The Reconquest of the Rim is the name given to the Imperial campaigns to pacify the Outer Rim Territories after the end of the Clone Wars and the Declaration of a New Order. The successful operations against Separatist holdouts, pirates and slavers, which lasted between 19 BBY and 17 BBY, were a great victory for the Empire, both physical and psychological; the Outer Rim was secured, and the New Order won widespread support for finally crushing lawlessness in the region.
The Clone Wars brought the Grand Army of the Republic to the previously neglected Rim, pushing back the Hutt sphere of influence and controlling the far-flung worlds of the galaxy by means of military occupation. The Tion Cluster was home to the civilian Separatist government, and the Corporate Sector had pledged allegiance to the Confederacy, bringing the front lines of the war to the Outer Rim. The Outer Rim Sieges ended with victory for the new Empire, but the Rim was not yet fully under Imperial control.
For a month, the sentients of Nar Shaddaa celebrated the end of the war in clubs and cantinas, not for the same reasons many in the central regions welcomed the new Empire, but because they believed that the Emperor would focus on consolidating power in the Core, leaving worlds in the Mid and Outer Rims to their own devices. Nar Shaddaans hoped that this would give smugglers freedom to work the space lanes after having to sidestep the Republic and Separatist armies for three years, and the market for spice and other proscribed goods could once again open up.
The campaigns of 19 BBYEdit
The large-scale mobilization of forces that marked the last phase of the Clone Wars was not halted with the creation of the Empire. Emperor Palpatine, determined to unite the entire galaxy under his rule, deployed his armies in the Mid and Outer Rims to eradicate Separatist holdouts and the forces of lawlessness that had plagued the outlying regions in the last years of the Republic. The three main fronts of the Reconquest of the Rim in 19 BBY were the Ciutric sector, the former Foundry of the Confederacy and the Five Veils Route.
The Ciutric OffensiveEdit
After the massacre of the Separatist leadership by Darth Vader, Confederate forces from Muunilinst and Mygeeto crossed the Void of Chopani and established a power base in the Ciutric sector. Funding came from shadowy interests on Serenno and Celanon, and military support from pirates and Thalassian slavers who joined their cause as privateers. The 10th Sector Army mobilized from Axxila to crush this new threat to Imperial dominance, with Admiral Screed in command of the naval forces and General Romodi in command of the ground forces.
The Battle of Vinsoth was a victory for the Empire and for Screed, forcing the Muun leadership of the Ciutric Separatists to flee to Binquaros, where they dug in for a siege. While General Romodi led his forces against the Muuns, Admiral Screed pursued the holdouts' ships to Bimmiel. The Imperial forces won a victory with overwhelming losses for the other side in the Battle of Bimmiel, but the Battle of Binquaros did not end well for the Empire. A coalition of pirates and Mandalorians driven off the Salin Corridor by the Imperial military in engagements at Fenion, Phindar and Sheris joined forces with Serennian mercenaries and broke the siege of Binquaros. The Separatists fled Binquaros and headed for the Unknown Regions. Before they could find a safe haven, they were betrayed by a pirate captain and crushed by Screed and Romodi at Vardoss. The Battle of Vardoss ended the Ciutric Offensive, and the Empire secured the region.
The Sy Myrthian InsurrectionEdit
Out of the former Foundry of the Confederacy, ravaged by the Republic during the Outer Rim Sieges, emerged a new threat to the Empire in the form of Toonbuck Toora, the former senator of Sy Myrth who had led her world in secession from the Republic during the Separatist Crisis. Toora reactivated factory worlds and rallied ground and naval forces in preparation for a war with the new Empire, which indeed came when the the 12th Sector Army relocated to Charros. Under Admiral Adar Tallon and General Jan Dodonna, they engaged Toora's forces in a series of protracted conflicts, among which were the Battles of Metalorn and Diado.
After several months of fighting, Imperial forces under General Dodonna besieged Sy Myrth and forced Toora to flee. Dodonna led the chase against Toora on the Battlecruiser Battalion, capturing her in the Trasemene system. In the Battle of Trasemene, Toora's flagship, the Defiance's Banner, was destroyed, and the Sy Myrthian Insurrection ended. Some holdout forces escaped to the Kreetan Narrows, which led to the Empire claiming the area from the Hutts.
The Five Veils CampaignEdit
After the end of the Clone Wars in 19 BBY saw the Galactic Republic defeat the Confederacy of Independent Systems, some parts of the Confederacy-allied Trade Federation company continued to resist the Galactic Empire. The resistance, which was led by the Trade Federation's Customs Vizier Marath Vooro, refused to acknowledge a treaty signed by Acting Viceroy Sentepeth Findos of the Federation that gave control of all of the company's resources and assets to the Empire. Vooro, who declared that Findos' authority to make decisions for the Trade Federation was illegitimate, led the resisting portions of the company from the Mid Rim planet Enarc. There he retained a force of Trade Federation Defense Fleet battleships and battle droids, challenging the Empire to come and get the Federation's wealth. The Empire responded by dispatching Grand Moff Octavian Grant to deal with them during their Reconquest of the Rim.
Due to Vooro's lack of effective commanders, Grant's fleet smashed Vooro's forces at the world of Farstine, before chasing Vooro down the Five Veils Route from Farstine. Grant then captured Vooro in the Outer Rim Hook Nebula, ending the campaign.
The campaigns of 18 BBYEdit
The Listehol CampaignEdit
By the year 18 BBY, at the time of the Imperial Period, a union of Tervig and Zygerrian slavers, along with Sikurdian pirates, had made the Outer Rim hyperlanes known as the Listehol Run and the Shaltin Tunnels dangerous trade routes for shipping, and had also carried out raids on the Corporate Sector, a region near those routes. In response to these activities, the Galactic Empire dispatched Admiral Wullf Yularen, along with Captain Bannidge Holt, to deal with the slavers and pirates as part of the Imperial attempt to regain control of that area with their Reconquest of the Rim campaign.
Commanding a fleet of Invincible-class Dreadnaught Heavy Cruisers—originally intended for the Corporate Sector's government, the Corporate Sector Authority—complemented by squadrons of TIE/LN starfighters launched from a few Venator-class Star Destroyers, Yularen won the first engagement against the criminal union at the planet Sagma, where his fleet withstood a swarm of Sikurdian pirates. The Imperial fleet then proceeded to besiege the world of Zygerria, an interdiction that ended after the an Zygerrians negotiated peace with Imperial Advisor who arrived backed by stormtroopers. Finally, Yularen's fleet served as a base of operations for a series of Imperial raids against the Tervig homeworld of Tervissis. However, Tervissis was intractable, and the failed Imperial offensive ended the Listehol Campaign.
Holt, for his role in the campaign, became a newly minted war hero for the Empire. Due to the overall failure of the raids against Tervissis, an Imperial invasion of Tervissis was launched in 13 BBY.
The Noolian CrisisEdit
The Noolian Crisis was launched by the Galactic Empire in 18 BBY, to drive out the holdout forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems from the Southern Slice. The hold out was made up of Harch and Aqualish who raided Imperial supply chains and medical centers. After more funding and arms came into the holdout they captured the worlds of Nooli and Galboron on the outskirts of Bothan Space along with others. In response the Empire sent Captain Par Lankin who soundly crushed the raiders over the captured world of Galboron.
Because of its impact during the Galactic Empire, the Noolian Crisis and its battles was frequently used as part of an entrance exam for the Imperial Academy. Han Solo, at the time about to enroll into the Imperial Academy, was asked for the date and battle in the Noolian Crisis that brought about the liberation of the Bothan sector.
The campaigns of 17 BBYEdit
The Western Reaches OperationEdit
During the final days of the Clone Wars, the remnants of the CIS forces fled to the Western Reaches. After the rise of the New Order, Palpatine tasked Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin with pacifying the region. In response to Tarkin's request for significant military resources, Admirals Terrinald Screed and Bannidge Holt were given joint command of the Western Reaches Superiority Force, while General Hurst Romodi was assigned to lead the ground forces.
The Western Reaches Operation captured the imagination of the Imperial citizenry, with the battles at Ord Vaug, Halm, Pendaxa and Ichtor becoming famous throughout the Empire. After Holt was killed and Romodi injured during an Iska pirate ambush at Bryndar, Screed's forces defeated the pirates at Fanha. The pirate lord Guun Cutlax fled to the Atravis sector, where he joined forces with the Aqualish general Kendu Ultho, but the Imperials followed and ultimately defeated Ultho's forces at Ogoth Tiir.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Although the events within were frequently referred to in various sources, it wasn't until the release of The Essential Guide to Warfare that the overall time period (19 BBY–17 BBY) was actually given a name. According to one of the sourcebook's two authors, Jason Fry, this section was one of his favorites.
- Dave Dorman created artwork entitled Lord Vader's Persuasion of the Outer Rim to Join the Empire for Celebration VI.
- The Essential Guide to Warfare (First mentioned)
- Dave Dorman exclusive "501st Legion" print for Celebration IV. (Picture only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Essential Guide to Warfare
- ↑ Millennium Falcon (novel)
- ↑ HoloNet News Vol. 531 45 (content now unavailable; backup links 1 2 on Archive.org) —
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- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. III, p. 257–258 ("Trade Federation")
- ↑ The Paradise Snare
- ↑ Jason Fry's tumblr account - EG to Warfare Endnotes Pt. 7.
- ↑ Dave Dorman exclusive "501st Legion" print for Celebration IV