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Planetary Datasheet

Bakura System
1 (Bakura)
Primary Terrain
Forests, mountains, plains, small seas, rivers, valleys
Points of Interest
Bakur Memorial Building, Bakuran National Symphony, Bakuran power Station, Lesser Grace, Telaan Valley, West River, D'aarmont, East River
Native Species
Kurtzen, Humans, P'Wecks, Bith, Utai
68 million

"In many ways, Bakura reminds me of Alderaan."
―Leia Organa

Bakura was a rich, green and blue planet in the Bakura system of the Shiritoku Spur, located on the isolated edge of the Outer Rim.

Bakura was a pastoral planet of the very edge of known space, just outside the Moddell Sector in the Outer Rim. It was the only inhabitable planet in the eight-planet system of the same name. Its terrain was comprised mostly of mountains, valleys, plains, and small seas, all of which received a great deal of rain; Leia Organa viewed Bakura as being very similar to a wetter Alderaan. The capital city was Salis D'aar, which was between two of Bakura's major rivers.

Bakura's primary exports included strategic metals, an addictive fruit called namana, and repulsorlift components.

Salis D'aar, capital city of Bakura
Bakura's only native sentient species was the Kurtzen, a pale, hairless humanoid species, although its most populous sentient species was Humans (who composed the other 95% of the population). Most Bakurans were independent minded and proud of their planet. Much of the population followed the Religion of the Cosmic Balance. The Balance flowered as a faith under the hierophant Dif Istuvi. Dif wrote its sacred text, Fulcrun. He also founded the order of priest prophets known as Zanazi.

Families who counted themselves among the Faithful had pairs of children close in age that followed the Rule of the Feather and Bowl. When each pair were teenagers, they underwent tests. The most promising youth obtained a small feather, while the other was given a golden bowl. The Child of the Bowl left home to join a communal Simple Home, serving the Zanazi. The Child of the Feather stayed as a part of Bakuran society and was given Zanazi funds for a more prestige education. Some Children of the Bowl left the Faith, but most submitted to a lifetime of service.

The native Kurtzen, however, followed their own mystical faith, which featured totems and symbolism.

A droid rebellion engineered by the H'Lokk Consortium caused the death of many Bakurans. This left them with a distrust of machinery, which were banned from public use. Despite this, Bakurans were known for their repulsorlift industry, Bakur RepulsorCorp. Besides the Kurtzen, Bakurans did not know of any other alien species in the Galaxy. This made many Bakurans fearful and prejudiced against non-human species, a tendency only perpetuated during their time under Imperial rule.

Bakurans were masters of organ replacement, explaining why so many of them lived far longer than most Humans throughout the galaxy; for example, in 4 ABY Eppie Belden was 132 years old and still young enough to personally lead a guerilla uprising.

Power station with one of the moons looming large in the sky
Before the Clone Wars, Human settlement on Bakura was sparse until 150 BBY. The Bakur Mining Corporation of Hemei IV, under Captain Deredith Arden, formed a colony on the world—considered the official founding of the planetary civilization. At first the Corporation directly controlled the planet, but after Arden's death and faced with lessening returns of the mining operations and an increase of both population and wealth, a government comprised of a Prime Minister and a Senate was established. However, this system of government was not truly representative; the titular head of government (presumably not the Prime Minister) was always one of Arden's descendants, and the Senate elected its own members. The Prime Minister, however (at least after the reforms following the Second Battle of Bakura) was elected by popular vote.

In 97 BBY, there was a major droid uprising on the planet, thus explaining the aversion many of the planet's inhabitants felt for the automata.

In 22 BBY, during the Clone Wars, although neutral in the conflict and independent of both the Galactic Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems, a Separatist base was, for a time, established on Bakura. Shortly after the Battle of Geonosis, Count Dooku hid on Bakura, where he was engaged by Jedi Masters Tholme and Sora Bulq, with the latter falling to the dark side of the Force. The Separatist forces defeated the Republic on Bakura using the Force Harvester.

Bickering among the ruling upper class of the Corporation and the local Senate had always been an issue, but grew stronger as years went on. It reached the point where the Bakuran Senate could not agree on matters as simple as school schedules, and it was believed that the planet was near to civil war. Combined with the facts that the Senate directly controlled the small planetary military, and that there was a sense of unrest among the people, Bakura was an easy target for Imperial forces. Desiring control of the planet's repulsorlift industry, the Empire quickly conquered Bakura with two Imperial Star Destroyers in 1 ABY. Wilek Nereus was appointed governor of Bakura and Commander Pter Thanas was made head of the meagre garrison. Repulsor coils, and ore from the planet's two mineral rich satellites, were both exported to help in the construction of the Death Star II.

Symbol of the Bakuran Government
An Imperial Orbital prison was also stationed around Bakura. In approximately 3 ABY, it contained several Rebel prisoners from the planet Hoth. Thanks to the intervention of Rogue Squadron under Wedge Antilles, flying a B-wing starfighter, he was able to disable several Imperial Transports with the B-Wing's ion cannon and allow for an Alliance GR-75 transport to evacuate the prisoners. However, one of his wingmen was hit by a TIE starfighter, whose laser cannons shredded his T-65 X-Wing's stabilizer, causing him to crash onto Bakura, inside Imperial territory. Antilles, thinking quickly, commandeered a TIE/sa starfighter and flew down to rescue his wingmate. The two returned to orbit, just in time to see an Imperial Escort Carrier leap into hyperspace with some scientists captured from rebel transports. General Crix Madine extrapolated the escort carrier's course and estimated that the craft would head for Geonosis, leading to a battle there.

Although there was a short period of violent resistance to the Imperial occupation, and there were several Imperial purges of suspected (and actual) Rebel partisans, the vast majority of Bakurans were ambivalent about the Imperial occupation (perhaps partly fueled by their passive religion). They acknowledged that Imperial control had ended their near-disastrous infighting, and their major gripe was the increased taxation. At the time of the Second Battle of Bakura, the formal (and not very active) Bakuran resistance numbered only about one hundred individuals.

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