- "Warning: This is an Imperial News Network emergency alert. There are increasing reports of rakghoul plague outbreak in Imperial space and bordering systems. The infection rate is growing exponentially. Officials indicate the death toll exceeds ten thousand, with many infected still at large. Anyone mutated by the rakghoul plague represents an extreme threat. For your own safety, interstellar travel has been restricted by the Ministry of Logistics."
- ―An Imperial News Network bulletin
The Rakghoul pandemic was a massive outbreak of the rakghoul plague that occurred around a decade after the Treaty of Coruscant ended the Great Galactic War. The pandemic began after the Republic cruiser known as the Stardream crashed on the Outer Rim world of Tatooine. The cruiser carried with it an animal infected with the plague, which ultimately spread to the other passengers and crew. The ship was disabled over the desert planet and crashed into the Dune Sea, from whence the survivors spread across the planet, infecting tribes of Tusken Raiders and native fauna. The deadly disease also spread into highly populated areas, including Mos Ila and Anchorhead, prompting officials from both the Republic and Sith Empire to initiate a quarantine of the planet and implement travel restrictions across the galaxy. Despite these efforts, tenacious adventurers traveled to and from Tatooine, working to stem the spread of the virus but simultaneously carrying it further from the source.
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- Star Wars: The Old Republic (First appearance)