Today we put everyone’s favorite parasitic extra-galactic life-form (the flood) against the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Which faction will win? Find out on today’s episode of star wars Galactic Versus. (Theme music plays) Hey guys this is Eckhart’sLadder, hello and welcome to another episode of Star Wars Galactic Versus. This is something that you guys have been asking me to do for a very long time Every time i take suggestions for galactic vs. episodes the CIS vs. the flood is always the number one suggestion and I won’t lie, this wouldn’t have been my number one episode of choice, but i’m still more than happy to do it for you guys. In this scenario as i mentioned earlier the flood from the Halo series will go head-to-head with the Confederacy of Independent Systems However, in this scenario the confederacy will have won the Clone Wars and now have direct control over the entire Star Wars galaxy. They’ve thus ramped their production of clones up, and clones are now operating as Stormtroopers would for the Empire with droid star fighters operating as Tie Fighters would etc etc. Before we actually go into deciding who wins the matchup let’s take a brief look at each faction. I’ve talked time and time again about the Flood on this channel, if i were to guess i’d say that they’re the enemy or the faction that probably appears most in these galactic vs. episodes. Still i will give a brief description of the species here,if you want to learn more just go back and watch one of my previous galactic vs. episodes, the flood are ancient devastating parasitic extra-galactic threat from the Halo universe. The power of the Flood varies wildly depending on the extent of their Infestation, and these infestations come in various stages which are also linked to the development of the flood group consciousness. For example, in the early stages of a flood threat the greatest danger to an individual is having your body hijacked by flood spores. The Flood grow by accumulating body mass, basically by taking over the bodies of sentient beings. However when the Flood take over a body, they do not only gain the body itself but also its memories and intelligence. Because the Flood share a group mind and group consciousness this means that as the infestation spreads the flood as a whole become much more sophisticated and much much more intelligent. Typically as the flood propagates they will create Proto-Graveminds then Graveminds and then Keyminds.These entities which are grown in succession but require a very high amount of body mass are able to further coordinate the Flood and represent an extraordinary amount of intelligence and tactical ability. We’ll talk more about the flood and their war with the Forerunner as we get to the actual matchup, but the key to know now is that the Flood are not simple zombies, they’re extraordinarily deadly, they propagate very quickly, and the group consciousness that all flood share is probably the most dangerous aspect of the species especially when you have Graveminds and Keyminds coordinating the species as a whole. Let’s now talk about the Confederacy of Independent Systems and remember in this scenario we’re assuming and pretending that the confederacy won the Clone Wars let’s say that Palpatine was accidentally killed during the battle of Corucant after the Republic cruisers fired on the Invisible-Hand After a few more years the Separatists were able to eventually outlast the Republic. Mostly through sheer production of Battle Droids and the dwindling Jedi numbers. The Confederacy has selected Raxus as its home planet and now administers affairs throughout the galaxy using primarily Battle Droids and other forms of droids to fill all police, military, and administrative positions. The Confederacy used hundreds, if not thousands of variants of Battle Droids, far too many for me to even scratch the surface of in today’s video. From Tactical Droids to basic Battle Droids to Destroyer Droids(Droideka). Anything that could or needed to be done on a battlefield was done by droids. Vehicles used by the Confederacy were also mechanized either,they had a droid brain within them as did the vulture droids, or they were controlled by a droid as you see with the MTT’s or various other ground units. The Separatists were able to create very powerful weapons and even at times created super weapons. On the low end we have something like the Seismic Tank, on the high end we have weapons capable of destroying planets and then ships like the Malevolence with their Ion Cannons. One of the greatest strengths for the Separatists, besides for just the power of their weapons, is how quickly they could pump them out. The Confederacy, which at the height of its power, was limited to only a few tens of thousands of planets was able to take on the Republic, which had over a million. And through a war of attrition and just through sheer numbers with their Battle Droids, they were actually gaining some ground during the Clone Wars. The Confederacy is not only a government structure but it’s also propped up by huge mega corporations. These corporations have tremendous production capability and they’re able to create starships, droids, capital ships, weapons, and basically anything else. I want to move away a bit from just looking at the facts of each one of these factions and start doing some analysis. So let’s move in now to the actual matchup. The greatest weakness of the Confederacy here is certainly not their droid army, i mean against a very young Flood threat the droids would be very effective because they don’t present potential hosts, i mean even the Forerunners used things like Sentinels to try to stop early flood infestations. Still while the Confederacy’s military is comprised pretty much solely of droids the, Confederacy is much more than a military,it’s also a government. If the Confederacy won the Clone Wars, this government would be responsible for protecting an entire galaxy with trillions and trillions of beings These are all potential flood hosts so the weakness for the star wars universe in the scenario is how many hosts there are, and how easily a flood infestation could spread. This was the exact same thing when the Galactic Empire tried to fight the Flood. By far the most difficult aspect of the process is trying to contain the Infestation. So let’s say a flood spore somehow lands on some Confederate world somewhere,what happens? Well in my mind the Confederacy would be a much more hands-off, less authoritarian government than the Galactic Empire was. I mean they initially seceded from the republic because they were a bit too hands-on and the taxation was excessive, so i imagine the Separatists would allow individual systems and planets to have a high degree of autonomy. At this point we start seeing the problems when the Star Wars universe deals with a Flood infection the first is that hyperspace travel is extremely common extremely fast and extremely easy. For the infection to spread, all it would need to do is attach itself to a passenger going on a spaceship to another planet. Due to the variety of smugglers, criminals, commercial travelers, military travelers and everything else the flood will be able to propagate extremely quickly. Even in the times of the Empire the Outer Rim planets and even the Mid Rim planets were not under tight rule, i mean people could visit planets at will and Under the Confederacy i would expect these rules to be even more relaxed. In my opinion the Separatists won’t notice the Flood Infection and they won’t expect it until it’s already offworld. There are so many planets in the Star Wars universe, the likelihood of noticing something going wrong on a single one of them is extremely low. The likelihood of being able to respond directly before the flood manages to propagate is even lower. So now you have Flood colonies of various sizes some worlds probably have a few infected persons, some may have dozens, a few worlds by now may be totally lost, and this is where almost every faction that faces the flood fails. Because of the rate of Flood reproduction and the way that they accumulate intelligence it’s almost impossible to beat an enemy of this size. As recognized by the Shipmaster in Halo 3:”One single Flood spore can destroy a species.” I don’t think the Confederacy will be able to do that because of the nature of the Star Wars universe and its size, which will lead to them trying to use the droid army to stop the flood at its full power Don’t get me wrong the Confederacy of Independent Systems had a very powerful army, but they’re just not up for this task The fact that battle droids alone are not susceptible to flood infection won’t be enough to win this war. I mean we know the Forerunner relied on sentinels and other constructs which were totally artificial and they relied on them in the trillions ,but it still wasn’t enough to stop the infection. That’s just because of the sheer amount of civilian populations that the flood now has access to. Also in my mind the Artificial Intelligence of the Star Wars universe is not up to par when compared with the Artificial Intelligence used by the Forerunner. So the Separatists will have a very difficult time mobilizing and reacting to the various Flood threats which are now presenting themselves across the galaxy also as further beings are consumed the flood is gaining more intelligence itself and perhaps by now has consumed someone who knows the locations of the Battle Droid factories or, if it still exists, where the master shutoff switch is. It’s also possible that has the Flood growing in sophistication they, will be able to corrupt the battle droids themselves as they did with Mendicant Bias who was a Forerunner AI before defecting to the Flood. All in all battle droids are fine and maybe even good for fighting a localized Flood Infestation however due to the nature of the Star Wars universe there’s no way that the Confederacy will be able to respond to this threat before it reaches other planets. At that point the CIS is just hilariously outmatched by the flood. The Forerunner, who technologically dwarfed any faction in the star wars universe, Were unable to do so. What chance that the Separatists now have, assuming the initial flood infection starts on a planet connected to the rest of the galaxy which for the sake of this scenario i think is necessary, the Separatists just don’t stand a chance. I give this matchup to the Flood and i think they win ten times out of ten and that’s why i was a bit reluctant about doing this video. But i know you guys really wanted it and i hope you enjoyed. Let me know down in the comments what you thought. 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