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Launched at some point between 21 BBY and 19 BBY during the Clone Wars, the massive invasion of Saleucami was undertaken by the Confederacy of Independent Systems on the Outer Rim planet Saleucami. The planet had previously been the site of a battle between the Confederacy and Galactic Republic in 21 BBY, but the Confederacy returned to Saleucami with a massive military force after realizing the world could be useful as an outpost and a trans-shipment point for the Salin Corridor hyperspace route. Toward the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic initiated the Siege of Saleucami as part of the Outer Rim Sieges to liberate Saleucami from its enemy's control.

Prelude[]

"So… I see the war has finally made its way out here…"
Farmer Cut Lawquane notes that the Clone Wars have come to Saleucami[6]

Saleucami's peaceful existence ended when it became a major site of the Clone Wars.

Despite being a quiet, backwater planet in the Outer Rim Territories[7] without much strategic value, in part due to its lack of natural resources,[5] the world of Saleucami came to be of great importance in the Clone Wars between the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic,[7] even though the small community[5] of settlers on Saleucami wanted to avoid the conflict.[8] In fact, those who moved to the isolated planet often wanted to avoid the attention of the Confederacy[5] or the Republic.[6] Although it would remain untouched through most of the war,[8] the Separatist General Grievous sought to take over the world[9] in 21 BBY,[3] beginning a battle between Republic and Separatist forces above[9] and on the surface of the planet.[6]

Although Jedi Master Eeth Koth was rescued from Grievous's custody,[9] the cyborg general himself managed to escape after a chase on the world.[6] Following the event, it seemed as though Saleucami would return to its peaceful status, but Separatist officers had other plans;[7] Grievous's journey on Saleucami had convinced him that the planet would be useful as an outpost,[5] and, with the Perlemian Trade Route becoming increasingly contested, Separatist convoys needed a safer hyperspace route for travel. As Saleucami happened happened to be close to the regional Salin Corridor, Separatist commanders realized Saleucami could be useful as a stockpile for materiel produced in the Foundry of the Confederacy, a grouping of factory worlds in the Mid and Outer Rims.[7]

The invasion[]

After realizing the planet's usefulness as a potential trans-shipment point,[7] the Confederacy launched a massive invasion of Saleucami[4] with a large military force under the command of Grievous[5] at some point between 21 BBY and 19 BBY.[3] As the Separatist force was large enough to confront a fleet of starships blockading the planet and landed on Saleucami,[5] the invasion of Saleucami[1] brought widespread fighting to the planet.[2]

Aftermath[]

"Saleucami has fallen, and Master Vos has moved his troops to Boz Pity."
Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi reports that the Republic has claimed Saleucami[3]

The once-peaceful planet of Saleucami became a center of fighting after the Separatist invasion.

Escalating the fighting for Saleucami, the invasion brought the Clone Wars back to the planet.[4] Dressellian smuggler Has Obitt, whose missions with Lieutenant Commander Orson Krennic of the Republic Special Weapons Group had left him unwelcome in Separatist territory, narrowly missed the invasion, but he later found himself amid the sneak attack on Roche.[1] Sometime after the Separatists took control of Saleucami and made it into a factory world, the Republic, fearing the secrets the Separatist-controlled world held, besieged the world in the final months of the Clone Wars[7] during the Outer Rim Sieges campaign.[4] Like the Separatist invasion before it, the Republic siege brought widespread conflict to the world.[2] Following the war, the Galactic Empire,[10] successor state of the Republic,[1] remained interested in Saleucami[10] and attempted to bring Imperial order to the previously peaceful planet.[8]

Behind the scenes[]

The invasion of Saleucami was first mentioned in James Luceno's 2016 novel, Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel.[1]

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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Collapse of the Republic
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Landing at Point Rain" to 21 BBY, and Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 76 (Highlights of the Saga: The End of Endurance) dates the death of CT-411 "Ponds," as seen in the episode "Lethal Trackdown," to the same year. Since StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link) places "Grievous Intrigue" and "The Deserter" between "Landing at Point Rain" and "Lethal Trackdown," their events, including the Battle of Saleucami, must take place in that same year. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith establishes that the Siege of Saleucami took place roughly around the same time as the Battle of Coruscant, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY. Therefore, the siege must have also taken place in that year. As Collapse of the Republic states that the invasion of Saleucami occurred between these two events, it must have taken place between 21 BBY and 19 BBY.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 AltayaCite.svg "The Clone Wars" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 AltayaCite.svg "Mustafar and Other Outer Rim Planets" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 StarWars-DatabankII.png Saleucami in the Databank (backup link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
  10. 10.0 10.1 StarWars-DatabankII.png Cut Lawquane in the Databank (backup link)
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