This large, high-gravity world was covered in everything from rocky mountains and frozen ice fields, to rain forests full of carnivorous plants, and deserts. As such, this planet was the perfect training ground for combat in difficult terrain. It was an exporter of food, and was ruled by the Council of Merchants, which later shared power with a military administration.
The Old RepublicEdit
Originally known as Ord Carida, the planet was colonized by the Galactic Republic as a Ordnance/Regional Depot some time circa 12,000 BBY. During the Pius Dea Civil War, which ended Pius Dea domination over the Galactic Republic, the Republic's Rocket-Jumper Elite Advance Unit played an important role in the Jedi victory over the Pius Dea garrison there. During the time of the Cold War, a proxy conflict between the Sith Empire and Galactic Republic, some foragers discovered a crude tunnel burrowing under Carida's largest mountain range, believing it to be the entrance to a fabled ancient city. Eventually, someone was sent to check the foragers' findings.
Carida was the site of a major military training facility, the Academy of Carida. The training facility was acquired by the Galactic Republic for training clone troopers during the Clone Wars. This selfsame facility was converted willingly by the population to an Imperial training center and was home to the Empire's most important stormtrooper program, along with several hundred B3 ultra battle droids. The planet remained loyal to the Republic during the Clone Wars and was an adamant supporter of the Galactic Empire until the bitter end.
In 22 BBY, the first year of war, the planet was the site of a victory for the Confederacy of Independent Systems over the Republic. The Republic's loss at Carida, coupled with other recent defeats, led Jedi Grand Master Yoda to believe that the Republic needed another major victory.
Sometime later in the war's course, Carida was once again under Republic control. The Republic operated a space station, known as the Valor, within orbit of Carida and it was the site of a Republic strategy conference around 20 BBY. The Separatists, under a super tactical droid, unsuccessfully tried to destroy the station during the conference using a derelict bomb-laden Jedi cruiser, the Renown. Near the end of the war, Republic forces seized a Techno Union factory on Tar Morden and acquired many crab droids, which were then sent to Carida.
The planet also had numerous rancors on it that had been transplanted from other worlds. They were often used for training exercises, pitting stormtroopers or Imperial vehicles against them. The planet was also the site of the Battle of Carida, between forces under Grand Admiral Thrawn and ships of the Zann Consortium.
The MT-AT "Spider Walker" was developed and manufactured here. General Veers also tested the first AT-AT there. Carida was also the homeworld of Admiral Kendal Ozzel.
Carida originally had two moons, one of which, the Mascot Moon, had the Academy's logo carved into its surface. In 8 BBY, Mako Spince attempted to remove the logo using antimatter. Instead of achieving this goal, the moon was destroyed.
The destruction of CaridaEdit
The planet was destroyed in 11 ABY by Jedi Kyp Durron, under the influence of the spirit of Sith Lord Exar Kun, by using the Sun Crusher, a superweapon that fired missiles into a star and caused it to go nova. Beforehand, Durron requested information on his brother, Zeth, who had been forced into the stormtrooper program. The Caridans falsely told him Zeth was killed in a training maneuver, and, in a rage, Durron fired a resonance torpedo at the system's sun. Kyp announced they had two hours to evacuate before their world was destroyed, and just before it happened, Lieutenant Dauren alerted him that Zeth was still alive. Many Imperials evacuated from the planet.
As Kyp raced to the surface to find Zeth, the sun collapsed and exploded in two massive shockwaves. Kyp managed to find his brother Zeth. However, Dauren prevented Zeth from getting on board his brother's ship and Kyp was forced to watch his brother die in the first wave. Kyp escaped as the second wave cracked the planet in half.