Star Wars: Shades of Good and Evil
Cerea was a planet located in the Mid Rim region of the galaxy. The homeworld of the Cerean species, Cerea was notable for its inhabitants’ harmonious relationship with nature. Technology and pollution were frowned upon by the conservative government, a major point in the planet’s decision not to join the Galactic Republic. The Cerean population mainly lived in giant buildings that took up a minimum of space, allowing the remainder of the planet’s area to be employed as farmland. Foreign immigrants and visitors were, with a few exceptions, only allowed in Cerea’s Outsider Citadels, enormous buildings erected to let non-Cereans practice their technological ways. This ensured that the foreigners’ technology did not contaminate Cerea’s nature, but also led to a concentration of criminal elements within the Citadels.
Cerea was ruled by the Council of Elders, which in turn was led by a president. The planet was for the most part ignored by the Republic until a few years prior to the Clone Wars. Cerea’s seclusion caused a unique culture to develop, one that focused on other values than the mainstream galactic civilization. In 21 BBY, Cerea was the site of a battle between the Republic and Confederacy of Independent Systems, which had an adverse effect on the planet’s relatively untouched nature.
Located in the Mid Rim region of the galaxy, Cerea’s system was home to no less than three suns. Cerea was situated far away from other planets, which meant it was isolated from the galactic community for several millennia. The planet’s remote location made it a relatively safe place; an invasion by any of the galaxy’s factions was unlikely throughout its history due to the sheer cost of such a long-distance war. However, this also meant that interstellar trade was both laborious and expensive.
Cerea was a planet that went relatively untouched by pollution and advanced technology. This was due to the native Cerean species, who worked to preserve Cerean nature, even at the cost of both prosperity and technological advancement. As a result, Cerea was a lush, green world that was covered by vegetation, save for some mountainous regions and several large oceans.1 Cerea’s vegetation consisted mostly of grass, bushes, and palm-like trees. The planet was home to an abundance of rivers, which were used for transportation
Among the few sources of pollution on the planet were the enormous Outsider Citadels, built at the request of the Galactic Republic to house non-Cerean immigrants. Technology was allowed in these structures, which, despite the strict supervision of the Cerean government, were riddled with poverty and various forms of crime. The numerous plains of Cerea were the galaxy’s only source of the organic matter malium, which was required in the growth cycle of the native tecave plant, which in turn produced the euphoria-inducing substance guilea. The effects of guilea made it a desirable trading commodity, particularly for crime lords such as Jabba Desilijic Tiure, who sought to synthesize malium to produce his own guilea.