Dawn of Defiance
System: Cato Neimoidia system
Grid coordinates: N-11
Trade routes: Quellor Run
Rotation period: 25 standard hours
Orbital period: 278 local days
Climate: Temperate and moist
Cato Neimoidia was one of many worlds colonized by the Neimoidians early during the Old Republic era, joining the Galactic Republic sometime between 25,000 BBY and 22,000 BBY.
The wealthiest and most resource-rich colony worlds were known as “purse worlds” that served as administrative posts ruling their own set of colonies. These purse worlds were the only colonies allowed to carry the name of Neimoidia. Other Neimoidian purse worlds include Deko Neimoidia and Koru Neimoidia, both were nearby in the same region of the Galaxy. Cato Neimoidia was the oldest purse world and may have been one of the earliest Neimoidian colonies.
During the Clone Wars, it was a key member of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and was defended by the Neimoidian Home Defense Legions.
In 19 BBY, the Republic launched an attack on the redoubt, led by Jedi Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, as well as Republic Navy Commander Jan Dodonna, to find Viceroy Nute Gunray of the Trade Federation and bring him to justice. Although Gunray escaped, he left behind hoards of valuables, all of which were captured by the Republic. In addition to this, he also left behind the Mechno-chair he used to contact the other Separatist leaders, and Darth Sidious.
“This is hardly your planet anymore—not since you signed it over to the Banking Clan in return for a stake in this new droid foundry.”
―Senator Rush Clovis, to Senator Lott Dod
The bridge cities persisted in resisting the Republic, leading to a fierce aerial battle in which Jedi Master Plo Koon was shot down by his own clone pilots shortly after Order 66 was enacted by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who declared himself Emperor soon afterward. Also, the Jedi clones X1 and X2 fought in the battle, and X2 killed Jedi Master Ferroda in Gunray’s palace, though he later turned against the Empire.
Acting Viceroy Sentepeth Findos resisted for a brief moment but was forced by Stormtroopers to sign a peace treaty with the Empire the day that the Clone Wars ended, giving all of the Federation’s resources to Palpatine’s disposal to help him build the Galactic Empire. This had made the Trade Federation a puppet government.