—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 and multiple genders, all bound by a common culture.
In their early years, 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 was rendered as "Mandalore" in Basic
. Throughout their history, the Mandalorians were frequently allied with the Sith
, perhaps 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 mutually beneficial.