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"Most people associate the Atrisian Empire with exotic danger—the brutal conquests of its early rulers, the brilliant but ruthless political gambits of Emperor Uueg Tching, the distilled political craftiness of his Sayings, or the sociopathic decadence of the Six Savage Viziers. While the modern Atrisian Commonwealth is a far more mundane place, Atrisian script […] has found a place offworld in hands every bit as pitiless as the ancient emperors."
―Doctor Milanda Vorgan, "The Written Word: A Brief Introduction to the Writing Systems of Galactic Basic"[src]

The Atrisian Commonwealth was a sector of space located on the edge of the Core Worlds and the Colonies. Containing around 200 settled worlds, the sector included the planets Atrisia and Frisal as well as the Kiliea system, the origin point of the Kiliean bolt guns. Frisal was a reserve world of the Galactic Empire and the homeworld of the eight-legged loirbnigg reptilians.

The Atrisian Commonwealth came into being at some point by 3996 BBY as a civilization independent from the Galactic Republic. By that time, the Commonwealth included Atrisia, which was home to an ancient race of Humans known as Atrisians. The region was a member of the Republic during the Clone Wars, and Atrisia also fell within the borders of the Galactic Empire a few years later. Human natives of the Commonwealth at that time included Rom Mohc and Villis Andal.

At some point following the death of Galactic Emperor Palpatine, the Atrisian Commonwealth joined the New Republic as an Allied Region. Around 11 ABY, the xenoarchaeologist Corellia Antilles speculated that recovering the missing original manuscript of the Sayings, an ancient Atrisian document, would help improve the New Republic-Commonwealth relations. Almost three decades later, the xenolinguist Milanda Vorgan characterized the Atrisian Commonwealth as being a relatively mundane locale by that time.

Description[edit | edit source]

The Atrisian Commonwealth was a region located in the Southern Core portion of the Core Worlds and the Colonies. A narrow slice of space lying on the very edge of those larger regions, it contained approximately 200 settled worlds. The Core portion of the Commonwealth included the Atrisi system,[1] the Frisal system, and the Kiliea system.[2] The Atrisi system lay at the endpoint of the hyperlane known as the Giju Run, which connected it to the Core Worlds' Dahrtag system.[1]

The Atrisi system contained the terrestrial planet Atrisia,[3] also known as Kitel Phard, and the Frisal system was the site of[1] a terrestrial[4] world[5] of the same name. The latter was the homeworld of the loirbnigg, a species of eight-legged reptilian creatures.[4]

History[edit | edit source]

Joining the Republic[edit | edit source]

Kitel Phard was a member of the Galactic Republic by the time of the Clone Wars.

At some point, the inhabitants of the planet Atrisia developed interstellar spaceflight, and the world became a part of the independent civilization known as the Atrisian Commonwealth. The area of space surrounding the Artisi system was explored by the Galactic Republic at some point between 5000 BBY and 3996 BBY and thus became part of what was considered the civilized galaxy. Contact with the Atrisian Commonwealth led to the growth of the Southern Core region.[1]

Despite space surrounding Kitel Phard being a part of the territories either unaligned with or contested by the Republic or the Brotherhood of Darkness by 1000 BBY, the planet fell within the borders of the Republic during the Clone Wars of 2219 BBY.[1] During the first campaigns of that conflict, the Twentieth Army of the Republic Military was tasked with defending Atrisia's vicinity against the military forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. By 17 BBY, Atrisia lay within space controlled by the Galactic Empire.[6]

New Republic and beyond[edit | edit source]

"Recovery of the Sayings manuscript would be of great help in improving relations with the Atrisian Commonwealth."
―Lecture by Doctor Corellia Antilles[src]

Doctor Corellia Antilles believed that the recovery of the missing original manuscript of the Sayings would improve the relations between the New Republic and the Atrisian Commonwealth.

Following the death of Palpatine at the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, Atrisia declared its independence from the Empire, and the Atrisian Commonwealth eventually joined the Empire's successor government, the New Republic, as an Allied Region.[1] In a lecture given at the Galactic Museum on[7] the Core Worlds planet[1] Coruscant[7] around 11 ABY,[8] the xenoarchaeologist Doctor Corellia Antilles described the original manuscript of the Sayings—a millennia-old collection of instructional texts from the era when Kitel Phard was still being unified. The manuscript had been transferred from Kitel Phard to Coruscant twelve years prior, and during the New Republic advance on the latter planet, the document disappeared during the evacuation of artifacts from[7] the Imperial capital.[1] Antilles went further on to state that the recovery of the Sayings manuscript would greatly improve the New Republic relations with the Atrisian Commonwealth.[7]

The xenolinguist Doctor Milanda Vorgan noted in[9] her[10] 38 ABY publication "The Written Word: A Brief Introduction to the Writing Systems of Galactic Basic" that the state of the Atrisian Commonwealth by that time was relatively uneventful, especially when compared with the exotic danger associated by many people with the ancient Atrisian Empire.[9] By 137 ABY, Kitel Phard had been incorporated into the Core Worlds Security Zone, an administrative territory of Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire.[1]

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

"It's no surprise that General Rom Mohc, a native of the Atrisian Commonwealth, chose the Orinackra detention facility to house the would-be defector Crix Madine."
―Doctor Milanda Vorgan, "The Written Word: A Brief Introduction to the Writing Systems of Galactic Basic"[src]

Rom Mohc was a native of the Atrisian Commonwealth.

Atrisia was colonized by Humans,[1] who were generally thought to have evolved on the Core Worlds planet Coruscant.[11] Despite eventually achieving interstellar spaceflight, the Atrisians remained an insular culture, although some left their homeworld for the wider galaxy,[1] such as Rom Mohc,[9] who served with the Republic Military during the Clone Wars.[12]

By the time of the Galactic Civil War, there were several noble families of Atrisians, one of which included Villis Andal, who eventually became a Moff of the Galactic Empire. Some of the pastimes of the young Atrisian nobles, Andal included, were riding loirbniggs and studying the use of Kiliean bolt guns,[4] weapons which originated in the Kiliea system.[13]

The Empire maintained Frisal as a preserve world for affluent Imperial families.[5] Members of the Imperial nobility also vacationed on the planet, and the aristocrats[14] bred[5] and trained loirbniggs for use as mounts.[14]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"Atrisia's antiquity and apparent importance to galactic culture argued for putting it in the Core Worlds; we stuck it out on the frontier to give it more of a whiff of the exotic and in hopes that future Star Wars creators might find intriguing possibilities in that."
―Jason Fry[src]

The Atrisian Commonwealth was first mentioned in Star Wars Adventure Journal 14.

The Atrisian Commonwealth was first mentioned in Timothy O'Brien's August 1997 article "From the Files of Corellia Antilles," which was published in Star Wars Adventure Journal 14.[7] The 2009 reference book The Essential Atlas provided the first visual depiction of the sector on a map created by Modi.[1]

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, How I Wonder Where We Are," a 1990 roleplaying game source article published in Voyages SF 13, had previously placed the Atrisi system in the Harron sector. Since the article was released outside of the Lucas Licensing process, its canonicity within the Star Wars Legends continuity was never confirmed.[15] Ultimately, The Essential Atlas overrode the Voyages SF 13 placement by establishing that the Atrisi system was situated outside of the Expansion Region[1] in which the Harron sector was later placed.[16]

When writing The Essential Atlas, the authors Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry placed the planet Atrisia[17] and a part of the Atrisian Commonwealth[1] in the Core Worlds region of the galaxy due to previously published sources noting the planet's antiquity and its cultural importance to the wider galaxy. However, they also placed it on the very frontier of that region, near the border of the explored galactic territories.[1] This was done intentionally to make Atrisia seem a more exotic location and to provide the authors of future Star Wars media with interesting storytelling possibilities.[17]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 The Essential Atlas
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 StarWars.com Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion on StarWars.com (article) (backup link)
  3. Imperial Sourcebook, Second Edition
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Star Wars Planets Collection
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 296 ("Frisal")
  6. The Essential Guide to Warfare
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 SWAJsmall.jpg "From the Files of Corellia Antilles"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 14
  8. SWAJsmall.jpg "From the Files of Corellia Antilles"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 14 is set shortly after the re-establishment of the New Republic on Coruscant following the final defeat of the resurrected Emperor Palpatine, which The New Essential Chronology dates to 11 ABY.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 HyperspaceIcon.png The Written Word on Hyperspace (article) (content removed from StarWars.com and unavailable)
  10. WEG icon2.jpg "Erasing All Traces"—The Thrawn Trilogy Sourcebook
  11. The New Essential Chronology
  12. WizardsoftheCoast.png "The Dark Forces Saga, Part 1" on Wizards.com (original article link, content now obsolete; backup link)
  13. The Essential Atlas and Galactic Cartography: Official Discussion on the Jedi Council Forums (Literature board; posted by jasonfry on December 11, 2007, 7:59am; accessed March 6, 2016) "I wouldn't get your hopes up re alien homeworlds, beyond simple stuff like the Planetnamian species getting a Planetnamia on the map or things Dan and I can account for with a relatively quick reference." (backup link) Jason Fry, co-author of The Essential Atlas, stated his intention to create homeworlds for numerous species based on context implied from their names. Given this principle, this article makes a similar basic assumption for the Kiliean bolt gun in relation to the Kiliea system.
  14. 14.0 14.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 259 ("loirbnigg")
  15. Voyages.png "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, How I Wonder Where We Are"—Voyages SF 13
  16. StarWars.com Essential Atlas Extra: Expansion Region on StarWars.com (backup link)
  17. 17.0 17.1 BloggerLogo.png Daniel Wallace's Geekosity — Endnotes for Star Wars: The Essential Atlas (part 2 of 5) on Blogspot (backup link)
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