Oon Tien was a planet in the Kathol Sector of the Outer Rim Territories, and was the homeworld of the Jarell species. Discovered by Galactic Republic colonists roughly three hundred years before the Galactic Civil War, the planet was settled by Humans. The native Jarell monarchies traded with the new Human settlers, acquiring weapons and high technology that fuelled a change in Jarell society. In the decades preceding the Galactic Civil War, Oon Tien was integrated into the Kathol sector, and became a major manufacturing and agricultural hub. Falling under Imperial rule, Moff Kentor Sarne—governor of the sector—established stardocks in orbit of the planet, resulting in Oon Tien becoming the center of his fleet's construction and maintenance operations. Following the fall of Kal'Shebbol to the New Republic in 8 ABY, Governor Manon Flint was ordered to hold the docks at all costs from New Republic aggression. The planet would prove to be problematic to the New Republic as it sought to expand its influence throughout the sector.
Oon Tien was located off the Trition Trade Route, and was connected by hyperspace travel routes to the planets Torize, Kolatill and Corjain. A wet and mountainous planet, Oon Tien was the homeworld of the Jarell species. As the world was integrated into the economy of the sector, it became a major agricultural and manufacturing center. After coming under Imperial rule, the planet was home to the largest shipyard in the sector as Moff Kentor Sarne—ruler of the Kathol sector—had three stardocks established in orbit. As the planet was a major maintenance hub for his fleet, Sarne protected the system by at least two dozen IPV-1 System Patrol Craft, a full wing of TIE fighters, and hundreds of proton mines.
The native Jarells established a primitive society on the planet based around feudal monarchic city-states, and had developed basic metal-working skills when Galactic Republic colony ships discovered the system around 292 BBY. Human colonists settled on the planet, building several communities and existing side-by-side with the native Jarell city-states. The Jarell monarchs began trading precious gemstones and periods of indentured servitude of their young for weapons and high technology from the Human settlers. The traded equipment assisted the Jarell in a series of internal revolutions which changed Jarell society, although the conflicts never threatened the Human settlements.
For several decades before the Battle of Yavin, Oon Tien became more integrated into the Kathol sector, with several large manufacturing complexes being established on the planet. The world also developed an extensive agricultural industry.
When Oon Tien came under the control of the Galactic Empire, Moff Kentor Sarne appointed Governor Manon Flint to command the system. Sarne established three orbiting stardocks in the system, each capable of servicing and repairing capital ships up to three hundred meters long. The docks were the main maintenance facilities for Moff Sarne's forces, and were the largest shipyards in the sector.
Following the fall of the sector capital Kal'Shebbol to New Republic forces in 8 ABY, Moff Sarne was forced to retreat into the Kathol sector. Sarne ordered Governor Flint to hold the docks at all costs, or destroy them if the New Republic managed to invade the system. As the New Republic spread its influence throughout the sector, Oon Tien would prove to be one of the most troublesome planets as it was too heavily defended by Imperial loyalists to fall easily or quickly.
Oon Tien was home to several settlements of both Jarell and Human origin. The most notable installations on the planet were actually in orbit—the three stardocks that were the hub of the Empire's fleet construction and maintenance programs. Due to the presence of industrial and agricultural based corporations, Oon Tien had extensive manufacturing and farming complexes on the surface.
Behind the scenes
- The DarkStryder Campaign (First mentioned)