The Search For The Last System
The Outer Rim
The Outer Rim
The Outer Rim Territories, simply known as the Outer Rim and alternatively called the Outer Rim Systems, were located outside the Mid Rim. The Outer Rim was the least widely settled and explored expanse of the galaxy before Wild Space and the Unknown Regions. The largest region in the galaxy, it was strewn with diverse worlds, and rugged, primitive frontier planets.
For much of galactic history, little was known about the history and cultures of the Outer Rim until the formation of the Galactic Republic in 25,053 BBY. During this period, the Gree Enclave reached its apex while the reptilian Kwa developed the Infinity Gates which allowed them to teleport between worlds. Between 30,000 to 25,200 BBY, the far-reaching Rakatan Infinite Empire ruled a number of Outer Rim worlds including Tatooine, Dantooine and Honoghr. By the dawn of the Republic, these civilizations had faded into history and little remained of their former power.
Around that period, the worlds of the Tion Cluster were colonized by Human settlers from an ancient Core Worlds sleeper ship. Between 25,130 to 25,100 BBY, the tyrannical Tionese dictator Xim the Despot conquered much of the Tion Cluster including the Livien League. Eventually, his empire stretched from the Radama Void to the Maw.
However, his incursions into the Si’Klaata Cluster brought him into conflict with the growing Hutt Empire. During the Third Battle of Vontor in 25,100 BBY, Xim was finally defeated by Kossak the Hutt’s newly acquired army of Klatooinian, Vodran, and Nikto mercenaries. Xim died a slave in the dungeons of Kossak on Varl, but Tionese history claimed that he was treacherously killed at Vontor. The Tion Cluster split into several competing states including the Honorable Union of Desevro & Tion.
The Old Republic Era
Circa 25,000 BBY, the discovery of the Perlemian Trade Route linked the growing Republic with the Outer Rim world of Ossus, which became the domain of the Jedi Order over the subsequent millennia. Eventually, the Republic began colonizing hundreds of other worlds within the area of Ossus. While the Republic continued to expand in the Core Worlds and the Colonies, Ossus became a fortress world blocking Tionese and Hutt expansion into the Permian.
In 24,000 BBY, war broke out between the Republic and the Union, spreading to both sides of the Perlemian. The Republic won by turning the Hutts against the Tionese, ending the Union’s existence as an independent state and paving the way for galactic domination by the Core-based Republic. By 23,900 BBY, the worlds of the former Honorable Union had all joined the Republic as a means of protection against the Hutts with the exception of Desevro which remained proudly isolationist.
In 12,000 BBY, the Republic came under the influence of the theocratic and humanocentric Pius Dea sect which posited Contispex I as Supreme Chancellor. Taking advantage of the unpopularity of the Hutts among the Republic’s citizens, Constipex sanctioned a crusade against the Hutts. Over the following centuries, his descendants sanctioned several crusades against some rival alien sects in the Outer Rim which fought back, leaving the galaxy in a never-ending state of alternating hot and cold wars. Though Pius Dea rule came to an end in 11,000 BBY, the repercussions of these crusades would sour relations between the Core and the Outer Rim over the millennia.
Around 10,000 BBY, Vall Kumauri established the short-lived Kumauri Empire in the remote frontier areas of the Outer Rim. At its height, the Kumauri Empire included more than thirty star systems. Eventually, the Republic gained the upper hand in the conflict and re-conquered all the territory he had seized. Kumauri’s legacy would live on in the tradition of warship design that culminated in the Cal-class battleship.
At the end of the Hundred-Year Darkness in 6900 BBY, several Dark Jedi were defeated at Corbos and banished into the uncharted expanses of the Outer Rim. The Jedi exiles fled to the remote world of Korriban. After conquering it, they interbred with the native Sith species through the art of Sith alchemy and began a long period of building and expansion. The Sith Empire developed in complete isolation in the Outer Rim for two thousand years before it eventually rediscovered the Republic.
Under the Sith Lord Naga Sadow, the Empire invaded Republic space in 5000 BBY, during the Great Hyperspace War, but it was defeated. The Sith Empire was believed to have been destroyed by Republic forces during the Second battle of Korriban, but in fact survived due to a single Sith Lord who escaped to the Unknown Regions. There, this new Sith Emperor, whose rule lasted for well over a thousand years, rebuilt the Sith Empire in preparation for a Great Galactic War against the Republic. With the Sith threat apparently vanquished, the Republic continued exploring and colonizing worlds in the Outer Rim.
In 4800 BBY, the spice ryll was discovered on the Outer Rim world of Ryloth, home of the humanoid Twi’lek species. However, the Neimoidians seized exclusive distribution rights to the spice and sold them to the newly-discovered Porporite species. Unfortunately, the spice drove them into a homicidal frenzy. Terrified, the Neimoidians hired several Gank mercenaries to protect them. Instead, the Ganks exterminated the Porporites and then embarked on a full-scale war against the Republic, but were eventually put down by the Jedi. Around 4000 BBY, the Mon Calamari and Quarren species of watery Dac were discovered though its inhabitants had already been exploring nearby star systems for several years.
During the Old Republic era, the Outer Rim had several remote, scarcely-populated planets that included expensive resort worlds for rich tourists, ruined settlements and, it was rumored, hideouts for the Black Sun, the Hutts and several outlaws. The Outer Rim Oreworks corporation used its exploratory branch to search useful planets that ORO could settle and exploit.
The Sith Wars Era
During the Great Sith War in 3996 BBY, the Krath under Aleema Keto destroyed the Republic jump station of Kemplex IX in the Auril sector. Shortly afterward, the Krath and their Jedi pursuers were destroyed in a massive supernova which engulfed the Cron Cluster, a nearby stellar body of ten densely packed stars. The ensuing blast devastated the surface of the ancient Jedi outpost of Ossus and created the Cron Drift.
During the Mandalorian Wars (3976-3960 BBY), the Mandalorians chose the Outer Rim to begin their campaign against the Galactic Republic. In 3976 BBY, the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders under Mandalore the Ultimate embarked on a campaign of conquest along the Outer Rim Territories, on the edge of Republic space. Conquering worlds as varied as Althir III and Cathar, the Neo-Crusaders had carved out a clan territory larger that the space ruled by the Hutts in less than a decade. Weakened by the Sith War, the Republic and the Jedi Council refused to intervene at first.
In 3970 BBY, the Myrialites under Provisional Governor Myrial of Argazda seceded the Kanz sector from the Republic. Myrialite forces invaded worlds in that sector that resisted her rule including Lorrd and Amaltanna. For three hundred years, her successors ruled the sector as an independent fiefdom known as the Argazdan Redoubt—enslaving many peoples including the Lorrdians. In 3670 BBY, the “Kanz Disorders” came to an end when Jedi/Republic forces under the Lorrdian Jedi Master Mari-Elan Nora toppled the regime and restored Republic rule to the sector.
In 3963 BBY, the Mandalorians invaded the Galactic Republic proper, forcing the Republic to enter the war. In defiance of the Jedi Council, the Jedi Knights Revan and Malak led the Republic Navy in a fierce counter-offensive against the Neo-Crusaders, winning key battles at Taris, Jaga’s Cluster and Althir. During the cataclysmic battle of Malachor V, much of the Mandalorian fleet was destroyed and the planet was fractured to the core. Defeated, the Mandalorians capitulated and destroyed their weapons and armor.
In 3960 BBY, during the Jedi Civil War, Telos IV was devastated by a Sith fleet under the command of the renegade Jedi-turned-Sith Lord Malak and former Republic Admiral Saul Karath. Later, in 3956 BBY, Sith forces leveled the surface of Taris, destroying the world-spanning city and killing billions. By 3950 BBY, much of the Rim had fallen into chaos as a result of infighting amongst the various surviving Sith warlords. Thus, the Republic was able to reclaim much of the Rim that had been under Sith control since the Great Sith War.
In 3700 BBY, the female pioneer Freia Kallea discovered a new hyperspace route which became known as the Hydian Way. Spanning the width of the galaxy, the Hydian Way ran from the Outer Rim world of Bonadan and continued through the Core Worlds to Eriadu on the other side. The Hydian helped open up much of the galaxy beyond the region known as the Slice, fundamentally altering the scale of galactic civilization. As a result, the Republic established new colonies in the Mid Rim and Outer Rim Territories
In 3681 BBY, the resurgent Sith Empire struck back against the Republic in the Great Galactic War. Catching the Republic by surprise, the Sith seized many worlds in the Outer Rim Territories, destroyed the shipyards at Sluis Van and cut off the Rimma Trade Route. The Republic suffered further defeats at Agamar and Utapau, and was constantly harassed over the century.
Treaty of Coruscant borders
Large areas of the Outer Rim Territories were ceded to the Sith Empire under the Treaty of Coruscant. By 3653 BBY, the Republic had been driven back to the Core Worlds, leaving the Sith in control of much of the Rim. Following the Sacking of Coruscant, the Republic was forced to give up many outlying systems to the Sith in the punitive Treaty of Coruscant. The end of the Great War set the stage for a Cold War between the Sith Empire and the Republic in the years that followed. This cold war saw a number of border skirmishes and proxy wars, pushing the two superpowers to the brink of another war.
During this time, Mandalorian armor and weaponry was mysteriously seen in the hands of Outer Rim pirates. Eventually, someone was assigned to discover the source of the materials.
The New Sith Wars Era
In 2000 BBY, the Republic once more faced the menace of the Sith in the New Sith. Over the centuries, the Republic continuously fought various Sith factions across the galaxy including the Rim. The losses for the Republic were so catastrophic that a dark age began in 1100 BBY, with widespread social unrest and economic collapse. The collapse of the HoloNet and interstellar commerce precipitated a breakdown in communication and trade between the Core and the Rim.
The Republic itself shrank to a mere rump state surrounding the Core Worlds, with the Sith Empire encompassing virtually the rest of the entire galaxy. The Jedi took over absolute authority, ruling the remainder of the Republic directly. In 1000 BBY, the Sith were finally defeated at Ruusan in the Mid Rim although much of the galaxy was left scarred and devastated by the attrition warfare.
Tensions still lingered between inhabitants of the Outer Rim and the Core Worlds due to the former’s perceived exploitation by the latter, as in the case of Apatros which was controlled by the Outer Rim Oreworks company. Both the Republic and the Sith sought to exploit the labor and resources of many Rimward worlds. Taking advantage of regional tensions, the Sith enticed many Rim inhabitants into their military forces and the Sith order.
The Rise of the Empire Era
Under the Ruusan Reformation instituted by Supreme Chancellor Tarsus Valorum in 1000 BBY, many Outer Rim systems and sectors benefited from the Republic granting greater administrative power to local and sector governments. With the demobilization of the Republic Military in favor of smaller Judicial Forces, many Outer Rim governments developed their own local defense forces including Utapau. Over the centuries, much of the galaxy including the Outer Rim presumably recovered from the Sith Wars. Still, the region was considered remote and undeveloped by the Core-based government.
Around 702 BBY, the Grissmath Dynasty ruled the Meridian sector. The Dynasty exiled dissidents to Nam Chorios and attempted to exterminate prisoners by seeding the planet with the Death Seed plague. However, they survived and their descendants would become known as Oldtimers. At an unknown date, the capital Meridian was reduced to a charred radioactive ball as a result of orbital bombardment. Soon, the Grissmath Dynasty collapsed.
In 600 BBY, a fallen Jedi Knight named Allya was exiled to the rugged frontier world of Dathomir. The planet had served as an outlying penal colony since it was colonized around 3000 BBY by the Paecian Empire.20 Gradually, she established a matriarchal Force-sensitive cult known as the Witches of Dathomir.
In 490 BBY, a free enterprise fiefdom known as the Corporate Sector was established in the Outer Rim, in the Tingel Arm region, to resolve differences between the Republic government and the various corporations and to establish a free trade zone. Over the following centuries, the sector became dominated entirely by various corporate interests including Kuat Drive Yards, Cybot Galactica. The sector had its own government which remained outside the jurisdiction of the Coruscant government known as the Corporate Sector Authority.
In 340 BBY, the Jedi training vessel Chu’unthor crashed on Dathomir. A group of Jedi (including Yoda, Gra’aton, and Vulatan) were sent to attempt a rescue of the vessel’s crew and passengers, but were stopped by the Witches of Dathomir. However, after Yoda saved the life of a young witch named Rell, the two parties were able to come to a peaceful settlement. In 300 BBY, the Republic took over Lianna in the Tion Cluster from Barseg.
In 150 BBY, the Bakur Mining Corporation of Hemei IV under Captain Deredith Arden colonized the planet of Bakura in the Shiritoku Spur. Around 100 BBY, Sienar Technologies set up operations on Lianna. Soon after, the company was taken over by Kerred Santhe, who moved his company’s headquarters to Lianna.
In 124 BBY, the Jedi Master Omo Bouri helped pass the Treaty of Trammis. However, that same year, the Galactic Senate declared the Outer Rim to be a free trade zone. This allowed corporations like the Trade Federation and the Commerce Guild to represent local governments that aligned with them in the Senate, giving them voting power.
In 53 BBY, the dictatorial Governor of Telos Crion was overthrown during the Telosian Civil War. In 44 BBY, the pirate Iaco Stark was defeated in five consecutive battles around Troiken during the short-lived Stark Hyperspace War.] Despite the defeat of the piratical Stark Commercial Combine, the heavy casualties sustained by the Republic forces in bringing down the insurrection renewed calls for the rejuvenation of the Republic Army and Navy.
In 33 BBY, a trade summit on Eriadu was interrupted by the successful assassination of six Trade Federation Directorate members and a failed attempt against Chancellor Finis Valorum. The Summit ended prematurely, with nothing resolved. The Senate unilaterally passed Senate Resolution BR-0371 which increased taxation of hyperspace routes in the Mid and Outer Rim with revenue going to the Republic. Aspiring Senator Palpatine—who had orchestrated the assassination as Darth Sidious—was a prominent supporter of the resolution.
In defiance of the taxation of the Outer Rim trade routes, Trade Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray blockaded the Mid Rim world of Naboo in 32 BBY. Concurrent with the events on Naboo, the Force-strong Anakin Skywalker was discovered by Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn on the remote desert world of Tatooine. Shortly afterward, Qui-Gon and his Padawan Kenobi were attacked by Darth Maul.
In 29 BBY, the Republic Outland Regions Security Force under Wilhuff Tarkin launched an unsuccessful attack against the planet Zonama Sekot in the Gardaji Rift. In response, the sentient world unveiled its own hyperdrive system and fled into the Unknown Regions.
The Clone Wars
Between 24 BBY to 22 BBY, dissatisfaction with the Republic for various reasons culminated in the Separatist Crisis. The Outer Rim, dissatisfied with their lack of representation in the Senate, and the disproportionate amount of economic or military attention they received, even during times of crises, made up a large portion of those who supported the Separatists. Under the leadership of former Jedi Count Dooku, various worlds, corporations and factions across the galaxy seceded from the Republic. Many Outer Rim worlds including Geonosis, Muunilinst, Jabiim and Sullust joined the budding Confederacy of Independent Systems, offering their labor and resources to the Separatist cause.
In 22 BBY, the Elrood, Danjar, Tantra, Sluis, Lahara and Abrion sectors left the Republic; bringing parts of the Rimma Trade Route, Mirgoshir hyperspace crossroads and over 200 agriworlds under Separatist control. Later that year, the Clone Wars started with the First Battle of Geonosis which pitted the clone-based Grand Army of the Republic against the Separatist Droid Army.
Lianna was strategically important to the Republic as the site of a Sienar Fleet Systems starfighter facility. With Raith Sienar’s designers working on new fighters for the Republic Navy, it was invaded by Separatist forces. However, Republic forces under the Jedi General Cei Vookto repelled them. In 22 BBY, Republic forces under Kenobi and Skywalker captured the Separatist financial center Muunilinst.
Another important Outer-Rim planet was Tatooine since Jabba the Hutt controlled major routes. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano went there to arrange a peace treaty with Jabba as did Count Dooku. This resulted in the Republic earning the alliance of Jabba Desilijic Tiure’s criminal empire against the CIS during the war.
During the Battle of Hypori, the cyborg Kaleesh General Grievous made his first debut. That same year, the Republic suffered a massive defeat at Jabiim. In 20 BBY, Honoghr was devastated by the toxin Trihexalophine1138 released from the crashed Lucrehulk-class Core Ship Gahenna. Separatist forces also conquered Gentes, enslaving the native Ugnaughts.
Republic forces under Skywalker succeeded in securing the key HoloNet hub of Praesitlyn. By 19 BBY, the Republic had driven much of the Confederacy from the Core Worlds and Colonies into the Mid and Outer Rims. This set the stage for the Outer Rim Sieges which embroiled worlds as myriad as Saleucami, Utapau, Sluis Van and Felucia. With the death of the Separatist Council on Mustafar, the Confederacy was defeated by the Republic’s successor state—the Galactic Empire.