This thread is dedicated to all those brave people who have taken a portion of the timeline (or all of it, dear Waru!) and decided to go through it. I should have better luck than you. After all, I have come from the birth of the Republic to the eve of the Clone Wars (through the deep bogs of 32 BBY), I think I can handle this in a couple of years or something. The Clone Wars have fascinated me since I was a little boy, when the hype for RotS was in its strongest and I made cool curved sword hilts like Dooku had. I had absolutely no idea that the EU had already mapped out the war, little of it ever got to the Northern Europe. The novelization of Episode III mentioned battles such as Jabiim, the Visual Dictionary hinted at a sweet backstory for Grievous and the movie itself had a mention of Cato Neimoidia and how it didn't count. After some years I found out that there are a lot of stuff written and drawn of the war, and my curiosity has grown all the time. I feel that this period of three years is the climax of the last thousand years, the event everything before it has led to. The greatest heroes and the worst villains battling it out. The last act on the stage of the Republic, with the revenge of the Sith as the script. The end starts now. This is this thread: Born from a moment’s inspiration, something to write down my comments. Don’t except a lot of commentary or deep thoughts, I’m not going to write more than a couple of quick ideas of any work. I’ll try to have some words of timeline*, but nothing to the level of 2ndQuest’s 24-thread. It is also likely that I won’t get every source, especially short stories or RPG stuff, but in those moments I will charm Wookieepedia as best as I can. *I’ll be using @HEDGESMFG's “L-canon”-timeline. Think of this as a test drive. Anyway, here we go. But since you can’t start chronicling the war from the first fired shot, let’s look at first the situation years and months before the war. A thousand years ago the last Sith were hunted down and defeated. But one survived and started a small order with a rule of only two people at one time. Of course everyone tried to cheat about that rule. Over eight hundred years ago a Muppet named Yoda was born to the planet of Whills, and was exiled some time later for trying to fix others’ grammar. He went on to become the Big Boss of the Jedi Order, and completely stopped any progress inside the Order. 45 years ago, a banker named Hego Damask is lured to teach the devil how to be evil, and is played like a puppet for the next 35 years. 22 years ago a Jedi Gardener named Obi-Wan Kenobi becomes a padawan of Qui-Gon Jinn. Hijinks ensue. 20 years ago, a banker and the devil rip the Force a new one, and unrelatedly a woman named Shmi Skywalker starts to feel sick in the mornings. 11 years ago, the Trade Federation starts to act aggressively and create its own army. The Neimoidians secure their grip on the company. The Black Sun leadership is killed, likely in an accident. 10 years ago, The Battle of Naboo, the first death of Darth Maul and the death of Qui-Gon, some nobody named Anakin is found and made a padawan of Obi-Wan so the latter won’t evolve a drinking problem, Palpatine becomes the leader of the Republic, Sifo-Dyas orders a clone army and dies, probably in an accident. Count Dooku signs off from the Jedi Order and registers to the Sith. Jango Fett tries to explain to authorities that he doesn’t know where Boba came from, he’s just raising him. Every Jedi of importance visits Tatooine. 8 years ago, a former Jedi Aurra Sing murders Jedi and is almost captured. Quinlan “Feel the Force, ladies” Vos becomes a Jedi Master, and his padawan Aayla Secura a knight. 7 years ago, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker get stoned while looking for a lost Jedi and her three-edged sword. Sienar shows balls to Tarkin who goes on to show them to Palpatine while being generally racist. 5 years ago, the ship that was meant to go to the next galaxy gets shot down just as it steps out of a door. Whispers of separatism are heard in the politician’s speeches. 2 years ago, Count Dooku says that the Senate doesn’t work. Most people just say “Duh”, but still The Confederacy of Indepedent Systems is born. 3 months ago, Ando and Sy Myrth secede from the Republic and their senators Po Nudo and Toobuck Toora leave the Senate. Palpatine announces the date of the Military Creation Vote as 5:16. 2 months ago, Carm Bel Iblis closes Corellian’s borders and leaves the Senate. Points out that he’s definitely not seceding or rebelling. Palpatine summons Dooku to a negociation, he doesn’t arrive. Disappointed Palpatine goes to visit the factory area of the Works. A week later a Loyalist Committee is formed. 1 month ago, a Jedi Council member Adi Gallia and her sentient hat test a new Jedi Starfighter and go to a mission with Nym the Pirate with Pants. Meanwhile a border dispute on Ansion could destroy the entire Republic and a team of Jedi have to race against time while the entire wildlife of the planet tries to get them. This is where I will stop this timeline, because we are at a point where I start going source by source. Why at this point, in Approaching Storm, and not when the movie itself starts? Because I re-read that novel-sized novella and by Waru I want to tell you about it! As a form of therapy! So you better listen! Tomorrow. You have been warned. The shroud of the Dark Side has fallen. Something for you to think about while you anxiously wait: Why is there no novel or comic of the Separatist Crisis? Besides the stuff above that I copied from the Holonet News and few lines in sourcebooks there is nothing on the chaotic years before the war. With the Galactic Civil War we have a lot of information on both sides and their origins, but the CIS has always had little background. We should keep in mind that The Trade Federation only started supporting it a few days before AotC, so the attitude that the Seppies are just the TF with allies doesn't work (especially with the TCW mess).