I posted this thread in the EpIII spoiler forum and I was told I should post it here The thing I was wondering was how could Palpatine/Dooku afford the clone army? I guess that Palpatine could have made quite a lot of money when he was Sidious (before taking the role as Palpatine). And Dooku sure had some money. But enough money to buy an entire clone army with equipment and starships and so on...that's damn expensive! I don't think the cloners just would have took the order and start cloning and building ships, equipment etc without getting some cash first. I mean why didn't Palpatine and Dooku use the separatist army to crush the republic, without the clones the republic wouldn't have had a chanse! And Dookus line in the end of AOTC must have been a show for the separatist bug leader "My master wont allow such treachery" or something like that.