- "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
Description[edit | edit source]
Jabiim was a world deluged by torrential rains, experiencing fewer than five days per standard year without precipitation. Its muddy surface constantly shifted from the weight of the rains. Jabiim was also rich in ore, although by the time of the Battle of Yavin, the valuable ores were dwindling. During the Clone Wars, Jabiim was a world that the Galactic Republic ignored until it was too late.
The world had a very unstable electric field, and electric storms were quite common. This could affect the performance of aircraft and repulsorcraft.
History[edit | edit source]
Early History[edit | edit source]
Originally known as Gwynhes Minor, the planet was absorbed into Xim's Empire as he expanded his borders from the Kingdom of Cron. Jabiim was considered as a potential location for one of the Lost Thrones of Xim.
Jabiim would later join the Galactic Republic around 3000 BBY, millennia following the fall of Xim's Empire. The planet had paid its dues to Coruscant, but was undefended when tragedy befell the planet. The planet suffered from an outbreak of brainrot plague, which slammed the population of Jabiim. And prior to the Clone Wars, Trandoshan bandits attacked and conquered Jabiim's lands. After the bandits moved on, the Lythian Pirates attacked the world, seizing small communities and killing many. Despite paying its due taxes to Coruscant and requesting aid, Jabiim received no help from the Republic in any of these cases.
Clone Wars[edit | edit source]
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. In fact, Alto Stratus had orchestrated a coup, killing most of the Loyalist members of Congress. 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 decided to retake the world by force. The Republic positioned their strike force on nearby Handooine. General Obi-Wan Kenobi was chosen to lead the attack.
The Battle of Jabiim during the Clone Wars was a disaster for the Republic—the planet was lost to the Confederacy. The Republic was forced to abandon Jabiim, leaving the Jabiimi Loyalists to their fate. Orliss Gillmunn rallied them and continued the fight, until he was killed during a skirmish against Jabiimi Nationalists.
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.
However, Jabiim never forgot the Republic's past treachery, and never forgave Anakin Skywalker for his choices.
The Jabiim Nationalists eventually allied themselves to the Galactic Empire; however, Jabiim Loyalists carried the struggle for independence but didn't manage to repel the Imperial forces.
Galactic Civil War[edit | edit source]
At the start of the Galactic Civil War, 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 resulting attack was known as the Battle at Jabiim, which 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.
Years later, after the Battle of Yavin, Jabiim's ore supplies had been diminished because of Imperial over-mining. Emperor Palpatine was not willing to pull the last of his troopers off Jabiim, despite the repeated harassment of the local Jabiimi rebels, which had persisted for 19 years. The Rebel Alliance 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.
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.
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.
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.
Days later, the last mine-turned-fortress would fall to an Imperial ground force and the survivors led to an awaiting slave-transport.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Sources[edit | edit source]
- The New Essential Chronology
- The New Essential Guide to Droids
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Prima Official Game Guide
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