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A simplified map of the galaxy.

The Mid Rim was a region of the galaxy located between the Expansion Region and the Outer Rim Territories.[1] The moon Wasskah,[2] the planets Aleen,[3] Bothawui,[1] Coyerti,[4] Crul,[5] Dinzo,[6] Gan Moradir,[7] Haidoral Prime,[4] Ithor,[1] Kashyyyk,[8] Malastare,[9] Naator,[4] Naboo,[2] NaJedha,[10] Nakadia, Phorsa Gedd,[4] Shu-Torun,[11] Takodana,[1] and Trandosha[2] were all located within the Mid Rim.


Early historyEdit

Maz Kanatas castle

Maz Kanata's castle on Takodana

A thousand years before the Cold war, a battle was fought on the Mid Rim world of Takodana between the ancient Jedi and Sith. Maz Kanata's castle was later built on the site of the former battlefield.[1]

Malastare NarrowsEdit

At some point before the Clone Wars, the Corporate Alliance led by the Harch Admiral Trench blockaded the Mid Rim world of Malastare but was put to an end by a Galactic Republic force consisting of Wullf Yularen and a Jedi-led taskforce which resulted in heavy losses for both sides as well as the Harch commander's first presumed death.[12]

Naboo CrisisEdit

In 32 BBY, the Trade Federation and the Republic were embroiled in a dispute over the taxation of trade routes to outlying systems including the Mid Rim world of Naboo. As a result, the Trade Federation invaded and occupied the planet. The Federation was eventually expelled from the planet by a coalition of the human Naboo, the indigenous Gungans, and the Jedi.[13]

The Clone WarsEdit

The Mid Rim saw extensive fighting between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the Clone Wars. After General Grievous ambushed Republic Navy forces above the planet Falleen, Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi advised Anakin Skywalker to take his fleet out of Bothawui to regroup. Skywalker's fleet instead clashed with Grievous' fleet above Bothawui in 22 BBY.[14] During the battle, R2-D2 was lost but later rescued.[15]

Later, Senator Padmé Amidala, Junior Representative Jar Jar Binks, the Jedi, and clone troopers discovered that the Separatist scientist Nuvo Vindi was operating a biological weapons laboratory on Naboo.[16] Following a lengthy struggle, they managed to neutralize Dr Vindi's Blue Shadow Virus and prevent it from escaping into Naboo's atmosphere.[17]

In 21 BBY, Malastare became the site of fighting between the Republic and the Separatists due to its fuel supplies. During the battle, the Jedi managed to sign a treaty with the Dug Council after agreeing to destroy an ancient monster called the Zillo Beast. The Jedi and clone troopers managed to stun the beast with cannons and smuggled it back to Coruscant for research.[18]


Malastare's fuel reserves were vital to the Republic war effort

In 20 BBY, the Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano was kidnapped by Trandoshan bounty hunters and transported to the Trandoshan moon of Wasskah. There, she teamed up with the former Jedi younglings Kalifa, O-Mer, and Jinx to survive.[19] The Jedi then joined forces with the Wookiee Chewbacca to fight back against the Trandoshans. They were rescued by a Wookiee relief force led by General Tarfful.[20]

Later that year, the Gungan minister Rish Loo, a Separatist agent, attempted to manipulate Boss Lyonie into helping the Separatist attack the Naboo capital Theed. Loo's plot was foiled by Binks, Amidala, and Jedi Knight Skywalker. The Gungans managed to capture Grievous but were forced to release him after the Separatist leader Count Dooku took Skywalker hostage.[21]

Later, the Mid Rim planet of Aleen experienced severe earthquakes, which killed many of the native Aleena. The droids C-3PO and R2-D2 took part in a Republic relief mission led by Clone Commander Wolffe. During the course of the mission, C-3PO and R2-D2 encountered the underground-dwelling Kintaro and the amphibian being Orphne, who revealed that the earthquakes had been caused by a breach on the surface. After returning to Aleen's surface, the two droids helped seal the breach, which ended the earthquake and restored peace to both the underworld and surface.[22] C-3PO and R2-D2 then embarked on an unplanned adventure which took them to the planets Patitite Pattuna and Balnab.[23]

In 20 BBY, Kenobi, Skywalker, and Mace Windu foiled a plot by Cad Bane and Count Dooku to kidnap Supreme Chancellor Palpatine.[24] In 19 BBY, the planet Ord Mantell was the site of a battle between the former Sith apprentice Darth Maul and his Shadow Collective and Grievous; which ended in the latter's capture.[25] In response, the Republic sent a team of Jedi led by Windu to Ord Mantell to investigate Maul's activities.[26]

During the Outer Rim Sieges, the Jedi General Quinlan Vos moved his forces to Boz Pity. Master Yoda commanded Wookiee and Clone forces during the Battle of Kashyyyk. Yoda was forced to flee the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk when Palpatine issued Order 66. Shortly later, the Republic was transformed into the Galactic Empire and the Separatist leadership was destroyed; ending the Clone Wars.[27]

Imperial EraEdit

Imperial Hovertank on Jedha

Imperial forces patrolling Jedha City

During the Imperial Era, the Mid Rim along with much of the galaxy came under the dominion of the Empire. In 14 BBY, the Imperial Vice Admiral Dodd Rancit identified the Mid Rim world of Lantillies as a potential target of Berch Teller's rebel cell.[28]

In 10 BBY, the criminal Tobias Beckett and his gang including Imperial deserter Han Solo and Chewbacca undertook a heist to steal a train cargo of coaxium[29] on the Mid Rim world of Vandor.[30] The heist failed due to the intervention of Enfys Nest and her rebel group the Cloud-Riders, leaving Beckett and his crew indebted to the Crimson Dawn crime lord Dryden Vos. After convincing Dryden to give them a second chance, Solo, Beckett, Chewbacca, and the Crimson Dawn lieutenant Qi'ra convinced the smuggler and gambler Lando Calrissian to help them steal coaxium from the Pyke Syndicate on Kessel.[29]

On one occasion, HoloNet News reported that the 212th Attack Battalion led by General Kahdah had quelled a Wookiee revolt on Kashyyyk. As a result, civilian travel to the planet was restricted.[8] The xenophobic Empire also enslaved the Wookiees of Kashyyyk; viewing them as an expendable source of slave labor. Many Wookiees were fitted with inhibitor chips while Kashyyyk was renamed Imperial Territory G5-623.[31] Nevertheless, some Wookiees like Chewbacca[7] and Lohgarra managed to flee offworld and live free lives.[32]

In 4 BBY, the Spectres rebel operative Hera Syndulla traveled to the Mid Rim world of Shantipole on behalf of the rebellion to obtain a prototype B-wing starfighter from the Mon Calamari engineer Quarrie. As a result, the rebellion gained access to the B-wing starfighters.[33]

In 3 BBY, Saw Gerrera's Partisans assassination of Naboo's Imperial governor, Moff Quarsh Panaka.[34]

By 0 BBY, Imperial forces had occupied the Mid Rim moon of Jedha, a sacred site which hosted the Temple of the Kyber. The Empire mined Jedha for kyber crystals, which were used as part of the Death Star's superlaser. Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin later destroyed Jedha City in order to test the Death Star's superlaser. The Rebel Alliance operatives Cassian Andor and Jyn Erso managed to smuggle the Imperial defector Bodhi Rook, who had knowledge on how to destroy the Death Star, offworld. To conceal the Death Star, the Empire told the Imperial Senate that Jedha City had been destroyed in a mining accident. In addition, the Empire ran a penal labor camp on the planet Wobani.[35]

Following the destruction of Alderaan, Darth Vader visited the Mid Rim volcanic mining world of Shu-Torun to ensure that the King of Shu-Torun and his people remained loyal to the Empire. Vader defeated a plot by the King and his family to assassinate him with the help of the assassin droids 0-0-0 and BT-1. Vader then forced the King's youngest daughter Princess Trios to become the new Queen of Shu-Torun.[11] Trios helped the Empire to subdue several rebellious ore-dukes during the War on Shu-Torun.[36]

During the Galactic Civil War, several Mid Rim worlds and systems including Haidoral Prime, Coyerti, the Chonsetta system, the Redhurne system, and the Elochar sector became battle sites between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire during the Mid Rim Retreat. After months of fighting, Alliance forces became overstretched and Alliance High Command was forced to order a retreat as Imperial forces counter-attacked.[4]

Rise of the New RepublicEdit


The Scouring of Naboo

After the Battle of Endor, crowds celebrated the death of Emperor Palpatine in the streets of Naboo's capital Theed.[37] Later, the Naboo Queen Sosha Soruna accepted an offer from Princess Leia Organa to join the New Republic, the successor government to the Rebel Alliance. In the days after the events at Endor, Naboo was targeted by Operation: Cinder, a post-contingency plan to scour several worlds in the event of the Emperor's death. General Lando Calrissian saved the planet from being destroyed by several Imperial climate disruption arrays.[38] The New Republic also repelled three attempts by Imperial forces to retake the planet.[32]

In the months following Endor, Grand Moff Valco Pandion abandoned an Imperial communications station on Malastare.[7] Despite this setback, Imperial remnant forces under Grand General Kenner Loring still controlled the planet. During the Galactic Civil War, Maz Kanata's castle on Takodana was regarded as a neutral sanctuary for smugglers, pirates, Imperials, and rebels.[31]

Solo and his co-pilot Chewbacca later led a campaign to liberate Kashyyyk from Imperial rule.[7] Despite several setbacks and the New Republic's hesitance, Solo and Chewie managed to disable Grand Moff Lozen Tolruck's inhibitor chips and inspire a Wookiee revolt in 5 ABY with the help of Wookiee exiles, former slaves, the former Imperial loyalty officer Sinjir Rath Velus, the bounty hunter Jas Emari, and the New Republic Special Forces soldier Jom Barell. A New Republic fleet led by Admiral Ackbar then forced the surrender of the remaining Imperial ships above Kashyyyk; ending the Imperial subjugation of the Wookiees.[31] In the months leading up to the Battle of Jakku, Wookiee and New Republic forces conducted mopping up operations against Imperial holdouts, liberating many Wookiee slaves including Waroo, Chewbacca's son.[39]

The Mid Rim world of Naboo also became a refuge for many orphans and refugees. One of these, Mapo, befriended Binks, who had become a street performer. Another Mid Rim world, the agrarian planet Nakadia, became the new capital of the New Republic. A pivotal Galactic Senate re-vote on the motion to send military forces to Jakku took place at the Quarrow Senate house.[39]

Cold warEdit

In 34 ABY, Maz Kanata's castle on Takodana was attacked by the First Order, a remnant of the Old Empire. The Hosnian Cataclysm was also witnessed by many at Maz Kanata's castle.[40]


Non-canon appearancesEdit


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ultimate Star Wars
  3. Encyclopedia-Logo Aleen in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Battlefront: Twilight Company
  5. Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy
  6. SWRM "The Wrong Crowd"—Star Wars Rebels Magazine
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Aftermath
  8. 8.0 8.1 New HNN HoloNet News Report: Wookiee Revolt Quelled on Kashyyyk (link)
  9. StarWars-DatabankII Malastare in the Databank (backup link)
  10. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  11. 11.0 11.1 Darth Vader Annual 1
  12. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
  13. Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  14. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Downfall of a Droid"
  15. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duel of the Droids"
  16. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
  17. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"
  18. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast"
  19. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Padawan Lost"
  20. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Wookiee Hunt"
  21. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow Warrior"
  22. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mercy Mission"
  23. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Nomad Droids"
  24. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis on Naboo"
  25. Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Two
  26. Darth Maul—Son of Dathomir, Part Three
  27. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  28. Tarkin
  29. 29.0 29.1 Solo: A Star Wars Story
  30. Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Aftermath: Life Debt
  32. 32.0 32.1 Lost Stars
  33. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Wings of the Master"
  34. Leia, Princess of Alderaan
  35. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  36. Star Wars: Darth Vader Book III: The Shu-Torun War
  37. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  38. Shattered Empire, Part III
  39. 39.0 39.1 Aftermath: Empire's End
  40. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
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