What if I tell you that it’s not “A long time ago in a galaxy far-far away” It’s not just a movie, not just a fiction of sci-fi and magic. What if I tell you that it is all-true. The force, the light sabers, the chosen one, blasters, and the evil old man trying to conquer the entire galaxy. To realize this, all you need to do is to believe, feel the force running through your veins. Use the midichlorians scanner to count and find that Jedi, sith, stormtroopers are there living next to you. This is not just story, but the life of a star wars family.
The Force is strong in Indonesia with many serve as lightsaber wielder who both dedicate themselves to the mastery of lightsaber duels as padawans and Jedi knight who practiced the light side of the force Ashla and the Dark side Bogan. These Lightsaber wielders are named “Jakarta Saber” and “Fight Saber”.
Jakarta Saber was first formed on the 3rd of May 2012, before the annual star wars day. The reason behind the creation of Jakarta Saber is because the absence of a Star Wars community that focuses on the practice of lightsaber duels. Not only learning the technique of wielding a lightsaber but also tricks in a lightsaber duel. Mas Dwiki the representative of Jakarta Saber or one should say a master to the arts of Lightsaber told us that the number of padawans and sith apprentice grows with the release of new Star Wars movie, the most recent one of them is of course “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One”. With the growing number of Star Wars fan and the appearance of similar communities what makes Jakarta Saber different is that Mas Dwiki and another member of Jakarta Saber is during their shows they are trying to create the duels as similar as possible as in the movies to represent it authenticity and their commitment to the Star Wars Lore. They are also trying to give fans and also geeks to know that “Lo bisa kok main lightsaber tapi masih gak keliatan culun” This is their Slogan and with this, they’re trying to emphasize that there’s nothing wrong by being a geek can also be fun.
Journey deeper into the far-far space of Indonesia’s Star Wars community there is also another community which emphasizes on the Lightsaber practices. They call themselves “Fight Saber” an independent group of Jedi Knights and Sith Lords that affiliated themselves with their main base in Singapore. We were greeted by this amazing band of both Jedi and sith which is actually a rare sight to see both Jedi and sith working together. There’s Muhammad Syafiq the leader of Fight saber, Edwin RSA founder of Fight Saber, Rieke Tjandra as the Secretary of FightSaber and other members Andy, Steven Ikhsan and Aulia. They not only show discipline and passion towards the art of lightsaber dueling but also embodied themselves to the characters of legends. They are a symbol that shows that everyone can be one with the force, wherever you are or whoever you are the there’s nothing wrong in being a Jedi Master or a Sith Lord.
We know the tragedy of Order 66, not just a tragedy but a disaster to the Star Wars Universe. An order was given to the Clone Troopers of the Galactic Republic to annihilate all the Jedi. This is the work of none other than the shadowy figure the architect of the grand plan Emperor Palpatine or should I say the most insidious of names Darth Sidious. To the contrary Order 66 in Indonesia is not an order or an event that shaped the Star Wars Universe but a group, society, and EMPIRE that symbolizes the Star Wars Community in Indonesia. Jedi, Sith, smugglers, and troopers alike can come brought together by the force to formed Order 66. Intel gained directly from the representative of Order 66 Tatooine Mas Ryan, Order 66 was formed on the 27th of January 2008 by Riza Satyagraha and other passionate Star Wars fanboys. Order 66 “Tatooine” itself is an outpost South Of Tangerang. Like the desert Planet Tatooine itself which holds many mysteries and dangerous creatures such as the Krayt Dragon. Tatooine stands for Tangerang Selatan Trooper Indonesia formed by 2 members of Order 66 Ryant Andrie K and Ikrar Tulus. With the help of the leader Mas Riza, Tatooine was formed on the 29th of November 2016.
Like the force which dwells in everyone and getting stronger by the minute The development of Order 66 Tatooine is growing rapidly, ever since the release of Star Wars episode 7: The Force Awakens and the latest Rogue one: A Star Wars Story. The amount of member is increasing through social media such as Group Page, FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram.
A word from Mas Ryan Order 66 is a place where every fanboys and fangirls from all around Indonesia can come and be one, meeting up with other fanboys from other countries in Singapore, Malaysia, Ecuador, Chile, Mexico and so on. There are no limits to the members of Order 66 ranging from the age of 5 to even 60 years old. There are also from different backgrounds Doctor, Musician, Artis, Photographer, insurance, and students. Everyone can join and come, and everyone has their own interest in Star Wars some wants to embody themselves as the characters of Star Wars, Prop Maker, Toy Collectors, Comic and Novel readers, and some prefer to master the art of Lightsaber.
Mas Ryan Hopes that Order 66 can become a larger Star Wars community in Indonesia an Intergalactic empire. To become one a place for the passionate and ever curious to the Star Wars Universe.
Jedi or Sith or even somewhere in Between the Star Wars community in Indonesia is getting stronger, you can sense the force flowing through the roots, trees, people every living being in Indonesia. There is no disturbance but a spark that will ignite a flame that symbolizes the passion Star Wars.
Now a message from the Jedi Masters and the Sith Lords.
There is no emotion, There is Peace
There is no ignorance, There is Knowledge
There is no Passion, There is Serenity
There is no Chaos, There is Harmony
There is no Death, There is the Force
Peace is a lie, There is only Passion
Through Passion I gain Strength
Through Strength I gain Power
Through Power I gain Victory
Through Victory my chains are Broken
The Force shall free me
“May the Fourth Be With You” A Star Wars day all around the world
“SWW” or “Sci-fi World Weekend” The end of the year, October to December
Words By: Adrian R
Header Image is Credited to: Jakarta Saber