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Vulpter became part of the galactic community at large between 20,000 and 15,000 BBY. The Vulptereens were among the founding members of the Trade Federation, an allegiance that proved catastrophic for Vulpter's ecosystem. When the Federation seized control of the planet, the organization essentially turned the already-polluted world into an enormous junkyard. Following the establishment of the Galactic Empire, Vulpter was blockaded and cut off from all interplanetary trade, leading to widespread famine on the planet. It was not until the establishment of the New Republic that Vulpter rejoined the galaxy. During the Second Galactic Civil War, Vulpter was the site of a meeting between the heads of the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances and the Confederation, where Jedi Ben Skywalker assassinated the Confederate leader.
Vulpter was the only habitable planet in the Vulpter system of the Deep Core. Despite being located near the center of the galaxy, it was historically considered insignificant by organizations such as the Trade Federation and the Galactic Empire, to the point where it was often omitted from maps. A local year on Vulpter lasted 391 standard days, while each day consisted of 22.5 standard hours. The atmosphere, although heavily polluted, was breathable by most species, and the planet's temperature ranged from very cold to temperate. Vulpter was situated on one end of the Carbonite Run, a popular route used by smugglers wishing to evade authorities on their way from the nearby planet Empress Teta.
The planet was originally covered with grassy plains, forests, and a wide assortment of other types of terrain. Over the millennia the native Vulptereen's intense focus on industrialization slowly turned Vulpter into a wasteland; polluted urban cities, massive factories and waste pits became the dominant topographical features, and a thick smog enveloped the entire world. This caused agriculture to be unsustainable, with the inhabitants forced to import foodstuffs from other worlds. The situation was worsened when the Trade Federation seized control of the planet—the megacorporation turned the planet into a dumping ground for low quality goods and impoverished the natives. Immense underground caverns were dug by the Federation's driller machines, and much of the planet's air and water supply came to be considered toxic.
Trash was shot into orbit around Vulpter, eventually forming massive, black belts around the world. Of particular note was the Orbital Advertisement Ring, an enormous advertisement billboard that surrounded the entire planet. The structure—consisting of kilometer-wide neon advertisements and assorted space debris—dominated Vulpter's skyline, and its shadow was large enough to ruin entire crop plantings—further damning agricultural efforts. One of the largest podracer factories in the galaxy was located on Vulpter, making the sport popular enough for the Vulptereens to host an annual race in the Advertisement Field surrounding the planet. The major exports of Vulpter were vehicles and starships, produced in the planet's many factories. In addition to food, the population relied on importing high technology and assorted consumer goods.
The acquired harsh climate of the planet ensured that five out of every six settlements were either abandoned or in gross disrepair—an example was Benoga, a town that was both devoid of inhabitants and slowly falling apart. These empty cities often served as hiding places for criminals who wished to evade legal authorities, such as the Black Sun associate Harper Krass. Local rumor was that some of the abandoned settlements were haunted by ghosts. Inhabited cities included Charbi and Hpaq.
Vulpter fell, at various times, under the political hegemony of galaxy-spanning powers such as the Galactic Republic, the Galactic Empire, and Darth Krayt's Galactic Empire. However, the only major organization to actively rule the planet was the Trade Federation. Following the dissolution of the Federation in 19 BBY, Vulpter still retained some form of local government, which operated a police force and a navy. Organizations such as Charbi Port Authority somewhat unsuccessfully monitored customs and immigration to the planet.
As the native Vulptereen species made advances in technology, they took the first steps to industrialize their planet. Once a verdant world, the natives soon turned Vulpter into a polluted wasteland. The world was discovered by the Galactic Republic somewhere between 20,000 and 15,000 BBY; subsequently, it joined the galactic community. Around 32 BBY, however, Vulpter was completely seized by the Federation through an internal power grab by Neimoidians, who viewed the planet purely as a factory and its inhabitants as inferior. The Federation established its headquarters in the city of Benoga and set about impoverishing the Vulptereens and further industrializing the world.
In 22 BBY, the corporations Viper Sensor Intelligence Systems and Arakyd Industries, both based on Vulpter, were involved in a conflict. Arakyd asserted that Viper's XPLR-R prototype borrowed heavily from their probe droid designs. The situation was resolved when Arakyd—using sixty AAD-4 assault droids and three XR-37 tank droids—raided and seized Viper's Hpaq headquarters. Following the takeover, Viper Sensor Intelligence Systems was absorbed into Arakyd as a research and development division.
Following the establishment of the Galactic Empire, hyperspace travel into the Deep Core was heavily restricted by the Imperial Hyperspace Security Net, a complex and heavily monitored system ensuring that only authorized ships were allowed access to the region. Perceived by the Empire as a world with no useful resources or strategic value, Vulpter was almost entirely cut off from the rest of the galaxy. Trade was actively prohibited, including the import of foodstuffs, upon which the population was entirely reliant. The ensuing famines and riots claimed millions of Vulptereen lives. The lack of Imperial attention led to Vulpter being used as a safe haven for operatives of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. When the Alliance managed to penetrate the Hyperspace Security Net, the planet became a major staging point for the organization's attacks on Imperial holdings in the Core Worlds. In exchange for using the planet for military purposes, the Alliance supplied the inhabitants of Vulpter with much-needed foodstuffs and other resources.
Rejoining the galaxyEdit
After the defeat of the Empire and the establishment of the New Republic, Vulpter rejoined the galactic community. The Vulptereens, back in control of their own world, set about transforming Vulpter into a viable manufacturing planet. The same ecosystem purification team responsible for cleaning up the ruined atmosphere of Duro was hired to mend Vulpter's broken ecology. Under their supervision, the planet slowly recovered from the centuries of reckless pollution.
During the Second Galactic Civil War, the Vulpter city of Charbi served as the location for a secret meeting between Galactic Alliance Chief of State Cal Omas and Confederation leader Dur Gejjen to bring an end to the conflict. The Jedi Ben Skywalker, under orders from fellow Jedi Jacen Solo, assassinated Gejjen during the meeting, further souring the relationship between the two factions.