Join Date: Nov 1997
Location: The Dawn of Time
What do you mean? The production show in AOTC alone implies billions of droids, minimum, and only speaks of "one million units" (plus another half a million units=1.5 million "units").
According to the EU there are either "quadrillions" or "quintillions" of droids, a unit for clones equals one soldier, and that they only "tripled" the number of clones, to 3.x million.
So you have:
3,000,000+ clones vs.
So that's equivalent to:
3 to 2,000,000,000 (or 2,000,000,000,000 odds!)
We don't know the population of the CIS systems, they just refer to "thousands of star systems" and then "another 10,000 star systems will rally to our cause" (Dooku, speaking to the other leaders in AOTC). This is enough to spur Civil War with the Republic. The Empire is said to be something like a million star systems according to the movie novelisation iirc (in Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker).
Of course does this mean populated systems? How many living in each?
But ultimately it means little. In the movies the vast majority of the Seperatist forces we see are made up of droids, and the vast majority of the Republic forces are either Clones or Jedi. Yes, they do show local troops backing up their side (Wookiees, Geonosians, Utapauans), but these forces are relatively small by comparison.
Are you saying the CIS had tons of undefended planets and so were stretched too thin? Who knows, but I would think that would be more of a problem for the Republic, especially if they had the miniscule numbers for an army that the EU says they had. I wonder if a system would break away from the Republic to join the CIS if they didn't have some fighting force...
Anyway in the movie everyone acted like killing General Grievous would "end the war" but of course it obviously didn't. After Anakin murdered the Seperatist Leaders on Mustafar Palpatine ordered him to order the droids to all "shut down." Assumedly that could be done from the headquarters there on the planet, so why assume that before then they had shut down billions of droids? In a deleted scene for AOTC, a team of Jedi commandeer the droid control ship over Geonosis and give the shut down order. The droids in the arena stand still for a moment, then sputter back to life on "backup systems" (or something like that). So we're supposed to believe that they thought of this after their embarrassing defeat in TPM at Naboo. Of course this scene never made it into the actual movies, and I can't remember if it was mentioned in the novelisation, but probably.