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"You know, another thing most beings fail to realize about the Geonosians is that it's in your nature to be industrious."
―Orson Krennic[src]

Geonosians were a winged, semi-insectoid species native to the planet Geonosis that created nests in large, spire-like colonies on their homeworld. They were nearly exterminated by the Empire. Only a single Geonosian, nicknamed Klik-Klak, survived the Imperial sterilization of their planet.

Society and culture[edit | edit source]

Poggle the Lesser was an Archduke.

A caste-based species separated by positions of drones and warriors, Geonosians were born into hives with each led by a queen. The queen laid eggs for the hive, and provided orders to the public leaders of Geonosis.[8] One such queen, Karina the Great, was even able to control sentient beings, including her own kind, via the use of brain worms.[9] Drones were capable of becoming warriors if they proved themselves worthy by successfully defeating other drones in an arena.[10] Geonosians of the warrior caste were known as Geonosian warriors. They had wings and a thick exoskeleton, and they were dedicated to warfare.[11] Geonosians also had two sets of mandibles, outer and inner, which they used to gesture. For example, clicking the outer mandibles twice meant "Work Harder," and clicking both sets meant "Die."[12] Geonosians also celebrated Meckgin, a day in which they celebrated the virtues of industry.[10] Geonosians would get drunk by eating a special fungus which reacted with their stomach fluids to create a body odor which created euphoria.[12]

Naturally industrious and barbaric, they were also known to take upon construction projects from outside parties, as was the case when Baktoid Armor Workshop approached them to design factories for the Trade Federation. Productivity was key to Geonosian society, and if not kept in check with enough tasks, hives could devolve into civil war and result in the deaths of thousands of Geonosians.[10]

History[edit | edit source]

Pre-Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

Long ago, the Geonosians inhabited Geonosis' surface. However they were driven underground by a series of mass extinctions caused by meteorites and radiation storms.[13]

Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

Geonosian zombies during the Second Battle of Geonosis.

During the reign of Archduke Poggle the Lesser, Geonosis became a member of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The Separatists used the Geonosians to create the Separatist Droid Army. This eventually led to a large battle between the Galactic Republic and the Separatists on Geonosis. The Geonosians were the ones responsible for creating the plans for the Death Star.[5][4] Later in the Clone Wars, Geonosis was the site of another major battle, which saw Poggle the Lesser captured and the Geonosis primary droid foundry destroyed.[14] Sometime after this second battle, the Republic's Strategic Advisory Cell began to build the battle station that would one day be known as the Death Star, with Lieutenant Commander Orson Callan Krennic enlisting Poggle the Lesser to make the Geonosians serve as the Republic's workforce. Poggle appeared to agree, but, sometime after he returned to Geonosis, he arranged a Geonosian riot and escaped the Republic flotilla to return to the Confederacy.[10]

Imperial Era[edit | edit source]

"With Poggle dead, the hive queen has appointed a new archduke to oversee the soldiers and drones, but the process is nothing more than conciliatory."
―Orson Krennic[src]

The Death Star was built by the Geonosians above Geonosis.

Following the Clone Wars, the Geonosians were forced by the Galactic Empire to assist in the construction of the Death Star. Though a new archduke was appointed to lead the Stalgasin hive, the Geonosians effectively belonged to the Empire. When the Geonosians were unable to work out how to refine the superweapon's superlaser, the Empire brought in Galen Walton Erso to finish the job.[10]

After the Death Star's hyperdrive was operational, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin ordered the Imperial Weapons division to sterilize Geonosis using Imperial gas canisters,[15][16] destroying all but one of the planet's population[17] of approximately 100 billion—the largest genocide ever committed by the Empire to keep the weapon a secret.[12]

Post Sterilization[edit | edit source]

In 2 BBY, Saw Gerrera,[18] the Spectres, and Captain Rex uncovered evidence that the Empire had perpetrated genocide against the Geonosian species. They also helped Klik-Klak,[15] the sole survivor of the sterilization,[17] escape with the last Geonosian queen egg into the depths of Geonosis. The rebels informed Senator Bail Organa and Commander Jun Sato who believed that news of the Empire's atrocities on Geonosis would sway more worlds to the rebellion.[15]

Unfortunately for Klik-Klak, his plan didn't last. Although the egg did eventually hatch into a queen that later became known as Karina, the last remaining Geonosian Queen was rendered sterile. Perhaps in a bid to preserve her own sanity, Karina used the vast technological resources of Geonosis to attach herself to a portable droid factory. From this, she generated specially modified B1-series battle droids, which were made to resemble her people. Although they were artificial mockeries of the Geonosians, Karina considered them to be her children.

Karina ultimately lost this womb and many of her children when Darth Vader stole it from her in order to build his own droid army shortly after the destruction of the first Death Star. Even so, Karina survived the encounter and proclaimed that this set back would not be the end of her empire.

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Concept and development[edit | edit source]

"Doug e-mailed me a picture Iain had done for the Neimoidian face from Episode I, and I went from there. That design was too good not to use."
Dermot Power, and mentioning Iain McCaig as well[src]

Concept art by Terryl Whitlatch.

A termite infestation in George Lucas' house inspired the Geonosians.[19] The basic design of the Geonosians originated from early designs of the Neimoidians which resembled B1 battle droids.[20] The sounds of Geonosians were created from mixed recordings of the mating cries of penguins and the sounds of flying foxes in Australia.[21]

According to concept artist Doug Chiang, before the final design for the Geonosians was pitched, George Lucas originally desired to have the species to take on a chameleon-like quality and be able to change colors based on their surroundings. Though that idea eventually got nixed, the texture and color of the Geonosians do match that of their homeworld Geonosis.[22]

The inspiration for the Geonosians' role as the ones assigned to construct the Death Star came from a scene in the 1994 film Clerks, in which the main characters ponder over the lives of the "independent contractors" during the construction of the second Death Star.[23]

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