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The Perlemian Trade Route was a vital trade hyperroute that ran through the galaxy. Along with the Corellian Run, it was one of the two routes that made up the border of The Slice. It was founded c. 25,000 BBY, linking the young Galactic Republic with Ossus. The forces of the Republic and of the Tion Hegemony used the route extensively in their conflict.

It began at Coruscant and passed the worlds of Anaxes, Corulag, Brentaal IV, Carida, Nak Shimor, Taanab, Kulthis, Rhen Var, Sorjus, Vaynai, Makem Te, Ter Abbes, and terminated just past Quermia. It also passed the Roche Asteroids, The Wheel, and the Cron Drift.

One unfortunate consequence of the discovery of routes such as the Perlemian Trade Route and their increased use was the increased obsolescence of large hyperspace hubs throughout the Mid and Outer Rims, and the accompanying impact such loss of commerce would have upon nearby systems. Perhaps the most infamous example of this (to date) was the decline of the planet Taris after the Perlemian's increased use a couple of decades after the Great Sith War.

With an increasing amount of traffic getting diverted to the hyperlane, Taris soon began a steep slide into decay, which would last until the planet's destruction by the Sith in the year 3,956 BBY.


Behind the scenes

There seem to be two disparate accounts of the blazing of this hyperspace route. The first, and most referenced, points to a very early founding of the Route. The Essential Guide to Planets and Moons notes "The first galactic scouts struck out from the Core Worlds along two stable hyperspace paths - the Perlemian Trade Route and the Corellian Run," and Geonosis and the Outer Rim Worlds notes "A millennium after the fall of Xim the Despot, Human traders claiming to hail from the center of the galaxy visited the Tion . . . Tion pirate fleets followed the new arrivals back down their so-called Perlemian Trade Route; there, they found rich planets bound in a loose, democratic union - and ill prepared for war." The New Essential Chronology indicates the Route was mapped between 25,000 BBY and 24,000 BBY. The Essential Atlas further points out the Perlemian was formed at the time of the formation of the Republic and its Expansionist Period.

However, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic indicates a different history, suggesting that it was founded not long after the end of the Great Sith War, resulting in the decline of worlds like Taris. This may actually be in reference to the Perlemian Trade Corridor, a region of the Perlemian that was created by the subsequent shift of the Bolaaruus Pulsar Cluster.



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