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"A parasite. Native to Ringo Vinda. Probably in the canteen of water they both shared. It did cause the inhibitors to decay, once the parasite had taken hold."
Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine's "official" explanation of the erratic behaviors of CT-5555 and CT-5385[src]

Ringo Vinda was a planet located in the galaxy's Mid Rim[1] encircled by a massive[2] civilian graving dock[5] and controlled by the Galactic Republic.[4] It was inhabited by a human cultural group, the Ringo Vindans, who spoke Galactic Basic in a distinctive accent. During the waning decades of the Republic, Jedi Knight Rael Averross hailed from Ringo Vinda.[3]

During the Clone Wars, Ringo Vinda was captured by the Confederacy of Independent Systems, which resulted in an extended campaign to retake the planet[4] in the year 19 BBY.[6] However, Republic forces withdrew from Ringo Vinda when 501st Legion clone trooper CT-5385 "Tup" executed Jedi Master Tiplar when Protocol 66 was accidentally triggered in his inhibitor chip, leaving the world under Separatist control.[2] Officially, Tup's mental instability was said to be caused by a parasitic infection native to Ringo Vinda that caused his inhibitor to decay, and a vaccine was prepared to inoculate the other clones and prevent similar incidents in the future, hiding the true nature of Order 66. The same excuse was used to discredit the ARC trooper CT-5555 "Fives," who had been killed attempting to reveal the truth about the chips to the Jedi.[7]

After the war, Ringo Vinda fell under the control of the Galactic Empire, and its space station was converted into an enormous construction facility that churned out Imperial-class Star Destroyers for the Imperial Navy.[5]

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"Battle for Ringo Vinda! Republic forces are locked in heated combat with the droid armada on a massive space station that encircles an entire planet."
―Ringo Vinda identified in the opening newsreel for "The Unknown"[src]

Ringo Vinda first appeared in "The Unknown,"[2] the first episode of the canon animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars' sixth season,[8] which originally aired in Germany on February 15, 2014.[9][10] While unidentified in the episode itself, it was named in the opening newsreel.[2] The planet's design was derived from early concept art[11] of Cato Neimoidia[12] developed by Ryan Church during the concept design phase of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[11]

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