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Trade Federation Basic was an alphabet and writing form of Basic. The numbering system was used by the Trade Federation to identify individual battle droids.[1] It was originally adapted from the written form of Pak Pak, the main language of the Neimoidians, when the latter were forced to learn Basic.[2]

HistoryEdit

Neimoidian Basic crates

Cold War-era crates bearing inscriptions in Neimoidian Basic

The so-called Trade Federation Basic alphabet found its origin in the writing system of the Neimoidians, a Near-Duros species from Neimoidia. Unlike their Duros ancestors, who spoke a phonetic language, the Neimoidians had developed the Pak Pak, a new language made of modulated croaks. Because of that, the old Durese syllabary had become unusable, which prompted them to create a new writing system that could accurately express the sounds of Pak Pak. When the Neimoidians started with the wider galactic community, they realized their language was unspeakable by most offworlders, and they started learning Galactic Basic Standard while still using their own alphabet to transcribe it.[2] A form of that alphabet existed as early as of the Cold War between the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire,[3] around 3643 BBY.[4]

In 350 BBY,[5] the Neimoidians were among the founding members of the Trade Federation, a shipping corporation and cartel.[6] As centuries went by, their influence in the Federation became stronger and stronger, and their idiosyncratic script ended up being endorsed throughout the organization. Because of that, it was dubbed Trade Federation Basic from then on.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

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Trade Federation Basic on Separatist computer screens.

"IF YOU HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO
TRANSLATE THIS ENTIRE MENU PLEASE
TRY TO DEVOTE AN EQUAL AMOUNT OF TIME
TO MORE
IMPORTANT THINGS LIKE EXERCISE OR
GOOD CONVERSATIONS AMONG FRIENDS OR
LOOKING AT SUNSETS OR TELLING THAT
SPECIAL SOMEONE HOW MUCH YOU LOVE
THEM"
"THIS MESSAGE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE
WRITER THE CHILDRENS [sic] TELEVISION
WORKSHOP AND THE LETTER O"
"BY THE WAY MICHELLE AND DREA AND
SHELLY AND CHRIS AND EVINRUDE I LOVE
YOU ALL"
"WRITER KEVIN RUBIO
ARTIST LUCAS MARANGON
SOCIALIST KARL MARX"
  • In Star Wars: The Old Republic, inscriptions in Trade Federation Basic appear on some crates that can be found on various locales, including Hutta, Korriban and Hammer Station. The text, however, features previously unseen characters, and what can be actually deciphered reads as gibberish.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. SWGsmall "Force Feedback"—Star Wars Gamer 4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Written Word
  3. Star Wars: The Old Republic
  4. Using comments and information from Star Wars: The Old Republic—The Lost Suns 2, The Last Battle of Colonel Jace Malcom, and The Old Republic: Annihilation, it is possible to place the events of the Prologue and Act I for the Jedi Knight, Smuggler, and Trooper classes in Star Wars: The Old Republic in 3643 BBY, the general events of Act II in 3642 BBY, and the events of Act III for all classes in 3641 BBY.
  5. The Essential Guide to Alien Species
  6. Episode I: Incredible Cross-Sections
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