Jabba's criminal empire was ruled by the Hutt crime lord Jabba Desilijic Tiure and was based on the desert planet of Tatooine. Jabba began his illicit operation out of his palace on Tatooine centuries before the onset on the Clone Wars, from where he spread his operations and influence across the Outer Rim by employing a network of smugglers who moved his goods across the galaxy, forming a powerful criminal empire that was affiliated with the Hutt Clan.
The criminal enterprise of Jabba had come to control a bulk of the Outer Rim piracy, slavery, and trafficking in illegal goods that generated a high amount of wealth during the era of the Republic to the Imperial Era, and was able to preserve it power base, despite the interference of the Galactic Empire, however Emperor Sheev Palpatine made a deal with Jabba during the Galactic Civil War to secure raw materials for Imperial Military production and allowed his empire to survive the Imperial crackdown against criminal elements in the Outer Rim.
Following Jabba's death, the Hutts were left to determine who would fill Jabba's seat and take reins of his criminal empire. Several months after, a decision had yet to be made and the debate over the matter of his will raged on. Meanwhile, his former majordomo Bib Fortuna, returned to the palace and took over its operations during the New Republic Era. However Boba Fett attacked the palace and executed Fortuna and took the throne for himself, forming his own gotra from the reins of Jabba's.
Age of the Republic
In 22 BBY, Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, along with his Padawan Ahsoka Tano returned Jabba's son Rotta, to Tatooine in hopes of the Galactic Republic gaining access over the Hutt's secret hyperspace routes against the Confederacy of Independent Systems despite sabotage from Asajj Ventress and Sith Lord Count Dooku. Subsequently the Hutt Clan, became an ally of the Galactic Republic signing a treaty with them.
Era of the Empire
By 0 BBY, Han Solo, Jabba's best smuggler on his payroll, was forced to jettison a shipment of Kessel spice when the Millennium Falcon was boarded by a patrol of the Galactic Empire. Jabba wanted to gain compensation for his spice, so the Hutt sent bounty hunters after Solo. After the Rodian Greedo was killed by Solo, the smuggler spoke with Jabba at Docking Bay 94 in Mos Eisley, and the crime lord gave him more time. Shortly after the Battle of Yavin, in which the Alliance to Restore the Republic, with Solo's help, managed to destroy the Death Star, the Empire decided to negotiate with an envoy in Jabba's employ on Cymoon 1, in the Corellian Industrial Cluster. Sith Lord Darth Vader, was send as the Imperial negotiator with the intent of forcing Jabba's envoy in a deal favorable to the Empire.
However, the envoy's vessel was hijacked by the Rebel Alliance, and with a team of rebels including Solo, they used it to assault and destroy Weapons Factory Alpha on Cymoon 1. Emperor Palpatine sent Vader to Jabba's Palace to negotiate. Once there, Jabba was not interested in negotiating with Vader, and his Gamorrean guards were sent to eliminate the Sith, but Vader killed Jabba's guards and briefly choked Jabba in order to show what his fate will be if he didn't listened to him. The next day, Vader ended his negotiations with Jabba and left his palace.
Hiring him for a number of jobs, one of the bounty hunters Jabba often employed was the highly paid Boba Fett, who was regarded as the most notorious hunter in the galaxy. Three years after the Battle of Yavin, Fett was hired by Vader track down the Millennium Falcon. Following the ship to Cloud City, Solo was frozen in carbonite and taken to Jabba by Fett.
Death of Jabba
- «There will be no bargain, young Jedi. I shall enjoy watching you die.»
- ―Jabba the Hutt, to Luke Skywalker
One year after Solo's capture, Solo's friend Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker and his rebel party attempted to convince Jabba to liberate Solo. Skywalker sent the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 to Jabba's Palace to negotiate with Jabba via hologram. However, the Hutt was uninterested in Skywalker's proposal. After a dance of Jedi Rocks, which was watched by various individuals in the place like Harc Seff, and the capture of Leia Organa and Chewbacca, Skywalker presented himself at his palace and after Jabba tried to execute him. However, Skywalker killed Pateesa, Jabba's pet rancor.
Furious about his pet's death, Jabba attempted to execute Skywalker and his friends at the Great Pit of Carkoon as food for the Pit's Sarlacc. Jabba and the members of his empire went to the Pit aboard Jabba's sail barge. Skywalker warned Jabba once more, but he chuckled at the young Skywalker's warnings. This decision cost Jabba not only his empire, but also his life, as Organa, who Jabba made his slave after her capture, choked him to death with a chain. At the end, members of Jabba's empire fell into the sarlacc's mouth or were killed when Organa and Skywalker blew up Jabba's sail barge.
New Republic Era
Bib Fortuna reign
- "After the sail barge disaster, there was a power vacuum. Bib Fortuna assumed Jabba's mantle. Under Master Bib's watchful eye, Mos Espa was divided amongst three families. The Trandoshans took the city center. The Aqualish, the Worker's District here. And the Klatooinians, the starport and upper sprawl. Master Bib did not have the power of Jabba, so he relied on uneasy alliances to preserve his tribute and title. All of this while lining the pockets of Mayor Mok Shaiz."
- ―8D8, briefing on Boba Fett
Following Jabba's death, his former majordomo, Bib Fortuna, returned to the palace and took over its operations as a crime lord. The crime famillies of Mos Espa left the syndicate and the city was divided among the Trandoshans, the Aqualish and the Klatooinians Boba Fett's gunship, Slave I, was left inside the palace's garage. Eventually Boba Fett, who had survived and escaped the Sarlacc pit, with the help of Fennec Shand, infiltrated the palace and recovered it
The return of Boba Fett
- «Boba. I thought you were dead. I am so glad to see you. I had heard many rumors.»
- ―Bib Fortuna's final words
In 9 ABY, Boba Fett and Fennec Shand returned to the palace, after they helped Din Djarin rescue his foundling Grogu, they returned to Jabba's palace to finish their original mission. The two killed all the guards, followed by Fett executing Fortuna and taking the throne.
- "Jabba ruled with fear. I intend to rule with respect."
- ―Lord Boba Fett
Boba Fett began establishing infuence across Tatooine, demanding tribute from various local governments and factions on the planet, intended to rule with respect rather then with fear that existed under Jabba harsh reign.
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 18 (Databank A-Z: First Order–Fyrnocks)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 19 (Helmets: Lando Calrissian; Weapons & Uniforms: Jabba's Skiff Guards; Highlights of the Saga: The Death of Jabba the Hutt)
- Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 2 (Droid Directory: 3PO-series Protocol Droids, Part 1) (Picture only)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 36 (Helmets: Boushh; Weapons & Uniforms: Jabba's Courtiers; Highlights of the Saga: Attack on Jabba's Palace)
- Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 53 (Databank A-Z: Tantive IV–Tatooine)
- Star Wars Search and Find Volume I
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – "Legacy"
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian: Making of Season Two
- Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian: Making of the Season 2 Finale
- Under The Helmet: The Legacy Of Boba Fett
- Star Wars: Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded Edition
- "Crime and Punishment" – Star Wars Insider 209
- Disney Gallery: The Book of Boba Fett
- (Picture only)
- (Indirect mention only)
- (First identified as Jabba's criminal empire)
Notes and references
- Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine"
- The Mandalorian – "Chapter 16: The Rescue"
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa"
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 1: Stranger in a Strange Land"
- Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
- The events of The Mandalorian take place in or around 9 ABY, per the reasoning here.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Evil Plans"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars film
- Darth Vader (2015) 1
- (Slide 18)
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars (2015) 4
- Star Wars (2015) 1
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- Per the audio description for "Chapter 16: The Rescue," available on Disney+.
- The Book of Boba Fett – "Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm"