Fondor was a planet in the Freeworlds Territory of the Tapani sector, famous throughout the galaxy for its extensive orbital shipyards, outclassed only by those at Corellia and Kuat. The Fondor Shipyards were associated with the Techno Union prior to the Clone Wars, and were vast enough to construct major flagships, such as the Executor, Darth Vader's Executor-class Star Dreadnought. The capital city was Fondor City and later Oridin City.
Almost entirely industrialized, Fondor was an ecumenopolis world surrounded by orbital shipyards and drydocks. Its surface was almost totally covered with factories, cooling towers, and workers barracks, as well as mine shafts leading deep into the planet's core and office complexes for the planet's ruling Guild of Starshipwrights.
Owing to extensive automation, Fondor had a relatively small population of 5 billion around the time of the Galactic Civil War. Most of the surface factories were autonomous, controlled by droid brains which oversaw billions of labor droids.
Fondor was located in the Freeworlds Territory of the Tapani sector, a sector technically part of the Colonies, but so old and well-regarded that many considered it a part of the Core Worlds. The Fondorians were baseline Human, but with no hair and purple blood. Fondor itself was completely industrialized eons ago, and its surface scabbed with excavations, factories, cooling towers, steam tunnels, and offices, all related to the planet's central role in starship construction. The planet also housed hectares of laborers' barracks for the dockworkers whose jobs were overhead. Fondor was a main market for the Besadii Hutts. The Jedi mission to Fondor during the Separatist Crisis foiled a scheme by Groodo the Hutt to destroy the Fondor Shipyards using a counterfeit Sun Runner transport.
During the Clone Wars, Fondor sided with the Confederacy of Independent Systems, but the populace was generally unsupportive of the Separatist cause, and the planet contributed relatively little to the war effort.
The Executor project
The contract to build the Executor came somewhat unexpectedly, as Kuat Drive Yards was the manufacturer of the Imperial Star Destroyer and later instances of the Executor-class. The Empire required complete secrecy in the project, closing off all nonmilitary traffic in the system. Though the dockyard bosses were angered by the fact that they could no longer serve their commercial clients, the fact that the project took up the majority of the yard's resources—and the legendary wrath of Vader—kept them in check. Shortly before the Battle of Yavin an uprising was quickly suppressed by imperial forces.
In order to efficiently move ships, the Empire created a classified route linking Fondor with the Mid Rim world of Gandeal. The Gandeal-Fondor Hyperlane remained a well kept secret decades after its forging. As an essential manufacturer of Star Destroyers, albeit unique variants, for the Galactic Empire, the shipyards became a target of the Rebel Alliance. In one instance, a prototype Star Dreadnought fitted with a cloaking device underwent construction there. Rogue Squadron penetrated the shipyards in stolen Imperial starfighters and terminated the project, preventing its completion.
In spite of its security, Fondor was seized by the Alliance of Free Planets very soon after the Battle of Endor, giving the Alliance a key coreward shipyard and base. However, the supply of the raw materials that the shipyards demanded was briefly interrupted when Imperial Admiral Mordur persuaded Guildmaster Orrk to redirect Vandelhelm's strategic metal supplies from Fondor to himself—although Han Solo soon restored the situation and defeated the Admiral. For decades, Fondor continued to supply the New Republic with Star Destroyers and other capital ships.
In 26 ABY, the planet also became a target during the Yuuzhan Vong War, though a blast from Centerpoint Station destroyed a portion of the enemy fleet, saving Fondor at the cost of the Hapan war fleet, which was also caught in the blast. Fondor continued to supply the Galactic Alliance with starships in the war. The planet was eventually taken by the Yuuzhan Vong, but retaken near the end of the war.
Second Galactic Civil War
In 40 ABY, it became allied with Corellia in the Second Galactic Civil War, as it had been chafing under GA military restrictions, and officially left the Galactic Alliance. The planet's president at this time was Shas Vadde. Joint Chief of State Darth Caedus planned to attack the planet in order to set an example for other rebellious worlds. It then became the scene of a massive battle to retake it, with Caedus and his fleet bombarding Oridin City and other urban centers. Admiral Cha Niathal established the headquarters of her faction of the Galactic Alliance on the planet afterwards. When the Second Galactic Civil War ended with the defeat of the Confederation, Fondor rejoined the Galactic Alliance.
In 41 ABY, the Imperial Remnant Head of State Gilad Pellaeon was assassinated by the Sith Tahiri Veila over Fondor, after the former refused to support Darth Caedus's faction of the Galactic Alliance.
The Near-Human Fondorians made up 75% of Fondor's population, and were distinguished by their purple blood and lack of body hair. Fondorian society was caste-organized, with low-caste Fondorians traditionally having only one name. However, they might rise through society by gaining apprenticeships awarded by the Fondor Guild of Starshipwrights for generations of family service.
Notes and references
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Prima Official Game Guide
- The Essential Atlas
- The Essential Atlas
- The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons
- Legacy of the Force: Revelation
- Lords of the Expanse
- Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter
- The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
- Star Wars Adventures 1: Hunt the Sun Runner
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Bioanalysis Crew Skill mission: "Get 'Em While They Last"
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
- Star Wars 98
- Legacy of the Force: Exile
- The New Jedi Order: The Final Prophecy
- The Essential Guide to Warfare