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"We're going to need to scatter far and wide. The Corporate Sector's probably our safest bet."
―Berch Teller advises his rebel cell to scatter to the Corporate Sector[8]

The Corporate Sector, also known as CorpSec,[6] was a sector located in the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories that was governed by the independent Corporate Sector Authority. It was described as a "fiefdom" where corporate entities were given free rein to govern their own territory.[11]


Fall of the Republic[]

Despite being shut down, the same organizations and market forces which created and destroyed the Expansionist Oligarchy resulted in the foundation of the Corporate Sector some two centuries later. Compromises between the Republic and these corporate interests fueled the division in the Galactic Republic and its Galactic Senate, pushing the Senate away from the interests of the citizens, and leaned more towards the interests of the companies.[12] LeisureMech Enterprises was based within the Corporate Sector.[13]

Prior to the Age of the Empire, the Corporate Sector was made up of a series of loosely-aligned autonomous star systems, independent from the Galactic Republic, which were home to numerous corporations as well as tax evaders, arms merchants, and pirates.[1] Although they largely supported the Confederacy of Independent Systems,[6] the majority of these systems remained neutral during the Clone Wars[1] of 22 BBY to 19 BBY,[14] It also gaining a reputation for harboring war profiteers.[1] The war ended with the fall of the CIS, but the Corporate Sector remained a hotbed for Separatist sentiments, with hardline Separatist holdouts finding a home in the region.[8]

Imperial Era[]

"Salient's resources, in whatever state we inherit them, are trivial against the necessity of sending a message to other systems in this sector that autonomy is at the pleasure of the Empire, and that that privilege can be revoked whenever the Emperor sees fit."
―Moff Wilhuff Tarkin[1]

The Corporate Sector

By 18 BBY, these star systems were considered to be slowly coalescing into a unified entity. Fearful of this opposition, forces of the newly-formed Galactic Empire under Moff Wilhuff Tarkin invaded and occupied the Salient system on the edge of the sector, intending to send a message to defiant systems and gain a staging area for further military incursions into Corporate space. The prolonged campaign drew in smugglers and mercenaries from across the sector as well as from other sectors as far away as Tingel Arm, including Saw Gerrera's Partisans, but the Empire eventually proved victorious.[1] Shortly after the end of the Clone Wars, Admiral Wullf Yularen led a campaign against the pirates who were launching raids into the Corporate Sector.[6]

Despite this, the Corporate Sector would remain in existence, and its systems eventually coalesced to create the Corporate Sector Authority (CSA).[7] The Empire viewed it as a haven for former Separatists. Indeed, even five years after the end of the war, technologies that had previously belonged to the former Confederacy as well as the Trade Federation were still appearing in the sector. Moff Tarkin suspected that the warship that attacked Sentinel Base originated in the Corporate Sector. When the Moff later traveled to Coruscant, some speculated he was going to be sent on a mission to the sector to hunt down Separatist recidivists. Berch Teller, the leader of the rebel cell that was responsible for the ensuing series of attacks, suggested his fellow rebels flee to the Corporate Sector to avoid Imperial capture.[8]

New Republic Era[]

During the New Republic Era, the Corporate Sector was still controlled by the Corporate Sector Authority. This bought the attention of the First Order, who used it as a way to bribe New Republic Senator Erudo Ro-Kiintor, who received credits through shells and third-party corporations with the connivance of the CSA.[7] It served as a haven for war profiteers who sold munitions to both sides in the Cold War.[11]

Rise of the First Order[]

Cantonica system

The Cantonica System, in the Corporate Sector, during the First Order-Resistance War.

During the First Order-Resistance War, the Corporate Sector world of Cantonica was a destination for wealthy tourists and war profiteers, who visited the casinos and racing tracks of Canto Bight. Following the Evacuation of D'Qar, the Resistance operatives Finn, Rose Tico, and BB-8 traveled there on a mission to recruit the Master Codebreaker to disable the First Order's hyperspace tracker. Though the mission went awry, Finn and Rose managed to recruit the slicer DJ, free several fathiers, and inspire hope in several stable hands including Temiri Blagg.[10]

Behind the scenes[]

The Corporate Sector was first mentioned in the new Star Wars canon in the 2014 novel Tarkin, written by James Luceno.[8] It was originally created for Han Solo at Stars' End, a 1979 Star Wars Legends novel written by Brian Daley.[15]


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