themselves (or even outsource some production to trading partners); all those millions of worlds could pool their resources to that end, so while it'd less tightly integrated than the imperial's gear it would have had some advantages.
oh... i haven't even started on the food. just think about airplane 'rations' : vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, halal, non-halal, kosher, dairy, lactose-intolerant, etc, etc.
I suppose it makes sense to keep units on a same-species basis (e. g.: The Republic's Own Marklarian Blaster Fusiliers) for practical purposes, under a common high-command. Within the same species, some present-day armies have to deal adequately with specifics of vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, halal, non-halal, kosher, dairy, lactose-intolerant, etc, etc. and seem to do so reasonably enough without losing too much on the battlefield.
also: not so good situation if you have one species that normally in more primitive times hunted at ate another species. imagine you had these two republic commandos left on some godforsaken planet, out of food and water. one will eat up the other if it's dying... not good
It's been known to happen within the same species too.
That's why functioning armies should have all that bothersome discipline thingee.
So, necessity being an excellent motivator I suppose republicanist humn pan-galaxian-creative minds would have found effective ways to deal with it.
The anti-republican rebels did have to do much of the fighting themselves, after all.
edit: with clone and droid army there are also no mothers to worry about and write letters of condolences to.
Which relates to the idea which I suppose might have prevailed in the Republic's sunset years, of a soldier's work being unsuitable for citizens.
When the politicians and the high-command officers have to consider a sizable voting public made of grieving parents, they have less latitude.
With a droid or clone army you don't need the public's support for whichever war you wage, and while it might prove troublesome to use a citizen's army against their citizen communities, with a droid or clone army, it's trouble-free!