STAR WARS: Tales of the Solay Express
CAMPAIGN - Fall of the Republic
The New Sith War
The Clone Wars
Fall of the Republic
Current State of Affairs
TIME PERIOD: 20 – 16 BBY
When Supreme Chancellor Palpatine issued Order 66 in response to the Jedi supposedly making an attempt to take control of the Senate, the war with the Separatists was at its peak within the Dominus-Dornean Sector. Several Jedi fell in battle at the hands of the Clone Troops within the sector boundaries, and the remaining troops took control of key areas at the orders of Palpatine himself. Unfortunately, the war had taken its toll, and the troops were outnumbered. Without the assistance and support of the Jedi, the Clones were forced back to the systems of Dominus, Indibedi and Ruac. The Clones believed that all they need to do was hold the line and help would arrive. Thankfully, for the Clone Troops at least, help arrived soon after.
As the Galactic Empire expanded its sphere of influence within the Outer Rim and into the Dominus-Dornean Sector, it quickly provided support to the dwindling number of Clone Troopers in the form of newly recruited stormtoopers, and staked its name to the sector with the assignment of Moff Vorpain, a high level bureaucrat and former associate of Palpatine, in order to manage the transition of the sector from under the control of the Republic to the newly installed Galactic Empire. Vorpain had little to no military background, but was well versed in politics.
As Vorpain’s first act, he offered an olive branch to the Dorneans to come under the protective banner of the Emperor’s New Order. The Dorneans knew as many systems within the galaxy did, that the neutrality they held during the Clone Wars may not have been enough to protect them from the onslaught that would be the Empire. After careful consideration, and leaning heavily of trade agreements signed with the Republic and its Intergalactic Courts, the Dorneans refused and declared their independence. Dornea soon after prepared for war.
Interestingly however, war did not come. Moff Vorpain knew from the intelligence gathered during the Clone Wars, that the Dorneans were not to be underestimated. Instead, he accepted the system’s independence with open arms, and publicly endorsed this act. Soon after however, Vorpain claimed that as an independent system, the Dornean’s would not have the legal capacity to maintain control over the sector. Within days of the Dornean’s decision, Vorpain proclaimed the Dominus system as sole capital of the Sector, and the sector renamed accordingly. The action angered the Dorneans, but it was clear a political and military stalemate had been reached.
The Empire soon after poured billions of credits into Dominus and built their sector offices in order to make it the shining capital that Vorpain hoped it would become. The military might however, was somewhat lacking, and it was not long before Admiral Heggel was assigned to the sector. Heggel was a hardened fleet commander, leading several campaigns during the Clone Wars. Heggel quickly took command of both the Imperial armed forces and naval vessels within the sector. Bases within the Dominus, Indibedi, and Ruac systems were soon bolstered, and the space station on Xelaonti was liberated from a corrupt Baron to act as a forward command post. For all intents and purposes, the Empire was sitting on Dornea’s doorstep, awaiting the right moment to strike.
The Dorneans, had little choice but to open their borders for trade, a move Vorpain was pleased to see. Over the following year Dornea traded as it always had, but its people were still uneasy with the tension displayed by the Empire’s presence in their once peaceful sector. As time wore on, the mere existence of the system’s independence within the Empire grated against Vorpain. It was not long before alleged dissidents and spies were caught both entering and exiting the Dornean system. During each of their trials, all of those arrested openly confessed to being affiliated with radicals within the Dornean Government. Consequently, Vorpain was able to proceed with levying sanctions and taxes on Dornea, a move which angered the Dornean Military leaders who condemned the Empire’s actions, and affected trade. Certain goods such as high-technology, rare minerals and metals, luxury goods, and weapons were either banned from being imported or heavily taxed. The Dorneans soon found that anything that they were not able to supply themselves came at a price. This in turn allowed smugglers a haven they had been hoping for, and something Vorpain did not predict.
Since the formation of the Empire, the Dorneans have continued to remain vigilant. The downside is, due to the sanctions, and their people’s mistreatment outside of the borders of the system at the hands of the Empire, that the once peaceful and hospitable Dorneans have developed a near xenophobic lifestyle. Despite this fact, along with the Empire’s countless sanctions, the system has remained the hub of economics and trade within the sector. Leverage gained through various historical trade agreements with external systems, coupled with their Dornean’s military might, and has somehow kept the Empire at bay. Through this action, the Dorneans, have assured themselves that eventually the Emperor will decide that subjugating the system would be a much better use of resources than wasting further time and effort protecting the “rights” of the system’s citizens. In the meantime, the civilised systems within the Dominus Sector are holding their collective breaths, waiting for the inevitable to come.