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"Junkfort Station, Chewie! Lotta ships get illegal equipment and modifications here…"
―Han Solo, to Chewbacca[4]

The Junkfort system, known as the Kossimur system millennia before the Battle of Yavin, was a part of the Outer Rim Territories' Tharin sector. It contained the notable shadowport space station known as Junkfort Station. At one point a part of the empire of the Tionese conqueror Xim, the star system eventually became a part of Hutt Space as well as the territorial holdings of the Sith. By 17 BBY, it fell within the borders of the Galactic Empire.

Junkfort Station was visited by the smuggler Han Solo and his copilot, Chewbacca, in search of one of the rare artifacts known as power gems. An agent of the ex-pirate Raskar ultimately pointed the pair to the planet Antipose, where a power gem was indeed being kept, and Solo and Chewbacca subsequently departed the space station. Nearly thirty years later, forces of the extra-galactic Yuuzhan Vong species captured Junkfort Station as part of their invasion of the galaxy.

Description[]

The Junkfort system was a part of the Tharin sector[3] in the Slice portion of[1] the Outer Rim Territories.[3] It was located on the Triellus Trade Route, a super-hyperroute that connected it to the Nimat[1] and Marleyvane systems.[2] The Lesser Lantillian Route hyperlane also linked the system to the Dernatine system[1] in the Suolriep sector,[3] while the Cadma Conduit connected it to the Dagelin Minor and Simbarc systems[1] in the Cadma sector. The Junkfort system contained[3] at least two brown astronomical objects as well as the space station known as Junkfort Station.[4]

History[]

Before the Clone Wars[]

The Galactic Republic launched an attack toward the Kossimur system during the Fourth Pius Dea Crusade.

Between 25,102 BBY[1] and approximately 11,000 BBY,[2] the Junkfort system was known as the Kossimur system. The Tionese conqueror Xim incorporated the system into his empire at some point between 25,102 BBY and 25,096 BBY and moved his forces from the Tialvai system along a hyperlane connecting it to the Kossimur and subsequently along the routes to the Dernatine and Lelrais systems.[1]

Space surrounding the Junkfort system was explored by the Galactic Republic at some point between 15,000 BBY and 8000 BBY.[1] In 11,920 BBY, the Pius Dea–controlled Republic launched an attack from the Ord Zat outpost toward the system as part of the the Fourth Crusade against the Hutt species.[2] Between 1004 BBY and 1000 BBY, the Junkfort system was located in space controlled by members of the Sith tradition of Force-users. By that time, it also constituted a part of the Hutt Space region.[1] The system no longer fell within the borders of Hutt Space proper[2] by 32 BBY, although it was still situated inside[1] the Hutt sphere of influence.[2]

End of the Republic[]

The Separatist Council traveled through the Junkfort system while relocating from Belderone to Utapau.

The Thirteenth Sector Army of the Republic was tasked with engaging the military forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems in the vicinity of the Junkfort system during the first campaigns of the Clone Wars in 22 BBY.[2] Shortly after the acquisition of the planet Ukio by the Commerce Guild during that conflict, the Junkfort system was featured on a galactic map displayed on a viewscreen at a facility run by Passel Argente, the Magistrate[5] of the Corporate Alliance.[6]

Near the end of the war in 19 BBY, Confederate General Grievous, who had been tasked with the protection of the Confederacy's Separatist Council, was forced to evacuate it from[1] the planet Belderone,[7] in the sector of the same name.[8] Traveling along the Triellus Trade Route toward the[1] Tarabba sector[9] world of Utapau where the council was to be relocated, the Confederate forces passed through the Junkfort system.[1] The system had become a part of the Galactic Empire by 17 BBY.[2] The smuggler Han Solo subsequently visited Junkfort Station at some point by 0 BBY on a mission for a Hutt employer.[1]

Search for a power gem[]

"Your little drinking buddy thinks he saw one on this rimworld we're headed for…?"
―Han Solo, to Chewbacca on a power gem[4]

The Millennium Falcon approaches Junkfort Station.

In 0 ABY,[10] Solo was tasked by Princess Leia Organa with finding and obtaining a power gem,[4] a rare artifact composed of a[11] meteoritic[12] mineral that could disable the deflector shields of starships,[11] in order to help the Rebel Alliance combat the new[4] Star Dreadnought of the Sith Lord Darth Vader, the Executor.[13] Intending to begin the search for the legendary gems in the galactic underworld, Solo and his copilot, Chewbacca, traveled in their light freighter, the Millennium Falcon, from the Alliance base on the[4] Gordian Reach[1] moon Yavin 4 to Junkfort Station.[4]

After boarding the space station, the pair questioned various spacers in a local cantina on any leads on power gems. Ultimately, an agent of the ex-pirate Raskar pointed Chewbacca to the[4] Centrality[14] planet[4] Antipose,[15] where Raskar hosted lucrative gladiatorial competitions with the gem as their highly sought-after prize. Subsequently, Solo and Chewbacca departed Junkfort Station for Antipose.[4] At some point between 26 ABY and 27 ABY, as part of their invasion of the galaxy, members of the extra-galactic Yuuzhan Vong species captured Junkfort Station. The station subsequently remained under the invaders' control until at least 27 ABY.[1]

Inhabitants[]

The Junkfort system's Junkfort Station was a famous shadowport[1] that was frequently visited by starships in order to receive illegal ship modifications and equipment.[4] In 0 ABY,[10] the space station's cantina was frequented by Basic-speaking patrons of various species.[4] Around 25 ABY, the population of the Junkfort system numbered between one and ten million.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

The area of space in which Junkfort Station was situated first appeared in "The Power Gem," a comic story written by Archie Goodwin, penciled by Al Williamson, and published between July 26 and October 3, 1982[4] as part of the daily Star Wars comic strip distributed by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate to major American and Canadian newspapers from 1979 to 1984.[16] The 2009 reference book The Essential Atlas, authored by Daniel Wallace and Jason Fry, named the star system and placed it in grid square T-8.[1]

Appearances[]

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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 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 The Essential Atlas
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 The Essential Guide to Warfare
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 StarWars.com Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion on StarWars.com (article) (backup link)
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 "The Power Gem"—Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Newspaper Strips Vol. 2
  5. The Clone Wars: Act on Instinct
  6. Databank title.png Argente, Passel in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  7. Labyrinth of Evil
  8. StarWars.com Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion on StarWars.com (article) (backup link) — Based on corresponding data for Belderone system
  9. StarWars.com Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion on StarWars.com (article) (backup link) — Based on corresponding data for Utapau system
  10. 10.0 10.1 "The Power Gem" is set after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and before the Evacuation of Yavin 4, therefore placing the comic in 0 ABY per The New Essential Chronology.
  11. 11.0 11.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 40 ("power gem")
  12. "Doom Mission"
  13. Databank title.png Super Star Destroyer in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link)
  14. The Essential Atlas — Based on corresponding data for Antipose system
  15. StarWarsDotComBlogsLogoStacked.png "Unstated Canon in Star Wars: The Essential Atlas" – Continuity, Criticisms, and Captain Panaka, Daniel Wallace's StarWars.com Blog (content now obsolete; archived from the original)
  16. SWInsider.png "The Empire Strips Back" – Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2012
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