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"So you're part of the Mining Guild, then?"
"No, not actually. Our operation is small enough not to be noticed, which is advantageous for everybody since our customers are anxious to avoid attracting attention to themselves."
Leia Organa and Lando Calrissian, regarding Cloud City[src]

The Mining Guild was a network of miners operating in concert with the Galactic Empire, that harvested natural resources throughout the galaxy.

HistoryEdit

In 3 BBY,[8] the Guild notably ran an Asteroid Belt Gas Refinery located on a small planetoid, where they extracted Clouzon-36 gas. However, that facility was discovered by the Spectres, a crew of anti-Empire freedom fighters, who stole its fuel for the rebellion and destroyed the complex.[9] Despite the loss of that Clouzon-36 refinery, the Mining Guild remained powerful.[7]

The Mining Guild regularly patrolled the Sereeda Waypoint, a hyperspace waypoint located in their claims territory.[5] In 2 BBY,[10] the Spectres once again clashed with the Guild, this time in the Sereeda, as they had to momentarily come out of hyperspace there and recalculate their jump. The Guild deployed two TIEs and demanded the rebels pay the hyperspace toll, however the Spectres destroyed the fighters and jumped back into hyperspace.[5]

After being rejected by the Bounty Hunters' Guild and the Grand Hutt Council, General Davits Draven of the Alliance wrote to Senator Mon Mothma about being potential allies with the Mining Guild, claiming, that while the Mining Guild operated under the Empire, it was more of a convenient relationship, not an ideological one. At the time of the later, the Alliance was investigating Mining Guild operations on Ord Mantell, Raxus Prime, The Wheel, Vergesso, the Ring of Kafrene, Smuggler's Run, Takodana and Nar Shaddaa.[3]

Cloud City, a tibanna gas mining operation in the atmosphere of the planet Bespin, was able to keep its activities small enough to avoid the notice of the Mining Guild.[11]

By the rise of the First Order and the creation of the Resistance, the Mining Guild was still active, and, according to the Resistance, was not what it once was. Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo believed that this allowed the stronger possibility that the Mining Guild would accept a partnership with the Resistance.[3]

EquipmentEdit

Mining Guild TIEs

TIE/mg Mining Guild starfighters

Thanks to its association with the Empire, the Guild was allowed to use a special variant of the Imperial TIE fighter modified with a yellow color scheme and 2 notches out of the wings.[12] For more security purposes, the Mining Guild also used yellow Zygerrian slave ships[5] and X4 Gunships[3]. On Lothal in 1 BBY, the Mining Guild utilized ore crawlers for the scouring of the terrain for raw materials,[4] as well as Mining Guild excavation drillers for large scale operations.[13] For security on the crawlers, yellow IG-RM droids with weak audio receptors were used.[14]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. StarWars-DatabankII Asteroid Belt Gas Refinery in the Databank (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 A New Dawn
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Crawler Commandeers"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow
  6. Princess Leia, Part III
  7. 7.0 7.1 StarWars-DatabankII Mining Guild in the Databank (backup link)
  8. The events at the Asteroid Belt Gas Refinery take place in "The Call" which is after "A Princess on Lothal," which is the first known episode to take place in the third year before the Battle of Yavin. As such, we can deduce that this event takes place in the third year before the Battle of Yavin. For more information, see Wookieepedia's Timeline of Star Wars Rebels Events.
  9. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "The Call"
  10. The events at the Sereeda Waypoint take place in Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow, which is the first known episode to take place in the second year before the Battle of Yavin. As such, we can deduce that this event takes place in the second year before the Battle of Yavin. For more information, see Wookieepedia's Timeline of Star Wars Rebels Events.
  11. Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  12. StarWars-DatabankII Mining Guild TIE fighter in the Databank (backup link)
  13. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "A World Between Worlds"
  14. StarWars-DatabankII Mining Guild Security Droid in the Databank (backup link)
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