Galaxy on the Brink
The Mandalorians—known in Mando’a as the Mando’ade, or “Children of Mandalore”—were a nomadic group of clan-based people consisting of members from multiple species, bound by a common culture.
In their early years, the Mandalorian culture revolved around battle, with war being a source of honor and pride in their community. The leader of the Mandalorians was known as the Mand’alor, translating to “Sole Ruler” and rendered as “Mandalore” in Basic. Throughout their history, the Mandalorians were frequently allied with the Sith, most notably the Sith Lord Exar Kun, and held a certain distrust and general dislike for the Jedi Order. However, they would not hesitate to cooperate with the Jedi if a partnership between the two groups was in their best interest. In later years, the Mandalorians moved away from their obsessively war-like and conqueror ways and instead, most became bounty hunters and soldiers-for-hire, selling their skills to various individuals and factions in the galaxy.
Mandalorians wore very distinctive battle armor, including helmets with T-shaped visors that covered the entirety of their faces, and would provide inspiration for the helmets of the Republic’s clone troopers. These helmets would eventually become strongly associated with the Mandalorian people.