25 standard hours
357 local days
Heavy (1.98 Standard)
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Council of Merchants/Military administration
25 million (75% Caridan, 23% Human, 2% droids)
This large, high-gravity world was covered in everything from rocky mountains and frozen ice fields, to rain forests full of carnivorous plants, and deserts. As such, this planet was the perfect training ground for combat in difficult terrain. It was an exporter of food, and was ruled by the Council of Merchants, which later shared power with a military administration.
During the time of the Cold War, a proxy conflict between the Sith Empire and Galactic Republic, some foragers discovered a crude tunnel burrowing under Carida's largest mountain range, believing it to be the entrance to a fabled ancient city. Eventually, someone was sent to check the foragers' findings.
Carida was the site of a major military training facility, the Academy of Carida. The training facility was acquired by the Galactic Republic for training clone troopers during the Clone Wars.[source?] This selfsame facility was converted willingly by the population to an Imperial training center and was home to the Empire's most important stormtrooper program, along with several hundred B3 ultra battle droids. The planet remained loyal to the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars and was an adamant supporter of the Galactic Empire until the bitter end.
In 22 BBY, the first year of the Clone Wars, the planet was the site of a victory for the Confederacy of Independent Systems over the Republic. Despite the Confederacy's victory, the planet sometime during the war came back under Republic control. The space station Valor was within orbit of Carida and it was the site of a Republic strategy conference around 20 BBY. The Separatists, under a super tactical droid, unsuccessfully tried to destroy the station during the conference using a derelict bomb-laden Jedi cruiser, the Renown. Near the end of the war, Republic forces seized a Techno Union factory on Tar Morden and acquired many crab droids, which were then sent to Carida.
The planet also had numerous rancors on it that had been transplanted from other worlds. They were often used for training exercises, pitting stormtroopers or Imperial vehicles against them. The planet was also the site of the Battle of Carida, between forces under Grand Admiral Thrawn and ships of the Zann Consortium.
Carida originally had two moons, one of which, the Mascot Moon, had the Academy's logo carved into its surface. In 8 BBY, Mako Spince attempted to remove the logo using antimatter. Instead of achieving this goal, the moon was destroyed.
The destruction of CaridaEdit
The planet was destroyed in 11 ABY by Jedi Kyp Durron, under the influence of the spirit of Sith Lord Exar Kun, by using the Sun Crusher, a superweapon that fired missiles into a star and caused it to go nova. Beforehand, Durron requested information on his brother, Zeth, who had been forced into the stormtrooper program. The Caridans falsely told him Zeth was killed in a training maneuver, and, in a rage, Durron fired a resonance torpedo at the system's sun. Kyp announced they had two hours to evacuate before their world was destroyed, and just before it happened, Lieutenant Dauren alerted him that Zeth was still alive. Many Imperials evacuated from the planet.
As Kyp raced to the surface to find Zeth, the sun collapsed and exploded in two massive shockwaves. Kyp managed to find his brother Zeth. However, Dauren prevented Zeth from getting on board his brother's ship and Kyp was forced to watch his brother die in the first wave. Kyp escaped as the second wave cracked the planet in half.
Behind the scenesEdit
From the book, The Clone Wars: Wild Space, it stated that early in the Clone Wars, Carida was the site of a battle that resulted in a Separatist victory, so we can presume that Carida came under Separatist control. However, the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series' episode Point of No Return shows Carida heavily cordoned by Republic warships and the site of a Republic strategy conference aboard the space station Valor around 20 BBY—meaning that Carida had to fall back under Republic control sometime between these events.
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Star Wars: Empire at War: Prima Official Game Guide
- ↑ 2.0 2.1
- ↑ Champions of the Force
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23
- ↑ HoloNet News Vol. 531 52 (content now unavailable; backup links 1 2 on Archive.org) —
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Point of No Return"
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The Clone Wars: Wild Space
- ↑ The Essential Guide to Warfare
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic—Treasure Hunting Crew Skill Mission: "Ancient City"
- ↑ The New Essential Guide to Droids
- ↑ Star Wars: Empire at War
- ↑ Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption