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"Contact command at Tipoca City."
Admiral Wullf Yularen[src]

Tipoca City was the capital city of the watery planet Kamino, and home to several million Kaminoans. The city was a network of stilt structures built over 150 kilometers at Kamino's equator. It served as a major military base for the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars, and was the location of the Kaminoan cloning facilities that created the army prior to the war.

The city was also the main fighting ground during the Battle of Kamino, which saw the Republic's enemy, the Confederacy of Independent Systems, launch an assault on the city to cripple the Republic's production of clone troopers. At the time of the Clone Wars, Prime Minister Lama Su controlled Kamino from the city. Early on into the Galactic Empire's reign, Kamino's cloning facilities, including those at Tipoca City, were shut down.

Description[edit | edit source]

Design[edit | edit source]

The capital city of Kamino, Tipoca City, was a network of stilt structures that held the city above the massive water ocean covering the world. The city was distributed over 150 kilometers near Kamino's equator. At the core of one of its larger domes, Tipoca City held an immense fusion generator in its heart, powering the city by extracting hydrogen from seawater. The generator was secured by insulator plating. A network of power processing units surrounded the generator, as well as exhaust vents. The central hub contained extensive cloning facilities and offices for members of Kamino's Ruling Council.[1]

Each large dome was designed with a streamlined outer shell used to shed water and wind during storms, with hatches on the sides that could be opened for maintenance or repair. Located near the top of the main dome which housed the fusion generator was a Kaminoan Planetary Defense substation, utilized by Kamino's defense network, and several static discharge towers to secure the city during electrical storms. Several turbolaser turrets were located around the top of the dome as a defense mechanism.[1]

Amenities[edit | edit source]

Clone troopers were engineered in the Tipoca City Military Complex.

Near the fusion generator were expansive troop barracks, as well as the Ha Zurh Library and Records Office, containing the city's records and a swath of information. The library was maintained by a droid librarian. At the bottom of all of the domes are support pylons which hold up the cities and supply seawater to the fusion generator and to desalination plants where salt was removed from seawater and the water was distilled and purified. At one such plant was a storage tank filled with untreated water, compressor units and tanks used for condensation or evaporation. At the tops of other domes were communications towers designed to warn Kamino Space Control of incoming spacecraft. Outside of the domes were extensive training grounds and rainwater collection ducts.[1] Every room in the city was fitted with emergency access hatches in case they were to flood.[6]

Domestic apartments located inside the city were sparsely furnished, occasionally designed with furniture designed to descend from the ceiling on stalks, connecting to electromagnetic floor markings.[1]

The Tipoca City Military Complex was the largest portion of Tipoca City's structure, containing the Central Armory,[3] a DNA room,[4] the Egg Lab,[5] an embryo room and the Genetic Records Hall.[6] All of these rooms contributed to the cloning facilities that Tipoca City was prized for. Weather vanes hung off the bottom of a part of the facility, designed to monitor outside conditions to provide storm warnings, or adjustments to atmosphere systems within the buildings. The facility also contained combat rooms and quarters for the clones during any stage of their training.[1] The Military Complex also had many training rooms. One such was the Citadel Challenge, used to train troops to become ARC troopers.

History[edit | edit source]

Construction[edit | edit source]

At some point, the entire planet of Kamino was flooded, forcing its inhabitants, the Kaminoans, to seek higher ground and eventually build entire cities on stilts using off-world materials. Kaminoans also developed intricate cloning technology to become the galactic leader in cloning. Tipoca City became the capital and largest producer of these clones.[1]

Cloning for the Republic[edit | edit source]

First contact[edit | edit source]

"I was recruited by a man named Tyranus on one of the moons of Bogden."
―Jango Fett[src]

Kamino created the clone army at the behest of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas.

At least 10 years prior to the First Battle of Geonosis, Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas secretly contacted Kamino and commissioned a clone army to be bred for the Galactic Republic,[8] in the guise of a request from the Galactic Senate.[2] This happened due to Sifo-Dyas' premonition that a great conflict was going to start in the near future. In secret, the fallen Jedi Count Dooku,[8] under his given Sith name Tyranus, hired the Mandalorian Jango Fett on one of the moons of Bogden[2] as the clone template for the Kaminoans to use.[8]

Fett would spend most of his time living in the city with his cloned son, Boba Fett, in their apartment[2] located in the military complex. Fett also taught his "son" how to fish on one of the outside platforms in the city.[1]

The arrival of Kenobi[edit | edit source]

"This army is for the Republic."
―Lama Su[src]

Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi discovered Sifo-Dyas' clone army along with its genetic source, Jango Fett.

Over ten years later, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi traveled to Kamino in search of the individual who killed the bounty hunter Zam Wesell, and the believed mastermind behind the plot to assassinate Senator Padmé Amidala. Kenobi's friend, the Besalisk chef Dexter Jettster, had identified a poisonous saberdart of Kaminoan origin which led Kenobi to find the world.[2]

Kenobi was greeted by Taun We, who took him to then-Prime Minister Lama Su. Kenobi was told to inform Master Sifo-Dyas that the clone army he requested was in full production, however Sifo-Dyas had been dead for over a decade. Taun We took Kenobi to Jango Fett, the bounty hunter responsible for the assassination plot, and Zam Wesell's killer. Kenobi subtly interrogated Fett, who gave the information that he had been hired by Tyranus, however Tyranus' true identity was unknown.[2]

Fett and his unaltered clone son, Boba Fett, attempted to escape Tipoca City, but Kenobi intercepted them and they briefly dueled, and the Fetts escaped to Geonosis, with Kenobi having placed a homing beacon on the ship's hull. Kamino, and Tipoca City, would be very important for the production of the clone troopers that would make up the Republic's army, the first use of these clones being in the First Battle of Geonosis shortly after Kenobi departed.[2]

The Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

A planned assault[edit | edit source]

Early on in the Clone Wars, a galaxy-spanning conflict fought between the Galactic Republic and the rebel faction known as the Confederacy of Independent Systems, an attack was planned by the Separatists that likely would have included the assault of Tipoca City's cloning facilities. However, the attack was thwarted by the efforts of several clone troopers guarding the important Rishi Station on the Rishi moon.[9]

The Battle of Kamino[edit | edit source]

"The clone planet of Kamino will be a dangerous target."
"Just make sure you hold up your half of the mission. We must stop the production of new clones if we are to win this war."
―Asajj Ventress and General Grievous[src]

As the source of the clone army, Kamino and its capital, Tipoca City, were targets of the Separatist Alliance.

One year into the war, an attack was successfully carried out by the Confederacy, but its objective was not fulfilled. The space assault was carried out by the cyborg General Grievous, who successfully allowed his comrade Asajj Ventress to hide in the oceans with a large amount of Trident-class assault ships. Grievous later arrived within the city.[4]

Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Shaak Ti were the leading Jedi in the defense. Kenobi discovered Ventress' hidden assault ships, and they attacked the city shortly after, drilling into Tipoca's domes, for battle droids to enter the city. Clone Commander "Colt" was among the earliest casualties, dying at the hands of Ventress who had entered the city. Her objective was to retrieve a sample of clone DNA, while Grievous would attack the clone barracks.[4]

The clones and battle droids evenly matched up against each other, and Ventress was unable to retrieve the DNA, after engaging in a duel with Skywalker. Kenobi and Grievous also ended up in combat. Shaak Ti led a group of troopers to defend Tipoca City's main hangar. Skywalker and Kenobi were able to force their opponents to retreat to a flight pod. The final assault ships were destroyed, and the Confederacy retreated from Tipoca City.[4]

The inhibitor chip conspiracy[edit | edit source]

"The mission… Free. The mission."
"Brother, what mission?"
"You… you know the one. The—the mission, the one in our dreams… that never ends. The one in our dreams… Oh, brother. This is the end. Forget the mission. Oh, the nightmare. I'm… free."
―Tup and Fives, as the former dies[src]

CT-5385 was taken to Tipoca City as part of an investigation in the killing of a Jedi General.

Later on in the Clone Wars, the clone trooper CT-5385, nicknamed "Tup," arrived on Tipoca City for medical treatment.[10] During the Battle of Ringo Vinda, Tup suddenly killed one of his Jedi Generals, Tiplar,[11] which was attributed to a premature activation of Order 66 in the inhibitor chip in Tup's brain. Tup arrived and was immediately taken into care by the Kaminoans, particularly the medical droid AZI-345211896246498721347. Another clone, the ARC trooper CT-5555 "Fives," was brought in as it was believed at the time they both carried some sort of disease originating on Ringo Vinda.[10]

Fives and Tup were separated while AZI-3 operated on Tup. Shaak Ti, still stationed on Kamino, wished to perform an atomic brain scan on Tup. However, Nala Se wanted to terminate and perform an autopsy. Se reported to the Prime Minister, who then both secretly report to Count Dooku. They discussed the real reason Tup killed Tiplar, which was a premature activation of Clone Protocol 66. Dooku then ordered them to terminate the clone, perform an autopsy and give the inhibitor chip over to him.[10]

Meanwhile, Fives managed to convince AZI-3 that his duty to save a patient overrides all orders and so they perform an atomic brain scan on Tup, discovering a "tumor" which is in fact the inhibitor chip. Nala Se denounces AZI-3's claim, and refers to the chip as a virus. AZI-3 extracted the chip, Tup wakes up, and only a few moments later dies after declaring a mission in their dreams to be a nightmare. The chip is then ordered by Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine to be sent to the Grand Republic Medical Facility for analysis.[10] However, before this could happen, Fives and AZI-3 switched the sample out with another.[6]

Fives' escape[edit | edit source]

"By removing the chip, you are a threat. Master Jedi, we must terminate this trooper immediately!"
―Nala Se to Shaak Ti, about Fives[src]

CT-5555 conducted his own investigation of CT-5385's actions, leading to a confrontation with Tipoca City's security force.

Fives and AZI-3 continued to sneak around Tipoca City, where AZI-3 made the discovery that the "tumor" in Tup's brain was not in fact a tumor, and rather an implant. Nala Se and Shaak Ti continued their hunt for the fugitives, catching them in the Genetic Records Hall, however they then escaped into a maze of emergency access tunnels. Later, there was a confrontation in the city, where Fives and AZI-3 discovered that all of the clones had the chips implanted in them. Fives revealed to Nala Se and Shaak Ti that he had the chip removed, which AZI-3 backs up by showing them the chip.[6]

Shaak Ti had Fives taken to Coruscant where he could recount his story to the Chancellor. Nala Se protested, but Shaak Ti's orders stood.[6] While on Coruscant, Fives attacked the Chancellor, who revealed his involvement in the conspiracy behind the chips, and a planet-wide manhunt for Fives took place, ending in the clone's death.[12] Not long after Fives' death, Order 66 was activated in the clone troopers, which resulted in the almost complete extinction of the Jedi Order.[13]

Age of the Empire[edit | edit source]

"I heard they shut down the facilities on Kamino. They'll train up the last batch of clones and that's it."
―A clone trooper[src]

In 19 BBY, the Galactic Republic was reorganized into the Galactic Empire,[13] and the original clones' fighting ability deteriorated due to their advanced aging process.[14] Due to being made obsolete, the cloning facilities on Kamino were to be shut down following the training of the last batch of clones.[15]

Inhabitants[edit | edit source]

The millions of Kaminoans who lived and worked in the city were either affiliated with the cloning industry or the government, as there was no public space within the massive domes. The two professions were closely interlinked, with the government overseeing the cloning space. Homes and recreation were only located in satellite cities nearby Tipoca. Cities like Tipoca were built with materials and construction droids from off-world suppliers. Repair work and construction occurred in a lull between the planet's rainy seasons.[1]

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