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Ione was a thriving spaceport world lying along the Corellian Trade Spine in the Greater Javin region of the Outer Rim Territories. Originally settled by the Galactic Republic centuries before the Galactic Civil War, Ione occupied a critical intersection on the Trade Spine that made it the sole hyperspace entry point to the region's four Mining Worlds. The Figg Excavations mining company used Ione as its staging point for operations throughout the surrounding area. Years later, Imperial Star Destroyers from Darth Vader's personal Death Squadron likewise used the Ione system as their staging point for launching reconnaissance probe droids to neighboring planets in search of the secret Rebel Alliance base.
The planet Ione was the namesake of the Ione system, located in the Anoat sector of the Greater Javin, a remote region of the Outer Rim Territories. A thriving spaceport world, Ione lay at the heart of the sprawling Ivax Nebula and sat at a strategic intersection point along the Corellian Trade Spine hyperlane. Ione's position made it the sole link between the Trade Spine and the four Greater Javin planets known collectively as the Mining Worlds: Burnin Konn, Allyuen, Tokmia, and Isis.
Ione featured a primarily terrestrial surface of urban development, seas, and plateaus, and the planet offered a temperate climate. A day on Ione lasted twenty-three standard hours, and a year 390 local days. The planet had standard gravity and a Type I atmosphere breathable for Humans.
Republic settlement and FiggEx mining headquartersEdit
A thousand years before the onset of the Galactic Civil War, the planet Ione lay in a largely uncharted region of space beyond the Mid Rim, which was considered then to be a part of Wild Space. Only scouts and the most daring traders traversed this imperfectly surveyed frontier region of the galaxy. Efforts by hyperspace explorers to chart the region surrounding Ione were long hampered by the dominating presence of the giant Twin Nebulae gas clouds, which proved a great impediment to navigation.
Eventually, following a brief, one-sided war between the Galactic Republic and the region's native Mugaari, the Republic was free to colonize the area, and a host of planets running Rimward along the Corellian Trade Spine, including Ione, were settled. Republic traders, staging from these newly settled planets, then continued to search for a hyperspace shortcut through the Twin Nebulae, although it would be centuries before the entrepreneur Ecclessis Figg succeeded in finding a route. Figg's success turned Ione's region into an economic powerhouse.
As the Figg conglomerate established its economic stranglehold on the Greater Javin, Figg Excavations, the mining subsidiary of Figg's Outer Javin Company, began using Ione as its entry point for operations throughout the Ivax Nebula, including the four systems known as the Mining Worlds branching off from Ione. Figg Excavations, a less-than-loyal member of the Mining Guild, represented the public face of the Figg conglomerate in the area around Ione.
Galactic Civil WarEdit
During the Galactic Civil War, a once-secret hyperroute connected Ione with the one-time Rebel Alliance safe world Isis. In 3 ABY, the Ione system served as the staging point for the Imperial Star Destroyers Avenger and Stalker, temporarily detached from the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader's Death Squadron, as they launched reconnaissance probe droids to the surrounding planets Allyuen, Tokmia, and Hoth in search of the secret Rebel headquarters. Ultimately, the probot dispatched to Hoth led to the Imperial discovery of the Rebels' Echo Base and the subsequent Battle of Hoth.
Ione boasted a mixed-species population of one billion inhabitants. The population was evenly distributed among Humans, Lutrillians, Nothoiins, and Ugnaughts. Ione's populace was governed by a corporate entity.
Behind the scenesEdit
Ione was created for Galactic Gazetteer: Hoth and the Greater Javin, a 2004 Wizards of the Coast online Star Wars Roleplaying Game supplement. The Essential Atlas, published in 2009, established the Ione system as the setting for the opening scene of the film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, in which an Imperial Star Destroyer launches the probe droid that discovers the Rebel base on Hoth.
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 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 1.27 1.28 1.29 1.30 1.31 1.32 1.33 1.34 1.35 1.36 1.37 1.38
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 The Essential Atlas
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 112 ("Ione")
- ↑ The New Essential Chronology dates the events of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back to 3 ABY. This includes the film's opening scene, which takes place in the Ione system, according to The Essential Atlas.