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Aldera City
Aldera
General information
Constructed

c. 719 BBY[1]

Destroyed

0 BBY[2]

Location information
Planet

Alderaan[3]

Location

On a lake[3] and bordered by mountains[1]

Climate

Temperate,[4] with occasional snow[5]

Points of interest
Societal
Era(s)

Rise of the Empire era[1]

Affiliation

Royal House of Alderaan[1]

Aldera was the capital city of Alderaan. It was located in the mountains of the planet, nestled on an island at the center of a lake. When the Galactic Empire was officially established, the city was already seven centuries old. In addition to being the planet's seat of power, Aldera was also an important center of culture and science, comprising the University of Alderaan, several musea and the famous cooking school of the Epicurium. However, it was destroyed in 0 BBY along with the rest of Alderaan, when the Empire saw an opportunity to break in its new superweapon, the first Death Star.

GeographyEdit

"The glittering capital city of Aldera sat on an island in the center of a beautiful lake."
Hari Seldona[src]
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The gleaming Aldera

The city of Aldera was built on an island[1] with uneven slopes located in the middle of a lake. That lake was in fact a relatively recent—from a geological point of view—meteor crater which had broken through into the underground aquifers[3] around 30,500 BBY.[8] The resulting body of water was surrounded by a series of low foothill areas covered with woodlands and green fields.[9] One of the city's edges was bordered by tall mountains, the top of which is often shrouded in snow.[1] In the morning light, the waters of Aldera's lake shone a sparkling icy-blue.[9] Across the water from the city lay a vast wilderness that was quite close to Aldera, although not part of it. That zone of grasslands contained a small valley from which one could get a glimpse of the capital in the distance.[10]

Like the other few metropolitan areas of the planet, Aldera was designed in such way that the natural landscape was little affected. With its gleaming white, free-form buildings standing on the uneven slopes of the island, the skyline of Aldera created an artful bridge between the green fields and white clouds.[11] The climate around Aldera was usually temperate,[4] without excluding occasional light snow.[5]

CharacteristicsEdit

Aldera Palace balcony
A view on the Royal Palace's balcony
"Aldera housed the embassies of off-planet dignitaries, and was also the home of Senator Bail Organa. Princess Leia Organa spent many years of her childhood there."
―Hari Seldona

Visitors to the city mostly arrived by air, unless they traversed the lake by boat.[3] Upon reaching Aldera, many outlanders were breathtaken at the white, flowing architecture of the buildings, many of them belonging to the planetary government.[9] The most majestic of Aldera's monuments was the Aldera Royal Palace, which housed Queen Breha Organa and her consort, Prince Bail Prestor Organa in the last decades of the Galactic Republic.[1] While the Palace's towers were high and occupied a wide stretch of ground, some of the buildings located west of them were tall enough to obstruct the view.[12]

In addition to being the royal seat of Alderaan, the capital city was also home to the main core of the most prestigious University of Alderaan[3] and the most high-tech Aldera Universal Medcenter.[6] On a more mundane level, the city also contained a Spacer Quarter—in which many bars and hotels could be found[6]—and a marketplace.[12] The planet's primary spaceport was also located in the outskirts of Aldera.[6] The spaceport's main docking facility was hosted in a cluster of hemispherical buildings.[13]

HistoryEdit

Aldera-StarTours
A Star Tours shuttle landing at Aldera

The royal city of Aldera already existed as early as 719 BBY—the date around which the Palace was built[1] —during a period known as the Great Peace of the Republic.[14]

At some point between 1 and 0 BBY,[15] the Star Tours travel agency organized trips to Alderaan as part of their Star Tours Getaway Package. The company's StarSpeeder 1000 spacecrafts would notably bring their passengers to the capital city of Aldera. At that time, Alderaan was considered the safest planet in the galaxy.[16] However, the city was destroyed, along with the rest of Alderaan, by the Death Star in 0 BBY.[2]

Tens of thousands of Alderaanians had been off planet when it was blown up, allowing them to survive. Gradually, the disparate groups of survivors[12] ended up forming the Alderaan Alliance[17] and moved to New Alderaan. On their new world, the refugees built New Aldera, an exact replica of their lost capital.[18]

Behind the scenesEdit

The city of Aldera was first designed by Ralph McQuarrie, who was the conceptual designer responsible for the look of the original trilogy of Star Wars.[3] The mountains surrounding Aldera in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith were modelled after a location in the Swiss Alps.[19]

AppearancesEdit

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A conceptual drawing of Aldera before its destruction.

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader
  2. 2.0 2.1 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 The Illustrated Star Wars Universe
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Last of the Jedi: Master of Deception
  5. 5.0 5.1 Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (Weather report)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Coruscant and the Core Worlds
  7. SWInsider small "Refresher Reading"—Star Wars Insider 90
  8. According to The Official Star Wars Fact File 18, the crater formed roughly three thousands years before the arrival of the Human colonists on Alderaan, which The New Essential Chronology places around 27,500 BBY.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 The Paradise Snare
  10. The Last of the Jedi: Reckoning
  11. Databank title Alderaan in the Databank (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Rebel Force: Hostage
  13. Shadow Games
  14. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 363 ("Great Peace of the Republic")
  15. According to the Star Wars Blog article Convenient Daily Departures: The History of Star Tours, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue takes place circa 1 BBY. In the attraction's queue, the droid G2-9T refers to the secret base of the Rebel Alliance, the Great Temple on Yavin 4. According to the 121st issue of The Official Star Wars Fact File, the Alliance only retrieved the key to the Massassi Temple in 1 BBY. The attraction must therefore take place later in that same year.
  16. SWCustom-2011 New Star Tours "commercial" on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  17. Children of the Jedi
  18. Dark Empire II
  19. The Art of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
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