- "We need that treaty signed so we can gain access to the fuel reserves here on Malastare. Without it, our armies shall be vulnerable."
- ―Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine, to Doge Nakha Urus
Malastare was a forested planet located in the Malastare system of the Mid Rim, situated along the Hydian Way. Its core was home to large reserves of Malastarian fuel, a toxic fuel found only on Malastare. It was the homeworld of the Dug species, though it was represented in the Galactic Senate by the Gran species, who had colonised Malastare. Ainlee Teem, the senator of Malastare, was nominated in the election for Supreme Chancellor during the Invasion of Naboo. During the Clone Wars, Malastare was the location of a battle between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems over the planet's fuel reserves. The battle awoke a creature known as the Zillo Beast, which the Republic successfully neutralized, leading the Dug Council to sign a treaty with the Republic allowing them access to their fuel reserves.
- "I hope your bomb has not upset the delicate balance of our planet."
- ―Doge Nakha Urus
Malastare was located within the system of the same name, which occupied the Dustig sector of the Mid Rim. The world acted as a junction between the Hydian Way hyperspace route—which connected it to ZeHeth and Darkknell—and the Biox Detour, which linked Malastare to the Ring of Kafrene mining colony.
The surface of Malastare was heavily forested, and its core was home to large reserves of fuel. As a result, the native Dugs cleared large portions of land, constructing refineries to extract the fuel vital to its economy. Podracing was a popular sport on Malastare.
- "That thing, it is a Zillo Beast. They once roamed Malastare, devouring our ancestors. When the Dugs first started harvesting the fuel in the planet's core, they were killed off. They are supposed to be extinct. Apparently, they're not."
- ―Doge Nakha Urus
In ancient times, Malastare was plagued by Zillo Beasts, who feasted on the native Dug population. The creatures were driven to near extinction when it was discovered by the Dugs that Malastarian fuel was toxic to them. However, it was prophesied that one would eventually return, and bring an end to Dug civilization. In order to prepare their descendants, a manuscript detailing the Zillo Beasts was passed down through future generations.
By the High Republic Era, Malastare had formed a joint task force with the world of Sullust, keeping order in their small sector of the Mid Rim against pirates and other similar threats. Their joint fleet included a commanding officer named Hedda Casset, who served in the JFT for over thirty years.
Over time, significant Gran and human populations migrated to Malastare. Podracing became extremely popular on the forested planet, and the city of Pixelito was the birthplace of Sebulba, who became one of the most celebrated podracers in history.
During the Trade Federation's Invasion of Naboo, Malastare was represented by Gran senator Ainlee Teem in the Galactic Senate. Ainlee was nominated as a candidate to become Supreme Chancellor after Finis Valorum was voted out of office through a Vote of No Confidence. However, senator Sheev Palpatine of Naboo was elected to fill the position instead.
At some point, a Corporate Alliance fleet, led by the brilliant Harch tactician Admiral Trench, blockaded Malastare Narrows. A dispatched Republic task force led by Wullf Yularen engaged the corporate fleet. Despite taking heavy casualties, reinforcements led by Jedi Master Kep-She allowed the blockade to be broken, and it seemingly killed Trench.
During the Clone Wars, the Grand Army of the Republic and Separatist Droid Army fought a battle over Malastare's fuel reserves. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine authorized the use of an experimental electro-proton bomb, despite the concerns of Doge Nakha Urus, the leader of the Dug Council. The device succeeded in deactivating the Droid Army, while leaving the Republic's clone troopers unharmed. However, the explosion opened up a massive sinkhole in the ground, which swallowed clones and droids alike.
While the Dug Council gathered to decide whether to sign a treaty with the Republic allowing them access to Malastare's fuel reserves, a rescue team led by Jedi Master Mace Windu descended into the sinkhole to rescue Republic troopers, finding several survivors. However, they found that the bomb had awoken the last surviving Zillo Beast, and barely escaped with their lives. Doge Urus demanded Republic assistance in eliminating the creature, threatening to cancel the treaty if they didn't. Windu declined due to the fact it was innocent and the last of its kind. The Supreme Chancellor and Doctor Sionver Boll expressed interest in examining the lightsaber-resistant plates of the Zillo Beast, believing that they could be used to improve armor for the clone army.
Discovering unprotected gaps between its plates, the Republic utilized RX-200 Falchion-class assault tanks to sedate the creature, leading the Dugs to believe it to be dead. Despite plans to relocate it somewhere in the Outer Rim, Palpatine ordered it to be taken to Coruscant, so it could be studied in a controlled environment. The Malastarian council signed the treaty, granting the Republic access to vital fuel reserves.
After the end of the Clone Wars, Malastare fell under the control of the Republic's successor, the Galactic Empire. It notably housed an important communications station. Malastare was intended to be a target of the Rebel Alliance's 61st Mobile Infantry during Operation Ringbreaker, but the attack never happened as the operation was called off following the siege of Inyusu Tor. Although it was successfully targeted by Blade Squadron shortly after the Battle of Endor, the Imperial presence would remain even after the destruction of the Imperial Future Council on Akiva, and Grand General Kenner Loring would choose to entrench himself on the planet, in opposition to Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax's de facto control of the fragmented Empire.
- "And the Dugs? Have they signed the treaty?"
"No, Chancellor, the treaty must be passed by the council."
- ―Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine and Doge Nakha Urus
The internal affairs of Malastare were controlled by the Dug Council, who ruled from the Imperial palace. The council had five members, and was led by the Doge. The council was able to ratify treaties. During the Clone Wars, it was led by Doge Nakha Urus.
However, in the Galactic Senate, the interests of Malastare were solely represented by the Grans. During the Trade Federation Invasion of Naboo, it was represented by Senator Aks Moe of the Congress of Malastare.
Behind the scenes
- "They have podracing on Malastare. Very fast, very dangerous."
- ―Qui-Gon Jinn, speaking the first mention of Malastare
Malastare was first mentioned in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace by Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. It was mentioned again in a deleted scene from Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, released in 2002. Malastare made its first on-screen appearances in "The Zillo Beast," an episode from the second season of the 2008 animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Notes and references
- Ultimate Star Wars
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 64 (Guide to the Galaxy: Visiting Malastare)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
- Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
- "Blade Squadron: Zero Hour"—Star Wars Insider 160
- The High Republic: Light of the Jedi
- Aftermath: Life Debt
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: The Rebel Files
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones