- "You don't survive in the Outer Rim by being stupid!"
- ―Hondo Ohnaka
The Outer Rim Territories, also known as the Outer Rim or Outer Systems was a sparsely populated region of the galaxy located outside the Mid Rim before Wild Space and the Unknown Regions. The largest region in the galaxy, it was home to diverse worlds and rugged, primitive frontier planets. Many planets in the outer rim were less abundant with plant life, making many of them grassland, desert, or mountainous planets.
- "How did you end up here in the Outer Rim?"
- ―Anakin Skywalker
Days of the Old RepublicEdit
With the formation of the Old Republic and the bustling Core planet of Coruscant being homeworld to the pioneering human species, galactic expansion would occur along trailblazing new hyperspace routes emanating outwards from the Core Worlds, with colonists heading towards the Outer Rim in search of opportunities and a better life. Navigational beacons set up by Republic survey teams such as in the Tertiary Usaita system would aid travelers heading towards the galactic periphery.
Eventually, tensions would arise between the Republic and its Jedi allies over the warrior culture of of the Outer Rim world of Mandalore, leading to a destructive conflict that would ultimately see the theft of the darksaber from the Jedi Temple. While the Sith following their birth in the Hundred-Year Darkness would eventually collapse from continual infighting, resulting in Darth Bane to enact the Rule of Two, while he and other Sith Lords would be buried in the Valley of the Dark Lords on Moraband.
- "The Republic doesn't exist out here…we must survive on our own."
- ―Shmi Skywalker Lars
With the collapse of the Old Republic roughly a thousand years before the Clone Wars, its successor state known as the Galactic Republic would remain one of the dominant galactic powers of the millennium, with trade and galactic commerce booming between the Core and Outer Rim Territories. Republic Judicial Forces and the Jedi Order would enforce order throughout the galaxy, preventing a major galactic war for centuries.
Several years before the Clone Wars, those in the Outer Rim eventually came to believe themselves victims of economic and social injustices, as Judicials were often withheld in intervening in Outer Rim affairs after many far-flung worlds refused to provide the Core with profitable deals. Harassed by numerous pirates and lacking protection from a federal military, the Outer Rim world of Eriadu formed the Outland Regions Security Force for the protection of the Seswenna sector. Funded by off-world loans and composed of an amalgam of ships, it received weapons from arms merchants who had for centuries been ignoring a Republic ban on the sale of weapons to member worlds. Initially lacking major success, it came to the forefront after Wilhuff Tarkin joined its anti-piracy task force, in which he was able to significantly reduce pirate raids throughout neighboring systems.
With the monolithic Trade Federation slowly encroaching on the Outer Rim and the precised weakness of Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum, who was already embroiled in numerous scandals and unable to bring the growing corruption in the Galactic Senate under control, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin of Eraidu turned away Valorum from investigating a trade summit in an effort to weaken his authority. Ending in a disaster, the summit would hasten the Trade Federation's Invasion of Naboo over the recently proposed the taxation of the Free Trade Zones and disputes over plasma exports.
With increasing dissatisfaction over years of neglect from the Core Worlds, dashing political idealist Count Dooku managed to ferment political turmoil on worlds such as Kashyyyk, Sullust and Onderon, eventually voicing his opinion after hijacking a HoloNet station in the Raxus system, forming the Secessionist Movement which would see thousands of worlds leave the Galactic Republic and join the growing Confederacy of Independent Systems.
After the Battle of Geonosis, the deadly three year Clone Wars would engulf the galaxy and result in billions dead on both sides of the conflict. The Galactic Republic would be forced to raise the Grand Army of the Republic to combat the Separatist threat, with the war finally ending following the Outer Rim Sieges and the death of the Separatist Council on Mustafar. Meanwhile, Chancellor Palpatine would transform the Republic into the First Galactic Empire, wiping away the thousand year old democracy and the Jedi Order in an instant.
Age of the EmpireEdit
- "The factor that contributed most to the demise of the Republic was not, in fact, the war, but rampant self-interest. Endemic to the political process our ancestors engineered, the insidious pursuit of self-enrichment grew only more pervasive through the long centuries, and in the end left the body politic feckless and corrupt. Consider the self-interest of the Core Worlds, unwavering in their exploitation of the Outer Systems for resources; the Outer Systems themselves, undermined by their permissive disregard of smuggling and slavery; those ambitious members of the Senate who sought only status and opportunity."
- ―Wilhuff Tarkin, regarding the fall of the Galactic Republic and rise of the First Galactic Empire
The budding Galactic Empire would see increasing attempts of control of the Outer Rim. Believing control of the galaxy's outer systems would stabilize and secure the galactic center, Galactic Emperor Palpatine would oversee the continual military buildup of the Imperial military and ruthlessly quash dissent and remaining Separatist holdouts across the Outer Rim. Worlds such as Jelucan and Lothal would see Imperial occupation and development, often leading to rampant pollution and industrialization to support the Imperial war machine, while men and women would be conscripted to join the Imperial Army and Navy.
Never being able to fully control the Outer Rim, the Empire would often utilize its worlds as testing grounds for new biological weapons and as a source of labor, brutally wiping out the Outer Rim world of Lasan of its native species and exploiting the native Twi'lek species of Ryloth by rounding up native villagers for slave labor.
Seeking to embody the spirit of the Tarkin Doctrine, the Empire oversaw the construction of the first Death Star over Geonosis and exterminated the native Geonosian population. While Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin would be tasked with the monumental task of imposing order in the Outer Rim Territories, being promoted to Governor of the Outer Rim. After limiting the HoloNet of various Outer Rim worlds to Imperial use five years after the formation of the New Order, many dissatisfied systems viewed the embargo as the unofficial start of the Imperial conquest of the Outer Systems.
Eventually, a growing rebel network would cause worry to the Ruling Council, and would see the formation of the Alliance to Restore the Republic and its subsequent bases on the worlds of Dantooine and Yavin 4. With the dissolution of the Imperial Senate, Regional Governors would be given oversight of their subsequent sectors and systems. Jedi Purge survivor Luke Skywalker from Tatooine would ultimately destroy the Empire's planet-killing battle station in the Battle of Yavin after its plans were stolen nineteen years since the Order's political formation.
The Outer Rim Territories would become embroiled in the Galactic Civil War, with the Alliance Fleet dispersed across the region and the Empire fortifying the border of the Mid Rim against the lawlessness of the outlying systems. Due to its distance from the Core, unauthorized holofeeds operated in abundance in the Outer Rim owing in part to the Empire's tentative control of the region.
After the Mid Rim Retreat, the Empire would discover the Rebellion's new base on Hoth, destroying it in the Battle of Hoth and splintering the Rebellion into fragments spread across the Outer Rim. Following Operation Ringbreaker and roughly six months after the Battle of Hoth, Operation Yellow Moon would allow the scattered Rebel Fleet to converge over Sullust to strike on the Empire's new Death Star II under construction over Endor. It's destruction in the Battle of Endor would see the fragmentation of Imperial authority, resulting in the gradual retreat of Imperial dominion from the Outer Rim.
- "The Outer Rim is a lawless place. It is a haven for smugglers, cartels, synidicates, and all kinds of scum and villiany."
- ―Jennica Pierce
Due to its distance from the Core Worlds, the Outer Rim would lack a stable, central authority to maintain order across the vast expanses of space in the region throughout its history. As a result, numerous crime families such as the Hutt Clan and Pyke Syndicate operated with impunity in the region, with slavery being common despite a Republic ban on its practice.
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Star Wars: Uprising
- ↑ Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure
- ↑ The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Aftermath
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Mandalore Plot"
- ↑ Star Wars 9: Showdown on the Smuggler's Moon, Part II
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 Tarkin
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Lost Stars
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
- ↑ Lords of the Sith
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 15.2 Battlefront: Twilight Company
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi