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"I think we've got something, sir. The report is only a fragment from a probe droid in the Hoth system, but it's the best lead we've had."
"We have thousands of probe droids searching the galaxy. I want proof, not leads!"
―Captain Firmus Piett and Admiral Kendal Ozzel, in the Qeimet system — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

The Qeimet system was a Juris sector star system lying on the Outer Rim Territories' Five Veils Route. It served as headquarters for the Galactic Republic's Sarin Oversector during the Clone Wars. During the reign of the Galactic Empire, the system shared its name with the Imperial Qeimet fleet, which fought against Rebel Alliance forces in the Hook Nebula. Qeimet was also the site where several scandocs were accidentally leaked to the media, resulting in the name of the Ubiqtorate, the governing body of Imperial Intelligence, becoming public knowledge.

In 3 ABY, the Imperial Death Squadron was rendezvousing in the Qeimet system when Captain Firmus Piett of the Star Dreadnought Executor informed his superior, Admiral Kendal Ozzel, of the findings of an Imperial probe droid in the supposedly uninhabited Hoth system. Piett argued that the probe's discovery indicated the presence of a hidden Rebel base, but Ozzel dismissed the captain's reports. However, the admiral's objections were overruled by the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader, who was confident that they had indeed found the Rebel base and promptly ordered the fleet to travel to the Hoth system.

DescriptionEdit

The Qeimet system was located within the Juris sector of the Outer Rim Territories.[1] The system lay on the hyperlane known as the Five Veils Route, which connected it to the Trigalis and Vergesso systems.[2] Several celestial bodies of various colors were present within the system.[4]

HistoryEdit

The Sarin OversectorEdit

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The Qeimet system served as headquarters for Moff Kintaro of the Sarin Oversector.

The area of space surrounding the Qeimet system was explored between 1000 BBY and 25 BBY.[2] When the first campaigns of the Clone Wars were waged between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems in 22 BBY, the Qeimet system served as base of operations for the Fifteenth Army of the Republic Military. The Fifteenth Army was tasked with defending the territory known as the Sarin Oversector against the military forces of the Confederacy.[3]

By 19 BBY,[5] Qeimet served as the headquarters of Republic Moff Kintaro of the Sarin Oversector. Following the establishment of the Galactic Empire, Kintaro became the Grand Moff of the Sarin Oversector,[3] though he relocated his headquarters to Talofan,[6] in the Bajic sector,[7] by 3.5 ABY.[8]

Under the EmpireEdit

"On many worlds, 'Ubiqtorate' has come to be the name for the whole of Imperial Intelligence. The name came to light in several COMPNOR scandocs which were accidentally transmitted to a media beamcast in the Qeimat system."
―An Imperial Security Bureau report[src]

During the reign of the Empire, several scandocs authored by the Imperial Commission for the Preservation of the New Order were accidentally transmitted to a media beamcast located in the Qeimet system. The leaked scandocs mentioned the name of the Ubiqtorate, the governing body of Imperial Intelligence, although the documents did not reveal the true role of the former within the latter, and Intelligence therefore did not attempt to correct the error. As a result of the beamcast, the general public first learned of the Ubiqtorate, and in popular opinion the terms "Ubiqtorate" and "Imperial Intelligence" became synonymous. Also during the Imperial reign, the Qeimet system was the namesake of the Imperial Qeimet fleet, which was based near the Hook Nebula and tasked with eliminating the forces of the Rebel Alliance within the nebula.[9]

The Qeimet system was depicted on a map of the Imperial territorial oversector 15,[10] corresponding to the Republic's Sarin Oversector,[3] within Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide, an Imperial Military manual published nineteen years after the formation of the Empire.[10] Shortly after the Battle of Yavin, the Imperial Security Bureau mentioned the Qeimet beamcast incident in a report prepared for the ISB Central Office, which in turn was added by Rebel Alliance historian Major Arhul Hextrophon to a compilation of Imperial documents for Alliance Supreme Commander Mon Mothma and other Rebel officers.[9]

Discovery of the Rebel baseEdit

"That's it. The Rebels are there."
"My lord, there are so many uncharted settlements. It could be smugglers, it could be…"
"That is the system. And I'm sure Skywalker is with them. Set your course for the Hoth system."
―Darth Vader and Admiral Kendal Ozzel, in the Qeimet system — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
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The Imperial Death Squadron was present in the Qeimet system at the time of its discovery of the Rebel base on Hoth.

In 3 ABY,[11] Death Squadron, the personal Star Destroyer fleet of[3] the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader,[12] rendezvoused[13] in the Qeimet system.[14] Tasked with locating the hidden Rebel base,[3] the fleet waited in the system to receive any leads on its whereabouts.[4]

While there, Captain Firmus Piett of the[15] Star Dreadnought Executor, the flagship of the fleet,[16] informed Admiral Kendal Ozzel of a fragmentary report transmitted by a probe droid from the supposedly uninhabited Hoth system. One of thousands dispatched by the Empire to locate the Rebel base, the probe's findings indicated life readings, which Piett believed signaled the presence of the hidden base, but Ozzel was dismissive of the possibility.[17]

Meanwhile, Vader, who had been observing the fleet's movements through the bridge's viewport, approached the two arguing officers. Taking a look at the probe's transmission, Vader immediately expressed his confidence that the Empire had indeed discovered the site of the Rebel base. Overriding Ozzel's counterarguments, Vader ordered Death Squadron to set course for the Hoth system.[17] The fleet then jumped along the Five Veils Route to the Farstine system, from where it continued its travel to the planet Hoth.[2]

InhabitantsEdit

The population of the Qeimet system around 25 ABY numbered from 10 million to 100 million.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

Notable appearancesEdit

The Qeimet system was first mentioned in the Imperial Sourcebook, a 1989 supplement written by Greg Gorden for West End Games' Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game.[18] The 2009 reference book The Essential Atlas placed the system within grid square P-17.[2]

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The Essential Atlas retconned the Qeimet system (spelled as "Qeimat" on the map) as appearing in The Empire Strikes Back.

The Essential Atlas retroactively established the Qeimet system as the location where Darth Vader learns of the location of the Rebel base in the original trilogy film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and orders his Star Destroyer fleet to travel to the Hoth system to engage the Rebel forces.[2] This scene first introduced Vader's flagship,[17] the Executor,[2] as well as his character's recurring musical theme, "The Imperial March."[19]

In Imperial Sourcebook, the system was introduced as "Qeimat system" alongside several mentions of the "Qeimet fleet."[18] Later sources repeated the "Qeimat" spelling for the system's name,[2][9][20] while the 1997 article "Special Military Unit Intelligence Update," published in Star Wars Adventure Journal 15, also referred to the Qeimet fleet as "Qeimat fleet."[21] In 2010, Jason Fry, co-author of The Essential Atlas, stated on the Jedi Council Forums on TheForce.net that "Qeimat" was considered a misspelled version of the system's name,[22] and the Online Companion to The Essential Atlas corrected the name to "Qeimet,"[1] which is the only spelling used in later sources referring to the system.[3][10]

The Empire Strikes OutEdit

The 2012 non-canon animated short film LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out depicts the Executor as being present within the Qeimet system along with a trio of other Star Destroyers, while a deep-space buoy that is also in the system supports a sign that reads, in High Galactic alphabet, "MERGE WITH OVERHEAD TRAFFIC." A wildly spinning TIE Advanced x1 starfighter is shown to bump into the sign on its out-of-control trajectory toward the Executor.[23]

AppearancesEdit

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SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion on StarWars.com (article) (backup link)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 The Essential Atlas
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 The Essential Guide to Warfare
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars 39: The Empire Strikes Back: Beginning
  5. The passing of the Sector Governance Decree, which, according to The Essential Atlas, established the system of regional governors known as Moffs, is mentioned in the Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith novelization, the events of which The Essential Reader's Companion dates to 19 BBY.
  6. Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook
  7. SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: The Essential Atlas Online Companion on StarWars.com (article) (backup link) — Based on corresponding data for Talofan system
  8. The Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook describes events of the Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire multimedia project, which The New Essential Chronology dates to 3.5 ABY.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Imperial Sourcebook, Second Edition
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Star Wars: Imperial Handbook: A Commander's Guide
  11. The New Essential Chronology dates the Imperial discovery of Echo Base to 3 ABY.
  12. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back novelization
  13. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back junior novelization
  14. The Essential Atlas designates the Qeimet system as the location from where Death Squadron begins its travel toward the planet Hoth at the beginning of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. In The Empire Strikes Back, the origin point of that journey corresponds to the deep-space location where Darth Vader learns of the location of the hidden Rebel base and orders his fleet to travel to the Hoth system.
  15. The Official Star Wars Fact File 89 (PIE4, Admiral Firmus Piett)
  16. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 245 ("Executor")
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  18. 18.0 18.1 Imperial Sourcebook
  19. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back soundtrack
  20. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 54 ("Qeimat system")
  21. SWAJsmall "Special Military Unit Intelligence Update"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 15
  22. The Essential Atlas and Galactic Cartography: Official Discussion on the Jedi Council Forums (Literature board; posted by jasonfry on October 10, 2010, 8:39pm; accessed February 19, 2017) (backup link) "Qeimat looks like a misspelling. Will propose fix in next appendix."
  23. LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out