4 Reasons Why Yularen JOINED The Empire

Wullf Yularen was a high-ranking officer in both the Galactic Republic and Galactic Empire. Initially serving as a member of the Republic Navy, Yularen transitioned to the Imperial Security Bureau (ISB) when the Republic fell at the end of The Clone Wars.

Many surviving Republic Officers made similar moves, for varying reasons. Today, we’ll be looking at the reasons why Yularen made the switch.

Why did Yularen become evil?

Wullf Yularen became a key part of the Galactic Empire for a number of reasons. These include:

  • He had a poor opinion of the Jedi
  • He was close to Emperor Palpatine.
  • It was a natural switch
  • There was no alternative
Source: Starwars.com

#1 Yularen had a poor opinion of the Jedi

Throughout the Clone Wars, Wullf Yularen was frequently paired with Anakin Skywalker for important combative missions. Yularen was supposed to be the brains of these operations but often had contrasting views to Skywalker as to how they should approach certain scenarios.

One example of this conflict came during the Battle of Quell when Yularen was dumbfounded by the recklessness of Skywalker which resulted in the former’s shuttle being sent hurtling into hyperspace while Yularen was left to fend off Separatist forces alone.

Ultimately, Yularen lost this battle because of rash decisions made by a Jedi General. 

Yularen often slammed Skywalker and questioned why he had been paired with him instead of the hundreds of other Jedi in the Galaxy. Despite the fact Skywalker helped Yularen to secure some important victories, he never fully accepted him. 

Yularen was also present for the trial of Ahsoka Tano as a member of the prosecution. He was working alongside General Tarkin to try and pin the bombing of the Jedi Temple Hangar on the young Jedi. 

You can find out who believed that Ahsoka was innocent during her trial here.

His negative view of the Jedi meant that joining the Galactic Empire at the end of the Clone Wars was one that made sense. 

The Empire was formed after Palpatine instructed the Clone Army to kill all of the Jedi in the Galaxy. He justified this by telling the Senate that they had tried to overthrow the Republic. As a result, the Jedi were suddenly the enemy of the Empire; an ideology Yularen could get on board with

Source: Starwars.com

Yularen was close to Emperor Palpatine

Chancellor Palpatine played a key role in Yularne’s rise through the Republic Navy. When the Clone Wars began in 22 BBY, it was the Chancellor who awarded Yularen with the rank of Admiral. This made him the youngest member of the fleet to achieve this rank

As part of the ISB 17 years later, Yularen was still in direct contact with the Emperor, suggesting that the two of them remained close. 

Being close to certain political figures can breed a certain level of loyalty. This loyalty to Palpatine would have made Yularen eager to join him when the Empire replaced the Republic. Not only would he have felt it was his duty to do so but he also probably thought that he’d be given the opportunity to carry out important missions on behalf of the Empire. 

On top of that, Palpatine also assured Yularen that the Empire would be more tolerable of forceful battle tactics, something that appealed him to massively.

 In the Essential Guide to Warfare, it’s said that Yularen had tried to lead an authoritarian anti-corruption force during the days of the Republic but was shut down due to the brute force of his intended actions. Palpatine promised Yularen that he would be able to employ such tactics once the Empire was formed.

It was a natural switch

When the Republic fell and the Galactic Empire was born, many government officials stayed in place just with different titles. Despite the Empire ultimately being a dictatorship, even Senators were kept on as Senators. This was done to make the rest of the galaxy simply believe that the Empire was a fresh start, born out of democracy, after the destruction caused by the Clone Wars. 

Yularen moving from the Republic to the Empire wasn’t like Anakin Skywalker turning to the Dark Side and becoming Darth Vader or Finn leaving behind his life as a Stormtrooper to fight for the Resistance. These were major ideology switches which moved these characters from one side of the fence to the other. Yularen, and other Republic officials, naturally just became Empire Officials overnight. 

His decision to leave the naval fleet and become a member of the ISB was slightly less natural, though. This switch was born out of his desire to brutally enforce the law on those who didn’t believe in the Empire’s ideals. 

Source: Starwars.com

There was no alternative

One final point to make is that perhaps Yularen wasn’t actually evil when the Republic turned into the Empire. It’s important to remember that there wasn’t really any other alternative at the time. It wasn’t like officials could choose to stay part of the Republic because the Republic ceased to exist the minute the Empire was formed.

If Yularen had questioned the move or refused to cooperate then he would likely have been killed. It is therefore not out of the question that he moved over to the Empire alongside everyone else due to a lack of choice. 

Throughout his time at the ISB, it’s fair to say the Empire’s ideals had begun to rub off on him and he had become eviler than he appeared while an Admiral of the Republic’s fleet.

Yularen had become so ingrained in the Empire that he was eventually placed on the Death Star to help oversee its completion. He died after Luke Skywalker caused the battle station to blow up during the Battle of Yavin


To conclude, Yularen joined the Empire after the Republic ceased to exist due to a combination of factors that included convenience and his dislike for the Jedi. Ultimately, he was loyal to Emperor Palpatine and this was his undoing, just like it was for so many others.

What’s more, it’s great that we could see Yularen again in Andor!


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Andrew Delaney

Andy is an experienced writer with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Star Wars. Look out for explanations from both a canonical and legends point of view.

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