- "The Hutts wouldn't dare incur our wrath, master."
- ―Sev'rance Tann
The Hutt Cartel, also known in plural as the Hutt Cartels or alternatively as the Hutt Clan(s), was a powerful criminal family, or business alliance of Hutt families in the galaxy, making riches through smuggling and myriad illegal businesses across worlds. Aside from its criminal activity, the Hutt Cartel ruled over swathes of territories known as Hutt Space.
After the devastating civil war known as the Hutt Cataclysms, the Hutt Empire collapsed, the Hutts clans reestablished themselves the Hutt Cartel under the leadership of Budhila Hestilic Amura who adopted a new philosophy known as kajidic, a renunciation of war and conquest, instead advocating indirect control through commerce.
- "Although the Hutt Cartels resented the Sith Emperor for not including them in his pre-war conspiracy, Imperial Intelligence had somehow blocked the Republic's efforts to win the Hutts' support."
During the time of the Great Galactic War, the Hutt Cartel was displeased with the Sith Emperor because he did not include them in his plans and intrigues. However, due to the subterfuge of Imperial Intelligence agents, the Republic was unsuccessful in gaining the Hutts' support against the Empire. The Cartel remained neutral in the war, like most others in the criminal underworld.
Boorka the Hutt held considerable power in the Cartel. During the Clone Wars he co-operated with Sev'rance Tann during the early days of the War after he gathered information about the Decimator - a Republic superweapon which was still in development. He was annoyed by the Galactic Republic's trade activity near his territory, and agreed to reveal their secret plan to the Separatists.
He lost most of his forces, except for a few mercenaries, for turning against Jabba. Instead, was protected by the Separatists. As a reward, he would give them information about the Decimator, provided that Tann destroyed the Republic Spaceport. After she destroyed the spaceport, Boorka gave her the information she needed.
Boorka was later killed by Republic forces during the Second Battle of Tatooine. The Republic was deeply encouraged to do so by Jabba the Hutt, after he offered them a 5,000 nova crystal bounty to kill him. During the battle, Jabba assisted the Republic General Echuu Shen-Jon.
Galactic Civil War
During the time of the Empire, the Hutt Cartel had a monopoly of smuggler employment. Although the Galactic Empire did not tolerate lawlessness, they nonetheless were cautious with dealing with the Hutts due to the latter party playing an important role in the Outer Rim's economy, and as such, any direct actions to shut down the smuggler trade required clearance from Imperial High Command beforehand.
During the Galactic Civil War, Jabba formed an alliance with Tyber Zann which was quite successful, until Zann stole his valuable Sith artifact on Felucia. Zann was caught, however, and he gave the artifact to Urai Fen, his second in command. Zann was imprisoned on the planet Kessel. Since the artifact was quite valuable, the Hutt Cartel acquired all assets of the Zann Consortium as compensation.
Later on, Zann broke out of Kessel and rebuilt his forces. Using his Defilers, the Zann Consortium corrupted many of the Cartel's planets and took control of Saleucami. This conflict lasted until the Ground Battle on Hypori, when Tyber Zann forced Jabba to give up his holdings on Hypori and Saleucami. This left the Cartel crippled but not destroyed, and allowed the Zann Consortium to grow unhindered.
- "My Darksaber is finished. I've had enough waiting around here. Let us begin our sweep across the galaxy and begin collecting our due."
After the near simultaneous deaths of Xizor and Jabba, Durga Besadii Tai took over a good portion of Black Sun assets. With the underworld in chaos following the deaths of the Galaxy's two most powerful kingpins, Durga was able to dislodge Desilijic and make Besadii become the dominant clan on Nal Hutta. He allied himself with the self-proclaimed "General" Sulamar to gain Imperial support on the Darksaber superweapon project. Although Sulamar liked to think of himself as powerful, and also as being in charge of the project, Durga was the mastermind. Also unknown to Durga was the fact that Sulamar was just a lousy Imperial technician. In order to gain information which would be used for his superweapon, Durga ransacked Jabba's Palace on Tatooine for information on how to hack into Imperial databases. He then made official diplomatic overtures to Coruscant asking for peace. As a gesture of good faith, he convinced his fellow Hutts to cancel the bounties on Han Solo and Leia Organa.
However, the New Republic was fully aware of what Durga was planning and they sent a commando team led by General Crix Madine to sabotage the project using the fleet as back-up. The team failed in their objective and Madine was personally executed by Durga. Before he died, Madine signaled the Combined Defense Forces of the New Republic. He also revealed to Durga that Sulamar was just a technician, and a poor one at that. Ultimately, Durga's defeat came about not from the New Republic, but by shoddy construction. The Taurill were used as the builders for the Darksaber but their hive-mind and Durga's cheapness meant that the Darksaber's superlaser wouldn't work. The ship broke up and a hail of asteroids finished off the superweapon, killing the Hutt.
After Durga's demise, the leadership of the Besadii clan was claimed by the Hutt crime lord Borga Besadii Diori. Overall, the Darksaber Project was viewed as a failure by the Hutts, and the mention of Durga's superweapon was used to insult the Besadii kajidic by members of other clans. By the same token, the Hutt species as a whole suffered by association with the Darksaber from the ridicule of other species.
- The Old Republic: Smuggler's Vanguard
- (Appears in hologram)
- The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance
- The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance audiobook
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Cartel Market
- The Old Republic: Annihilation
- The Old Republic: Annihilation audiobook
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Shadow of Revan (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Knights of the Fallen Empire (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Onslaught
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Legacy of the Sith (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars film (as Hutt Clan)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush" (In flashback(s))
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
- Under a Black Sun (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novel (First appearance)
- Debts to Pay
- Beyond the Rim (Mentioned only)
- The Jewel of Yavin
- Star Wars Missions 10: Showdown in Mos Eisley
- Star Wars Missions 11: Bounty Hunters vs. Battle Droids
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
- Shadows of the Empire novel
- The Long Arm of the Hutt
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
- Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook
- Wretched Hives of Scum & Villainy (as Hutt Clans)
- Star Wars: The Action Figure Archive
- (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption Expansion: Prima Official Game Guide
- Galaxy of Intrigue
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Complete Season Three
- The Art and Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Explorer's Guide
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Encyclopedia
- Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
- Suns of Fortune
- Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game – M3-A Interceptor Expansion Pack (Card: Cartel Spacer—M3-A Interceptor)
- Fly Casual
- Strongholds of Resistance
Notes and references
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Codex: "Karagga the Hutt"
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Codex: "Nal Hutta"
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Codex: "Nar Shaddaa"
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel—Codex: "The Hutt Conquest of Makeb"
- 'Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hunt for Ziro"
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Codex: "Hutt Cartel"
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: Rise of the Hutt Cartel—Codex: "The Hutt Cartel Alliance"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Eminence"
- Star Wars: The Old Republic—Empire Mission: "Hostile Takeover" on Nar Shaddaa
- Star Wars: Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide
- The New Jedi Order: Agents of Chaos II: Jedi Eclipse
- Specter of the Past