- Jason Dietzel
Galaxy Tour: Outer Rim: Bakura Sector
By Jason Dietzel
Timora System (G-16)
· Star/Sun: unnamed
Located along the Shiritoku Way trade route, Timora is a remote system on the border between the Outer Rim territories and Wild Space. During the era of galactic control by the Galactic Empire, Timora housed an Imperial base and acted as a trade hub, being a shipping stop for products from Bakura and exporting native sunpedals. Following the fall of the Galactic Empire, officials from the city of Tadarc opted not to join the New Republic.
Gymelo System (G-16)
· Star/Sun: unnamed
Remote system also on the edge of the Outer Rim and Wild Space. No known information provided about the planet’s environment, other than it had a livable atmosphere with a small population.
Cattamascar System (G-16)
· Star/Sun: unnamed
Originally inhabited by human and P’w’eck immigrants, the Galactic Empire lost the system to the Ssi-ruuvi Imperium in the year 4 ABY, shortly after their defeat at the Battle of Endor that created a momentary power vacuum in the region.
Bakura System (G-16)
· Star/Sun: Bakura
o Bakura (two moons/satellites)
o Arden (seven moons/satellites)
o Bakura-5 (one moon/satellite)
o Bakura-8 (one moon/satellite)
Like most inner planets close to their stars, Bak and Kur are airless, molten rock worlds that are uninhabited. Conversely, the four outer planets, Bakura-5 through Bakura-8, were barren ice planets, with only Bakura-6 housing a colony until it was permanently destroyed by the Ssi-ruuvi Imperium invasion in 4 ABY. The only gas giant in the system was Arden, named after Deredith Argen whom was the captain of the colony ship that brought settlers to Bakura around the year 150 BBY.
Bakura is a terrestrial planet with a temperate climate, lush with forests, mountains, lakes and oceans, a beautiful paradise ripe to sustain life. Bakura was originally inhabited by the humanoid species Kurtzen. However, due to a genetic disorder, they were never able to populate the planet. For millennia the Kurtzen lived in clans, living off the fertile environment in peace.
When Republic colonists settled the planet, the human, Bith, Utai, and P’w’eck immigrants worked with the native Kurtzen to develop a planetary society. The colonists saw early issues as two competing corporations resorted to sabotage to gain control of the direction of the fledging settlement. About four years later the companies were reigned in and the droid sabotage rectified – though about 40% of the colonists were killed by the sabotaged mining droids – and Bakura became a successful planet.
Located at the end of the Shiritoki Way trade route, Bakura became a prominent manufacturer of repulsorlift coils, growing the planetary capitol city of Salis D’aar, and major cities like Gesco City and Prytis into industrial centers. The war between the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems would impact the Bakurans. Though they were officially neutral, Bakura did allow a CIS base, leading to a battle between the two belligerents.
Though Bakura saw an influx of immigrants onto the planet, the war had a negative effect on the system’s economy and societal needs. Following the Clone Wars, Bakura joined the Galactic Empire, rebuilding their economy and society. The Bakurans remained a loyal member of the Empire, housing a military outpost and penal colony, until Ssi-ruuvi Imperium invasion in the year 4 ABY.
With the devastating loss at the Battle of Endor, the Empire was severely weakened in the region, retreating and leaving the Bakurans to fend off the Ssi-ruuvi themselves. Bakura shifted its support to the Rebel Alliance after its leadership came to their aid and helped them successfully repel the Ssi-ruuvi invaders. Bakura remained an ally through the New Republic era, briefly becoming independent before rejoining again with the onset of the Yuuzhan Vong war and remained when the New Republic was restructured into the Galactic Alliance.
Despite the sector’s placement in the Outer Rim territories, it is sometimes considered to be in the Shiritoku Spur in Wild Space.