Bases & Space Stations
Death Star II
The destruction of the first Death Star over the fourth moon of Yavin represented a devastating defeat for the Empire. In typical fashion, Emperor Palpatine decided that the best revenge would be to again confront the Rebellion with its greatest fear--a resurrected Death Star.
Palpatine summoned the original Death Starís lead designer, Bevel Lemelisk, ordering him to produce an even more advanced battle station. After finishing work on the Tarkin battle station, Lemeliskís design team soon completed the second Death Starís design.
Not only was the second Death Star larger and more deadly, but several flaws in the original design were corrected. The vulnerable thermal exhaust ports were replaced with millimeter-wide heat dispersion ducts, leaving no weak spots in this battle stationís armor. The finished design increased the overall size of the new Death Star to 160 kilometers in diameter. The north pole of the station featured a one-hundred-story tower topped by the Emperorís private observation chamber--perhaps the most heavily armored and shielded portion of the station.
This new Death Starís central weapon, the terrifying superlaser, featured substantially increased power, allowing it to be recharged in a matter of minutes rather than hours. The superlaserís targeting and power control systems were refined so the weapon could be turned on capital starships.
Lemelisk added 20,000 turbolasers to repel attacks from starfighters and capital ships. Once completed, this station would have carried thousands of TIE fighters, troops, and ground combat vehicles. This new Death Star would have been invincible; the only way to stop it would have been to destroy it while it was still under construction.
Of course, the Death Star was also part of an elaborate trap set by Emperor Palpatine to lure the Rebels out of hiding. For nearly four years the Rebels had managed to avoid Imperial war fleets. The Emperor provided a target so dangerous that the Rebels could not afford to pass it up.
Palpatine allowed the Allianceís Bothan spies to learn the location of the Death Star; he did not disclose the fact that the superlaser would be fully operational by the time the Rebel fleet arrived. The Rebels fell for his simple trap.
Imperial engineers built an immense shield generator on the forest moon of Endor to protect the partially completed Death Star. However, the Empire underestimated the "primitive" Ewoks indigenous to Endorís moon. A small team of Rebel commandos was able to enlist the Ewoksí aid and destroy the shield generator, thus allowing the Millennium Falcon, commanded by General Lando Calrissian, to fly inside the partially completed battle station and destroy its power core.
As the second Death Star exploded over the forest moon, the Emperor was killed as his war fleet was flung into disarray. A month later Rebel leader Mon Mothma declared the end of the Rebellion and announced the formation of the New Republic.