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- "Long ago the Rakata ruled all the known galaxy; all species bowed down to us."
- ―Keeper Orsaa
The Infinite Empire, the first known major galactic government, was founded and ruled by the Rakata, a scientifically advanced species that used their knowledge to conquer and enslave other species throughout the known galaxy, from Humans to Sand People.
The Empire was one of the predecessor governments to the Galactic Republic.
The Rakata rose to new heights from their homeworld of Lehon, when they successfully combined the power of the Force with advanced technology, creating wondrous effects that seemed, to them, to border on the mystical. Using the energies of Force-sensitives individuals placed into machines, they used their technology to explore space. However, when they found civilizations less advanced than themselves, they conquered and enslaved them rather than benevolently aid their advancement, thus turning to the dark side. It all started when the benevolent and advanced Kwa came across Lehon and discovered the Rakata, who while fairly primitive were strong in the Force. The Kwa, as they previously did with numerous other species, decided to teach the Rakata about the Force and share their technological knowledge. Unfortunately, the Kwa underestimated the Rakata's savage and aggressive nature, the result being that the Rakata soon abused the knowledge and technology that they were given to conquer and subjugate many species. The Infinite Empire, officially established in 35,000 BBY, dominated pockets of the galaxy for 9,800 years and enslaved numerous developing species including the Dantaris, Duros, Humans, Hutts, Kumumgah, Selkath, Sith, Wookiees and Zhells. At its height, it consisted of more than 500 enslaved-subject worlds with a population of ten billion Rakata and one trillion slaves. At the empire's height in 30,000 BBY, the Rakata had completed the construction of the Star Forge, which was above their homeworld's star of Abo.
The Force-based technology of the Rakata had profound consequences which led to the total collapse of the Infinite Empire. The Star Forge began feeding off its Rakatan masters' aggressive tendencies and created dark side energies that further corrupted its creators. After generations of galactic supremacy and control, the Infinite Empire began to fracture. Huge slave revolts erupted throughout the borders of the Empire along with various factions vying for control. This led to a civil war throughout Rakatan controlled space. Already weakened by warfare, the Rakata were suddenly struck by a deadly plague in 25,200 BBY (possibly created by one of the slave species) that spread rapidly through their ranks due to their self-crafted genetic uniformity. The virulent disease nearly exterminated the Rakata and brought the Infinite Empire to its knees, but the worst was yet to come.
A mutation in the disease caused the Rakata to lose their connection and power in the Force. As the Force adepts were culled from the overall population, the Rakata lost their ability to manipulate their own advanced technology. The Rakatans were forced to adapt to using inferior technology. With their slave masters thus weakened, the populace of many enslaved worlds rebelled. The Infinite Empire began to collapse as member worlds such as Korriban began to expel their Rakatan masters. The all-but-destroyed Rakata could do nothing but abandon their conquests and retreat to the safety of their homeworld Lehon.
Various factions on the Rakatan homeworld vied for dominance over what was left of the Empire and so began a devastating civil war that destroyed all the cities and transformed the surface of the planet into chains of islands. The war almost led to the extinction of the Rakatan species and drove most of the surviving Rakata underground where they devolved into primitive tribal groups. Only a faction known as The Elders, who were descended from the priest caste of the Infinite Empire, recalled the true history and subsequent fall of their people. In the following centuries, the defunct Infinite Empire was erased from the records of its former labor forces. It was lost from the pages of galactic history until its rediscovery during the Jedi Civil War, a few thousand years after the Rakatas' alleged extinction.
The Empire produced technological innovations such as terraforming machinery, semi-sentient Star Maps and computers, and the transmogrifying Star Forge (built in 30,000 BBY). Among its many crimes were those of aggressive war, slavery on a massive scale, and the casual obliteration of member worlds such as Tatooine.
As they needed a lot of Force-sensitive beings for fueling their starships and pursue their conquest of the galaxy, the Rakata became a well known practitioners of slavery which was not only built on it but also dependent on it. They also used a lot of their slaves as a labor force to build their greatest achievements, as for the Star Forge, a massive shipyard that used the energy from stars to fuel itself. Some of the races they used included Niktos, Duros, Hutts, Humans, Selkath and many more. Eventually, slavery toppled their empire when their subjects banded together in massive revolts.
The slaves were stripped of their identities and a letter of the aurebesh alphabet was assigned to each of them, and then tattooed in various places of their bodies in case they were dismembered. Slaves who displeased the Rakata were often eaten by their masters, who were cannibals.
In addition, when a slave particularly strong in the Force was discovered by a Rakatan Predor, the latter could train him as a Force Hound. Thoses slaves were powerful Dark Side users, trained for the purpose of discovering planets highly attuned to the Force and their inhabitants for their masters.
Due to the limitations of the Rakatan hyperdrive technology, the Infinite Empire consisted of only 500 worlds, but they were scattered far and wide over the entire length of the Known Galaxy. All the below mentioned planets have either a large and lush ecosystem (such as kashyyyk or Honoghr) or a connection to the Force, (Korriban, Dantooine, Dathomir) since the Rakatan hyperdrive was only able to hone in on planets with these features.
Known member worldsEdit
- Borgo Prime
- Lehon (capital)
- Mon Gazza
- Pho Ph'eah
- Raxus Prime
- Rhen Var
- Seoul 5
- Tandun III
- Dantari (possibly)
- Pho Ph'eahian
- Qom Jha and Qom Qae
- Drall (species)
- Zhells (possibly)
Behind the scenesEdit
In Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic it is made explicit by the guardian droid of Dantooine the main language of humans, Galactic Basic, wasn't spoken, and neither did Humans number among the slave species. However, Humans are still found in other points to be Rakatan slaves. Also, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, the Clan Ordo flag symbol on Dxun curiously resembles that of the Infinite Empire and the Star Forge.
- Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm (First appearance)
- Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi 6: The Prisoner of Bogan, Part 1
- Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi 7: The Prisoner of Bogan, Part 2
- Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (First mentioned)
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Old Republic (Mentioned only)
- Darth Bane: Path of Destruction (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Darth Plagueis (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Wrath of Darth Maul (Indirect mention only)
- Winner Lose All (Mentioned only)
- Riptide (Mentioned only)
- Apocalypse (Indirect mention only)
- The New Essential Chronology
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
- Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide
- The Essential Atlas
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 26
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 35
- The Unknown Regions
- The Journal of Master Gnost-Dural
- Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi 0
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 138
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Star Wars Annual 2008
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 2.40 2.41 The Essential Atlas
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Star Wars: The Old Republic
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 The New Essential Chronology
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Star Wars: Republic 68: Armor
- ↑ Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi 6: The Prisoner of Bogan, Part 1
- ↑ Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi 1: Force Storm, Part 1