The Mid Rim, also known as the Mid Rim Territories, was a region of the galaxy located between the Expansion Region and the Outer Rim Territories. The moon Wasskah, the planets Aleen, Bothawui, Coyerti, Crul, Dinzo, Gan Moradir, Haidoral Prime, Ithor, Kashyyyk, Malastare, Naator, Naboo, NaJedha, Phorsa Gedd, Shu-Torun, Takodana, and Trandosha were all located within the Mid Rim.
Description[edit | edit source]
The Mid Rim was a region of the galaxy that formed a ring between the Expansion Region and the Outer Rim Territories, making it the furthest region from the Deep Core that was considered part of the "inner planets". The Mid Rim was full of varied worlds, many of which boasted successful governments and thriving economies; however, their distance from the Core meant that they lacked the fame of notoriety of Core Worlds like Corellia.
History[edit | edit source]
Early history[edit | edit source]
A thousand years before the Cold War,[source?] 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 battlefield.
Malastare Narrows[edit | edit source]
At some point before the Clone Wars, the Corporate Alliance led by the Harch Admiral Trench blockaded the Mid Rim world of Malastare. A Galactic Republic force consisting of Wullf Yularen and a Jedi-led task force put an end to the blockade, which resulted in heavy losses for both sides as well as the Harch commander's first presumed death.
Naboo Crisis[edit | edit source]
In 32 BBY,[source?] 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.
The Clone Wars[edit | edit source]
Until the Clone Wars, the Mid Rim was considered a tranquil region, but it saw extensive fighting between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems during the conflict. 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.[source?] During the battle, R2-D2 was lost but later rescued.
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. Following a lengthy struggle, they neutralized Dr. Vindi's Blue Shadow Virus and prevented it from escaping into Naboo's atmosphere.
In 21 BBY,[source?] Malastare became the site of fighting between the Republic and the Separatists due to its fuel supplies. During the battle, the Jedi signed 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.
In 20 BBY,[source?] 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. 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.
Later that year,[source?] the Gungan minister Rish Loo, a Separatist agent, attempted to manipulate Boss Lyonie into helping the Separatists attack the Naboo capital Theed. Loo's plot was foiled by Binks, Amidala, and Jedi Knight Skywalker. The Gungans captured Grievous but were forced to release him after the Separatist leader Count Dooku took Skywalker hostage.
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. C-3PO and R2-D2 then embarked on an unplanned adventure which took them to the planets Patitite Pattuna and Balnab.
In 20 BBY,[source?] Kenobi, Skywalker, and Mace Windu foiled a plot by Cad Bane and Count Dooku to kidnap Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. 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. In response, the Republic sent a team of Jedi led by Windu to Ord Mantell to investigate Maul's activities.
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 thereafter, the Republic was transformed into the Galactic Empire and the Separatist leadership was destroyed, ending the Clone Wars.
Imperial Era[edit | edit source]
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.
In 10 BBY,[source?] the criminal Tobias Beckett and his gang including Imperial deserter Han Solo and Chewbacca undertook a heist to steal a train cargo of coaxium on the Mid Rim world of Vandor. 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.
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. 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. Nevertheless, some Wookiees like Chewbacca and Lohgarra managed to flee offworld and live free lives.
In 4 BBY,[source?] 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.
By 0 BBY,[source?] 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.
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. Trios helped the Empire to subdue several rebellious ore-dukes during the War on Shu-Torun.
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.
Rise of the New Republic[edit | edit source]
After the Battle of Endor, crowds celebrated the death of Emperor Palpatine in the streets of Naboo's capital Theed. 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 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. The New Republic also repelled three attempts by Imperial forces to retake the planet.
In the months following Endor, Grand Moff Valco Pandion abandoned an Imperial communications station on Malastare. 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.
Solo and his co-pilot Chewbacca later led a campaign to liberate Kashyyyk from Imperial rule. 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[source?] 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. In the months leading up to the Battle of Jakku, Wookiee and New Republic forces mopped up Imperial holdouts, liberating many Wookiee slaves including Waroo, Chewbacca's son.
Cold war[edit | edit source]
Prior to the outbreak of open war, the First Order used a series of false flag pirate raids on the Colossus oil refueling platform on the Outer Rim planet of Castilon to pressure Captain Imanuel Doza into accepting a military occupation of the Colossus. Following the Hosnian Cataclysm, Team Colossus, led by Resistance spy Kazuda Xiono and New Republic veteran Jarek Yeager expelled the First Order and took the space station into space. In response, the First Order launched a hunt for the runaway station.
First Order/Resistance War[edit | edit source]
During the war between] the First Order and the Resistance, Poe Dameron, Finn, Chewbacca, and Klaud undertook a mission to the Sinta Glacier Colony, where Boolio informed them that a First Order spy had confirmation that Emperor Palpatine had returned from the dead.
Later, Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewbacca, C-3PO, BB-8, and D-O traveled to Kijimi City seeking a droidsmith who could retrieve the memory of the inscriptions on Ochi's dagger from 3PO's memory banks. The group found a droid mechanic named Babu Frik, who got C-3PO to translate the Sith inscription at the cost of losing his memories, a choice that 3PO willingly made to help his friends. With the help of Poe's former spice-running associate Zorii Bliss, the group escaped offworld, rescued Chewie, and retrieved the Millennium Falcon from the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Steadfast.
The resurrected Emperor Palpatine later ordered Allegiant General Enric Pryde to send the Xyston-class Star Destroyer Derriphan to destroy Kijimi in order to intimidate the galaxy into submitting to the Emperor's Sith Eternal.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]
- William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First
- William Shakespeare's The Clone Army Attacketh: Star Wars Part the Second
- William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third
- Disney Infinity 3.0
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "The Kyber Saber Crystal Chase"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Peril on Kashyyyk"
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures – "Return of the Return of the Jedi"
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales Episodes I-III (Appears in flashback(s))
- The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special