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Balmorra
Astrographical
Region

Colonies[1]

System

Balmorra system[1]

Moons

4[2]

Grid coordinates

M-10[1]

Rotation period

47 standard hours[2]

Orbital period

554 local days[2]

Physical
Atmosphere

Type I (Breathable)[2]

Primary terrain
Points of interest
Native fauna

Balmorran metal parasite

Societal
Immigrated species
Primary language(s)

Galactic Basic Standard[2]

Major cities
Major exports

Weapons[2]

Affiliation
"Balmorra is home to the largest weapon manufacturing plants in the galaxy. Half the munitions used in the last war originated on this world."
Warren Sedoru[src]

Balmorra was a factory world that was located within the Nevoota system, situated in the Colonies region at the border of the Core Worlds.

DescriptionEdit

Wide plains surrounded the planet's capital, Bin Prime. Balmorran metal parasites feasted on metals in the urban areas of Balmorra. Balmorra flu was presumably from the world.

HistoryEdit

The world began as a colony of Humbarine. Due to slow interstellar travel and communications, it was one of several colony worlds that declared their independence.[6]

During the settlement of Balmorra, while the Republic was still in its infancy, Balmorra quickly established itself as a haven for renowned weapon and battle droid manufacturers. While determined to remain independent of the Republic, they became strong allies supplying the Galactic Republic and the greater galaxy with advanced droids and weapons.[8]

Republic eraEdit

"Technically, Balmorra's not a Republic world, just a Republic ally. But the Empire didn't care."
Tai Cordan[src]

Balmorra joined the Galactic Republic prior to the Indecta Era. During the Alsakan Conflicts, it supported Coruscant.[5]

Balmorra was a battlesite during the Hundred-Year Darkness. In that conflict, Leviathans bred by the Dark Jedi splintered the Jedi barricades on the planet.[9] During the Great Galactic War the Sith Empire resolved to seize Balmorra due to their military manufacturing plants and strategic location close to the Core Worlds. The Republic immediately sent soldiers to prevent that from happening. As the Great Galactic War continued and the Sith Empire's control continued to spread, the strained Republic began removing forces from Balmorra for redeployment to more important conflicts. This continued until the Treaty of Coruscant was signed.[8]

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A military base on Balmorra during the Great Galactic War

The Republic base designated 11A had been established on Balmorra and was still under Republic control until the Treaty was signed. The commander of the base, General Buryn was assigned to leave the base with his troops as per the terms of the Treaty. General Buryn wanted to fulfill his orders, however the Jedi Fortris Gall insisted that the Republic team that was held captive by the Sith, Demolitions Squad 419, had to be freed first. The Jedi traveled to the Troida Military Workshop, where the soldiers were held hostage, without the permission of Buryn.[10] Buryn chose to remain on planet after the Treaty's enforced deadline and waited for Fortis. Master Orgus Din soon joined the General and Jedi Fortis, to convince them both to leave the planet in an attempt to prevent further battles with the Sith, and to begin following the terms of the Treaty.[11]

Following the treaty and the beginning of the Cold War, the Republic was forced to officially end its support for Balmorra. However a small underground Republic force was left on the planet to aid in a resistance against the remaining Sith Empire. However, most Balmorrans shared the view that they had been abandoned by the Republic. Surprisingly, the remaining underground resistance prevented the Sith Empire from ever taking complete control of the planet. A number of years after the treaty was signed, with the fragile brokered peace between the Sith Empire remaining, the Republic began reintroducing Republic forces to the planet and while the Balmorrans were receptive to the assistance, their resentment of being abandoned in the past remained. At the same time, the Sith Empire attempted to escalate their presence on the planet in a further attempt to claim Balmorra's battle droids and weaponry.[8]

At one point, the planet was once the headquarters of Rigorra the Hutt.[12] The Techno Union produced B1 battle droids on Balmorra until shortly before the Clone Wars. The production of battle droids then seemingly ceased, but secretly continued on Outer Rim Territories factory worlds such as Geonosis. In 22 BBY Balmorra seceded from the Galactic Republic and was given a fleet of Lucrehulk-class battleships to defend it. Balmorra was also the headquarters of Balmorran Arms, which manufactured SD-6 Hulk infantry droids.

Imperial eraEdit

Balmorra surface view
Balmorra's surface with Bin Prime seen from orbit, ca. 10 ABY.

Under the New Order, Governor Beltane ran the planet and oversaw production. During the reign of Galactic Emperor Palpatine, the Balmorrans manufactured weapons for the Imperial Army with strong ties to Kuat Drive Yards, and were the primary builders of the AT-ST walker.

The Balmorrans longed for independence from the Galactic Empire, wishing for a free market on which to sell their vaunted weapons technology. Although there was mutual good feeling between the Rebel Alliance and the natives of Balmorra, liberation would have been impossible, as the planet was well defended, and isolated from the other planets held by the Rebels.

Instead, the Alliance launched a hit-and-run sabotage effort, using the cover of the night to go undetected by Imperial sensor arrays. It was not until Luke Skywalker and Rogue Squadron had demolished much of the weaponry under construction in the yards that any kind of serious retaliation force was launched.[3]

By 4 ABY, the planet had become an Imperial fortress world. Balmorra remained under Imperial control until at least 6 ABY.[6] Years later, the planet was liberated by the New Republic following the Battle of Endor, and it remained independent for years. Balmorra was brought back into Imperial service during the Emperor's reappearance, but following Palpatine's supposed death near Da Soocha, the rebellious Balmorrans began arming the New Republic.[4]

Battle of Balmorra
Balmorra's capital is attacked by forces under Maximilian Veers.

In retaliation, the planet was attacked by a force under the command of Military Executor Sedriss QL, including Shadow Droids and SD-9-series battle droids. After suffering surprising losses at the hands of Balmorra's SD-10 battle droids and new Viper Automatons, Sedriss called off his attack in exchange for a shipment of the molecularly-shielded droids.[4]

Later historyEdit

During the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Senator for Balmorra offered any planet ground-based turbolasers in exchange for protection by a fleet during a panicked session of the Senate.[13]

During the Second Galactic Civil War elements of the Confederation Fleet attacked Balmorra in their push to reach the Core Worlds. This resulted in the Battle of Balmorra.[7]

Behind the scenesEdit

The PC video game Star Wars: Rebellion mistakenly places Balmorra in the Sesswenna sector (a misspelling of the true Seswenna sector) of the Galactic Core. The Seswenna sector is canonically located in the Outer Rim Territories.

AppearancesEdit

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Balmorra during the Galactic Civil War

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