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Siege of Mandalore

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The Siege of Mandalore is a pivotal event in the Star Wars chronology that takes place during the final days of The Clone Wars. As depicted in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, the siege was the result of a joint operation between the Republic and The Mandalorian resistance to reclaim Mandalore from the control of Darth Maul's Shadow Collective. The operation was led by former Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano and Clone Commander Rex, while Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi were called away to rescue Chancellor Palpatine.

Before the siege commenced, Ahsoka and Anakin had a final interaction where he gifted her with her repainted lightsabers. Ahsoka then led her troops, the 332nd Company, a unit of the 501st Legion, painted in her honor, into battle. The consequential space and land battles resulting from the siege were immensely destructive, causing great architectural and cultural loss for Mandalore.

Darth Maul, aware of the imminent danger, set up a trap which led to a direct confrontation with Ahsoka Tano in the undercity of Mandalore. Meanwhile, outside, Bo-Katan Kryze and her Mandalorian resistance fighters battled against Maul's forces in an attempt to free the city. The battle between Ahsoka Tano and Darth Maul resulted in his capture, and subsequently, the Republic's victory.

Despite their victory, the aftermath of the Siege of Mandalore was bittersweet. The event coincided with Order 66, the command that branded all Jedi as traitors to the Republic and led to their extermination. During the chaos, Darth Maul managed to escape. Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex, unwilling to kill their fellow clones, faked their deaths to escape this purge.

The Republic occupation of Mandalore escalated into an Imperial one after the Galactic Empire rose to power. The destruction caused by the siege was utilized by the Empire as propaganda to justify not only their continued subjugation of Mandalore but also their control of the rest of the galaxy. The Siege of Mandalore has, thus, contributed significantly to the narrative of the Star Wars universe.

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