The Alsakan Crisis was a conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Alsakan Union in 13,000 BBY. The conflict was the result of numerous other engagements between the two governments in the previous centuries. The Alsakan Union believed that it was their duty to take over Coruscant and re-create the capital of the Republic on Alsakan while Coruscant was terraformed into more natural habitat rather than the city-world that it had become. This belief stemmed from their religious doctrines that taught nature over technology, and this had caused a great deal of hostility between the two societies starting just after the formation of the Galactic Republic.
The beginning of the conflict was not seen until Corucant was invaded and captured by the Alsakans. Supreme Chancellor Relana Isolde Tanoor had the Galactic Senate evacuated and moved to Ord Mirit for their safety. The Republic quickly began planning a counter-attack, though Tanoor was convinced by Banik Kelrada, the leader of the Jedi Order, to hold off an attack so he could attempt to negotiate a peaceful outcome. While Kelrada was meeting with the Alsakan Vicar Lharra on Ossus, he was able to convince her to consider ending the war. She was killed shortly before leaving Ossus, and the Jedi claimed to have no knowledge of the assassination despite the fact that the Alsakans who were with her, who later killed themselves while ramming their ship into the Jedi Enclave which killed thirty-one Jedi, claimed that the Jedi had been responsible.
Before the establishment of the Galactic Republic, the people of the Alsakan Union constructed the sky-city of Xenvaer which orbited Alsakan. It was decreed then that no one save for the Alsakan Council of Colonists and the Alsakan Vicar, the leader of the Union, would ever step upon the planet again due to their various religious reasons. Over the years that followed, the sky-city continued to grow and the Alsakans continued to worship their planet.
When explorers from the outside world discovered Alsakan, they felt that their peaceful harmony had been shattered when the outsiders arrived in their vessels. The Alsakans believed them to be their long-lost relatives, and they were correct. The Alsakans were reunited with the people of Coruscant, which was where the explorers had come from, and while there were differences between them they did decide to meet on Coruscant to discuss an alliance. The Alsakans decided to send Vicar Lharra Anteya IV, who would meet with the Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic.
When the Alsakans arrived on Coruscant, they were appalled that the people had made their home on the surface, but more so because they had covered it in buildings. They were horrified that trees, birds and nature could not be found on the planet but rather, as it was later recalled, the stench of pollution and the metallic sounds of machinery. Believing they would be able to help fix what they saw as a grave injustice, the Alsakans quickly agreed to an alliance with the newly formed Republic.
During the return trip to Alsakan, the stress of seeing Coruscant was too much for Anteya, who died before the vessel returned to Coruscant. The planet was seen as the bringer of death to the Alsakans, and they were only more outraged knowing that the planet was the capital of the Republic. However, their emotions remained hidden for many years, and instead of publicly expressing how they felt they instead continued to work on Xenvaer in order to perfect their own existence.
Generations later, the Alsakans did not believe they were being fairly treated in the alliance with the Republic. They felt that the Republic was siphoning resources that rightfully belonged to the Alsakans, and the angered people began to question and despise the Republic’s one-sided rule. Many of them began breaking off into independent factions, and as conflicts ensued their military began to grow and strengthen to meet the times. Being promoted to learn how to fight by their religion, many within the Union saw that their people were increasingly becoming ready for war.
After many years of training, the Alsakans made some attempts at starting a war with the Republic. Their goals mostly revolved around attempting to instate Alsakan as the capital of the Republic and to terraform Coruscant back to a natural habitat. However, these plans had little success as they were unorganized and not well planned out. Because of this, the Republic was always able to eliminate any perceived Alsakan threats. In order to become more organized, the Alsakans remained inactive in regards to starting a war and secluded themselves in their sector of the Core Worlds.
Hundreds of years of relative peace between the Republic and the Union passed, during which time the Republic considered the Alsakans less of a threat and chose not to waste resources in gathering intelligence on people they felt posed no threat to them. However, the Union took this time to quietly build up a vast fleet of ships to rival the Republic’s fleet, as the Alsakans felt that they did not have strong enough firepower in their previous attempts at war. They felt that with a large fleet, which they were able to fund through various alliances with factions who were not part of the Republic, they would be able to mount a successful war effort.
During that time, the Alsakans also spent a great deal of time putting together their plans for war. One of the decisions they made was to seek out their long-lost brethren known as the Tae in order to form an alliance with them. The Tae were powerful people who were said to have a strong command over the Force and the natural elements, so the Alsakans felt that they would be a strong ally against the Republic, especially if the Jedi Order chose to become involved in the conflict. The Alsakans and the Tae spent months negotiating an alliance between themselves, though in the end they were able to form one that left both sides relatively pleased with the outcome.
After the foundation of the alliance with the Tae, the Alsakans believed that they were ready to begin a more proper war effort against the Republic. Believing that the best course of action was a bold one, the military leaders of the Union planned a massive invasion of Coruscant in an effort to take the planet away from the Republic quickly while the element of surprise was still on their side. They knew that the war would not end there, as the Republic would likely carry out a counterattack, but they felt that if they could accomplish their main goal before hand then the war would be short. Lharra, the Vicar of the Alsakans who had been told of atrocities on Coruscant such as children and other people being mistreated and the so-called horrors of the globalization, approved of the plan and she gave her blessing for it to be carried out.
What Lharra did not know was that the stories she was being told about Coruscant were highly exaggerated. Her circle of advisers and caretakers knew that while Coruscant did have faults, they were not nearly as bad as what they were telling her. Because Lharra was only a young girl, her advisers, who some said were more radical than other Alsakans, knew that they would be able to manipulate her to the point of her approving their radical plans. They also decided amongst themselves that they would not hesitate to do all that was necessary to achieve their goals.
Once the Alsakans prepared their vessels, they sent out a group of them that had been somewhat modified to resemble Republic warships, and their transponder codes had also been altered to resemble a Republic vessel for when they were detected. Once these vessels arrived around Coruscant, they destroyed all of the hyperspace beacons around the planet in order to cut off a potential Republic escape attempt. Shortly thereafter, the rest of the fleet that was ordered to participate arrived and began fighting the small Coruscant defense fleet.
The Coruscant defense fleet called in reinforcements from wherever they could, but they noted that they would only have the one hyperspace lane to travel through. The Alsakans also knew this, so without the defense fleet’s knowledge the Alsakans placed a large group of mines where the Republic would exit hyperspace to fight them. Once the Republic vessels arrived, they fell victim to this trap and the mines exploding, greatly crippling their fleet to the point where both sides recognized that the Alsakans had a clear advantage through their superior numbers.
While the battle was progressing, the Galactic Senate was called into an emergency session by Supreme Chancellor Relana Isolde Tanoor. She recommended having the Senate evacuate Coruscant, which the Alsakans were going to allow, and have all Galactic Senators return to their home worlds before being told where a new location for the capital would be established. Many Senators, such as Corellian Senator Judah Matthew Zaren, did not agree with this as they felt that the battle could still be won by the Republic and they did not believe it was a proper to leave the people of Coruscant in the hands of an enemy force. Others such as Alderaanian Senator Alcor Bac, however, felt that it was important to ensure the survival and effectiveness of the Senate and that the only way to do this was to move off world. The majority of the Senate agreed with the side argued by Bac, and it was agreed that Tanoor would be given the right to decide where the emergency location would be.
As the Senate was evacuating, thousands of Republic and Alsakan fighters were filling the skies of Coruscant, fighting against one another in an effort to gain an upper hand. However, the Alsakans continued to hold the advantage due to the events that had taken place in the beginning of the battle, and the efforts of the Union forces eventually proved too much for the Republic. In order to cut their losses, the Republic agreed amongst itself to order a retreat to other Core Worlds. The evacuating Republic forces were also able to provide cover for the Senators that were evacuating in the event that the Alsakans decided to attack them. After many hours and casualties, the Alsakans had won their victory of the Republic and Coruscant was officially in their possession.
Behind the scenes
The Alsakan Crisis is the third of TheStarWarsRP.Com, following the Great Territorial War and the Great Sovereign Crusades as the first and second, respectively and followed by the Hutt War which follows 20 years later. The timeline began in February 2008 and continued till July 2009 when the amount of activity had significantly dropped. The basic information for the timeline, such as the backstory of the war and the other conflicts between the Alsakans and the Republic, was created by a "think tank" team of staff members and veteran role-players.
- Star Wars: Episode I - The Chosen One (First mentioned)