Name: Skako Minor
Atmosphere: Type II (Breath Mask Suggested)
Terrain: Canyons,Caverns, Craters, Fungal forests, Mountains
Length of Day: —
Length of Year: —
Sapient Species: Poletec, Skakoan
Starport: Limited Services
Planet Function: Military Base, Techno Union Headquarters
Government: Ruling Council
Tech Level: Space
Trade Routes: —
Major Exports: —
Major Imports: —
Settlements: Poletec Village, Purkoll(Capital)
Points of Interest: Wat Tambor’s workshop
Flora: Mushrooms, Vines
Fauna: Cliff Worm, Keeradak
Region: Core Worlds
System Name: Skako System
Star Name: Skako
Star Type: Yellow
Background: Skako Minor was the homeworld of the Poletec species. It was controlled by the Techno Union, whose headquarters was the city of Purkoll. Despite the Techno Union’s ostensible neutrality, Skako Minor was captured by the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars, and its successor, the Galactic Empire, maintained the occupation into the Galactic Civil War.
At some point, industrialist Skakoans native to the nearby planet of Skako traveled to Skako Minor, and eventually the headquarters of the Techno Union conglomerate were moved to the world after it became predominantly controlled by members of the species. During the Separatist Crisis, the Union’s Foreman, Wat Tambor, aligned the Techno Union with the cause of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, an alliance of disenchanted star systems led by the charismatic Count Dooku.
The Union remained officially neutral, but supported the Separatists’ military efforts during the Clone Wars, including holding the captured Republic ARC trooper Echo in a Techno Union facility in the Skako Minor settlement of Purkoll, allowing the Confederacy to exploit a Republic strategy algorithm which Echo knew of against the Republic. In the last year of the war, a Republic incursion would violate the planet’s corporate neutrality and free Echo. At the end of the Clone Wars, Darth Vader killed Wat Tambor. At some point later, Vader embarked on a Mission to Skako Minor, executing all of Tambor’s loyalists by massacring the Ruling Council and installing a new regime loyal to the Galactic Empire in its place. Amongst those Vader killed was Wat Tambor II, the son of the late Techno Union Foreman.
After the war, the Techno Union was known to have been dissolved, and Skako Minor came under occupation by the Galactic Empire, the successor state to the Republic. Skakoans who protested Imperial rule were exiled from the planet, making life difficult for them as they ran out of the world’s special air in their pressure suits. Despite the fall of the CIS and the Techno Union, Echo—who, like most members of Clone Force 99, had abandoned the Imperial Military—suspected that he would still be trapped within the Techno Union headquarters on Skako Minor if he had never been rescued. He stated as such on the planet Daro, using Clone Force 99’s experience rescuing him as a reason to extract former clone commando CC-5576 “Gregor” from an Imperial training center.
Between 3 ABY and 4 ABY, a nationalist by the name of Jul Tambor, the grandson of Wat, began efforts to reclaim Skako Minor. He enlisted pirates to blockade the planet and stockpile technology, but many innocents came to suffer due to his actions. After pirates attacked Skakoan refugees the world of Brentaal IV, Jul himself claimed to have no links to, at least, those pirates, claiming they were a third party taking advantage of a noble war, which he maintained was being fought for his oppressed people. In response to the uprising, Vader and the newly-conscripted Lieutenant Commander Sabé traveled to Skako with the aim of finding the nationalist. Only finding pirates, Vader dispatched Sabé on another mission to locate Jul, who was on Brentaal IV giving Skakoan air to refugees.
Appearances: The Clone Wars