The Top 5 Most Powerful Crime Syndicates In The Galaxy

With the fall of the Galactic Republic, crime is on the rise, forging some of the most powerful criminal syndicates the galaxy has ever seen.

Earlier this year, fans saw some of the most powerful criminal entities in the Star Wars galaxy converge on the Tatooine city of Mos Espa. Boba Fett’s Book showed the influence of every crime syndicate in the galaxy through their various criminal activities; spice race in particular.

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Until projects like this and Solo: A Star Wars Story, the criminal underworld was one of the least explored galactic functions in the live-action arena. As the future of Star Wars continues to unfold, fans are sure to see the Five Syndicates continue their glory as the most powerful criminal organization in existence.


The Crymorah Syndicate

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The Crymorah Syndicate was an extremely powerful criminal force even before the fall of the Galactic Republic. Some Star Wars fans might not know it, but they raised a young Jabba the Hutt, pushing him through the ranks as a gangster, his reputation eventually earning him his seat on the Hutt Council.

The Crymorah are well known for selling information to the Galactic Empire as they attempted to take over Berch Teller and the Rebel Cell. However, as a telltale sign of their lack of morality and respect for others, they also went behind the Empire’s back using other criminals and pirates to attack Imperial supply lines. The Crymorah Syndicate is also affiliated with the Droid Gotra, which is a group of Separatist-era battle droids that have received extraordinary advancements and modifications to aid them in their deeds against the Empire.

Black Sun

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When the opportunity presented itself, this newer, smaller union wasted no time in seizing its long-awaited recognition of power. As the Jedi Order unwittingly focused all of its attention on military affairs, Black Sun quickly became a key entity in the criminal arena. Led by Ziton Moj, Black Sun asserted its affiliations with groups like the Shadow Collective (Sith Lord Maul), the Empire, and the Five Syndicates.

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With headquarters on Mustafar and Ord Mantell, their main business was the slave trade, and during the Age of Empire they watched over the Outer Rim. Black Sun, though relatively new, proved they were a force to be reckoned with after taking on Count Dooku’s forces in the Battle of Ord Mantell, putting the Pykes in their place after being rejected for a proposal to merge the two unions, surviving the fall. of the Empire, and advancing their power through the era of the New Republic.

The Pyke Syndicate

Pyke Syndicate in Clone Wars and Solo A Star Wars Story

The Pykes primarily have their hands in the Spice Running business. The spice is what they call a “mind-altering drug” in the Star Wars galaxy, and with the help of several criminal factions, including the Pykes, it’s distributed by the smugglers they pay to do their dirty work. . The Pykes primarily obtain their spice through slave labor in the spice mines of Kessel – as seen in the Star Wars spin-off film Solo – as well as a few other planets.

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Although fans have seen some extent of their power, like helping Maul conquer Mandalore in Star Wars: The Clone Warsthe public has even more idea during events like Boba Fett’s Book and even Star Wars: The Bad Batch. The Pykes have proven time and time again to be extremely ruthless in nature and favored a wide assortment of patrol ships and freighters (for transporting goods and specialized law enforcement, and enough weaponry to supply an entire army ).

The Hutt Clan

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As a syndicate with the first live appearance, fans associate the Hutt clan with one of Star Wars’ most notorious and powerful gangsters; Jabba the Hutt. The Syndicate is headquartered on Nal Hutta and is led by the Hutt Council as mentioned earlier. They operate similarly to a mafia – intimidation tactics, corporate taxation and control of hyperspace lanes – but deviate from their standards to get their hands on other criminal activities where money can be made.

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There was a time when audiences believed they had seen the last member of the Hutt clan after being destroyed by Darth Vader in battle and the death of Jabba the Hutt. However, recent events suggest otherwise with appearances by the Hutt Twins in Boba Fett’s Book, and it can be assumed that the clan has rebuilt its assets since then. This clan is sneaky, untrustworthy, and entirely underrated; they can and will ruin lives in the most painful and excessive way.

crimson dawn

Originally, Crimson Dawn was a group of brutal marauders who raided planets for their resources, but with the leadership of Maul, a Sith Lord, they quickly became one of the most gruesome syndicates in the galaxy. Maul’s ultimate mission was to steal the galactic dominance of Sidious, which led him to create the Shadow Collective of five criminal organizations, Crimson Dawn included, and used it to fund this mission.

After Sidious’ attacks disbanded the Shadow Collective, Maul took full control of Crimson Dawn and attempted another consolidation of criminal organizations; the Five Syndicates. As the people of the galaxy learned of the organization’s rise to power and became fully aware of its utter disregard for morality and respect, they trembled upon hearing its name.

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