Today’s question is from Attack of the Clones.

And honestly, it’s one that’s bugged me for years.

Why Didn’t the Galactic Republic Have Some Sort of Armed Forces?

This one has the symbolic level – the Republic can go to war without the people minding because there isn’t a direct toll on their lives/lifestyles. If it doesn’t impact daily life, people tend not to give a care.

And I know that the Jedi are the guardians of peace for the Old Republic (or as I termed it many years ago, the Thugs of the Old Republic), and are supposedly working in tandem with the government to keep the peace across the galaxy.

And I know that there hasn’t been a war since the formation of the Republic (per Sio Bibble’s line in the film), and as hard as that is to swallow, I’ll accept the exposition as fact.

But come on. They had no token military at all? What if there were some sort of genocide-type thing happening on a planet? Wouldn’t the full military force of the Republic be used to protect the people being harmed?

The possibly horrifying conclusion is that the Republic is so hands-off about things that there are terrible things happening regularly and they just send in the Jedi every so often to intimidate and kill who they want removed. Kind of a crappy thought, but I’m interested – what do you think?

Why would the Republic not have a standing army of some sort?