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"Dantooine? That's in the middle of nowhere."
"That's the whole point. Where else could the rebels hide?"
Thane Kyrell and an Imperial officer[src]

Dantooine was a planet in the Outer Rim Territories within the Galactic Republic and later the Galactic Empire.

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"Dantooine. They're on Dantooine."
―Leia Organa, lying about the location of the Rebel base[src]

At one point during the Clone Wars, Jedi Master Mace Windu led a battle on Dantooine; however, many of his troopers were injured. Windu's forces sent out a distress signal and awaited a delivery of medical supplies from Padawans Ahsoka Tano and Barriss Offee.[3]

During the early Galactic Civil War, the Rebellion briefly used the planet as the location of a base, which had been abandoned by the time of the Battle of Yavin.[2]

When Princess Leia Organa was on the Death Star, the Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin threatened to destroy Leia's home planet of Alderaan if she did not provide him with the location of the Rebellion's secret base. Leia then named this planet as the location of the base, but Tarkin nevertheless ordered that the destruction of Alderaan go forward, as, in his words, Dantooine was "too remote to make an effective demonstration." Tarkin relayed Leia's information to other Imperial forces, who visited the planet only to find the abandoned Rebel base. Upon learning this, Tarkin ordered Leia's immediate execution.[2] Thane Kyrell was one of those who were sent to explore Dantooine, and he was surprised by the level of organization and sophistication he saw in the abandoned base.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

Dantooine was first mentioned in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope as a former location for a Rebel base and has since been only briefly mentioned in passing in canon. Stories from the Expanded Universe, later re-branded as Star Wars Legends, particularly the Knights of the Old Republic and The New Jedi Order, provided extensive details both about the planet's composition and history, within the Legends context.

Early versions of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens had the First Order converting Dantooine into their superweapon and retrofitting the abandoned Rebel base for their own purposes.[5]

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