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"Coruscant, the capital of the Republic. The entire planet is one big city."
Ric Olié[src]

Coruscant (pronounced /'kɔɹəsɑnt/), also known as Imperial Center during the reign of Emperor Sheev Palpatine, was a planet in the Coruscant system of the Core Worlds which served as the capital of the galaxy for over a millennium. It was a prominent world known for its cosmopolitan population and culture, the towering skyscrapers of Galactic City, and its long history as the center of political power from the time of the Galactic Republic to the age of the Galactic Empire. In addition to its political affiliations, Coruscant was the location of the Jedi Temple which served as the headquarters of the Jedi Order.

The whole of Coruscant was the site of Galactic City, a vast ecumenopolis that covered the entire surface of the planet. Although it was the homeworld of the human species, much of Coruscant's population consisted of various alien races from across the galaxy. The city was also the hub of galactic culture, education, fine arts, technology, and finance. It was from Coruscant where the galaxy based its universal dating system. By the Fall of the Republic, roughly a thousand years after its founding, several notable monuments and structures were located on Coruscant, including Monument Plaza, the Senate Building, the Senate Office Building, and the Imperial Palace—formerly known as the Jedi Temple prior to the rise of the Empire.

Following the Emperor's death at the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, the Empire made its last stand on Jakku and was defeated by the New Republic. With the signing of the Galactic Concordance on Chandrila, the Empire surrendered Coruscant to the Republic and ultimately ceased to exist. However, former officials of the Empire were permitted to establish a provisional government on Coruscant. Though it would be administrated by Grand Vizier Mas Amedda, the Republic stationed observers on Coruscant to ensure that both Amedda and his government remained powerless in the new era.

By the time of the Empire's dissolution, the Republic had already chosen to break with a millennium of tradition by rotating the galactic capital from one member world to another. Despite losing its status as the center of galactic power, Coruscant would go on to gain representation in the Galactic Senate. Approximately twenty-eight years after the Battle of Yavin, Senator Arbo represented Coruscant as a member of the Centrist faction.

DescriptionEdit

OverviewEdit

"Do you know the rarest resource on Coruscant, my boy?"
"I... I'm not sure."
"Sky. Down here, the sun is a myth."
―Sheev Palpatine and Anakin Skywalker, regarding Coruscant's underworld[src]
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The cityscape of Coruscant.

Located in the Coruscant subsector of the Corusca sector within the Core Worlds region, Coruscant was a planet covered in a dense ecumenopolis.[1] 12,240 kilometers in diameter, Coruscant orbited relatively far from its small sun, varying from 207 to 251 million kilometers, and thus did not have a climate that suited any one particular species (although this inconvenience was rectified by technological means and the vast heat generated by the multi-level cityscape). There were 24 hours in a Coruscant day, and 365 days in a Coruscant year.[6] Owing to its importance in galactic history, the galaxy used a dating system standardized on Coruscant[23] and the planet's galactic coordinates were 0-0-0 despite it not being located in the exact geographical center of the galaxy.[4] From space, Coruscant's luminosity was slightly dimmed by the planet's hazy cloud cover. The planet's weather patterns were affected by the troposphere-piercing buildings that covered the planet's surface. Inside the tallest buildings, enormous differences of temperature and air pressure from top to bottom produced unusual and unpredictable microclimates.[4] As such, Coruscant had its own weather control system.[11] Thousands of years of development destroyed the planet's ancient mountains and seas.[4] As such, Monument Plaza housed the top of Coruscant's last remaining mountain peak.[6]

Galactic CityEdit

"You see that? Out there are the little people you're representing so proudly. You know what they're going to do if you ever get in trouble or need help?"
"No. What?"
"Absolutely nothing. You'll be as forgotten as yesterday's breakfast. I'm the one you want to impress, Ms. Pryce. Men and women like me. Not Daisie what's-her-name out there. We're the ones with the power to make or break you. You'd be well advised to remember that."
Chesna Braker to Arihnda Pryce, discussing establishing a power base on Coruscant[src]

Coruscant's surface was defined by its urban sprawl which collectively was called Galactic City.[1] The dense city blocks were built on top of each with lowest being Level 1 and the highest reaching to Level 5127. At its highest level, Galactic City's skyscrapers were built with many reaching 6,000 meters into the atmosphere, with sleek, transparisteel edifices standing next to older duracrete structures.[6] Galactic City was divided into sectors named by designated coordinates. Some sectors, however, also were called by unofficial names such as H-46 which named Sah'C Town. Sectors were further divided into zones for various purposes such as financial, senatorial, or industrial. Under the Galactic Republic, the Federal District, also called the Senate District, was the center of political activity on the planet as it was home to both the Senate Building, seat of the Galactic Senate, and the Senate Office Building, where the Supreme Chancellor had his own set of offices. It served as the main district for government buildings and institutions including the City Municipal Authorities Building and Galactic Courts of Justice. The Federal District was also where the Jedi Temple was located, headquarters of Jedi Order, as well as 500 Republica a massive residential tower home to the most powerful on Coruscant.[4] Under the rule of the Galactic Empire, the Federal District became transformed and heavily fortified as the Jedi Temple was re-purposed as the Imperial Palace and it became a part of the "supreme triangle" of structures alongside the Naval Intelligence headquarters and the massive COMPNOR arcology[11] which housed the city-block large Central Office of the Imperial Security Bureau.[6] Next to the Federal District was the Verity District which also became a largely government area under the Empire housing the Hall of Adjudication, the Hall of Imperial Register, the Institute to Preserve Imperial History and the ISB Academy and Offices.[19]

Coruscant at night

Night view of Galactic City

The planet's skylanes directed the air-traffic of airspeeders via auto-navigation system that moved the speeders along preprogrammed routes. As such crashes were extremely rare.[6] Precautions were taken though with and skytunnels incorporating bombproof shields and high-level tracking systems, and most structures on Coruscant had defensive shields to protect windows from stray and out-of-control vehicles.[4] Owing to the planet's prominence in terms of galactic affairs, Coruscant's Galactic City housed numerous governmental offices and inter-galactic headquarters in its winding depths. The central planning strategy offices of the food giant TaggeCo could be found within the city, along with the droid research institutes funded by Cybot Galactica, and the Bank of the Core, one of the galaxies largest financial institutions.[4] The towers were symbols of power and authority, the largest could hold populations of well over a million.[4] The planet's residents were known as the Coruscanti[11] and of the estimated one trillion inhabitants of the planet, 68% were believed to be human.[6] On Coruscant, wealth increased with altitude: the lowermost levels were devoid of light and abandoned, with Level 1 deemed uninhabitable and roaming with strange creatures and monstors; above them were lawless underlevels—countless blocks inhabited by billions of middle-class workers. The super-towers on Level 5217 remained home to the ultra-wealthy.[4] Furthering this class divide, citizens who lived in the upper levels were able to breathe air that was filtered and clean, while lower-class inhabitants were forced to breathe the air of toxic fumes from factory and vehicular waste.[6] As such, most visitors to Coruscant chose to bring their own air supply to last the length of their stay.[4]

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

Coruscant was the birthplace of the human species, who eventually traveled, explored, and colonized the rest of the galaxy. Coruscant was one of the Republic's original Core World founders, and outmaneuvered its early rivals to become the economic and cultural engine of civilization as it expanded along newly chartered hyperspace routes. As these early hyperspace lanes became well-established trade routes, increasing numbers of alien species migrated towards Coruscant. Coruscant's effective status as center of the Republic led to it being awarded the coordinates 0-0-0 on all standard navigation charts. With the planet's near-galactic importance, many born on backwater worlds dreamed of arriving on the bustling planet to make it big, only to find themselves relegated to low-level positions and subjected to a life of crime and violence. Nonetheless, it was largely accepted that whoever controlled Coruscant—controlled the galaxy.[4]

The waning RepublicEdit

"I will not let this Republic that has stood for a thousand years be split in two. My negotiations will not fail."
"If they do, you must realize there aren't enough Jedi to protect the Republic. We are keepers of the peace, not soldiers."
―Palpatine and Mace Windu[src]
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The Federal District during the Republic's last years

Coruscant was the center of political and cultural life of the galaxy. In the ancient past, the Sith built a shrine on Coruscant. When the Jedi ousted them, they built their temple over it.[11] The Old Republic maintained Coruscant as its capital,[21] and so did its successor state, the Galactic Republic.[8] It was towards the end of the Republic's millennium of peace that Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, hampered by a bloated government and a corrupt Senate, was unable to respond to an invasion of the planet Naboo in 32 BBY. As a result, the resulting election saw Valorum removed from office and Palpatine gained the majority vote to become Supreme Chancellor.[24]

In 22 BBY, a crisis erupted when Count Dooku led several systems to break from the Republic and form into the Confederacy of Independent Systems with himself as its leader. Many commercial organizations pledged their droid military forces to the Confederacy, commonly called the Separatists. As the Jedi were too few to fight a galactic war, the Senate pushed for a vote to create the Grand Army of the Republic.[12]

A capital at warEdit

Blue Glass Arrow See also: Clone Wars
"The shroud of the dark side has fallen. Begun, the Clone War has."
―Yoda[src]

The Clone Wars became one of the most turbulent times in galactic history[8] and the first, full scale war in over a thousand years.[12] As the capital of the Republic, Coruscant, already a hotbed of political intrigue, became a target for both military and political reasons. Situations and events that were unthinkable centuries before became commonplace.[8] Even prior to the beginning of the war, changes could be seen in the Republic. The Senate, already corrupt and bloated found it difficult to respond, delegating emergency powers to Palpatine. The Chancellor himself brought changes such as implementing the use of his personal Red Guards instead of the Senate Guards.[12] As the Grand Army and the Republic Navy spread across the galaxy to defend the Republic, the Jedi, long taking the stand of being peacekeepers not soldiers, took charge of the military as commanders and generals. The dramatic changes were noted by both the Jedi and the Republic's citizens,[25] specifically on Coruscant.[26] Unknown to everyone except a select few, Coruscant was from where the entire war was continually manipulated by Palpatine. As Supreme Chancellor, he took overall charge of the Republic military and directed the war effort from his office in the Senate Office Building.[27] As Darth Sidious he directed Dooku's actions designed to continue the war and further his plans.[28]

During the Clone Wars, a large creature known as the Zillo Beast went on a rampage throughout Coruscant. The creature had been held at the Republic Science and Technical Center for research into enhanced clone armor, but had escaped captivity, and was ultimately eliminated.[17]

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Coruscant in flames during the blackout after the bombing.

Shortly after the Confederate–Republic peace initiative, Coruscant's central power distribution grid was bombed by planetside Separatist agents. Consequently, the Republic military enhancement bill to deregulate the banks allowing for more Republic troops was passed.[29]

Towards the end of the war, the opinion of the public, as represented by the citizens of Coruscant, began to turn against the Jedi. Protesters would gather in front of the Temple, blaming the Jedi for the military losses and the Jedi's loss of perspective as keepers of the peace. It was at that time that an explosion occurred at the Jedi Temple docking complex that killed six Jedi and several clone troopers and Temple employees. The investigation by crime scene analysis droid, Russo-ISC and Jedi Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, found that Letta Turmond, the wife of Temple employee Jackar Bowmani, had fed him volatile nano-droids which then exploded killing Bowmani and causing the bombing at the Temple. Turmond was arrested and held at the Republic military base.[30] When Tano went to visit her, Turmond was killed by a Force choke, making Tano seem to be the murderer. Though unknown to all, the true murderer was rogue Jedi Barriss Offee. After escaping custody, Tano would ultimately prove her innocence, but leave the Jedi Order.[31][32]

Rise of the EmpireEdit

"So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause."
―Padmé Amidala, to Bail Organa following the declaration of the Empire in the Senate — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Battle of Coruscant

Republic and Confederate forces fight over Coruscant

Throughout the Clone Wars, Palpatine had remained a popular leader, remaining in office at the will of the Senate for far longer than his term technically allowed.[33] Throughout this period, Palpatine continued to consolidate and centralize his own power.[34][35][36] By 19 BBY, the third and final year of the war, Coruscant's defenses were spread thin. The Separatists had been pushed back to the Outer Rim, and couldn't risk a direct strike at the heart of the Republic. Coruscanti citizens, used to having the war fought far from the capitol, were just as surprised as the Coruscant Home Defense Fleet when a Separatist assault force launched a surprise attack on the planet.[37] During the battle, Chancellor Palpatine was kidnapped and briefly held captive on the Separatist flagship, the Invisible Hand, before he was freed by Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi.[33]

Declaration

Palpatine declares the formation of the Empire

Following the battle over the capital, it was announced that Count Dooku, the leader of the Confederacy, had been killed. Shortly afterwards, the Outer Rim Sieges resulted in the death of Separatist commander General Grievous on Utapau. As part of his endgame, Chancellor Palpatine issued Order 66, forcing the clone forces of the Republic to turn against their Jedi masters by using hidden inhibitor chips installed in their brains since their beginnings on Kamino.[38] On Coruscant, the 501st Legion marched on the Jedi Temple, exterminating the Jedi. By demonstrating the threats close to home, with both the recent memory of the Battle of Coruscant,[37] and a "Jedi Rebellion" having occurred, Palpatine announced that in order to ensure safety and security, the Republic would be reorganized into the Galactic Empire, with himself as its Galactic Emperor.[33]

Imperial mightEdit

"Only some secrets are well kept on Coruscant."
―Rear Admiral Nils Tenant[src]
Imperial Temple

The Imperial Palace, formerly the Jedi Temple

After Palpatine's accession to powerl, changes came quickly to Coruscant, formally renamed as Imperial Center, and the Galactic City to Imperial City.[39] The Jedi Temple and its surrounding serene complex became the home of the new Emperor. While the spires of the Temple remained in place, the rest of the structure was heavily remodeled and expanded with sloping facades and block-shaped additions. The entire area was known as the Federal District with the Imperial Palace forming one point of the so called "supreme triangle". The other two points were the byzantine like COMPNOR arcology which contained the headquarters of the Imperial Security Bureau and the new Naval Intelligence Agency headquarters, a near-windowless complex which formerly housed the Republic's strategic center. The city-scape of Coruscant changed as well. Buildings were stripped of their elegant Republic dressings in favor of sleek lines and block-like surfaces, and many smaller buildings became engulfed into larger buildings. The changes in some areas were so quick that they were not recognizable to those who had seen them only a few years before.[11]

The Empire's policies against non-humans and its tightening control of the population caused unrest, especially among the alien populations of the underworld. As the Galactic Civil War took shape, the Empire began moving its Mon Calamari population on Coruscant. The aggressiveness of the forced relocations caused rioting to erupt in the Old Market Sector which was brutally put down by Imperial forces. After the destruction of the planet Alderaan by the Death Star, rumors of what occurred began reaching the Alderaanian population on Coruscant, most of whom lived on Level 3204. Vigils soon became heated and angry when it became known that the Empire had destroyed the planet. For several days, rioting continued until the combined efforts of the Coruscant Security Force and Imperial stormtroopers restored order by firing indiscriminately into the crowd. The crowds, frightened, dispersed. The following day, the Coruscant police arrested anyone caught out in the streets. The day after that, stormtroopers began going door to door stating that Rebel spies had recruited local residents, and that Alderaanians had to be taken in for questioning.[40]

Planetary civil warEdit

"It is a symbol of our indolence and torpidity. It is the moldering core of our overripe fruit and I wish to cut away such rot so as to preserve our sweet remains and of course the seeds within."
―Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax to Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, arguing against assisting Imperial forces on Coruscant and re-securing the throneworld.[src]
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Coruscant celebrates the defeat of the Empire

In 4 ABY, Rebel Alliance managed to defeat the Empire in the penultimate Battle of Endor. With both the Emperor and his apprentice dead, killed during the destruction of the Death Star II, the citizens of Coruscant rejoiced, pulling down statues of Palpatine, overwhelming the stormtroopers on the streets, and setting off chimes and fireworks.[41] Police forces on speeders quickly entered the plaza and opened fire on the crowds without warning, killing many who were present. Present Coruscanti erupted into full-scale rioting. Blaster fire and fighting soon erupted across the capital between Coruscanti and the Imperial security forces.[42]

In the ensuing months the New Republic was formed and re-established the Galactic Senate on Chandrila.[42] Meanwhile, Coruscant dissolved into a true state of civil war with some sectors entrenching themselves with Rebel resistance fighters, while other sectors actively fought against their neighbors and supported the Imperial forces. As the Empire fractured all over the galaxy, Grand Vizier Mas Amedda took control of Imperial forces on Coruscant. However, the Imperial Navy withdrew support from the throne world as Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax refused to allow Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, the figurehead of the Navy, to send reinforcements to the planet. Gallius Rax, leader of the Shadow Council that secretly guided the Empire in its final days, saw the planet as representing the "decay" that caused the Empire's downfall.[19]

In this vacuum, the Imperial Security Bureau was left to coordinate Coruscant's Imperial forces. Grand Vizier Mas Amedda remained the planet's administrator and de-facto head of the Empire, but held no real power. The ISB established a nominal blockade around the planet utilizing ISB spaceships and coordinated the efforts of present security forces and stormtroopers. The Verity and Federal District were heavily fortified with checkpoints and barricades. Coruscant skylanes were diverted, and ISB crafts flew on patrol. Smoke rose from damaged vehicles and buildings as a fierce guerrilla war consumed the entire planet. Amedda, in his despair and desperation, sought to turn himself over to New Republic Chancellor Mon Mothma and Princess Leia Organa. However they refused to take him prisoner instead insisting that he find a way to capitulate the Empire and sign a full surrender.[19]

Galactic ConcordanceEdit

"Mas Amedda has come out of hiding and wants to sign a cease-fire. He wants to end it. All of it."
―Mon Mothma relaying the news of the Imperial surrender of Coruscant[src]

By the time of the Battle of Jakku, Grand Vizier Mas Amedda was kept under house arrest by Rax at the Imperial Palace. There, he was forced to make propaganda broadcasts and was treated like a virtual captive. Later, he was rescued by members of a child resistance group known as the Anklebiter Brigade, who had initially come to assassinate him. Amedda managed to persuade the child resistance fighters to help him escape so that he could end the Galactic Civil War. After emerging from hiding, Amedda contacted Chancellor Mothma to surrender.[20] Following the signing of the Imperial Instruments of Surrender and the Galactic Concordance on Chandrila, the Empire surrendered to the New Republic[20] and ceded Coruscant over to the fledgling galactic government[22] with Mas Amedda being permitted to form a provisional government on Coruscant, with Republic observers to ensure that it remained powerless under a figurehead leader. Following the Imperial surrender, weeks of celebrations took place in the streets and rooftops of Coruscant as the population celebrated the end of Imperial rule.[20]

The New RepublicEdit

With the Galactic Civil War concluded, the New Republic sought to reshape galactic politics in an effort to prevent the abuses of the Old Republic and to bring in the disaffected worlds that had seceded from the Republic prior to the Clone Wars. It was decided by the Senate that all worlds would have an equal say in their government, in which member worlds such as Chandrila and Hosnian Prime would host the New Republic's capital on a rotating basis rather than Coruscant alone.[22] Coruscant joined as a member of the Republic. Twenty years after its establishment, it was represented by Senator Arbo, a member of the Centrist faction and notorious war hawk, and junior senator Orris Madmund.[43]

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Panoramic view of the planetary cityscape of Coruscant from the High Council Chamber.

InhabitantsEdit

"Buildings are just buildings. What really makes a city are the inhabitants that live in it."
―Clone trooper Waxer[src]

Although Coruscant was believed to be the homeworld of the human species,[18] the Coruscanti were as varied as the galaxy itself, especially as one journeyed below the surface of the skyscrapers and into the underworld.[44] Over a trillion beings resided on the planet,[1] and humans made up 68% percent of the population.[6] As the capital of the Republic and the Empire to follow, members of senators and delegates of every represented planet had a residence on Coruscant. From there they would spend their days either working in the Senate or hosting events such as parties and political meetings.[24][35] Additionally, the planet served as the home of large communities of various species, some who rarely returned to their original homeworld. Many of those communities of species that were not human resided in the lower levels of the city. With the formation of the Empire, even those humans whose home planet had fallen out of favor with the Imperial government, such as Alderaan, were forced into enclaves in the underworld.[45]

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Coruscant's wealthy and influential attend an opera.

On the surface levels of Coruscant, skyscrapers served as homes and businesses for the wealthy, powerful, and politically connected. They were ferried by private speeder or an air taxi from one tower to the next or to the various theaters, clubs, operas, and other entertainment areas of Coruscant.[12] Some journeyed to the surface street levels or Coruscant's surface parks to conduct clandestine meetings[13] or to mingle in the crowds of people that streamed through the walkways of the residential and commercial areas. Among the rich and powerful of the planet were the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic and members of the Galactic Senate.[12] The influential and wealthy of Coruscant thrived in lavish lifestyles, attending meetings and social gatherings in highrise apartments,[24][35] dining in fine restaurants overlooking the city,[46] partying in the entertainment districts,[12] and viewing large scale shows in theaters and operas.[33] Even as the Republic decayed, the Clone Wars raged on, and the average citizen became disenfranchised,[30] Coruscant's wealthy continued their lifestyle seemingly oblivious of the rest of the galaxy.[33]

On the streets of the city in the shadows of skyscrapers teemed the planet's blue collar working population.[47] Many lived in the various housing blocks of the surface structures in relative comfort though not nearly as extravagant as the planet's wealthy and powerful. Many worked on the upper and lower surface levels or enjoyed the entertainment and restaurants that were more catered to their financial abilities.[12][35][48] Below the housing blocks and surface levels was the population inhabiting the Coruscant underworld. A term used to describe both the thousands of levels underneath the surface, and, Coruscant's criminal population, the underworld was home to millions of the planet's population who were too poor to move upward or were hiding from the attentions of the authorities. The citizens who lived here rarely if ever during their lifetime saw the surface of the planet. Living between vast buildings and infrastructure that supported the surface, they carried on their lives at the mercy of the violence, decay, and constant threat of death.[44][45][49]

GovernmentEdit

"Enter the bureaucrats―the true rulers of the Republic."
―Palpatine[src]
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Coruscant was the seat of the Senate and the galactic government

Coruscant, as the center of the galaxy, thrived on the rule of government. It served as the capital of the Republic which kept the peace and prevented a major war in the galaxy for over a thousand years. Under the Republic, the Chancellor and the Senate had a direct influence on the planet's governance. Major events that occurred that affected the Republic, equally so affected Coruscant.[17][50][35][29][26] In its last years, the Republic's Senate became corrupt, bloated, and ultimately ineffectual though some continued to fight in the belief of its ability to govern.[24][12] With the formation of the Empire, the Senate transitioned into a limited role, providing council and legislation but ultimately at the power of the Emperor.[33] As Coruscant's government services were strained, the Imperial Senate moved to have each senator open citizen assistance offices that would supplement the work of the local government. While the goal was to primarily assist the members of each individual senator's homeworld living on Coruscant, the assistance offices were open to help all Coruscanti.[51] At the height of his power, Palpatine would disband the Senate altogether and gave what little power they had left to the regional governors.[52] At the end of the Galactic Civil War, the New Republic installed a provisional government over Coruscant led by the former Imperial Grand Vizier Mas Amedda.[20] However, the New Republic did not establish its government on Coruscant, choosing instead to rotate the capital among the various member worlds.[22] Under the New Republic, Coruscant was represented by a senator and junior senator.[43]

Coruscant was policed by the Coruscant Security Force which utilized police droids on the upper levels together with sentient officers and detectives,[53] and the burly underworld police who patrolled in the cutthroat environment of the lower levels.[44] The Coruscant Ministry of Ingress handled the flow of immigration to and from the planet[4] and the Galactic Republic Customs of Coruscant office monitored cargo transports.[54] The Senate had its own protectors, the Senate Guard. Serving under a long tradition, the Senate Guard was a reminder that though the Republic did not have a standing army, it was not defenseless.[55] As the Clone Wars erupted, the clone troopers of the Coruscant Guard worked as peacekeepers and military police, providing a constant reminder of the expanded power of the government, specifically Palpatine.[56] With the formation of the Empire, the Coruscant Guard and Imperial stormtroopers took over the functions of the Senate Guard,[55] with stormtroopers directly responsible for security on the planet, alongside the civilian Coruscant police.[45]

LocationsEdit

CoCo TownEdit

"I should think that you Jedi would have more respect for the difference between knowledge and wisdom."
―Dexter Jettster to Obi-Wan Kenobi inside Dex's Diner[src]
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The surface streets of CoCo Town

CoCo Town was a dilapidated industrial area of Coruscant. Home to mostly hard working laborers, CoCo Town was located on a surface area of the city.[9] The area however was as run down as other heavy industrial surface districts and contained relatively well maintained streets, speeder lanes, and a shuttle bus route.[12] On one of the main streets built on top of the urban blocks was a eatery called Dex's Diner. Owned and operated by Dexter Jettster, a Besalisk with a colorful background, it served mostly hard workers from the area. The diner offered home-style cooked meals and freshly brewed ardees. Jettster worked as the cook and employed two waitresses, Hermione Bagwa and a her service droid partner, WA-7.[9] It was shortly before the Clone Wars that Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi came to Dex's Diner to see if his old friend, Jettster, could identify a poisoned dart. Jettster was able to identify it as originating from the planet Kamino which he knew of from his days as a prospector.[12] During the civil war that erupted after the Emperor's death, CoCo Town became an epicenter of the fight between rebel and Imperial forces. The fighting saw the formation of the so-called Anklebiter Brigade, a group of youths familiar with the underground maintenance systems would use them to sneak behind Imperial lines and disrupt their abilities to fight.[42]

Grand Republic Medical FacilityEdit

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The Grand Republic Medical Facility

The Grand Republic Medical Facility was a tower built to serve as a treatment center for badly injured Republic soldiers. The building was heavily guarded and had defensive shields, an independent power supply and was armored to where it could withstand a siege. The facility provided treatment to patients from all over the galaxy and boasted the ability to utilize cutting edge techniques in surgery and biomechanical reconstruction. The heavy fortifications and benign front appealed to Palpatine and towards the end of the Clone Wars he began using the lower levels of the facility to store Sith artifacts and used it as a meditation area access to which was prevented by the Red Guards.[4] After Order 66 was prematurely activated in a few individual clone troopers,[57] the investigation brought Jedi Master Shaak Ti and Doctor Nala Se to the facility along with ARC Trooper Fives. Palpatine confronted Fives in the facility revealing his true nature. Fives fought back against the Red Guards and escaped the facility though he was eventually located and killed by the Coruscant Guard.[58] After this threat to Palpatine's plans, the Medical Facility was temporarily closed and Palpatine used the opportunity to move several larger secret Sith artifacts into the tower from a building in the Works. However the medical capabilites would remain operational and be used to build the life sustaining suit for Darth Vader after his fateful duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi. The Sith artifacts inside the buildling would add to fuel Vader's recovery and hate. [4]

Jedi Temple/Imperial PalaceEdit

"I can't believe a Jedi would attack a place this sacred."
―Ahsoka Tano[src]
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The Jedi Temple, later, the Imperial Palace

As the galactic capital, Coruscant was also home to the Jedi Order, guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy. An order of Force-sensitives, the Jedi Knights served the Republic for thousands of years as keepers of the peace. Their home was the Jedi Temple. Built on a plain of low lying urban blocks, the Jedi Temple was easily recognizable on the Coruscant cityscape with its distinctive five spires. Part school and part monastery, the Temple was the hub of all Jedi activity throughout the galaxy.[10] In one of the spires sat the Jedi Council, led by the Grand Master of the Order, which directed the actions of the Jedi and served as advisers to the Senate and Chancellor.[59] The Temple held a large lobby and chambers with statues of famous Jedi[12] and also contained numerous facilities including hanger bays for starships and speeders utilized by the Jedi,[33] sleeping and living quarters, rooms for meetings and instruction,[12] a medical facility,[60], prisoner cells,[30] and communications and security stations.[33] The Temple also held the famous Jedi Archives which stored the largest collection of information on the galaxy[12] as well as a vault containing the valuable holocrons containing the Order's Force knowledge and secrets.[28]

During the Clone Wars, the Jedi, serving as generals and commanders of the Grand Army, coordinated their efforts from the Temple. However, as the war began to conclude, the Jedi became more separated from the hierarchy of the military command and establishment.[30][44] When Palpatine was revealed as the Sith Lord the Jedi had been searching for, he ordered the execution of Order 66 and sent his new apprentice Darth Vader to the Jedi Temple. Entering with the 501st Legion, Vader and the clone troopers seized the Temple, killing all the Jedi and younglings inside and setting the monastery ablaze. Later, Masters Yoda and Kenobi infiltrated the Temple to discover what had occurred. It was there they reconfigured a distress signal transmitting from the Temple to any surviving Jedi asking them to return (into a Sith trap), and learned the truth of Skywalker's fall and Palpatine's identity as the Dark Lord of the Sith.[33] After the war, Palpatine turned the Temple into the Imperial Palace, using it as his new home. The Temple's spires remained intact though the rest of the Temple was heavily remodeled and expanded. The hallways were stripped of all statues and Republic-era ornaments. Where they had once been quiet and solemn, they became filled with busy government workers and functionaries. A large landing courtyard allowed for shuttles and starships to land. The entire Palace complex was watched over by the red-robed Imperial Royal Guard. The center spire was converted into the Emperor's throne room with a ten-meter tall podium in the center accessible by the Emperor from his residence via a private turbolift.[11] The structure remained standing on Coruscant throughout the Emperor's reign.[41]

Republic Center for Military OperationsEdit

"Can't say I blame you, Commander Tano, but all the same, you're under arrest."
"I—n-no. I did not do this."
―Commander Fox and Ahsoka Tano, after Letta Turmond was killed while Tano was in her cell[src]
Republic military base

The Republic's military base

Towards the end of the Clone Wars, the Republic constructed a large military base in close proximity to the staging areas. Outside of the complex was an airfield with Venator-class Star Destroyers, HAVw A6 Juggernauts, and other ships. A memorial was also located just outside of the main entrance to the base. The base was protected by shock troopers of the Coruscant Guard. Inside was a military prison. The cells had two options for entering. The first was sliding a keycard. The second was pressing a button on the outside of each cell. The cells had ray shielded doors to make sure prisoners did not escape. Inside the cells there was a bed and bowls for water and food. Another area in the prison was a medium circle room with a fairly large computer for scanning people before they entered the base, a crate for weapons and communication devices, and a red button to start the red alert sequence. In the last half of the war the prison held Whorm Loathsom, Poggle the Lesser, and Wat Tambor. It was also here that Ahsoka Tano escaped when she was suspected of killing Letta Turmond.[31] Additionally, inside of the compound there was a military tribunal courtroom of which the court decided on the fate of dangerous criminals. It was a tall room, with platforms extending into its center for the accused, prosecution, and defense. There was seating along its walls for the presiding official, jury, and other trial participants and onlookers.[32]

Senate BuildingEdit

"I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee!"
―Queen Amidala, to the Galactic Senate — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Galactic Senate

The Senate Building

The Senate Building was located within the heart of the dense Federal District. It was here that delegates would meet during sessions of congress to discuss legislation and galactic policy. The structure's recognizable dome was two kilometers in diameter and the rotunda's chamber could seat over a thousand senators.[4] Each senatorial delegation had their own hover platform which they could detach from the walls of the chamber. They could then float it throughout the cavernous hall to be recognized by the Senate chair or to debate the issue at hand. In the center of the Senate chamber was the Chancellor's podium. Seated in it would be the Supreme Chancellor and the Senate's Vice Chair who would lead sessions of congress.[24] The podium could be lowered to a office used by the Chancellor below the chamber. Directly adjacent to the Senate Building was the Senate Office Building. The executive building had docking bays that wrapped around the building, allowing Senators to land their private shuttles and walk inside. Within the building contained mostly offices and meeting rooms for members of the Senate but also held the offices used on a day-to-day basis by the Supreme Chancellor. During Palpatine's term, the Chancellor's office was decorated with red floors and walls as well as several statues. A lobby led to the Chancellor's public use office which contained a grand desk and large window that overlooked the cityscape. To the side, another hallway led to Palpatine's inner private office.[33]

The underworldEdit

"What about Coruscant? Is there unrest here?"
"You must be joking. Go down two thousand levels and you'll find all the unrest you could ever want. Go down four thousand and you might as well be in Wild Space."
―Captain Thrawn and Colonel Wullf Yularen[src]
CSF patrol underworld

The Coruscant underworld

Beneath the top level structures, streets and glistening lights of the city surface was Coruscant's underworld. It was accessible by huge portals that additionally served as ventilation shafts. The underworld was a massive city beneath a city with hundreds of levels built on top of each other. On each level, dwellings and smaller buildings were squeezed in between massive towers and infrastructure that serviced the upper levels. The streets and alleyways were narrow and large sections contained massive buildings and warehouses, largely abandoned. Sunlight never reached the lower levels which had to be lit by artificial light. The population was able to move them from one area to the other with the assistance of Coruscant trains that ran below and above the planet's surface. While airspeeders were used, they were a less common sight then on the surface levels. The underworld, containing a vast population of the poor and criminal, was a dark and violent place. Those who wanted to disappear to hide from the authorities or to conduct illegal transactions could blend in despite the presence of cam droids and other monitoring technology.[44] Patrolled by the underworld police division of the Coruscant Security Force, the underworld was where large populations of species not loyal to the Emperor were relocated to after the formation of the Empire. Uprisings and riots became common with stormtroopers frequently called in to assist the Coruscant cops in putting down any dissent with ruthless violence.[45]

Uscru DistrictEdit

Galaxies Opera House

The Galaxies Opera House overseeing the lower levels of the Uscru District

Coruscant's entertainment districts catered to everyone from the wealthy and powerful to the secretive and criminal. The upper sections of the Uscru District reached to upper levels of the city where the Galaxies Opera House was located. It was here that Chancellor Palpatine often would come to enjoy various performances. He also met Anakin Skywalker and told him the story of Darth Plagueis to subvert Skywalker's faith in the Jedi.[61] Further down in the lower levels of the Uscru Entertainment District was a variety of establishments, most notably the Outlander Club. The club was situated in a less developed area of the district and did not garner as much attention from the police, a fact that worked in the club's favor. Its labryinth of bars, gambling rooms and sleeping quarters allowed for a wide variety of visitors and entertainment. In the center was a large bar, usually crowded, that catered to all parts of Coruscant's society.[4] Jedi Knights Kenobi and Skywalker pursued bounty hunter Sam Wesell into the Uscru District after her attempted assassination of Senator Amidala. The pursuit ended in the Outlander Club where the Jedi were able to located the assasin. However, Wesell was killed by bounty hunter Jango Fett in an alley outside the club before the Jedi could finish questioning her.[12]

The WorksEdit

"Where am I? I don't understand. Tell me you must!"
"The industrial sector on Coruscant."
"What is happening here?"
"A rogue shuttle slipped through the security grid. We suspect Dooku was aboard."
―Yoda and Anakin Skywalker, in a vision to the former[src]
Theworks view

The Works

A large sector and industrial area, the Works was once a great manufacturing district, recognized as a major source of production for spacecraft parts, construction droids, and building materials. However, centuries prior to the Clone Wars, increasingly high cost on Coruscant prompted most manufacturers to shift their operations to off-planet facilities. Afterwards, the Works mainly consisted of long-abandoned buildings and empty warehouses, many of which were appropriated by criminals, which large areas rendered entirely uninhabitable by toxic waste. Due to this, a derelict hanger in the neglected industrial zone was the site of clandestine meetings between Darth Sidious and Darth Tyranus during the Clone Wars.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

In early drafts of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, the Imperial capital planet was set to appear under the name Had Abbadon. During the development of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, George Lucas officially adopted the name Coruscant for the planet, a name that was created by Timothy Zahn for his June 1991 novel Heir to the Empire. The planet first appeared in the 1997 Special Edition of Return of the Jedi, showing scenes on Coruscant of a jubilant population celebrating the demise of the Emperor, with its name first mentioned in The Phantom Menace. The prequel trilogy and the Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and television series showed Coruscant as a major center of activity and action within their stories. In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story the planet is briefly revisited via the dreams of Jyn Erso, featuring her childhood on Coruscant with her father Galen Erso and Orson Krennic.

While the word "coruscant" (meaning "glittering" or "sparkling") is usually pronounced in English as /kəˈɹʌskənt/ (with with a hard 'c' and with the stress on the second syllable), in the Star Wars canon, the pronunciation /'kɔɹəsɑnt/ is used instead, with the second "c" being silent, and with stress on the first syllable.

AppearancesEdit

Non-canon appearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  3. Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  4. 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 Star Wars: Complete Location
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 6.12 6.13 6.14 6.15 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  7. Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Flight Log states that atmospheres habitable to oxygen-breathers, such as humans, are known as "Type 1" atmospheres. Multiple sources, including Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, show that Coruscant's atmosphere is breathable to humans, thus the planet has a Type 1 atmosphere.
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 StarWars-DatabankII Coruscant in the Databank
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 StarWars-DatabankII Dex's Diner in the Databank
  10. 10.0 10.1 StarWars-DatabankII Jedi Temple in the Databank
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 Tarkin
  12. 12.00 12.01 12.02 12.03 12.04 12.05 12.06 12.07 12.08 12.09 12.10 12.11 12.12 12.13 12.14 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  13. 13.0 13.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duchess of Mandalore"
  14. Lost Stars
  15. Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel
  16. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis"
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Zillo Beast Strikes Back"
  18. 18.0 18.1 Star Wars: Uprising
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Aftermath: Life Debt
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Aftermath: Empire's End
  21. 21.0 21.1 According to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary, Coruscant had been the capital of galactic politics for millennia. However, it is stated in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones that the Galactic Republic, whose capital was Coruscant, was only founded about 1,000 years before the Clone Wars. This implies that Coruscant was also the capital of the Galactic Republic's predecessor state, which the televised episode "The Mandalore Plot" referred to as the Old Republic.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  23. SWCustom-2011 Rebels Recon: Inside "The Future of the Force" on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  25. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Defenders of Peace"
  26. 26.0 26.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sabotage"
  27. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dooku Captured"
  28. 28.0 28.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Holocron Heist"
  29. 29.0 29.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Heroes on Both Sides"
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sabotage"
  31. 31.0 31.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much"
  32. 32.0 32.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Wrong Jedi"
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 33.5 33.6 33.7 33.8 33.9 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  34. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Heroes on Both Sides"
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Pursuit of Peace"
  36. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Citadel Rescue"
  37. 37.0 37.1 Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  38. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Conspiracy"
  39. The Rebellion Begins
  40. One Thousand Levels Down
  41. 41.0 41.1 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Aftermath
  43. 43.0 43.1 Bloodline
  44. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named TCWCatchJedi
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 SWInsider "One Thousand Levels Down"—Star Wars Insider 151
  46. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Spy"
  47. StarWars-DatabankII Dex's Diner in the Databank
  48. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film)
  49. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lethal Trackdown"
  50. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named lightsaberlost
  51. Thrawn"
  52. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  53. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Senate_Murders
  54. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Lethal Trackdown"
  55. 55.0 55.1 StarWars-DatabankII Senate Guard in the Databank
  56. StarWars-DatabankII Coruscant Guard in the Databank
  57. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Unknown"
  58. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Orders
  59. StarWars-DatabankII Yoda in the Databank
  60. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Deception"
  61. StarWars-DatabankII Galaxies Opera House in the Databank

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