Trade Federation Basic was an alphabet and writing form of Basic. The numbering system was used by the Trade Federation to identify individual battle droids. It was originally adapted from the written form of Pak Pak, the main language of the Neimoidians, when the latter were forced to learn Basic.
The so-called Trade Federation Basic alphabet found its origin in the writing system of the Neimoidians, a Near-Duros species from Neimoidia. Unlike their Duros ancestors, who spoke a phonetic language, the Neimoidians had developed the Pak Pak, a new language made of modulated croaks. Because of that, the old Durese syllabary had become unusable, which prompted them to create a new writing system that could accurately express the sounds of Pak Pak. When the Neimoidians started with the wider galactic community, they realized their language was unspeakable by most offworlders, and they started learning Galactic Basic Standard while still using their own alphabet to transcribe it. A form of that alphabet existed as early as of the Cold War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire, around 3643 BBY.
In 350 BBY, the Neimoidians were among the founding members of the Trade Federation, a shipping corporation and cartel. As centuries went by, their influence in the Federation became stronger and stronger, and their idiosyncratic script ended up being endorsed throughout the organization. Because of that, it was dubbed Trade Federation Basic from then on.
Behind the scenesEdit
- In Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, when the Gungans realize the battle droids have shut down, the one pushed over by Jar Jar Binks has "1138" in Trade Federation Basic numerals on its backpack. The display on Darth Maul's macrobinoculars shows Trade Federation Basic, but the text is gibberish. When a Neimoidian activates the Trade Federation Droid Army during the Battle of the Great Grass Plains, Trade Federation Basic characters can be seen on the computer screen.
- In HoloNet News Vol. 531 49, in the news story "15 Dead in Houk / Weequay Brawl at Eastport", a screen in the Eastport processing station says "GATE 24".
- In Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Complete Locations, the computer display showing the route from the Jedi Archives to the Analysis Rooms says "3263827".
- In the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode The Citadel, the tactical droid's computer screen reads "SEPARATIST ESCORT SHUTTLE CLASS TYPE B" . "SCAN COMPLETE" . "SUPPLIES" . "BEVERAGES" . "FOOD" . "MORE FOOD" . "GUNS" . "GENERAL SUPPLIES" . "FROZEN RATIONS" . "ANAKIN SKYWA[obscured]" . "CARBONITE" . "METAL". The bottom of the screen, seen in the wideshots (barely visible), says "DESTROY" and "LET PASS".
- In The Clone Wars episode The Wrong Jedi, when Anakin Skywalker is talking to Asajj Ventress in the Coruscant underworld, a large sign shows Trade Federation Basic. It says "CATO".
- In Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Trade Federation Basic in seen on the monitors of General Grievous' flagship, the Invisible Hand, as Captain Lushros Dofine says, "Two Jedi have landed in the main hangar bay. We're tracking them."
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TRY TO DEVOTE AN EQUAL AMOUNT OF TIME
IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE EXERCISE OR
GOOD CONVERSATIONS AMONG FRIENDS OR
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SPECIAL SOMEONE HOW MUCH YOU LOVE
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ARTIST LUCAS MARANGON
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- In Star Wars: The Old Republic, inscriptions in Trade Federation Basic appear on some crates that can be found on various locales, including Hutta, Korriban and Hammer Station. The text, however, features previously unseen characters, and what can be actually deciphered reads as gibberish.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (First appearance)
- "Force Fiction"—Star Wars Tales 2 (Non-canonical appearance)
- Star Wars: Bounty Hunter
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Citadel"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi"
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary
- Secrets of Naboo
- Force Feedback"—Star Wars Gamer 4 "
- Bounties to Die For"—Star Wars Gamer 6 "
- Inside the Worlds of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia (As "Federation Basic")
- Star Wars: The Phantom Menace: The Expanded Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: The Secret Life of Droids
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Force Feedback"—Star Wars Gamer 4 "
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Written Word
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic
- ↑ Using comments and information from The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 2, The Old Republic: Annihilation, and "The Last Battle of Colonel Jace Malcom"—Star Wars Insider 137, it is possible to place the events of the Prologue and Act I for the Jedi Knight, Smuggler, and Trooper classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic in 3643 BBY, the general events of Act II in 3642 BBY, and the events of Act III for all classes in 3641 BBY.
- ↑ The Essential Guide to Alien Species
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode I Incredible Cross-Sections