- "The bombing of the power generator has been confirmed to be a Separatist attack!"
- ―Senator Gume Saam in the Galactic Senate
During the Clone Wars, a bombing occurred on the Republic capital Coruscant of the planet's central power distribution grid. The attack was planned by Count Dooku to disrupt the peace initiative occurring between the Republic and the Separatist Alliance. Under orders from General Grievous, six Infiltrator demolition droids infiltrated the power generator, killing the engineers and setting themselves to self-destruct. As they did so, they caused the generator to detonate, setting off fires across Coruscant and cutting power to large sections of the city-planet. After it was confirmed to the Republic Senate the attack was committed by the Separatists, the peace process fell apart.
In 21 BBY, Senator Gume Saam proposed the Republic financial reform bill that would open up new lines of credit with the InterGalactic Banking Clan in order produce more clone troopers for the Grand Army of the Republic. However, Senator Padmé Amidala suggested that they negotiate with the Confederacy of Independent Systems and Senator Bail Prestor Organa put a halt on the vote until matter has been cleared.
Saam spoke with his fellow supporters, Senators Lott Dod and Nix Card about the vote. Saam suggests they take out Amidala, but Card knew that the Senate would not de-regulate the banks. Thus, they agreed to bring the war to Coruscant, knowing that it has not been attacked in over a thousand years. Thus, they contacted the Confederacy's leader, Count Dooku. Dooku, at the behest of Darth Sidious, tasked General Grievous with planning the attack.
During this time, Senator Amidala and Padawan Ahsoka Tano then went to the Confederacy's capital, Raxus Secundus. There, they met Onderon's Senator Mina Bonteri, who told them that the Separatist Senate was debating the same thing. At a session of the senate at Senate Building in Raxulon, the Senate, despite the Corporate Alliance's Senator Voe Atell's objections voted yes to open negotiations with the Galactic Republic with Dooku's support.
Amidala and Tano then returned to Coruscant and informed Chancellor Palpatine of the Confederacy's peace proposal. Saam, Card, and Dodd then spoke to Dooku about the proposal and how it would derail their bill. Dooku assured them that after their attack, chances of peace will disappear.
Grievous then sent in a team of demolition droids. Grievous then assured Dooku and Card that would complete his mission. The droids, disguised as sweeper droids, were able to be taken to Coruscant. There they were able to slip past Commander "Fox" and his Coruscant Guard, who regarded the droids as "stupid" and not thinking twice about letting them into the restricted area. They then made their way to the Central power distribution grid. They then attacked the engineers stationed and killed them all.
During that time, Senators Amidala, Organa, and Onaconda Farr then spoke to the Republic Senate on the Confederacy's peace proposal. Vice Chair Mas Amedda accepted it and the other Senators were allowed to vote.
However, seconds later, the demolition droids carried out their mission and destroyed themselves and the generators. Large areas of Coruscant were turned dark and the red emergency lights turned, alerting the senate of the attack. Ryloth Senator Orn Free Taa shouted that they were under attack. Soon, Senator Saam announced that the attack had been confirmed as a Separatist one, and Kamino Senator Halle Burtoni proposed to vote on the bill to deregulate the banks. Amidala attempted to stop the process, but to no avail, as more and more Senators began to support Burtoni's proposal. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine approved the suggestion, thus ending the debate over the subject.
The Banks were deregulated in order to finance more troops for war. Amidala then attempted to have the senate resume their negotiations with the Confederacy despite Umbara's senator Mee Deechi asking if she had Separatist friends. However, Dooku contacted the senate, saying that the Republic has launched their own attack on the Confederacy's people, killing the proposal's sponsor, Mina Bonteri.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Heroes on Both Sides" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Pursuit of Peace" (In flashback(s))
- "Pursuit of Peace"—The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow Warrior" (In flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 9 (Databank A-Z: C-21–Chandrila)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 21 (Databank A-Z: Greedo–Gundarks)
- Collapse of the Republic
- Ultimate Star Wars, New Edition
- "The Beginning of the Clone Wars" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
Notes and references
- Star Wars: Forces of Destiny – "The Padawan Path"
- "Brain Invaders" establishes that the second occupation of Geonosis began after the Second Battle of Geonosis, while Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel shows that it continued throughout the rest of the Clone Wars. As "The Beginning of the Clone Wars" – Star Wars Encyclopedia establishes that the bombing of Coruscant's central power distribution grid occurred after the Second Battle of Geonosis, but still during the Clone Wars, the bombing must have been concurrent to the second occupation.
- Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide states that the Onderonian Civil War began 22 years before the Rogue One mission. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Rogue One mission to 0 BBY. Therefore, the Onderonian Civil War began in 22 BBY, while its end, depicted in "Tipping Points," must occur in 20 BBY; Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of "Water War" to 20 BBY, while Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia - Join the Battle! dates the events of "The Gathering" to be 20 years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which corresponds to 20 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. As establishes that the events of "Tipping Points," and therefore the end of the Onderonian Civil War, occurred between the events of "Water War" and "The Gathering," the war must have ended in 20 BBY.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Pursuit of Peace"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Heroes on Both Sides"
- The Star Wars Book places the Confederate–Republic peace initiative to twenty-one years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas states that A New Hope begins in 0 BBY, this event must take place 21 BBY as it occurs concurrently with the Confederate–Republic peace initiative.