||Fog-Shrouded Tree-Lined Mountains;
Cato Neimoidia, a key world of the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Neimoidians who manage the Trade Federation, is
one of the wealthiest worlds in the galaxy. Its polished skylines are suspended upon gently swaying bridges, feats of
architectural wonder spanning the fog-shrouded valleys of the mountainous world.
As an ancient space faring species, the Neimoidians have colonized hundreds of worlds. Such planets became the basis of their
riches, as the aggregate resources of their colonial holdings funneled back to their home world of Neimoidia. The most
prestigious of the colonies were the so-called purse worlds. These were not simply resource-rich planets of to be strip-mined
and exploited -- they served as administrative posts, managing their own set of colonies. They also served as repositories of
the harvested resources. They alone were allowed to carry the name of Neimoidia. Among the most famous of purse worlds were
Cato Neimoidia, Koru Neimoidia and Deko Neimoidia.
Cato Neimoidia is the eldest of the purse worlds. It is also, perhaps, the most exclusive. Only the richest of a very wealthy
culture live here, protecting their troves in subterranean vaults guarded by difficult landscapes and seemingly endless
battle droids. Not wanting to live too far from the vaults, yet not trusting anyone to get too close to them, the Neimoidians
instead built bridge cities suspended above the foggy grottos that led to their treasures.
During the Clone Wars, the Neimoidian Home Defense Legions doubled their conscription rate, and called up all reservists for
active protection of Neimoidia and her purse worlds. As such, the gently swaying bridge-cities became filled with Neimoidian
tanks and airstrips, mansions became billeted with soldiers and gunners, and polished skyscrapers and gilded towers were
marred by anti-starfighter emplacements. Even the private redoubt of Viceroy Nute Gunray was bolstered by upgraded defenses
as the Neimoidians cowered at the notion of possible attack.
The terrifying possibility became reality as the Republic breached the orbital defenses of the purse worlds and began a
concentrated strike against the Neimoidian holdings. A month before the Battle of Coruscant, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin
Skywalker, and Clone Commander Cody led their forces on a notoriously botched mission against the planet in an effort to
capture Viceroy Gunray. Gunray escaped, but the Jedi were able to seize his mechno-chair that contained the coded holographic
transmitter through which the Viceroy contacted Darth Sidious. This gave the Jedi valuable proof as to the Dark Lord's
Despite their mission missteps, the Republic was ultimately victorious on Cato Neimoidia, securing the world, if ever so
tenuously. Pockets of resistance continued to flourish in scattered bridge cities, resulting in regular Republic sorties to
patrol and quell any uprisings.
The Jedi Master Plo Koon was tasked with leading these missions, flying from span to span in a wedge-shaped Jedi starfighter.
During one such mission, Order 66 was enacted on Coruscant. The repercussions found their way to Cato Neimoidia, and Koon's
wingmen open fired on him. His damaged starfighter spun out of control and crashed into one of the suspended Neimoidian