Star Wars FAQ – How Was the Jedi Order Funded?
vincenzolava asks: how was the Jedi Order funded? Well, let’s find out. Welcome to Star Wars FAQ: Who or what funded the Jedi Order?
The Jedi Order may have been a non-commercial organisation, but how were they able to pay for the upkeep of the Jedi Temple, the individualised Jedi Starfighters, the latest technology and so on? You can’t imagine the Jedi duelling Sith on a Friday then selling freshly made lemonade on a Sunday, so who or what funded the organisation? Well, it’s hard to tell. Count this as a disclaimer; there are no sources out there that definitively answer this question. However, there is a lot of speculation and theories out there to get you thinking…
To begin with, I’m going to instantly shoot down the idea in everyone’s heads right now; the Jedi never simply waved their hands and tricked passers-by into donating to the Order because that would have been incredibly unethical. Instead, they may have sought funding from taxes. It’s not a stretch to think that the Galactic Senate collected taxes from Republic-aligned worlds in exchange for Jedi protection, similar to the Police here on Earth. In Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, the entire Naboo Crisis evolved from the taxation of Free Trade Routes by the Senate. Clearly the Galactic Republic, like any other government, would have used tax to pay for a multitude of different things, which most likely included the Jedi Order. This idea is only popularised by a quote in the Legends novel ‘Rogue Planet’, where it is said that: "many in the galaxy lend their resources to support the Jedi."
Star Wars: The Old Republic forum user DogeDandolo has compared the Jedi Order to the Medieval Church in an attempt to also answer this question. Medieval monasteries and churches drew most of their funding from the land that they owned. They also gained a significant amount of income from donations. The Jedi Order was seen by many in the Star Wars galaxy as a religious organisation, so it is possible that donations from the families of their young trainee Jedi, as well as the land they owned, funded the Order’s work, similar to the Medieval Church.
I personally believe that tax funded the Jedi Order. However, donations and land also seem very logical. Maybe the organisation was funded by a combination of all three. Either way, I hope today’s video has got you thinking, so let me know what or who you think funded the Jedi Order.