*Okay, so this is a kind of interesting one. This entry appears only on DinoJim’s timeline; the other three timelines I’m using as reference points don’t include this one.
*So, this little section called Uquine is part of a Star Wars Insider article called 10 Key Battles. It has brief little blurbs of a couple paragraphs or so on ten different battles that helped shape the GFFA. It runs the gamut from the battles in the films to the New Jedi Order. You can buy the issue it’s in, which is #133, online if you’re anal about reading everything.
*This one comes at around 11,000 BBY and it sits alone at this period, separated from anything else by a long while. The timeline entry before it is Xim at Vontor which is at approximately 15,500 years BBY and the entry after it is at approximately 7,000 BBY. So, it’s separated from any other text we have by 4,000 to 5,000 years.
*This article, by the way, is a tie in article to The Essential Guide to Warfare. Thus, it is kind of a reference article, so I can see why the other timelines left it off. Still, it’s of some interest, so let’s talk about it.
*At this period, it seems that the Republic has become a theocracy of sorts, completely controlled by a group called Pius Dea. The current leader of the Pius Dea, and by extension the Republic, is a fellow name of Constipex XIX.
*Obviously a riff on the Catholic Church then.
*The Pius Dea have controlled the Republic for about a thousand years at this point and they’re basically waging religious wars on any species they consider impure.
*They start with the Hutts, which I think we can all agree is a good call.
*The Jedi are, surprise surprise, attempting to stay neutral in this whole conflict.
*So, the Caamasi convince the Jedi to join the Renunciates, a secret alliance plotting to overthrow the Pius Dea. The Renunciates plan for a hundred years . . .
*These must be some awesome plans.
*Anyway, they plan for a century and then they make the move. They lure the Pius Dea fleet into a huge battle and then activate a virus that’s been installed into the Pius Dea fleet computers. This virus sends the Pius Dea ships into hyperspace and kicks them out at the planet Uquine with all their weapons disabled. The Renunciate fleet is waiting for them at Uquine and thus endeth the Pius Dea control of the Republic.
*So, reading this I did remember that some of this is covered in the Essential Guide to Warfare, and I did read that whole book, but, honestly, there was a lot in there that didn’t really stick in my mind. It’s not as though I cared about this part of the history when I was reading it.
*Or do at this point.
*So, I think what this whole Pius Dea/Renunciate thing was the EU starting to open up a new era in which it could tell stories. This is a blank slate here and books and comics would doubtless have filled in all around this main little framework. But then the big Legends shift happened and so we essentially have this one thing happening in this era and nothing else. It’s the set-up but nothing follows it.
*That’s conjecture on my part, but I think that’s the likely explanation for this. What other reason would they have had to set up this one thing happening here?
*Oh, unless it ties to callbacks or stuff like that in the other sections of the EU. Like the Dha Werda Verda did. If that’s the case, please fill me in on that.
*Anyway, there’s nothing particularly wrong with this little blurb. It’s interesting in the way it’s evocative of the Catholic Church and I could definitely see some interesting stories being told during this period.
*But, as it stands, it’s completely unnecessary. There’s simply no reason to read this and with the timeline being as long as it is, I simply have to clear as much of the clutter as I can in my personal canon.
*CANONICAL STATUS: There is no reason to believe the account of the battle of Uquine. There remain no other texts from this period to support this document. This work is NOT RECOMMENDED as a historical resource.
Jason Fry, Paul R. Urquhart
*All right, next time, we’ll jump to 6,900 BBY and get some inside info on the Sith’s activities after the banishment to Sith Space. Join me next time as we crack open the Book of Sith and read Sorzus Syn’s Chronicle.