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"Your planet—your home—is being drowned in blood! For three thousand years we were loyal to the Republic…the Republic has ignored our cries for help—until they learned that beneath all the mud—our planet has a heart of ore!"
―Alto Stratus[5]

Jabiim (pronounced /dʒə'bi:m/), known as Gwynhes Minor during the reign of Xim, was a small, muddy, Outer Rim world. It was most notably the site of three fierce Battles of Jabiim.

Description[]

Astrography and atmosphere[]

Jabiim was a terrestrial planet located in the Jabiim system,[1] a part of the Phelleem sector[2] in the The Slice portion of[3] the Outer Rim Territories.[2] The planet orbited the star Jabiim and was 10,700 kilometers in diameter.[1] It was situated on the super-hyperroute known as the Triellus Trade Route, which connected it to the Handooine and Trasemene systems as well as the Sy Myrth system[4] of the Jospro sector.[4] In particular, Jabiim was located only a short hyperspace jump away from the planet Handooine.[13]

Jabiim possessed an ionized,[14] Type I atmosphere that was well-suited for oxygen-breathing species,[5] but made high-altitude repulsorlift vehicles impossible to operate.[14] Electrically-charged atmospheric disturbances[13] hampered long-range orbital scanning[7] and limited visibility,[13] and also prevented the use of gunship air support.[7]

The planet had a temperate,[1] but inhospitable climate[13] that continually experienced storms[15] that could interfere with sensor devices.[5] The world also experienced torrential rain[6] with less than five days per standard year without precipitation.[13] The rain break lasted less than a standard hour according to the locals.[16]

Geography[]

The surface of Jabiim was continually deluged by torrential rains[6] and constant drizzle,[14] and its muddy surfaces were unstable[13] and constantly shifted from the weight of the rains.[6] Any surface-based initiatives were complicated by the planet's perpetual storms.[13] These surfaces also hampered the effectiveness of the Republic AT-ATs, AT-TEs, and other armor.[7]

Jabiim was also rich in ore, although by the time of the Battle of Yavin, the valuable ores were dwindling.

Flora[]

Jabiim's flora included grasses, trees,[8] and bamboo.[11]

History[]

Early history[]

"But did they send aid during the Brainrot Plague? Did they react when the Trandoshans invaded? Where were the Jedi when Lythian pirates killed your parents … and mine?"
―Alto Stratus[5]

During the reign of Xim, Jabiim was known as Gwynhes Minor.

Between 25,120 BBY and 25,096 BBY, Jabiim was known as Gwynhes Minor and was situated in the Kiirium Reaches region, a part of the empire of the Tionese conqueror Xim. During that time, Xim moved his forces from the Gwynhes system to Gwynhes Minor, and additionally the Tionese military advanced through Gwynhes Minor on its way from the Gwyhnes system—which would later be known as the Handooine system—to the Taskored system—the later Taskeed system.[12] Jabiim was considered as a potential location for one of the Lost Thrones of Xim.[17]

During the Cold War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire, the Jabiim system was the theater of a battle concluded with a Sith victory.[18]

Jabiim would later join the Galactic Republic[5] around 3000 BBY, millennia following the fall of Xim's Empire.[source?] During the New Sith Wars, the planet was the site of a battle won by the Sith.[12] The planet suffered from an outbreak of Brainrot Plague, which slammed the population of Jabiim. And prior to the Clone Wars, garrulous Trandoshan bandits attacked and conquered Jabiim's lands. After the bandits moved on, the Lythian pirates attacked the world, sieging small communities[6] and killing many.[5] Despite paying its due taxes to Coruscant and requesting aid, Jabiim received no help from the Republic in any of these cases.[6]

Clone Wars[]

"In a battle between those fighting for a political principle, and those fighting for the survival of their home and family, the latter usually win in the long run. They've got nothing more to lose, and it makes them terrible enemies. Like us."
―Jabiimi Nationalist commander, on the nature of fighting the Republic on Jabiim[19]

Obi-Wan Kenobi leads clone troopers into battle during their attack on Jabiim

During the Clone Wars, Jabiim was a world that the Galactic Republic ignored until it was too late.[6] Because of the lack of assistance from the Senate, the Jabiim Congress sided with Count Dooku's growing Confederacy of Independent Systems. Republic agents on Jabiim informed the Galactic Senate that the Congress had been undermined by Separatist influences.[13] In fact, Alto Stratus had orchestrated a coup, killing most of the Loyalist members of Congress.[5] Although he spoke eloquently about the "oppression" of the Republic, many believed these words had been purchased with weapons, supplies, and credits by the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

Negotiations spearheaded by the Alderaanian Diplomatic Corps were rebuffed as Jabiim geared towards war. Jabiim was a planet that was rich in valuable ores. None of these ores could fall to the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Rather than lose Jabiim and its valuable mines, the Republic positioned their strike force on nearby Handooine and decided to retake the world by force.[13]

General Obi-Wan Kenobi had been assigned as theater commander for the Jabiim conflict.[7] The Republic task force initially made significant gains, but overextended its limited resources, and the Confederates, led by Alto Stratus and Dark Acolyte Asajj Ventress, quickly gained the upper hand.[5] Suffering heavy losses and pursued by the Separatists, the remaining Republic forces retreated to the southern hemisphere of the planet.[8] Only the valiant last stand of the "Padawan Pack" prevented a total rout by tying up large Separatist forces for several days in the battle of Cobalt Station, buying the remnants of the Republic task force enough time to evacuate off the planet.[16] The battle was a disaster for the Republic—the planet was lost to the Confederacy and they were forced to abandon Jabiim, leaving the Jabiimi Loyalists to their fate.[10]

Orliss Gillmunn rallied the surviving Loyalists and continued the fight, until he was killed during a massacre at High Rock Canyon.[20] Anakin Skywalker remained haunted by the battle throughout the rest of the war.[21]

During the Outer Rim Sieges, the Republic came back and attempted to take back the planet. The battle resulted in a costly Galactic Republic victory, but, along with the battles of Saleucami, Felucia, and Boz Pity, led to the fall of the Foundry of the Confederacy, an area known to house numerous Separatist industrial worlds.[22]

The Jabiimi Nationalists eventually allied themselves to the Galactic Empire; however, Jabiimi Loyalists carried the struggle for independence but didn't manage to repel the Imperial forces.[23]

Galactic Civil War[]

"We've spent last two decades fighting to win back our freedom. We're closer than we've ever been, but… we do need help. We've let the past turn us into isolationists."
―Nolan Gillmunn[23]

AT-ATs attacking the rebel base.

In 1 BBY,[source?] Jabiim was the target of an Imperial assault. After a failed Rebel raid on Carida, Imperial leaders decided that Jabiim was the most likely planet as a launching point of the raid. Darth Vader led an Imperial fleet to wipe out the Rebels on the planet. The attack resulted in Vader not only succeeding in taking control of the planet, but also learning the location of Kalast, a Moff who had sided with the Rebels.[11]

Years later, Jabiim's ore supplies had been diminished because of Imperial over-mining.[23] Emperor Palpatine was not willing to pull the last of his troopers off Jabiim,[24] despite the repeated harassment of the local Jabiimi rebels, which had persisted for 19 years.[23] In 0 ABY,[source?] the Alliance to Restore the Republic dispatched a task force lead by Luke Skywalker to support the Jabiimi. Though as Luke set foot on the planet, he realized that he had stepped into his father's shadow. As a Padawan, Anakin Skywalker had served on Jabiim, and the locals did not forget or forgive.[23]

Imperial forces invading Jabiim's surface.

Later, the Empire launched a second invasion of Jabiim. With superior technology, the Imperials won the battle and crushed the rebellion. However, the Empire also made a deal with a group of wealthy Jabiimi: in exchange for their own freedom, they would give the rest of the planet's population to the Imperials as slaves.[9]

Jabiimi's last stand, the Empire's final assault

What would complicate things further, was the fact that Darth Vader himself was present in orbit above the planet. Haunted by the memories of his former life, he ordered a full-scale decimation of the planet, destroying all life on its surface with the excuse that the Alliance would thus be deprived of a potential ally.[20] In the ensuing chaos, the rebel groups managed to escape and kill their Jabiimi captors, with the Jabiim faction fleeing towards the nearest mines, now their only means of escaping the planetary bombardment.[25]

Two weeks after the beginning of the bombardment, the last mine-turned-fortress would fall to an Imperial ground force led by Lieutenant Janek Sunber, and the survivors led to an awaiting slave-transport.[26]

During the Second Galactic Civil War in 40 ABY, it was believed by the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances that Jabiim would join with the Corellians.[27]

Appearances[]

Sources[]

Notes and references[]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Star Wars: Empire at War: Prima Official Game Guide
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 StarWars.com Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion on StarWars.com (article) (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Essential Atlas — Based on corresponding data for Jabiim system
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Essential Atlas places the Jabiim system, and therefore Jabiim, between the Handooine and Taskeed systems on the super-hyperroute known as the Triellus Trade Route. The Essential Guide to Warfare also places the Trasemene system on the same section of the hyperlane as Handooine system.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 Republic 55
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Databank title.png Jabiim in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 SWInsider.png "Republic HoloNet News Core Edition 14:9:01" – Star Wars Insider 69
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Republic 56
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Empire 32
  10. 10.0 10.1 Republic 58
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Star Wars: Empire at War
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 The Essential Atlas
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 SWInsider.png "Republic HoloNet News Core Edition 14:7:02" – Star Wars Insider 68
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Galaxy at War
  15. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II ("Jabiim")
  16. 16.0 16.1 Republic 57
  17. StarWars.com Essential Atlas Extra: The History of Xim and the Tion Cluster on StarWars.com (article) (backup link)
  18. SWTOR mini.png Star Wars: The Old Republic—Space Combat: "Jabiim Escort"
  19. Star Wars: The Clone Wars novel
  20. 20.0 20.1 Empire 33
  21. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith novelization
  22. The Essential Guide to Warfare
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 Empire 29
  24. HorselessHeadman.svg Star Wars: Empire #29 on Dark Horse Comics' official website (backup link)
  25. Empire 34
  26. Empire 36
  27. Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines

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