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"Corellian engineering. A CEC ship will keep going until it hits something."
Han Solo[16]

Corellian Engineering Corporation, abbreviated CEC and originally called Corellian Engineering Corps, was one of the three largest starship manufacturers. This corporation was widely considered the most prolific starship manufacturer in the galaxy.


CEC, whose shipyards were located in the Corellian system, owed much of its success to the abnormally high numbers of skilled designers, engineers, and shipwrights the system produced. The shipyards were well known for their modular freighters which could be upgraded for combat with both legal and illegal after-market kits. These popular freighters ranged from the YG-series first made centuries before the Battle of Yavin to the VCX series produced shortly before the Yuuzhan Vong War.


Corellian Engineering Corporation advertisement flier for the CR90 Corvette and YT-1300

Unlike the company's main competitors (Kuat Drive Yards and Sienar Fleet Systems), CEC relied almost solely on civilian sales rather than military contracts. Even so, CEC's reputation for solid spaceframes and excellent engines meant that it was often subcontracted to build warships using other companies' designs: Star Destroyers built by CEC had a reputation for being the fastest ships in the Imperial Navy, both at sublight and hyperspace speeds.[7] The smuggler Han Solo boasted of having outrun such ships. CEC also constructed vessels for the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

In the centuries before the Clone Wars, the Corellian sector was guarded by warships bigger than Acclamator-class assault ships. These were presumably also homemade designs rather than imports from other notable shipwrights, like Kuat Drive Yards or Rendili Star Drive.

CEC also teamed up with Loronar Corporation to jointly fund The Nerfworks, a radical think tank responsible for a number of starship designs, including some droid starships. In addition, it jointly owned Chempat Engineered Defenses with Kuat Drive Yards. A competing shipwright, Corellia StarDrive, was bought by CEC after their senior design team was killed in a shuttle crash.


"The guilty party is Corellian Engineering Corporation. The oldest ship manufacturer in Republic history."
Darth Charnus[17]

The Corellian Engineering Corporation was one of the oldest starship manufacturers in Republic history[17] and claimed to be the longest-operating business entity in galactic history.[15]

CEC Tower

The CEC Island during the Battle of Corellia

During the Galactic War, CEC supported the Galactic Republic in the war against the Sith Empire. Prior to the Battle of Corellia, Imperial Intelligence attempted to infiltrate the offices of the Corellian Engineering Corporation in Coronet City in order to take control of the corporation's powerful defense systems. However, the operation was a failure and all Intelligence's operatives were uncovered.[15] When the Sith invasion of Corellia finally started, in 3640 BBY,[18] the company found itself on the frontline of the battle. In the Incorporation Islands, powerful local corporations, particularly the CEC, supported the Corellian forces and attacked Imperial troops. Furthermore, CEC used ion weapons to neutralize Coronet's rocket trams that were used by the Empire to move its troops. The CEC headquarters soon became the main target of the Sith but Imperial forces were not able to pass through the company's formidable defensive system. Darth Charnus therefore ordered his special operatives and commander Jastal of the Imperial Guard to capture the hull-cracker experimental weapon from the Czerka Corporation.[17] After securing the weapon, Imperial operatives directly attacked the CEC Island and fought CEC's massive army of security droids. The operatives were finally able to disable the droids by destroying signal towers.[19] The Empire then used the hull-cracker to breach the CEC headquarters. Imperial troops assaulted the Central Tower and pummeled all resistance, including the powerful C-9X battle droid. The Sith forces eventually slaughtered the CEC board of directors.[8] Although the Sith Empire was eventually drove out of Corellia, resulting in a major Republic victory,[20] the Battle of Corellia was a major disaster for the Corellian Engineering Corporation.[8]

During the rule of the Eternal Empire, the Corellian Engineering Corporation was rumoured to be developing an experimental stealth technology for a mysterious buyer.[21]

Some time after the fall of the Corellian monarchy in 312 BBY,[22] the Corellian system became a corporatocracy. The Corellian government was fronted by a puppet ruler known as the Diktat while the state was in fact ruled the boards of directors of powerful corporations, including CEC. The only interest of this regime was the development of economy and the growth of Corellian companies.[1]

During the last decades of the Republic, prior to the Clone Wars, the Corellian Engineering Corporation provided the bulk of the Republic warships by producing Consular-class cruisers, Republic light assault cruisers,[23] and CL-1c Lancet interceptor for the Judicial Fleet.[1] In 60 BBY, CEC constructed the YT-1300 light freighter YT 492727ZED, later known as the Millennium Falcon, at Orbital Assembly Facility 7.[24]

Battle of the Corridor

A fleet of CEC-manufactured Rebel starships destroy an Imperial Star Destroyer

After the Declaration of a New Order, CEC became a voting sponsor of the Corporate Sector Authority.[2] During the Galactic Civil War, the Corellian Engineering Corporation was not a major supplier of the Imperial Navy but CEC starships were favored by the Rebel Alliance. The polyvalent CR90 corvette became one of the most iconic vessels of the Rebellion.[25]

After the Battle of Yavin, CEC performed asteroid mining operations in the Corellian,[26] Dathomir,[9] Endor,[10] Karthakk,[12] Kashyyyk,[13] and Kessel systems.[14] These operations were supervised by Thom Steele[27] and Captain Koh.[28] CEC mining operations were often threatened by pirates such as the Asteroid Bandits.[26]

After the Battle of Yavin, a number of CEC employees disappeared in the city of Tyrena, on Corellia, and CEC sensitive data showed up on black market. The rival company Kuat Drive Yards was suspected to be responsible.[1] In 1 ABY,[29] the Corellian Engineering Corporation frequently recruited independent spacers to deal with minor troubles affecting the company. Such missions included the destruction of a gangster base involved in industrial espionage, the removal of dangerous wild animals from a CEC testing facility, and the elimination of a gang of criminals hired by an anti-armaments radical group to sabotage CEC weapon factories.[30][31][32]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Suns of Fortune
  2. 2.0 2.1 Han Solo and the Corporate Sector Sourcebook
  3. SWGamer-icon "Droid Starships" — Star Wars Gamer 10
  4. Databank title Techno Union in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  5. The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
  6. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 The Essential Guide to Warfare, p. 64
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic — Imperial Mission: "Industrial Collapse" on Corellia
  9. 9.0 9.1 SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: Rage of the Wookiees — Space Quest: "Broad Sample Part III" in the Dathomir system
  10. 10.0 10.1 SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: Rage of the Wookiees — Space Quest: "Broad Sample Part II" in the Endor system
  11. Fly Casual, p.59
  12. 12.0 12.1 SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: Rage of the Wookiees — Space Quest: "Extract 750 units of Obsidian Asteroid" in the Karthakk system
  13. 13.0 13.1 SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: Rage of the Wookiees — Space Quest: "Extract 500 Units of Organometallic Asteroid" in the Kashyyyk system
  14. 14.0 14.1 SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: Rage of the Wookiees — Space Quest: "Space Diamonds" in the Kessel system
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic — Codex: "Corellian Engineering Corporation"
  16. Dark Nest I: The Joiner King
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic — Imperial Mission: "Corporate Warfare" on Corellia
  18. SWTOR mini Forums: Dear Story Team, What Year Are We Currently In? on The Old Republic's official website (backup link) and Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia establish that the Battle of Ilum and the end of Act III for the class storylines of Star Wars: The Old Republic occur in late 3640 BBY and prior to the events of The Old Republic: Annihilation, which is also set in 3640 BBY per The Essential Reader's Companion. Annihilation establishes that the Treaty of Coruscant collapsed approximately eighteen months prior, or in 3641 BBY, and as Act III occurs after the treaty's collapse, the act begins sometime between 3641 BBY and 3640 BBY.
  19. SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic — Imperial Mission: "Engineering Breakdown" on Corellia
  20. SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic — Imperial Mission: "The Fall of Corellia" on Vaiken Spacedock
  21. SWTOR mini Star Wars: The Old Republic — Slicing Crew Skill mission: "Off the Radar"
  22. The Essential Atlas
  23. Starships of the Galaxy, Saga Edition
  24. Millennium Falcon
  25. The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
  26. 26.0 26.1 SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: Rage of the Wookiees — Space Quest: "Patrol Corellian Mining Route 42" in the Corellian system
  27. SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: Rage of the Wookiees — Quest: "Mission To Talus" on Kashyyyk
  28. SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: Rage of the Wookiees — Quest: "Back to Kashyyyk" on Talus
  29. The opening crawl of Star Wars Galaxies dates the game to after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, and additionally, Serji-X Arrogantus, who died in Star Wars (1977) 10—the events of which The New Essential Chronology dates to 0 ABY—appears in the game. Therefore, at least a portion of Star Wars Galaxies must be set in that year. Furthermore, in the game Ruwan Tokai references the destruction of the Death Star as having occurred one year earlier, and Strongholds of Resistance also places the events of Galaxies' Chapter 9: "The Fury of Exar Kun" in 1 ABY. Lastly, while Chapter 11: "The Battle of Echo Base" features the Battle of Hoth—dated to 3 ABY by The New Essential Chronology—the developers have stated that the portrayal of that battle in the game is intentionally anachronistic. Therefore, the events of Star Wars Galaxies must span from 0 ABY to around 1 ABY.
  30. SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided — Terminal Mission: "Testing Facility Has Espionage Problem" on Corellia
  31. SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided — Terminal Mission: "Testing Facility Requires Animal Removal" on Corellia
  32. SWG logo sm Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided — Terminal Mission: "Violent Protests Against CEC Operations" on Corellia

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