The Force Awakens: The Resistance and The First Order

Every Star Wars movies reflect each other and like I said in my in-depth analysis of The Force Awakens, this movie mirrors the previous Star Wars movies by its designs, characters, scenery … but it also mirrors our own world. The Clone Wars Era in the Prequels and in the TV series of the same name mirrored the American Civil War opposing the United States to the Confederate States as it’s actually the same kind of situation happening in the PT the Separatists making secession and declaring war to the Republic. Then the Empire Era of the Original Trilogy mirrored the First World War so following this logic the Sequel Trilogy should mirror the Second World War and The Force Awakens does that very well. If the movie itself doesn’t explain everything about the political situation between the New Republic/Resistance and the First Order, the Visual Dictionary does and I used this book as well as the movie to write this article.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Ph: Film Frame © 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ph: Film Frame
© 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

Obviously the First Order mirrors the Nazis. In their structure, it’s a power that seems to have an ideology and who wants to control the Galaxy, they raise the children from birth with indoctrination, it’s really structured. The officer’s outfits also resembles the Nazis’s outfits. The picture above shows the First Order troops listening to Hux’s speech before the first use of the Starkiller base. The scenery is highly reminiscent of Hitler’s speech to his troopers – the troops aligned in front of him standing above and behind him the Nazis flag, here it’s the First Order flag behind Hux, flag that is also black and red. This scene was a demonstration of power like the Nazis did – something to impress and to scare its enemies.
On the political side, they are in the same situation as the Nazis. After the First World War Germany followed a process of demilitarization. Following the fall of the Empire, its ashes had to sign the Galactic Concordance. This treaty meant the First Order had to be contained in their borders and not militarize themselves which they did not follow, like Hitler they secretly built an army and eventually attacked, the destruction Hosnian Prime starting a new war.
So if the First Order mirrors the Nazis then the New Republic and the Resistance mirrors the Allied Forces.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens L to R: Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) Ph: Film Frame © 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
L to R: Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac)
Ph: Film Frame
© 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Leia (Carrie Fisher) Ph: Film Frame © 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Leia (Carrie Fisher)
Ph: Film Frame
© 2014 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Right Reserved..

We’ll start with the New Republic that represents the Allied Forces before the Second World War. Before World War II, France and the United Kingdom thought Hitler was not a threat and they were not worried of the Nazis, they didn’t think that Hitler was preparing a war and we see this situation reflecting with the New Republic that thinks the First Order is not a threat, they think the FO doesn’t have a fleet or anything, they are focused on rebuilding the Galaxy. However, among these people, Leia Organa thinks otherwise, she warns them that the First Order is militarizing itself for war thus she mirrors Winston Churchill who believed the same of Hitler before the war started and warned people. The destruction of the Senate on Hosnian Prime marks the end of the Allied Forces before the war and it has a meaning that we see the Resistance only after the destruction of the Hosnian system, it’s because the Resistance represents the Allied Forces during World War II. They are the group that opposed the First Order and wants to free the Galaxy. In their outfits, it’s very similar to the outfits of the American soldiers and other Allied Forces soldiers, the colors too- khaki/dark green and some beige.

The battle on Takodana where Maz’s Castle is mirrors the Normandy Landings of June 1944 by the Allied Forces. Maz’s Castle is destroyed and taken by the First Order that invades the place while Han, Chewbacca and Finn face them on the battlefield but end up being captured like French soldiers were captured by the Nazis and the arrival of Poe’s squadrons saving them mirrors the Normandy Landings, it doesn’t happen on a beach but it happens on a lake so it’s similar in the place too. The stormtroopers uses the ruins as barricades and there’s actually a shot in the movie where they’re behind these “barricades” and the X-Wings come and destroy them and the arrival of Leia at the end of the battle could mirror the Liberation of Paris with the Allied Forces marching on the city that has just been liberated.

The battle of the Starkiller could mirror the bombing of Berlin by the Allied Forces between 1944 and 1945 at the end of the war. It’s the final battle of the movie and the Resistance attacks the big base of the First Order that is not their capital as Snoke has a command center somewhere else but it can look this way.

The Light side and Dark side but also the battles mirror World War II and now, that the war has really started between the Resistance and the First Order, we can expect that Episode VIII will continue this mirroring with World War II.

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