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Balmorra
Astrographical
Region

Colonies

System

Nevoota system[1]

Grid coordinates

M-10

Physical
Primary terrain
  • Industrial[1]
  • Plains
  • Mountains[1]
  • Canyons[1]
Points of interest
  • Imperial Construction Yards[1]
  • Battle droid construction facility
  • Broken Valley
Societal
Native species

Balmorran metal parasite

Immigrated species
Primary language(s)

Galactic Basic Standard

Major cities
Affiliation

Balmorra was a factory world that was located within the Nevoota system, situated in the Colonies region at the border of the Core Worlds. Wide plains surrounded the planet's capital, Bin Prime.

Balmorran metal parasites feasted on metals in the urban areas of Balmorra.[2]

Contents

History

During the settlement of Balmorra, while the Republic was still in its infancy, Balmorra quickly established itself as a haven for renouned weapon and battle droid manufacturers. While determined to remain independent of the Republic, they became strong alllies supplying the Republic and the greater galaxy with advanced droids and weapons.[3]

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Republic era

During the Great Galactic War the Sith Empire resolved to seize Balmorra due to their military manufacturing plants and strategic location close to the Core Worlds. The Republic immediately sent soldiers to prevent that from happening. As the Great Galactic War continued and the Sith Empire's control continued to spread, the strained republic began removing forces from Balmorra for redeployment to more important conflicts. This continued until the Treaty of Coruscant was signed.[3]

A military base on Balmorra during the Great Galactic War

The Republic base designated 11A had been established on Balmorra and was still under Republic control until the Treaty was signed. The commander of the base, General Buryn was assigned to leave the base with his troops as per the terms of the Treaty. General Buryn wanted to fulfill his orders, however the Jedi Fortris Gall insisted that the Republic team that was held captive by the Sith, Demolitions Squad 419, had to be freed first. The Jedi traveled to the Troida Military Workshop, where the soldiers were held hostage, without the permission of Buryn.[4] Buryn chose to remain on planet after the Treaty's enforced deadline and waited for Fortis. Master Orgus soon joined the General and Jedi Fortis, to convince them both to leave the planet in an attempt to prevent further battles with the Sith, and to begin following the terms of the Treaty.[5]

Following the treaty and the beginning of the Cold War, the Republic was forced to officially end its support for Balmorra. However a small underground Republic force was left on the planet to aid in a resistance against the remaining Sith Empire. However, most Balmorrans shared the view that they had been abandoned by the Republic. Surprisingly, the remaining underground resistance prevented the Sith Empire from ever taking complete control of the planet. A number of years after the treaty was signed, with the fragile brokered peace between the Sith Empire remaining, the Republic began reintroducing Republic forces to the planet and while the Balmorrans were receptive to the assistance, their resentment of being abandoned in the past remained. At the same time, the Sith Empire attempted to escalate their presence on the planet in a further attempt to claim Balmorra's battle droids and weaponry.[3]

Imperial era

Balmorra's surface with Bin Prime seen from orbit, ca. 10 ABY.

The planet was once the headquarters of Rigorra the Hutt.[6] It was a planet where the Techno Union produced B1 battle droids until shortly before the Clone Wars. The production of battle droids then seemingly ceased, but secretly continued on Outer Rim Territories factory worlds such as Geonosis. In 21 BBY Balmorra seceded from the Galactic Republic and was given a fleet of Lucrehulk-class battleships to defend it. Balmorra was also the headquarters of Balmorran Arms, which manufactured SD-6 Hulk infantry droids.

During the war, a naval battle occurred near the Kaliida Nebula, located near the system, on the Balmorra Run. The Republic strike force involved had a nasty run-in with a flock of Neebray mantas that nested in the area.[7]

Under the New Order, Governor Beltane ran the planet and oversaw production. During the reign of Galactic Emperor Palpatine, the Balmorrans manufactured weapons for the Imperial Army with strong ties to Kuat Drive Yards, and were the primary builders of the AT-ST walker.

The Balmorrans longed for independence from the Galactic Empire, wishing for a free market to sell their renowned weapons technology on. During the Galactic Civil War, the Rebel Alliance led a small stealth squadron through the narrow canyons surrounding the construction yards—although there was mutual good feeling between the Rebel Alliance and the natives of Balmorra, liberation would have been impossible, as the planet was well defended, and isolated from the other planets held by the Rebels.[1]

Instead, they launched a hit-and-run sabotage effort, using the cover of the night to go undetected by Imperial sensor arrays. It was not until Luke Skywalker and Rogue Squadron had demolished much of the weaponry under construction in the yards that any kind of serious retaliation force was launched.[1]

The planet was liberated by the New Republic following the Battle of Endor, and it remained independent for five years. Balmorra was brought back into Imperial service during the Emperor's reappearance, but following Palpatine's supposed death near Da Soocha, the rebellious Balmorrans began arming the New Republic.[8]

Balmorra's capital is attacked by forces under Maximillian Veers.

In retaliation, the planet was attacked by a force under the command of Military Executor Sedriss, including Shadow Droids and SD-9 battle droids. After suffering surprising losses at the hands of the SD-10 battle droids and new Viper Automatons, Sedriss called off his attack in exchange for a shipment of the molecularly-shielded droids.[8]

Later history

During the Yuuzhan Vong War, the Senator for Balmorra offered any planet ground based Turbolasers in exchange for protection by a fleet during a panicked session of the Senate.[9] Balmorra flu was presumably from the world. During the Second Galactic Civil War elements of the Confederation Fleet attacked Balmorra in their push to reach the Core Worlds. This resulted in the Battle of Balmorra.

Behind the scenes

The planet's name may be related to Balmoral, Queen Elizabeth II's Scottish holiday estate. Also, the similarly-named 'Balmora' is the name of a city in the role-playing video game Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind.

The PC video game Star Wars: Rebellion mistakenly places Balmorra in the Sesswenna Sector (a misspelling of the true Seswenna Sector) of the Galactic Core. The Seswenna Sector is canonically located in the Outer Rim Territories.

Appearances

Balmorra during the Great Galactic War
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic, Threat of Peace Act 2: New Galactic Order
  • Cloak of Deception (Mentioned only)
  • The Bounty Hunters: Aurra Sing (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Republic: The Hunt for Aurra Sing (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Star Wars Adventures 6: The Warlords of Balmorra
  •  Baktoid Closes Down Five More PlantsHoloNet News Vol. 531 46
  •  Balmorran Secures Musician Rearmament ContractHoloNet News Vol. 531 56
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence" (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rookies" (Indirect mention only)
  • Boba Fett: Maze of Deception (Mentioned only)
  • CIS Shadowfeed Dispatch 14:7:01 Edition
  • The Cestus Deception (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Empire at War (Cut from game)
  • Star Wars: Rebellion
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  • Dark Empire II (First appearance)
  • Recovery (Mentioned only)
  • Star by Star (Mentioned only)
  • The Unifying Force (Mentioned only)
  • Tempest (Mentioned only)
  • Exile (Mentioned only)
  • Inferno

Sources

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  2. The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Holonet Entry for Balmorra on Star Wars: The Old Republic official website
  4. Star Wars: The Old Republic, Threat of Peace Act 2: New Galactic Order Issue 1
  5. Star Wars: The Old Republic, Threat of Peace Act 2: New Galactic Order Issue 6
  6. Star Wars Adventures 6: The Warlords of Balmorra
  7. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Destroy Malevolence"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Dark Empire II
  9. Star by Star

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