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"I don't know how they picked Okator VIII. It doesn't really matter, I suppose. It could have been a lot of places in the Divide. They could have picked Matabre, or Ilamna or Cortilium Major. But they didn't. They picked Okator."
―Baragwin sense lattice imprinted by a Republic soldier[src]

Cortilium Major was an astronomical object[2] located in the Cortilium Major system, a part of the Eucer sector of the Mid Rim.[1] During the Tionese War,[2] waged between the Galactic Republic and the Honorable Union of Desevro & Tion,[3] Cortilium Major was situated in the region known as the Divide and was settled by Republic colonists.[2]

Shortly before the war's end[2] around 23,900 BBY,[4] a Tionese military force destroyed Republic settlements on the celestial body Okator VIII. One witness of the attack, a local farm boy–turned–Republic soldier, later narrated an account of the attack in a Baragwin sense lattice, noting that the Tionese could have just as well chosen as their target any of the other settled astronomical objects of the Divide, including Cortilium Major.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

Cortilium Major was originally meant to be mentioned in the 2012 reference book The Essential Guide to Warfare by Jason Fry and Paul R. Urquhart; however, the section that would have mentioned the astronomical object was cut before the book's release.[2]

The information regarding Cortilium Major was later released in 2014 as part of Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare Author's Cut, a series of articles published on the StarWars.com Blog by Fry and Erich Schoeneweiss containing various cut content from The Essential Guide to Warfare.[2] The StarWars.com Online Companion to the 2009 reference book The Essential Atlas placed the Cortilium Major system, and therefore the celestial body itself, in grid square Q-7.[1]

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