The Confederacy of Independent Dimensions (CID), also known as the Confederacy, the Separatist Confederacy, the New Order, the pro-secessionists, colloquially as Separatists or Seps for short, nicknamed the Sepies and lesser known as the "Separatist Alliance," was the government and separatist movement publicly led by Count Dooku, a.k.a. Darth Tyranus, (and secretly led by Darth Sidious) formed by various planetary and dimensional governments, as well as some mega-corporations, that declared intentions to leave the Galactic Republic, refusing to comply with its excessive taxation and corruption in the Senate during the Separatist Crisis.
Eventually, tensions between it and the Republic developed into war after Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Padmé Amidala were sentenced to execution on Geonosis and a group of Jedi led by Mace Windu attempted to rescue them. After the Republic revealed its clone army on Geonosis, the Separatists were forced to retreat, beginning a great war that would last for three years and tear the Universe apart.
The CID put fear in the hearts of countless citizens of the Republic, largely due to General Grievous, Supreme Commander of the Droid Armies. The Confederacy won many battles in the ensuing war but was dissolved when its leaders were killed on Mustafar, allowing Palpatine to reform the Republic into the Galactic Empire.
The Rise of the Separatist Movement
In the decades prior to the Clone Wars, the Republic was seen by many as a failed and hopeless government, plagued by corruption and mindless bureaucracy which ignored and stifled the voices of the millions of dimensions represented in the Galactic Senate. Secession grew during the period following the Naboo crisis, and the commerce guilds, trade cartels, and industrial corporations became disillusioned with the Republic when a law to tax trade in outlying dimensions and Star Wars systems passed the Senate.
Into this critical situation stepped Count Dooku, a former Jedi Master who had become disillusioned with the Republic and the Jedi Order that served it. This charismatic figure stirred up anti-Republic sentiments in many dimensions and worlds, paving the way for a rebellion against the government. A loose affiliation of separatists was formed, with Dooku at their head, pushing for a new government to take the place of the stagnant Republic. Eventually, this Separatist movement established itself as the Confederacy of Independent Dimensions, a body formally opposed to the Galactic Republic. The members of the CID included the Corporate Alliance, Trade Federation, Commerce Guild, InterGalactic Banking Clan and Techno Union.
Although the Republic recognized that many of its member dimensions were in rebellion, it refused to recognize the CID as their common government, deeming that doing so would legitimize it.
The Confederacy marshaled armed forces to its cause, to be eventually used to destroy the Republic and take the capital planet of Coruscant. The Trade Federation, commanded by the Republic to downsize its Droid Army after the Naboo incident, instead expanded its forces in secret, adding its battle droids to the Separatist arsenal steadily growing with input from other factions, such as the Techno Union. Foundries on Geonosis, Hypori, Remus, and elsewhere across the Star Wars and Star Trek dimensions created countless billions of battle droids ready to fight for the Separatist cause, all while Dooku continued to recruit more dimensions to his cause.
However, the CID would soon lose the advantage of surprise when Obi-Wan Kenobi, having tracked the bounty hunter Jango Fett from Kamino to Geonosis, managed to send a message to Anakin Skywalker and Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, betraying the Confederate presence on Geonosis. In the middle of sending the message, he was attacked by an assault droideka, prompting Anakin and Padmé Amidala to go and rescue him. Arriving on Geonosis, both of them ended up getting captured in one of the massive Geonosis droid foundries, and were sentenced to death in the Grand Geonosian Arena, Geonosis' largest arena.
However, in the middle of the executions, Mace Windu and an army of Jedi turned up, and engaged in the Battle of Geonosis with Geonosians and battle droids. Unfortunately, the sheer number of droids proved overwhelming, and soon only about a dozen Jedi remained.
Fortunately for the Jedi, Master Yoda soon arrived with a cavalry of Republic gunships, rescuing the Jedi. Republic forces struck all over Geonosis, and the Clone Wars began. The CID was pushed off Geonosis, but it was ultimately inconsequential, and the planet continually changed hands between both sides throughout the war.
For the next three years, the Republic and CID would be engaged in a brutal and massive war, with many dying on both sides. Much of the fighting took place in the Historical, Scientific, and Action dimensions, especially Star Wars and Star Trek. Unbeknownst to all, the war was merely all part of a plan by Darth Sidious (aka Palpatine) to bring about his ultimate goal: domination of the Universe by the Sith.
For the first half of the war, the Confederacy did well, capturing dozens of dimensions, although suffering losses on the worlds Mon Calamari and Muunilinst in the Star Wars dimension. However, the tables turned and it began to suffer a series of defeats, which led to the Outer Dimensional Sieges. The Confederacy was responsible for some atrocities during the war, particularly by General Grievous. Throughout the war, the Confederacy attempted to gain the advantage using superweapons, such as the Dark Reaper and the Malevolence ion pulse cannons.
During the war, there were many heroes on the side of the Confederacy, including Sev'rance Tann, Durge, and Asajj Ventress, and General Grievous many of whom were driven by hatred of the Republic or the Jedi. At around the midpoint of the war, Grievous initiated Operation Durge's Lance, a campaign which spearheaded into the inner portions of the Star Wars and Star Trek dimensions, leading to a string of Confederate victories, including the conquest of Duro, the devastating sack of Star Trek Earth, and the seizure of Andor and Tellar. At this point, many were certain that CID victory was inevitable.
However, soon the Republic began going on the offensive, winning battles at Talos IV, Boz Pity, Bomis Koori IV, Illyria, Remus and others. With the death and loss of Confederate heroes Durge and Asajj Ventress, the Confederacy began to lose the advantage. The Republic began laying siege to five worlds, in Star Wars and Star Trek, which Palpatine called a Triad of Evil: Felucia, Mygeeto, Saleucami, Romulus, and Borgia, and the Separatist Council was forced to keep on the move. However, the Confederacy still had plenty of fight left, as it began launching assaults on Kashyyyk and in numerous comedy dimensions. This culminated when Grievous led a massive assault on Coruscant to capture the Supreme Chancellor. However, Count Dooku, leader of the Confederacy, was killed, and despite many losses, the Republic did inflict more damage on the Separatists, making the assault useless.
The Fall of the Confederacy
The Confederacy of Independent Dimensions was eventually defeated, though this was not its own fault. Suffering losses—and victories, for that matter—right from the beginning of the war, and despite the might of General Grievous and its vastly superior numbers, the droid forces were often defeated by the Republic. However, as Darth Sidious manipulated the war, influencing some of the defeats of the CID as well as some of its victories, the Separatists had lost before they had even started fighting—Palpatine wanted the Republic to win. At the end of the war, Count Dooku was struck down by Anakin Skywalker on board the Invisible Hand, General Grievous was killed on Utapau by Obi-Wan Kenobi, the CIS leadership was murdered by Darth Vader on Mustafar, and the commerce guilds faded quietly into oblivion.
The Confederacy's legacy has lived on in the form of the Death Star project, which has become the Empire's feared superweapon, as well as the Imperial battle droids.
The corporations that made up the Confederacy were Imperialized and assimilated into the Imperial war machine, and most of the Separatist worlds and dimensions were absorbed into the Empire, with most of the prominent races of the Confederacy enslaved, while others, such as the Trandoshans, allying themselves with the Empire. The majority of the droid armies were shut down, providing no opposition to the Imperial stormtroopers. The Death Star project, originally that of the CIDs', was absorbed by the Galactic Empire.
However, reminders and relics of the Confederacy have continued to survive the ages. On Bemen's moon, in the Star Trek dimension, and on Janguda's moon in the Star Wars dimension, small armies of droids were accidentally reactivated by fugitive Jedi. Wookiee forces used old droid parts, gunships, and machines in a battle against Imperial forces. A small contingent of battle droids continued to function on Geonosis until 3 BBY, when the world was subjugated by the Empire. The Zann Consortium, a thriving criminal organization, has used an old droid foundry on Hypori to build droidekas for it's forces.
After the deaths of the members of the Separatist Council, some Confederacy-loyal worlds and dimensions still refused to be absorbed into the new Galactic Empire. These remnants, some organized and unorganized, would continue to fight up until the completion of the Death Star, in 0 BBY. The Empire has used these holdouts as a justification for expansion of the Imperial Navy.
Gizor Dellso's Rebellion
In 12 BBY, Gizor Dellso, a Geonosian droid manufacturer who managed to survive the demise of the Confederacy leaders at the end of the Clone Wars, initiated a plan to revive the Confederacy. He reactivated a droid factory on Mustafar and built a small army. He was preparing to start another war, in an effort to take advantage of the reorganization of the newly christened Galactic Empire.
He started by activating a droid fleet around Mustafar's orbit to defend his factory. He drew up prototype plans for a new battle droid, similar to the B2 super battle droid, that had layers of armor.
As his soldiers were guarding the factory, an Imperial fleet bearing the 501st Legion arrived at Mustafar. A Heavy Missile Platform landed in the hangar of the Imperial-class Star Destroyer, and several battle droids emerged and attacked the stormtroopers inside. However, with the use of thermal detonators, rocket launchers, and time bombs, the troops destroyed the droid gunship. The Empire then engaged and destroyed the still weak Separatist fleet and proceeded to the planet's surface. The Battle of Mustafar erupted, but due to the insufficient time for Gizor Dellso to unleash his new droid army, his obsolete droids fought a losing battle. Dellso and his Geonosian retinue died along with their hopes for a new war. The factory was subsequently destroyed by heavy orbital bombardment and the Separatist holdouts effectively dissolved.
Government and Politics
The Confederacy had a single Head of State, and beneath him was the Separatist Council. The official leader of the Confederacy was a former Jedi Master named Count Dooku, who was also Darth Tyranus, Darth Sidious's second known apprentice. Operating between the Head of State and the Separatist Council was the Supreme Commander of the Droid Armies, General Grievous who had no direct power over government but assumed command should the Head of State be incapacitated. If both Dooku and Grievous were incapacitated then Nute Gunray would take over as Head of State, being the head of the Council (leading member to finance the war). However, the real power behind the Confederacy was the Sith Lord Sidious, though few knew, such as Tyranus, that he had control.
The Separatist Council consisted of ten leaders. Each leader had their own staffs and held a certain amount of influence. These individuals represented the eight primary organizations of the Confederacy: the Trade Federation, Techno Union, InterGalactic Banking Clan, Geonosian Industries, Commerce Guild, Corporate Alliance, Hyper-Communications Cartel and the Quarren Isolation League.
The military forces of the Confederacy of Independent Dimensions—also known as the Droid Army or the Separatist Army—was a massive mix of weapons of war, battle droids, organic forces, and local warriors.
The CID was controlled mainly by business beings like Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray, InterGalactic Banking Clan Chairman San Hill, and Techno Union Foreman Wat Tambor. These individuals were not warriors or generals, but merchants, more interested in commerce than battle, and thus were ill-equipped to lead troops into battle. Of the entire political leadership, only Count Dooku, Poggle the Lesser, and Nute Gunray had any experience in warfare, although some of the Council members had skills with leading, like Wat Tambor, who was renowned as a superior strategist by many. The CID leaders believed their superior numbers and advanced droid designs would win the Clone Wars. In some ways they were right, as droidekas were efficient enough to kill Jedi, and overwhelming numbers of droids won many battles for the CID. However, the incompetence of some droids, like the B1 battle droids, lost the CID many battles.
The Army consisted mainly of droid forces, and was often referred to as the Droid Army. The various commercial entities joined under the banner of the Confederacy pledged their forces to the Separatist Army, creating one sprawling group of droids. These ranged from the Trade Federation's battle droids to the security forces maintained by the Commerce Guild, InterGalactic Banking Clan, and Corporate Alliance.
One of the largest contributions was by the Techno Union, which donated not only its new B2 super battle droids, but numerous foundries capable of producing thousands more droids for the Confederacy. Other companies that supported the Separatists included Colla Designs, Phlac-Arphocc Automata Industries, Baktoid Industries, Haor Chall Engineering, Free Mon Calamari Volunteers Engineering Corps, Republic Sienar Systems, Retail Clan, Feethan Ottraw Scalable Assemblies, and Romulan Mineral Foundries.
Other allies were quick to offer help. The Confederacy controlled countless dimensions across the Universe, and was able to recruit many of their local forces to the cause. The Jabiimi Separatist leader Alto Stratus's Nimbus commandos, the Quarren Isolation League, the Mandalorian Protectors, the Veltian Warriors, and many more aided the CID and fought the Galactic Republic. Many of these forces were not droids, but sentient beings. Though largely a droid army, the Separatist Army also used a number of organic forces.
Bridging the gap between organic and automaton—literally—was one being: General Grievous, Supreme Commander of the Droid Armies. A cyborg with a brilliant tactical mind and a powerful armored body, Grievous turned the war in favor of the Confederacy. He led his troops to a number of victories across the Universe including the conquest of Duro, the devastation of Humbraine, the raids on Star Trek Earth, the attacks of strategic Loyalist worlds, and spearheaded an assault towards Coruscant itself. He also targeted the Jedi Knights—particularly problematic to the droid army—and killed many in single combat. He had ultimate power over his troops, able to command them with but a gesture. The one thing that made a difference in his fighting pattern which caused him to prevail among his victims was his use of four lightsabers, at once, that were a part of his collection of Jedi lightsabers, which caught his opponents off guard. With this ability, he was able to crush all in his path, leading to countless victories for the CID. Asajj Ventress and the bounty hunter Durge were also effective commanders on the battlefield.
The Separatist Army was not merely composed of ground troops. It also deployed much larger weapons of war during the Clone Wars. Commerce Guild OG-9 homing spider droids were a common sight on Confederate frontlines, and tank droids, droid subfighters, and Federation AATs provided heavy firepower in countless conflicts. Even larger machines were used, including the powerful Protodeka, the massive Seismic tank, and the terrible Dark Reaper. However, weaknesses found in these machines were often exploited by the Republic.
Other military officials included General Whorm Loathsom, General Oro Dassyne, General Lok Durd and Commander Merai. Sentepeth Findos, later the Acting Viceroy of the Trade Federation was a lieutenant.
The territory of the Confederacy of Independent Dimensions varied in size a great deal during the course of its short history. As of 22 BBY, the Confederacy numbered at least ten thousand dimensions and ten thousand worlds in the Star Wars and Star Trek dimensions, as well as the various commercial factions with the planets they controlled, allied under its' banner.