Cato Neimoidia

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"This is hardly your planet anymore—not since you signed your holdings over to the Banking Clan in return for a stake in this new droid foundry."
―Senator Rush Clovis, to Senator Lott Dod[src]

Cato Neimoidia was a planet in the galactic Colonies region. It was a colony world of the Neimoidians and the base of operations for the Trade Federation. Much of the world was covered in a persistent fog, while the bridge cities of Cato Neimoidia were suspended above the planet's surface on bridges anchored between giant rock arches. On top of these formations thrived large fields and forests.


"That business on Cato Neimoidia doesn't... doesn't count."
―Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi[src]

Cato Neimoidia was colonized by the wealthy Neimoidian species,[2] and the planet became the headquarters of the Trade Federation. The planet was famed for its bridge cities[1] and the jeweled palaces that spanned the foggy world's rock spires.[2]

During the Clone Wars, Rush Clovis visited the planet to negotiate with the Trade Federation while accompanied by Padmé Amidala who was on Galactic Senate business investigating rumors of a Separatist conspiracy.[3]

Much later in the Clone Wars, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano were sent to assist in the Defense of Cato Neimoidia against the Separatist Alliance, but shortly after their dramatic arrival on the planet they were summoned back to Coruscant to investigate the bombing of the Jedi Temple hangar.[4]

At one point, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker were involved in 'messy business' on the planet which required Kenobi to be saved by Skywalker. Kenobi, however, felt that this particular rescue didn't count towards Skywalker's running tally of the number of times that he had saved him.[5]

During the final days of the Clone Wars, Jedi Master Plo Koon led the Grand Army of the Republic in an attack against the Separatist Alliance, resulting in a Republic victory. Following the battle,[1] Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine ordered the execution of Clone Protocol 66, forcing the Jedi General's own wingmates to open fire on his starfighter, killing him along with the thousands of other Jedi across the galaxy affected by this swift command.[5]

Behind the scenesEdit

Cato Neimoidia first appeared in Labyrinth of Evil, a prequel novel to Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Though the events of this title are now considered part of the continuity of Star Wars Legends and thus not canon, the details of the messy business that took place on this planet involving Kenobi and Skywalker were originally provided in this title.

In the early development of Episode III, Cato Neimoidia was to be a gas giant ringed by a flat, disc-like space station - reminiscent of the donut-like shape of the Trade Federation battleships seen in Episode I.[6] The design was later reused for Ringo Vinda.[7]



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