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- "The only thing we know for sure is that Balog kidnapped Tahl. We don't know why."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
Balog lived in the planet of New Apsolon, which had a social revolution at 47 BBY. In that revolution the exploited majority Workers reclaimed equality between them and the ruling minority The Civilized in a bloodless campaign, that saw the people's hero Ewane be elected ruler of the planet in the first ever free elections, closely supervised by the Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Tahl. After 6 peaceful years chaos returned to New Apsolon, as Ewane was murdered shortly after being re-elected.
Balog was a Worker, and at the time of Ewane's death (41 BBY) he was the New Apsolon's Chief Security Controller, but secretly he was in league with the outlawed former secret police The Absolutes and with Ewane's twin daughters Alani and Eritha. In the course of the plan to gain power and reinstall the Civilized to dominant position, Balog helped kill Ewane's successor Roan, by staging a kidnap of the twins.
He also kidnapped Jedi Master Tahl in order to retrieve a list of the Absolutes's agents that he thought she had, as she was undercover in the remnant of the disbanded secret police. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi crossed Balog's path, as they were searching for the missing Tahl, but although they rescue Tahl, she would eventually die as a result of the injuries sustained during captivity. In being the person to blame for Tahl's death he incurred in the anger of Qui-Gon, who almost fell to the dark side as a result of the grief he felt. Qui-Gon managed to control his anger, and that kept him from killing Balog.
Along with his associates Eritha and Alani, Balog was arrested for his actions.
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