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"Today, the Empire is victorious. The Rebellion, no longer a threat. The Rebels' desperate attack on the Emperor's Death Star has failed. Rumors of the Emperor's death? Treasonous fabrications. Those of you who listen to these lies, who wish to test the Empire's strength, you will answer to me."
―Governor Adelhard, to the citizens of the Anoat sector — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

The Iron Blockade was a conflict that took place throughout the Anoat sector during the Galactic Civil War. It began in the aftermath of the Battle of Endor, which saw the death of the Emperor Palpatine and the destruction of the DS-2 Death Star II Mobile Battle Station at the hands of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. In the midst of the Empire's defeat at Endor and the government's insistence that news of the Emperor's death was Rebel propaganda, Imperial Governor Ubrik Adelhard locked down the entire Anoat sector, isolating his citizens from any reports from the ongoing war and knowledge of the Emperor's death. The lockdown led to resistance fighters sympathetic to the Rebel Alliance leading an uprising against the Empire in the sector.

Prelude[edit | edit source]

"The Emperor has made a critical error, and the time for our attack has come."
Chancellor Mon Mothma of the Rebel Alliance[src]

In 4 ABY,[8] the Alliance to Restore the Republic launched the massive attack on Endor in an attempt to destroy the DS-2 Death Star II Mobile Battle Station and kill Darth Sidious, the ruler of the Galactic Empire. The Rebel attack was a success; the Death Star was destroyed, the Emperor was killed, and Sidious' chief enforcer, Darth Vader, also perished after killing Sidious to save his son, Luke Skywalker.[11]

The blockade[edit | edit source]

"My brave citizens. Beyond the Iron Blockade that cradles and secures our sector, the galaxy remains in turmoil. Yet I bring news of victories. Emperor Palpatine and his mighty battle station have obliterated another Rebel fortress. Soon, only pirates and terrorists—"
"Probably lying. Doesn't change anything. The Rebellion keeps fighting."
―Adelhard's holographic broadcast is interrupted by Rebel fighter Tam Bastion[src]

Voras the Hutt watches a holographic recording of the Death Star II's destruction

After the Battle of Endor, reports of the Emperor's death and the destruction of the Death Star II began to circulate across the galaxy, including holographic images of the Death Star's destruction.[7] Some of these reports led to mass civilian celebrations on worlds such as Tatooine, Bespin, Naboo, and Coruscant.[11] Upon realizing that the Emperor had been killed, Governor Ubrik Adelhard[9] of the Anoat sector locked down his sector and claimed that the reports of the Emperor's demise were treasonous lies. The Rebel Alliance was on the other side of the blockade and was unable to provide assistance to those trapped inside.[7]

The blockade lasted for months on end, forcing citizens of local worlds like Burnin Konn to turn to crime bosses and the black market to obtain the food and supplies they needed to survive. The shortage sparked a substantial demand for smuggled goods, but privateer organizations like the Trade Spine League were nevertheless unable to fly in shipments from outside the sector due to the blockade. Shortpaw, the leader of the Trade Spine League, believed that the abandoned Hutt jewel world Mataou was a potential weak point in the blockade, and he consequently had his forces probe Mataou's Imperial sensor network in order to pinpoint a vulnerability.[9]

In the absence of the Rebel Alliance, a group of smugglers, bounty hunters, assassins, gangsters, and civilians became resistance fighters and led an uprising against the sector's Imperial forces. The uprising coalesced around a pair of sibling criminals from Burnin Konn who stumbled upon a transmission from Leia Organa announcing the Emperor's death.[7]

The pair brokered an uneasy alliance between the Ivax Syndicate, the Noble Court, and the Kouhun with assistance from the Trade Spine League against Adelhard and the Imperial forces under his command. During an attempt to kidnap Adelhard's second-in-command, Commander Bragh, one of the siblings colluded with the Ivax Syndicate to betray the other members of the alliance. The betrayal resulted in the imprisonment of the leader of the Noble Court and several high ranking Kouhun members. In an attempt to mend the alliance, the other sibling contacted members of the Rebel Alliance trapped in the system and with their help found the location of their imprisoned allies.[9]

The Rebel Alliance then broadcast Leia Organa's transmission to the entire Anoat sector, causing riots in Delphon, Council, and Burnin Konn. The riot allowed for the rescue of prisoners from the Crypt, a prison facility located on the moon Pujool. The resulting rescue mended relations among the allies, leading the Ivax Syndicate, the Noble Court, the Kouhun, and the Trade Spine League to start scouting locations for a joint base of operations to break the blockade.[9] Rebel General[11] Landonis Balthazar Calrissian, who had served as the Baron Administrator of Cloud City, eventually returned to Bespin to help liberate it. The blockade was eventually broken, with Lobot playing a key role in its defeat.[12]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

"Bor. Listen to me. We've been lied to. Adelhard has sealed off the whole sector. Massive blockades with a ragtag Imperial remnant. But that's not how they keep control. They keep control by lying to us. The Emperor is dead, Bor. It's been confirmed."
Jintar Oarr mentions the Iron Blockade in Aftermath[src]

The Iron Blockade is the main conflict of the Kabam mobile game Star Wars: Uprising, which was released on September 10, 2015.[7] The conflict is part of the story bridge between the events of the films Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens.[13] The premature cancellation of the game in November of 2016 led to an abrupt ending, leaving the storyline of the Iron Blockade unresolved.

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Galactic Civil War
(4 BBY5 ABY)
Galactic timeline

Previous: Early rebellion against the Galactic Empire

Concurrent: Campaigns of Saw Gerrera's Partisans · Great Jedi Purge · Jedha insurgency · Mandalorian Civil War · Ryloth insurgency · Virgillian civil war

Next: Hunt for Fyzen Gor

Battles of the Galactic Civil War
4 BBY Mustafar (I) · Arkanis (I) · Quila · Imperial shield generators
Siege of Lothal (Lothal (I) · Phoenix Squadron (I)) · Seelos · Absanz · Ibaar · Thrad · Garel (I) · Interdictor
3 BBY Phoenix Squadron (II) · Calderos Station · Onoam · Christophsis · Paucris Major · Imvur · Garel (II) · Lothal Depot · Concord Dawn (I) · Concord Dawn (II) · Lira San · Ryloth (I) · Geonosis (I) · Horizon Base · Phoenix Squadron (III)
2 BBY Naraka · Lothal campaign (Yarma · Ryloth (II) · Mykapo · Imperial Armory Complex · Chopper Base · Chimaera · Archeon Nebula · Atollon) · Teralov · Montross · Agamar · Concord Dawn (III) · Geonosis (II) · Krownest · Killun Station
1 BBY Jalindi · Faos Station
0 BBY Lothal campaign (Lothal (II) · Lothal (III)) · Crucival · Ring of Kafrene · Wobani · Operation Fracture (Jedha (I) · Eadu) · Scarif · Tatooine (I) · Operation Mad Rush (Vir Aphshire) · The Disaster · Fostar Haven · Death Star · Yavin
0 ABY Taanab · Yavin 4 · Alderaan survivors · Cyrkon · Andelm IV · Llanic · Rodia · Denon · Giju · Tertiary Usaita system · Devaron · Hradreek · Kuat (I) · Imdaar · Cymoon 1 · Tatooine (II) · Monsua Nebula · Nar Shaddaa · Vrogas Vas
1 ABY Mako-Ta
3 ABY
(Mid Rim Retreat)
Haidoral Prime · Kontahr sector · Coyerti (Imperial scout post · Imperial fort · Distillery · Imperial garrison) · Bestine IV · Metatessu sector · Enrivi system · Chonsetta system · Redhurne system · Rebel flotilla · Hoth (I) · Cloud City (I) · Cloud City (II) · Malastare (I) · Rendezvous Point Delta-Three · Sixth Division · Cloud City (III) · Operation Ringbreaker (Mardona III · Najan-Rovi · Obumubo · Nakadia (I) · Naator · Xagobah · Kuliquo belt · Inyusu Tor)
4 ABY Rebel convoy · Hudalla · Operation Yellow Moon · Platform M36 · Invincible Faith · Mordal · Endor (I) · Hosnian system · Sullust · Durkteel · Coruscant (I) · Endor (II) · Beltire · Cawa City · Operation: Cinder (Fondor (I) · Naboo (I) · Nacronis · Abednedo (I)) · Tayron · Iron Blockade (Cloud City (IV) · Anoat (I) · The Crypt · Mataou · Hoth (II) · Anoat (II)) · Malastare (II) · Jendorn · Jiruus · Oridol Cluster · Abednedo (II) · Haldeen sector · Hunt for Shadow Wing (Pandem Nai) · Akiva (I) · Naalol · Geonosis (III) · Uyter · Sevarcos · Akiva (II) · Vetine
5 ABY Jarbanov · Parozha VII · Cerberon system (Verzan · Troithe (I) · Catadra · Cerberon · Troithe (II)) · Takodana · Hyborean Moon · Vorlag · Wild Space · Nag Ubdur (Govneh Ridge · Binjai-Tin) · Arkanis (II) · Kuat (II) · Kashyyyk · Chandrila (I) · Chinook Station · Sullust (II) · Naboo (II) · Fondor (II) · Jakku
Other Accresker Jail · Akiva (III) · Allst Prime · Bamayar · Beroq 4 · Blacktar Cyst · Bormea · Candor · Chargona · Crait · Coruscant (II) · Desevro · Esseles · Galitan · Garel (III) · Garel (IV) · Garel (V) · Ghost Moon · Gorma · Gorse · Grumwall · Harbinger · Hivebase-1 · Horox III · Hosnian Prime · Hubin · Iakar (II) · Jedha (II) · Jeyell · K43 · Kiax Nebula · Kuat (III) · Lanz Carpo · Lucrehulk Prime · Mon Cala (I) · Mek'tradi · Mon Cala (II) · Mustafar (II) · Nadiri · Nakadia (II) · Nebulon-B frigate · Nevarro · Novka · Ocean planet · Onderon · Ord Biniir · Phorsa Gedd · Pirate station · Primtara · Prison transport vessel · Rebel Alliance · Rebel base · Rebel fleet · Rekkana · Remitik · Ringali Nebula · Sergia · Shu-Torun · Skorii-Lei (I) · Skorii-Lei (II) · Star Destroyer · Sunspot Prison · Operations on Tatooine (Atom Edge · Imperial Listening Station · Tatooine (III)) · Tibrin · Trenchenovu · Tureen VII · Victorum · Var-Shaa · Xorrn · Yavin Prime · Zavian Abyss
Related topics and articles
Galactic Empire · Hutt Clan · Jedi · Rebel Alliance · Sith · New Republic · Death Star · DS-2 Death Star II Mobile Battle Station · Declaration of the Rebel Alliance · Jedha (III) · Imperial Senate · Yavin · Endor (I) · Liberation Day · Contingency · Chandrila (II) · Galactic Concordance · Imperial Instruments of Surrender
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