- "At Kuat Drive Yards, we're driven to excel. It is this uncompromising commitment to performance that has made us the largest military shipbuilding corporation in the universe."
- ―A Kuat Drive Yards advertisement
Kuat was a planet located in the Core Worlds and one of the earliest members of the Galactic Republic. It was best known as the home of Kuat Drive Yards. These famous shipyards, used to build ships for both the Galactic Republic and later the Galactic Empire, circled the planet for thousands of kilometers.
Kuat was located in the Kuat system, in Kuat sector, at the edge of the Core Worlds near the Colonies. It was a terraformed planet of forests and plains. Kuat was colonized by Coruscanti settlers around 27,500 BBY, before the Galactic Republic was formed. The Human Kuati had a matriarchal society. From Kuat, they sent out colony ships of their own which by 26,000 BBY had colonized Alsakan (by the Kuat Explorer), Axum, Tepasi and Humbarine
- "Unlike other worlds, holding Kuat's ground is largely meaningless. It's holding the shipyards that matter."
- ―Military analyst Dasken Hobiv.
During the Old Sith Wars and New Sith Wars, Kuat's ship production facilities produced fleets of warships for the Republic. In the centuries before the Clone Wars, they also constructed large ships for the protection of their sector and collaborated with the Techno Union, of which their ship-production company was a member, in creating even larger designs.
In 23 BBY, local freedom fighters opposed Separatist allies of Count Dooku, but were wiped out by Jango Fett. About that time, Risi Lenoan served as Kuat's Senator. In 21 BBY, the Republic increased their defenses of Kuat, and in a counter move, the Confederacy of Independent Systems strengthened their defense at nearby Neimoidia. During the Clone Wars, Lenoan was replaced as Senator by Giddean Danu, who signed the Petition of 2000. Danu's conservative, pro-Jedi principles were not popular with Kuati aristocrats, who twice failed to remove him from office.
When the Empire came to power in 19 BBY, all space stations and orbiting facilities were subjected to Imperialization, the security forces were augmented and the Moff Thichis Kuras was assigned to the planet. During the Imperial supervision, Kuat could only be accessed via three ports within the main Kuat Traffic Zone, which was along the Hydian Way; a passenger port, a freight port, and a Imperial transfer port. Accessible to the passenger port were the systems of Redrish, Drurish, Ulion, and Kidir. Accessible to the freight port were the systems of Monadin, Renigg, Venir, and Horthav. Information on the Imperial port was classified.
In 2 BBY, a Rebel fleet led by the Sundered Heart attacked the shipyards. This led to the Star Destroyer Tyranny over Fresia rushing to protect Kuat, leaving Fresia vulnerable to a Rebel raid that resulted in the acquisition of the first X-wings. In 3 ABY, the Rebels, having recently lost much equipment in asteroid collisions (probably during the evacuation of Hoth), in a daring heist with inside help, stole a Colony Class 23669 power generator from Kuat Freight Port.
In 4 ABY, concurrent to the Battle of Endor, the Alliance occupied the shipyards. In an attempt to prevent either the Alliance or the Empire from taking over, Kuat of Kuat attempted to blow the yards up, although he was only partially successful, the full explosion being halted by Boba Fett. The Empire soon regained control of the yards and the planet, and Bevel Lemelisk came thither to join the design team working on the Eclipse. A large Imperial fleet was soon garrisoned at the planet.
Very soon after, Tyber Zann attacked the shipyards in order to steal the unfinished Eclipse and gained information about Imperial vaults from its computers. During this time, a rebel attack force led by General Han Solo invaded the sector chasing the retreating fleets from Endor. Zann was successful in taking the Eclipse, forcing out the Rebels, and decimating the Imperial fleet guarding Kuat Drive Yards, but decided that the Eclipse would be too big of a target and left with the vault's contents.
In 7 ABY, it was the site of Battle of Kuat between Warlord Zsinj, loyal Imperials, and the New Republic. At this time, Kuat's planetary defense forces were considered roughly equal to those of Coruscant. Kuat was at the time Imperial; Zsinj's forces hijacked the Razor's Kiss from the shipyards with the help of an Imperial who preferred it was in his hands than the New Republic's, but General Han Solo's fleet prevented Zsinj from taking it out of the system.
In 8 ABY, Kuat was taken from the Empire by the New Republic: Bevel Lemelisk fled to join Durga Besadii Tai, while many senior KDY engineers fled to the Deep Core. Kuat's powerful shipbuilding capabilities served the new galactic government well. Many of the first units designed under the New Class program were built at Kuat.
Yuuzhan Vong WarAbout 21 ABY, Viqi Shesh was elected Senator of Kuat. She was added to the New Republic Advisory Council in 25 ABY, but eventually betrayed the New Republic to the Yuuzhan Vong.
During the Yuuzhan Vong Invasion, Kuat hosted numerous meetings of the Defense Force High Command, and continued to supply warships to the New Republic Navy. Following the loss of Fondor, additional warships were dispatched to the planet to safeguard it and its extensive shipyards.
After the Battle of Coruscant, Senator Pwoe, who declared himself Chief of State with the death of Borsk Fey'lya, began moving the command structure of the Defense Force to Kuat, but he was expelled from the planet when the Senate dismissed Pwoe. Kuat itself was eventually conquered by the Yuuzhan Vong, but the Kuati returned to the planet after the Battle of Yuuzhan'tar.
Second Galactic Civil War and beyond
During the early stages of the Second Galactic Civil War, a space station orbiting Kuat's moon Ronay, Toryaz Station, served as a negotiation place between Prime Minister Aidel Saxan of Corellia and Supreme Commander Gilad Pellaeon.
Later in the war, a large scale space battle took place over the planet. Hoping to catch the Alliance off guard, the Confederation launched an attack on Kuat to gain a foothold for the assault on Coruscant. Nek Bwua'tu set a trap for the Confederation with the First Fleet, Fourth Fleet, Seventh Fleet, Fifth Fleet, and the Hapan Home Fleet which proved successful until the Jedi (betraying Caedus for what he had become) left for Kashyyyk.
The battle dragged on for over a week with both sides sustaining heavy casualties every day. When the Bothans learned of the attack on Kashyyyk by Caedus, they broke out of the battle to go to its defense. The battle was essentially a draw.
Society and culture
Kuati society had four castes: the elite aristocracy; the wealthy middle class; the (native) working class; and the lowly off-world laborers.
Behind the scenes
Kuat has relatively few actual appearances in Star Wars works; however, due to all the vehicles built there, it has been mentioned numerous times.
- The Star Wars Sourcebook
- "Recon & Report: The Journey to Coruscant"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 2
- The Star Wars Sourcebook, Second Edition
- Platt's Starport Guide
- "Slaying Dragons"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 9
- The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels
- "Galaxywide NewsNets"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 12
- The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons
- The New Jedi Order Sourcebook
- "Order 66: Destroy All Jedi"—Star Wars Insider 87
- The Official Star Wars Fact File 7 (PLA4, Core Worlds Overview)
- Star Wars: The Official Figurine Collection 53 (High-Speed Travel: Hyperspace Routes)
- Attack of the Clones: Incredible Cross-Sections
- Coruscant and the Core Worlds
- Ultimate Adversaries
- The New Essential Chronology
- "Who's Who in the Delegation of 2000"—Star Wars Insider 85
- Star Wars: Empire at War: Prima Official Game Guide
- The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Legacy Era Campaign Guide
- The Essential Atlas
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 35
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- The Essential Reader's Companion
- Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
- Suns of Fortune
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Star Wars: Empire at War: Prima Official Game Guide
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 The Essential Atlas
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2
- ↑ Coruscant and the Core Worlds
- ↑ Attack of the Clones: Incredible Cross-Sections
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- ↑ CIS Shadowfeed Dispatch 14:7:01 Edition
- ↑ The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide
- ↑ Platt's Starport Guide
- ↑ Star Wars: Empire at War
- ↑ "Slaying Dragons"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 9
- ↑ Hard Merchandise
- ↑ The Essential Chronology
- ↑ Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption
- ↑ X-Wing: Iron Fist
- ↑ The Essential Chronology
- ↑ The New Essential Guide to Characters
- ↑ Legacy of the Force: Betrayal
- ↑ Legacy of the Force: Inferno
- ↑ Legacy Era Campaign Guide
- ↑ "Kuat Mesas"