The Hutt Clan, also known as the Hutt Cartel and sometimes simply as the Hutts, was one of the most powerful crime families in the galaxy. It is governed by the Grand Hutt Council, whose members were the heads of the five Hutt families. The Clan itself is one of the members of the five syndicates. During the Clone Wars, the clan aligned itself with the Galactic Republic, and briefly with Darth Maul's criminal empire, the Shadow Collective. Following the fall of the Republic, the Hutts aligned themselves with the Galactic Empire.