The devastation of the planet Manaan was an act carried out by the Sith Empire during the Great Galactic War, sometime between 3,681 BBY and 3,653 BBY. After centuries of hiding in sectors of space unexplored by the Galactic Republic, the Sith returned to the known galaxy and initiated their crusade against the Republic's member worlds and other planets. In their campaign for dominance, the Empire traveled to the water world of Manaan, a planet known for its staunch devotion to neutrality during periods of war. The Sith refused to accept the native Selkath's tradition of impartiality and so destroyed all of the free-floating surface structures on the planet.
After several centuries of self-imposed exile in the far reaches of the Outer Rim Territories, the Sith revealed themselves and their rebuilt Empire to an unsuspecting galaxy in 3,681 BBY, sparking the Great Galactic War. The conflict between the Sith and the Galactic Republic saw the Imperials achieve major victories while the Republic crumbled under political infighting and economic depression.
During the war, the Empire also came into conflict with fiercely independent societies, such as the Selkath of Manaan. Manaan was a water-covered planet with a long avowed neutrality during instances of galactic conflict—during the Jedi Civil War of the Old Sith Wars era, the native Selkath managed to maintain their impartiality and broker their kolto healing agent to both the Republic and Darth Malak's Sith Empire. However, their political stance did not appease the reconstituted Empire, and sometime before the end of the Great Galactic War, the crusading Sith decided to attack the planet.
The Sith assault on Manaan targeted the water world's free-floating surface structures, all of which were destroyed. The loss of their above-water dwellings forced the Selkath to flee back to the sea in a mass exodus.
Manaan was just one of numerous planets that suffered heavily during the twenty-eight-year-long Great Galactic War. The Sith invasion saw the abuse and destruction of several star systems, while many others fell to armed engagements between the Empire and the Republic. The conflict ended in 3,653 BBY with the signing of the Treaty of Coruscant, and by the reign of the Galactic Empire in 0 BBY, at least one floating structure—Ahto City—had been rebuilt.
Behind the scenesEdit
The devastation of Manaan was first mentioned on the official website for the LucasArts video game, Star Wars: The Old Republic. The information could be found on "The Setting," a webpage intended to provide background on the game's historical period. Since its establishment in 2008, The Old Republic's website has gone through a number of changes, resulting in the removal of some of the text that was originally located there. "The Setting" was updated mid-2011, and the information on Manaan was removed.
- (First mentioned)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 "The Setting" on The Old Republic's official website.. Retrieved on October 15, 2011. This page has been updated with the information on the devastation of Manaan removed; the provided link leads to Archive.org's 25 July 2010 capture of the webpage, with the information on Manaan intact.
- ↑ These dates represent the beginning and end of the Great Galactic War, as established in Timeline 1: Treaty of Coruscant, Timeline 6: Onslaught of the Sith Empire, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived, and The Essential Atlas
- ↑ These events are witnessed in Timeline 6: Onslaught of the Sith Empire, which takes place twenty-eight years before the ratification of the Treaty of Coruscant. The Treaty was drafted and signed in 3,653 BBY, as seen in Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived
- ↑ Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- ↑ Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived
- ↑ Star Wars: Empire at War