"Operation: Cinder is to begin at once."
―Palpatine's order to Captain Duvat[src]

Operation: Cinder was a contingency plan issued posthumously by Emperor Sheev Palpatine following the Galactic Empire's defeat at the Battle of Endor. It called for the scouring of Palpatine's homeworld, Naboo, with the use of a climate disruption array, as well as attacks against at least a dozen other worlds, including Burnin Konn, Candovant, Abednedo, and Commenor.


"Palpatine's greatest weapon was terror. He reveled in the knowledge of Naboo's fear. That he could and would destroy all of this beauty the moment it suited him...just as he did Alderaan."
―Leia Organa[src]

About 84 years before the Battle of Yavin,[11] Sheev Palpatine, the man who would become the Sith Lord known as Darth Sidious, was born on the Mid Rim[12] planet Naboo. Palpatine served as a senator for Naboo and took the title of Supreme Chancellor in the Galactic Senate following Naboo's invasion.[13] In 19 BBY,[14] the Galactic Republic reformed into the Galactic Empire, christening Palpatine with the title of Galactic Emperor.[15]

The formation of the Empire sparked the start of the Galactic Civil War, a conflict fought between the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic. The Empire ruled through fear, constructing the Death Star, a massive planet-destroying superweapon.[16] When the Death Star was destroyed in the Battle of Yavin, the Empire began the construction of a second Death Star.[17] In 4 ABY,[14] the Battle of Endor was fought, and the Death Star II was destroyed with Palpatine aboard.[18] Imperial officials stated that the Emperor was still alive and that claims saying otherwise were treasonous propaganda.[1]

The operationEdit

Scouring of NabooEdit

"By order of the Emperor...Naboo is to be scoured..."
―Captain Lerr Duvat, to Lieutenant Gulin[src]

Naboo's surface is ravaged by storms.

In the days following the Battle of Endor, Lerr Duvat, captain of the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer[3] Torment, was approached by a messenger droid with an order from the late Emperor to begin Operation: Cinder. Duvat complied, and some 20 days after the Battle of Endor, he relocated his vessel to Naboo and placed satellites in orbit around the planet to form a climate disruption array. The array was then used to create hurricanes, and by the time it had reached twenty percent efficiency, three class-five hurricanes (with another dozen forming) had been made.[1]

On the surface of Naboo, the storms caused a planet-wide blackout, and all orbital sensors were jammed by the Torment. Leia Organa and Shara Bey, on behalf of the Rebel Alliance and New Republic, were present in the Theed Royal Palace discussing an alliance with Queen Sosha Soruna, and the blackout interrupted their negotiations.[1] As the storms worsened, Naboo was subjected to flooding, fires, and lightning strikes, leading to Theed's evacuation under the direction of Captain Korro.[3]

During Theed's evacuation, Organa, Bey, and Queen Soruna used N-1 starfighters left from the Battle of Naboo[3] in 32 BBY.[14] Flying into the planet's orbit, Soruna targeted the satellites while Organa and Bey engaged waves of TIE/ln space superiority starfighters. General Lando Calrissian of the New Republic soon arrived with an MC80 star cruiser and several starfighters; the New Republic Starfleet quickly destroyed all remaining Imperial forces.[3]

Continued warEdit

"Your efforts in combating Operation: Cinder have been instrumental in saving countless innocent lives. That said, as much as Admiral Ackbar and I wish we could tell you the end is at hand...we see no respite from hostilities at this time..."
―General Crix Madine, to New Republic soldiers[src]

In the three months following the Battle of Endor, Imperial remnants continued their attacks, targeting dozens of worlds throughout the galaxy, including Burnin Konn, Candovant, Abednedo, and Commenor.[4]


Within a year of Operation: Cinder, Naboo was under the protection of the recently-formed New Republic.[5] In the weeks leading into the Battle of Endor's one-year anniversary, Corona Squadron defended the planet from Imperial forces on at least three occasions during the Naboo Sieges.[19]

Behind the scenesEdit

Operation: Cinder first appeared in the canon comic Shattered Empire, Part II of Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The comic, published in 2015, was written by Greg Rucka and penciled by Marco Checchetto.[1]



Notes and referencesEdit

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Battles of the Galactic Civil War
0 BBY Scarif · Tatooine (I) · Death Star · Yavin
0 ABY Taanab · Alderaan survivors · Giju · Llanic · Denon · Pasher
Devaron · Cymoon 1 · Tatooine (II) · Monsua Nebula · Nar Shaddaa
Vrogas Vas · Coruscant (I) · Sunspot Prison · Ghost Moon
Harbinger · Tureen VII · Skorii-Lei (II)
1 ABY Mid Rim Retreat (Haidoral Prime · Coyerti · Chonsetta system
Redhurne system)
3 ABY Rebel flotillla · Hoth (I) · Cloud City (I) · Cloud City (II) · Operation Ringbreaker (Mardona III · Obumubo · Najan-Rovi · Nakaia · Naator
Xagobah · Kuliquo belt) · Inyusu Tor · Operation Yellow Moon
4 ABY Hudalla system · Tatooine (III) · Endor (I) · Coruscant (II) · Coruscant (III) · Endor (II) · Cawa City · Operation: Cinder (Fondor · Naboo) · Tayron
Iron Blockade (Anoat (I) · The Crypt · Mataou · Hoth (II) · Anoat (II))
Malastare · Akiva (I) · Naalol · Geonosis · Uyter · Sevarcos · Akiva (II) · Bespin
5 ABY Vetine · Hyborean Moon · Vorlag · Wild Space · Nag Ubdur (Govneh Ridge · Binjai-Tin) · Arkanis · Kuat · Kashyyyk · Chandrila
Naboo Sieges · Jakku
Related topics and articles
Dragon Void Run · Galactic Empire · Hutt Clan · Jedi · The rebellion · Ivarujar · Zeitooine
Rebel Alliance · Sith · New Republic · Death Star · Death Star II
Imperial Senate · The Disaster · Royal Award Ceremony · Funeral of Anakin Skywalker · Liberation Day · Contingency · Imperial-Republic peace talks · Taris · Nakadia · Galactic Concordance

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