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"Well, it should be quieter since the planet was sterilized. No queens, no hives… Wonder what weapon they used. Would be nice to get ahold of that…"
Doctor Chelli Lona Aphra while visiting Geonosis after the sterilization[src]

Some time after the Clone Wars, the Outer Rim world of Geonosis was sterilized by the Galactic Empire, killing most of the planet's population. The Geonosians were the original builders of the Death Star, an armored battle station capable of destroying entire planets. The Geonosians believed they were building this Ultimate Weapon for the Confederacy of Independent Systems, but the Separatists and the Geonosians were ultimately pawns of the Sith Lord Darth Sidious who was secretly Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine and, at the end of the Clone Wars, declared himself Emperor and transformed the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire. The Death Star project fell under Imperial control and the battle station was moved away from Geonosis.

The only survivor was Klik-Klak, who at some point after came into the possession of a Geonosian egg who when hatched became Queen Karina the Great, she eventually moved to a lair beneath the planet's surface. Unable to produce new offspring and thus unable to repopulate the species, Karina continued the production of battle droids that the Geonosian droid factories once produced. The Sith Lord Darth Vader came to Geonosis during the Galactic Civil War and took the droids from her.

PreludeEdit

"The Jedi must not find our designs for the Ultimate Weapon. If they find out what we are planning to build, we're doomed."
"I will take the designs with me to Coruscant. They will be much safer there, with my master."
Archduke Poggle the Lesser and Count Dooku[src]
The Ultimate Weapon

The Death Star was designed by the Geonosians.

Prior to the outbreak of the Clone Wars, the Geonosians designed an Ultimate Weapon for the Confederacy of Independent Systems.[4] This weapon, later known as the Death Star, was an armored battle station capable of destroying entire planets.[5] When the Clone Wars broke out on their homeworld of Geonosis, the designs for the Ultimate Weapon were taken by Count Dooku, a Sith Lord and leader of the Separatist Alliance, to his master, Darth Sidious, on Coruscant.[4] Sidious was secretly Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who led the Galactic Republic and controlled both sides of the war. His goal was to transform the Republic into a Galactic Empire and rule the galaxy as Emperor.[6]

The sterilizationEdit

"They're dead. All of them."
Ezra Bridger, sensing there is no life on Geonosis[src]

Sidious' goals came to pass at the end of the Clone Wars. The Separatists were defeated, and the Republic was transformed into the Empire.[6] The Death Star continued its construction over Geonosis under the supervision of first Vice Admiral Dodd Rancit, and later Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, but it was eventually moved to another location.[1] The Imperial Weapons division sterilized Geonosis using Imperial gas canisters,[7] destroying all but one of the planet's population[8] of approximately 100 billion.[9]

AftermathEdit

"The only thing I know about Geonosis is that the population is gone. I never asked questions."
"Well, maybe you should start. Or are you afraid of the answers you'll get? Afraid you'll learn the Geonosians were wiped out by your precious Empire?"
"And why would we do that? What could possibly be the point?"
"Ah, good questions. Chase the answers, and maybe you'll learn the truth."
―Agent Kallus and Garazeb Orrelios[src]
The rebels arrive at Geonosis

The rebels find the remains of the Death Star's construction and learn that the Geonosians were wiped out.

In the third year before the Battle of Yavin,[10] the rebel crew of the starship Ghost traveled to Geonosis after receiving an intelligence report suggesting that the Empire was building something over Geonosis. When they arrived, they found only Imperial construction modules[2] that had once supported the Death Star's construction,[11] though the rebels were unaware of what was being constructed there. The intelligence was, in reality, a trap to lure the rebels to Geonosis. Agent Kallus of the Imperial Security Bureau led a group of stormtroopers in ambush against the rebels on one of the modules, but the rebels were able to escape. One of the rebels, Garazeb Orrelios, was stranded on Bahryn, an icy moon of Geonosis, with Agent Kallus after an escape pod they were in crashed. Before they were rescued, Orrelios learned that Kallus was unaware of what happened on Geonosis. He did not believe that the Empire had any reason to exterminate an entire population, but Orrelios said he was simply in denial.[2]

Several years later, during the Galactic Civil War, the Sith Lord Darth Vader and the archaeologist Doctor Aphra went on a secret mission to Geonosis in order to acquire battle droids for use in his personal army. They found Karina the Great and discovered that she was continuing to manufacture battle droids, as the Geonosian droid factories once did before and during the Clone Wars. Vader took her battle droids, but left the queen alive.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

It was implied on Rebels Recon that the genocide was committed to keep the construction of the Death Star over Geonosis a secret.[11]

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