Star Wars FAQ – How Many Droids and Clones Served in the Clone Wars?
By the time Obi-Wan Kenobi discovered the cloning facility on Kamino, 200,000 clones were ready for deployment in the Grand Army of the Republic. Then, following the outbreak of the Clone Wars, a further one million units were combat-ready. So, in total, 1.2 million clone troopers were produced for the early stages of the conflict. But how many more joined the fight? Well, according to Karen Traviss' novel Republic Commando: Triple Zero, the figure inflated to 3 million the next year, which is somewhat underwhelming considering the scale of the galaxy. For a real-world comparison, the United States harboured an army of 16 million soldiers during World War II, making up about 12 percent of the US’ population. On the other hand, the Grand Army of the Republic only made up 0.0001 percent of Coruscant’s 1 trillion population. Many factors could be to blame for such an “error of scale”, but the most likely is cost. In the short story Republic Commando: Odds, Lama Su contacts Palpatine and states the following:
“If you require more clones beyond the current order, then you must authorize us to begin further production immediately. An initial payment of one billion credits….”
We can safely assume that 1 billion credits afforded the development and conditioning of around 1.2 million clones. However, the cost of weapons, armour, vehicles and so on remain a mystery. On the contrary, money was no issue for the Confederacy of Independent Systems. As a result, they were able to mass produce 1 quadrillion battle droids for the Separatist army. For every one clone trooper there were 300 million battle droids, which elevates the Clone Wars to the largest underdog victory you’ll ever hear. So, it just goes to show that It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog… It also helps to have a puppet master controlling every aspect of the war!
Now that you know, at least in Legends, how many soldiers participated in the Clone Wars, let me know in the comments below if you would prefer quantity or quality on the battlefield.