- "Anytime, anywhere… we're there."
- ―Czerka Arms' motto
Czerka Arms, also known as Czerka Weapons, formerly known as the Czerka Corporation, and founded as Czerka Mining and Industrial, was a galaxy-spanning business during the reigns of the Galactic Republic, Sith Empire, Galactic Empire, New Republic, and Galactic Federation of Free Alliances.
It controlled interests on Korriban, Kashyyyk, Tatooine, Telos IV and to a smaller extent Trandosha, Taris and Dantooine along with countless other planets. The corporation exported many of their weapons to Justa Starport on Mutanda.
- "Czerka Corporation. Centuries of service—a heritage to be proud of. Now accepting lifetime-employment applications..."
- ―Holoboard on Coruscant.
During the time of the Jedi Civil War, Czerka, under the leadership of President Pollard Seario, allied itself with the Sith; it supplied the contemporary Sith Empire armies and the Sith supplied exclusive trade rights on conquered planets. Because of this, and earlier behavior, Czerka gained a reputation as an unethical opportunist.
Not all of Czerka's enterprises at this time were successful; indeed, many became financial disasters. An example of this was its operation of and involvement in the Wookiee slave trade which, although illegal in the Republic, was made possible by legal loopholes concerning Kashyyyk's location. This lucrative market was ended when the visiting Revan, along with his Wookiee companion Zaalbar, helped instigate a revolt: the Wookiees then proceeded to drive the company from the planet. Czerka sought to conceal the setback through a public announcement that it was "scaling back" regional operations but was met with skepticism; the deaths of so many personnel led to questions regarding their "reassignments" which Czerka refused to answer.
Another failed Czerka enterprise at this time was the claim it laid to the planet Tatooine. Responding to enthusiastic surveys, a number of outposts, including the town of Anchorhead, were built and mining operations begun. To its subsequent dismay, Czerka become another in a long line of companies deceived by Tatooine's inferior, quickly corroding ore. Czerka archaeologists in the Dune Sea also dug up a Rakatan artifact from the Infinite Empire, which drove its employees mad.[source?] Nevertheless, such an investment had been made that officials were unwilling to close it down and the sale of ore from Tatooine continued. Customers and investments declined, and marauding bands of natives also proved a source of trouble for the corporation. Revan became involved here as well when the administrator of Anchorhead hired him to butcher the local tribes of Sand People. The amnesiac Jedi, unknown to his employer, deftly avoided this by negotiating a reduction in attacks with the tribes' chieftain. Eventually, however, Czerka did depart Tatooine, abandoning their sandcrawlers and their settlements.
In the years after the war, Czerka sought to ingratiate itself with the victorious but shaken Republic through involvement in the reconstruction effort of Telos IV. The deal was this: Czerka supplied workers and investment in return for exclusive exploitation of Telosian resources, including rights to any abandoned war matériel. Success, it was hoped, would bring the company similar contracts on other reconstruction projects. Czerka, however, clashed with the Ithorians running the project and the Telosian branch, in alliance with the local Exchange, acquired control of several restoration zones—all of which soon were ruined. But if not for the intervention of the Jedi Exile Meetra Surik, Telos might well have followed.
During the time of the Cold War, a proxy conflict between the Sith Empire and Galactic Republic, Czerka Corp was victim to several slicer attacks. The company's officials offered a reward to any other slicer who could help stop the security breaches.
Some time after the next Republic defeat of the Sith, Czerka, perhaps wanting to disassociate itself from its past, changed its name to Czerka Arms.
Czerka sold their products freely during the days of the Galactic Republic, for example selling Czerka Outland Rifles to the Kaleesh during their war with the Huk, but signed an exclusivity contract with the Galactic Empire when it rose to power. However, Czerka munitions made their way to aftermarket sales from warehouses, despite the official stance of the company. One example of this was the Czerka ZX miniature flame projector used by the bounty hunter Boba Fett.
During the Galactic Civil War, Czerka was on the list of legitimate targets for Rebel privateers. When the New Republic replaced the Galactic Empire, Czerka ended its contract with the Empire and offered its products once more to the galactic market, even going so far as to actively pursue production contracts with the New Republic. Czerka maintained its position as the third-largest weapons manufacturer in the galaxy, superseded only by BlasTech and Merr-Sonn. Czerka produced some energy weapons, but found a niche in the manufacture of non-blaster personal weapons and "non-standard" munitions, such as flame projectors, vibroblades, and slugthrowers.
Reputation and Ethics
Czerka, at least in its earlier days, was widely known as a successful, if unscrupulous, corporation. Illegal and unethical revenue-generating practices were tolerated, sometimes encouraged, by its sectoral officers so long as the flow of credits was uninterrupted and word did not leak out. Likewise, the politics of its customers were overlooked for the sake of lucrative markets. Also, as might be expected in such a corporation, rumors spread of profiteering; particularly that Czerka officials had allowed starvation of colonists when their high prices were not met. This distaste did not, however, compromise Czerka's income.
During the Old Republic Era, Czerka was a sponsor in the Hutt-run death game, Huttball, supplying many of the death traps used in the popular sport. One of Czerka's most foolhardy projects was the creation of the HK-51 assassin droid, modelled after HK-47. A large shipment was purchased by the Sith Empire, but disappeared somewhere over Belsavis.
Czerka also engaged in the illicit slave trade. During the Jedi Civil War, Wookiees from Kashyyyk, regarded as savage brutes because of their animalistic speech and appearance, were a prime source. Violent resistance by the Wookiees reinforced this belief. Nevertheless, negotiations with the usurper Chuundar led to a mutual aid agreement in which Czerka supplied him with weapons with which to enforce his rule and he supplied Czerka with slaves. As previously described, this agreement was ended when Revan aligned himself with Chuundar's deposed father Freyyr and encouraged a revolt. Chuundar was killed, and Czerka evicted.
On Telos IV, Czerka's illicit actions came to light and caused repercussions for the whole corporation. Under the effective leadership of Jana Lorso, encroachments were made into the Ithorians within Chodo Habat's reconstruction team's sphere of influence. Alliance with the Exchange and deft exploitation of Telos' own laws enabled Lorso to steadily marginalize the Ithorians. The arrival of Meetra Surik changed this. Befriending Chodo and his herd, she gathered information which exposed Czerka's activities.
The Prosecution's case rested on the following evidence:
- Evidence collected from the mainframe (showing Czerka's alliance with the Exchange, among other things);
- The ambush of Ithorian personnel by the Exchange, attempting to steal the Ithorians' new droid-intelligence for Czerka (which only achieved the loss of all the assassins involved in the attempt, while the defenders suffered only minor wounds);
- The testimony of ex-Czerka employee and dock-officer-turned-TSF-informant Batono;
- Czerka's failed attempt to bribe Meetra Surik into assassinating Batono, and:
- Their later failed attempt to do so using two mercenaries (who were killed by Surik, along with Atton Rand and Kreia);
- The arrest of a Czerka employee with black-market dealer Samhan Dobo during a meeting, in which the TSF, aided by Surik, subdued Samhan and arrested both of them, as well as said employee's statements before the arrest tying other members of Czerka to the black market;
- The brutal annexation by Czerka of Ithorian Restoration Zones, to which Bao-Dur and the Ebon Hawk's crew could testify;
- And most persuasive of all, Czerka's blatant attempt to try to kill all the Ithorians using mercenaries, which led to the deaths of many Ithorians. Chodo Habat, Moza, and the other Ithorians only survived due to the timely arrival of the Meetra Surik, who killed all the mercenaries.
In the end, Czerka was ordered to leave all Telosian holdings and to stand trial, and that it was fully removed by the time of the Battle of Telos IV.
Behind the scenes
In Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, although not the primary villain, Czerka is presented as an amoral entity; not only are they allied with the Sith, but they frequently use underhanded means for their ends, such as stealing from rivals, acting on purely financial motivations, employing the use of violence and slavery, hiring mercenaries, smuggling weapons, etc. They will often ask the player to perform some jobs which would generally be considered "dirty."
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 12: Reunion, Part 2 (Mentioned only)
- The Adjudicator Special Report: Tools of the Trade (Mentioned only)
- The Adjudicator Special Report: The Colonies (Mentioned only)
- The Betrayal of Darth Revan (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- Red Harvest (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Galactic Starfighter (Mentioned only)
- Cloak of Deception (Mentioned only)
- The Replacements (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Republic 7: Outlander, Part 1
- "A Trooper's Tale"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.8
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
- Star Wars Missions 13: Prisoner of the Nikto Pirates
- Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 The New Essential Guide to Droids, p. xviii
- ↑ Knights of the Old Republic: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 The New Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology, p. xviii
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic—Slicing Crew Skill Mission: "An Open Contract"
- ↑ Unknown Soldier: The Story of General Grievous
- ↑ The Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology, p. xiv
- ↑ "Rebel Privateers!"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 2, p. 172-173
- ↑ Pirates & Privateers, p. 121