The opening crawl, with the relevant excerpts emphasized: There is unrest in the Galactic Senate. Several thousand solar systems have declared their intentions to leave the Republic. This separatist movement, under the leadership of the mysterious Count Dooku, has made it difficult for the limited number of Jedi Knights to maintain peace and order in the galaxy. Senator Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo, is returning to the Galactic Senate to vote on the critical issue of creating an ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC to assist the overwhelmed Jedi.... What exactly are the Jedi overwhelmed by? Yes, Jedi are keepers of the peace, so it makes sense that with systems that are considering seceding that they might be sent out to.... I dunno, do something. But I feel like this is only addressed by two lines in the film. Funny enough, both from Windu "[Obi-Wan]'s just returned from a border dispute on Ansion." Ok, so, a border dispute. Doesn't sound like a particularly violent issue to resolve - yet also, nor does it sound like one related to the separatist movement. The line would imply, if anything, the border dispute is localized on the planet itself And later, after Palpatine establishes the GAR: "I will take what Jedi we have left and go to Geonosis and help Obi-Wan." Again, referring to "what Jedi we have left", implying they're not functioning at full capacity. But these Jedi, for the most part, aren't dead. They're just out elsewhere, busy doing.... something. Paragraph 2 of the opening crawl suggests the Jedi are overwhelmed trying to keep the Republic held together, but paragraph 3 mentions that the GAR's purpose is to "assist the overwhelmed Jedi" I mean, a clone army isn't made to act as diplomats. Doesn't the opening crawl therefore suggest that there's some kind of violent conflict or conflicts going on around the galaxy? I mean, realistically, separatist movements don't just start up with no fuss with the secessionists going "Ok, we're our own thing now." It makes sense that there'd be some escalating series of conflicts and battles leading up to such a thing. But for one, no such thing is directly mentioned at any point in the movie, and for another, this is Star Wars I can't help wondering if this is a plot point that was thought through but never made clear, or a missed opportunity to be a plot point, giving some more needed context to the separatist movement What does everyone think?