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Oku
Biological classification
Designation

Barely sentient[1]

Classification

Alien[2]

Physical characteristics
Hair color

White[2]

Sociocultural characteristics
Homeworld

Tokmia[1]

The Oku were a white-furred species of primitive alien sentients native to the frigid, mineral-rich planet Tokmia in the Outer Rim Territories. The Figg Excavations mining company exhausted Tokmia's mines and eventually abandoned the planet, leaving behind a cargo cult among the natives. Remembering the handouts that Figg employees gave them during each mining operation, the Oku lit huge fires to serve as landing lights in the hope that the off-worlders would one day return.

Biology and appearanceEdit

The Oku were a species of white-furred,[2] barely-sentient[1] aliens.[2] They survived among the vast, frozen flatlands of their homeworld of Tokmia, a tundra planet[1] with 90 percent standard gravity and a Type I atmosphere.[2]

Society and cultureEdit

The Oku were primitive in relation to spacefaring technology and governed themselves in tribal councils. A population of 400,000 Oku lived on Tokmia by the time of the New Republic.[2]

HistoryEdit

The Oku evolved on the frozen terrestrial planet Tokmia,[1] located in the remote Anoat sector of the Outer Rim Territories.[2] Tokmia boasted plentiful crystal and ore deposits, which once attracted the interest of the Figg Excavations mining company. Figg Excavations earned a fortune from Tokmia's mineral bounty, and Figg employees left handouts for the Oku natives with each operation. When the mines ran dry, however, Figg Excavations pulled out and abandoned the planet.[1] The Oku developed a bizarre cargo cult in response,[2] in which they burned huge fires[1] in patterns reminiscent of landing lights and prophesied that the magical starships of their benevolent off-world visitors would return.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

The 2004 Wizards of the Coast online roleplaying supplement Galactic Gazetteer: Hoth and the Greater Javin first mentioned the Oku among its description of the planet Tokmia.[2] The Oku received subsequent source mentions in the 2008 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia[1] and the 2009 The Essential Atlas.[3]

The Oku cargo cult closely resembles the real-world anthropological phenomenon of cargo cults, particularly those that developed among some indigenous Pacific Island cultures in the aftermath of World War II. Melanesians, for example, benefited from the vast amounts of war matériel that both American and Japanese forces introduced to their culture. Once the war ended, some Melanesians lit signal fires, among other acts designed to mimic soldiers, believing they could compel the return of the foreigners' material goods.[4][5]

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 252 ("Tokmia")
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 WizardsoftheCoast Galactic Gazetteer: Hoth and the Greater Javin on Wizards.com (original article link, backup links on Archive.org)
  3. The Essential Atlas
  4. Worsley, Peter M. (2009-04-24). 50 Years Ago: Cargo Cults of Melanesia: Scientific American. Scientific American. Scientific American, Inc. Retrieved on August 24, 2013.
  5. Seagan, Danyel (2013). .:. Cargo Cults .:. ASTRAL TRAVELER .:.. Astral Traveler. astraltraveler.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved on August 24, 2013.
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