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"The plague, an airborne virus, is extremely contagious to Humans, and death is speedy, certain, and painful."
Imperial HoloVision[src]

The Candorian plague was a very contagious and deadly disease. It was known to have caused epidemics that decimated entire planets.


The Candorian plague was an airborne virus. It was extremely contagious to Humans, leading to a speedy, agonizing, certain death.[1]


Republic Dark AgeEdit

"The final hundred years of the Draggulch period are sometimes called the Republic’s "dark age.” The Republic could no longer afford to maintain its communications network. At the same time, an outbreak of the Candorian plague killed off as much as two-thirds of the citizens of some major population centers."
Voren Na'al[src]

During the Draggulch Period, the Candorian plague depopulated Rimward colonies of The Slice.[2] At the end of this period, during the Republic Dark Age, the Old Republic was moribund and an epidemic of the disease spread over the galaxy.[3] The plague wiped out as much as two-thirds of the population of some cities.[4] The disease was particularly present in the Grumani sector and it scourged the planet Alphoresis.[5] By 1060 BBY, the planet Mandalore was another casualty of the Candorian plague and Mandalorians were all but decimated.[6]

Recent historyEdit

"The last known strains are thought to have died out 46 years ago when the total loss of the Candorian colonies gave the virus no means of reproducing itself. There is no known antidote or cure."
―Imperial HoloVision[src]

In 46 BBY,[1] the total loss of Candoria[7] and the Candorian colonies[1][7] left the disease no way to propagate, and it was believed to be extinct.[1]

However, the Candorian plague was later cultivated by the Galactic Empire for use against rebellious planets. It was used by the Empire against the planet Dentaal in 0 ABY, which had just expelled Governor Taliff and declared independence. It killed hundreds of thousands in the capital of Calif City within the first few hours of its appearance; within two days, it had killed ten billion people, sweeping over the entire Kindelian continent. The entire planet was depopulated within two months, and the Empire claimed that the plague was a Rebel plot.[1] The storm commandos, led at the time by Crix Madine, were the ones directly responsible for unleashing the plague on the planet under the Emperor's orders, which acted as the final straw leading to Madine's defection shortly thereafter, although he was still wracked with guilt for his involvement.[8]



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