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The Merson pirates were active in the galaxy during the Republic[1] and early Imperial Eras.[2] During the Clone Wars, they were one of several pirate groups supported by the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Separatist leader Count Dooku encouraged them to harass supply lines used by the Galactic Republic during the war.[1]

Later, during the reign of the Galactic Empire,[2] in 9 BBY,[3] Princess Leia Organa had gone starship spotting on[2] her home planet[4] Alderaan. Amid her adventure, Organa located a Tri-Wing S-91x Pegasus Starfighter and suspected that it was an Aquillian Ranger searching for Merson pirates.[2]

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The Merson pirates were first mentioned in the new Star Wars canon in Rise of the Separatists, a 2019 supplement to Fantasy Flight Games' series of Star Wars Roleplaying products.[1] In the Star Wars Legends continuity, the Merson pirates were introduced in a flashback in the twenty-fourth issue of Marvel Comics' Star Wars comic series, which was authored by Mary Jo Duffy[5] and published on February 27, 1979.[6]

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