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First Battle of Coruscant
Conflict

Galactic Civil War

Date

6 ABY (42:2:17)[1]

Place

Imperial Center (Coruscant)

Outcome

New Republic victory, Coruscant is taken from Ysanne Isard and the Republic sets up a government on the planet.

Combatants

New Republic

Galactic Empire

Commanders
Strength
Casualties
  • Heavy
  • Majority of forces
"I'll let history decide my role in this battle. Like a friend of mine once said, whether I'm a traitor or hero will ultimately be decided by who wins this war. And quite frankly, General, your side isn't looking too good."
New Republic General Brenn Tantor to Imperial Grand General Malcor Brashin

The First Battle of Coruscant also known as the Liberation of Coruscant and the Siege of Coruscant, was a conflict during the Galactic Civil War between the Galactic Empire and the fledgling New Republic.

Contents

The background

Upon hearing of the death of Palpatine, citizens on Coruscant (then Imperial Center) staged an uprising—attacking Imperial forces in the streets, setting off fireworks, toppling statues of Palpatine, and desecrating other symbols of the Empire. Many citizens died in the resulting Imperial crackdown, and the planet remained in Imperial hands.

Despite Emperor Palpatine's death in 4 ABY at the Battle of Endor, the squabbling Imperial warlords still ruled most of the galaxy. Coruscant was in the hands of Ysanne Isard, Director of Imperial Intelligence, and with the New Republic realizing the importance of the galactic capital, it was decided that the planet would be captured in order to eliminate the Empire more quickly.

To start off the invasion, the New Republic began capturing strategic worlds near the Coruscant system, including Borleias. In 6.5 ABY the Provisional Council made the decision to have a covert mission sent to Coruscant to gauge the Imperial presence on that world in preparation for an invasion.

Sabotage

"It looks as if Rogue Squadron has done it—they've taken down the planetary shields."
Beri Tulon to Tyr Taskeen and Brenn Tantor

However, Coruscant was protected by a powerful energy shield. Before the attack could begin, the shields would have to fall. Therefore, Wedge Antilles and Rogue Squadron were sent undercover into Imperial City to sabotage the shield generator.

Sixteen of the galaxy's worst criminals were also freed from the prison colony of Kessel and loosed on the Imperial City so that they could create a diversion to distract the Empire. The Rebels would later regret this; these criminals would go on to resurrect the Black Sun organization.

As the criminal riot continued, Rogue Squadron decided that if they could condense a large amount of water and create a super storm, they could destroy the energy shield protecting Coruscant with lightning strikes.

To do so, the Rogue operatives hijacked a Construction droid to take them to the command building. There, they took remote control of one of the orbiting solar mirrors. The tightly focused light beam from the solar mirror rapidly boiled one of the planet's reservoirs. This caused a huge electrical storm which interrupted the power supply to the shield station and the shields soon collapsed.

The siege

"We've analyzed Coruscant's defenses, and we've found a weakness."
―General Tyr Taskeen to General Brenn Tantor
Ackbar's fleet arrives over Coruscant.

With the shields down, a New Republic force led by Admiral Ackbar entered the system. This task force easily overwhelmed the Imperial force, since Ysanne Isard only kept a few Star Destroyers to defend the capital world.

Since any large invasion force would be detected by the Imperial sensor net, General Brenn Tantor landed a very small initial ground force near Coruscant's north pole, which proceeded to capture Imperial command centers and disable sensor nodes. This allowed Tantor to bring down a larger force undetected, which he used to pound away at the defenses between himself and the Imperial Palace. However, the city planet would not be taken easily, as forces under Grand General Malcor Brashin continued to resist the Republic invasion force, leading to intense building-to-building warfare.

One of many obstacles the army faced was the heavily fortified walls barring off the most important parts of Imperial City from the outside world. After a prolonged battle, the New Republic succeeded in breaching Imperial defenses and capturing several important maintenance and command facilities. Then began the extensive cleaning out of the inner defenses, as Republic troops went further and further into the city, getting closer to the Imperial Palace.

Taking the palace

"OK, troops. This is the final battle. Our goal is the Imperial Palace. We need to destroy or capture every unit that stands in our way. Attack!"
―General Brenn Tantor

Nearing the end of the battle, the Imperial Palace was heavily shelled by New Republic forces. After its defenses were weakened, Luke Skywalker, with the help of Rand Talor and the Millennium Falcon, passed through General Tal Ashen's Elite Force and approached the Palace.

Ashen himself rode in an AT-AT, and his Elite Force troops included the finest stormtroopers in the Imperial military. Still, they were defeated. Ashen's AT-AT was brought down, but the general survived the crash. Ashen crawled out of the wreckage, pistol in hand, and began to fire on Republic troops alongside his stormtroopers. Shortly afterwards, Ashen was shot and killed. Not long after this, his remaining troops were either killed or captured.

After fighting with Imperial Guards, the New Republic task force liberated the Palace and rescued Rand's wife, Kath, who was imprisoned there. Brenn Tantor also found his brother, Dellis Tantor, whom he had long thought dead. Aside from the few rescued prisoners, any Imperial officials and functionaries that were found were executed.

Aftermath

"Welcome to the next chapter in the history of the galaxy."
―General Tyr Taskeen to Brenn and Dellis Tantor

Very soon, Coruscant was in the hands of the New Republic. However, Director Isard was not to be found in the Imperial Palace. Worse still, the planet's alien population was being killed by an artificial virus called the Krytos virus. Thus the Battle of Yag'Dhul for the Bacta to cure the Non-human population, and stop the spreading of the virus on the planet would begin. While the New Republic was absent, the Imperials on Coruscant had licked their wounds and so the Galactic Empire was still the dominance in the galaxy.

Participants

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New Republic

Galactic Empire

Behind the scenes

Prior to the X-wing series, the liberation of Coruscant was established as having taken place in 8 ABY, just shortly before the Thrawn campaign.

The picture of the New Republic Soldiers hoisting up the New Republic flag bears striking resemblance to the victorious American Marines hoisting the American flag on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi during World War II.

The killing of the Imperial officers and functionaries following the taking of the Imperial Palace bears resemblance to the reign of terror during the French Revolution, when anyone having anything to do with the Aristocracy was executed.

During the mission in Galactic Battlegrounds, players can find Jar Jar Binks by exploring the whole map. Since his appearance is most likely an easter egg, it is not known if it should be treated as canon.

Appearances

  • X-wing: Wedge's Gamble (First appearance)
  • Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds: Clone Campaigns
  • Star Wars: Force Commander
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
  • X-wing: The Krytos Trap (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing: The Bacta War (Mentioned only)
  • X-wing: Wraith Squadron (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Force Rising (First mentioned)
  • X-wing: Isard's Revenge (Mentioned only)
  • Children of the Jedi (Mentioned only)
  • Darksaber (Mentioned only)
  • Dark Tide II: Ruin (Mentioned only)
  • Enemy Lines I: Rebel Dream (Mentioned only)
  • The Unifying Force (Mentioned only)

Sources

Notes and references

Major Campaigns of the Galactic Civil War
Fresian Campaign · Nembus Sector campaign · Kwymar Suppressions · Operation Strike Fear · Operation: Skyhook
Kohl Seerdon crisis · Circarpous Crisis · Hoth Campaign · Spreading the Rebellion · Endor Campaign · Operation Earplug
Nagai-Tof War · Stenax Massacres · Coruscant Campaign · Bacta War · Thrawn campaign · Operation Shadow Hand
Empire Reborn campaign · Crisis of the Disciples of Ragnos · Orinda campaign · Black Fleet Crisis · Final Imperial Push · Caamas Document Crisis · Hand of Thrawn crisis

This article uses material from the "First Battle of Coruscant (Galactic Civil War)" article on the Starwars wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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