Pentastar Alignment (Years 8-11)

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The Pentastar Alignment
Political information
Motto "Peace. Order. Justice."
Type of government Martial Oligarchy
Head of State Moff Alan Steel (Year 10)[1]
Moff Daneel Olivaw (Year 11)[2]
Commander-in-Chief Grand Moff Alex McMount
Affiliation Formerly Galactic Empire

Outer Rim Defense Alliance
Rogue Squadron

Societal information
Capital Seswenna Sector
Territory Various Outer Rim regions
Language(s) Imperial Basic
Currency Galactic Credit Standard (Imperial Dataries)
Historical Information
Formed from Galactic Empire
Date of establishment Year 8 Day 99
Date of dissolution Year 11 Day 217 (see: Rogue Squadron)
Industry Government
Status Defunct
Holosite Pentastar Alignment

The Pentastar Alignment (abbreviated TPA) was a government in the Outer Rim. The organization started as BlasTech Industries and joined the Galactic Empire in a city-state agreement signed on Year 9 Day 18 that turned it into the Imperial Outer Rim Authority (IORA). After an official vote by its ruling council, the IORA declared independence from the Empire and became the BlasTech Corporation. However, after its ruling power decided to further consolidate their power into a single ruling body, the Pentastar Alignment was born. It was known as one of the strongest governments in the Outer Rim region of the galaxy. On Year 11 Day 217, the Pentastar Alignment merged with its longtime ally Rogue Squadron and the vast majority of its personnel became part of Rogue Squadron's Blackheart Division.[3]


Second Birth

The origins of the Pentastar Alignment date back to when Emperor Vodo Bonias declared that BlasTech Industries — a former name of TPA — would be reborn and reconstructed. Bonias wanted to create a independent force in the Outer Rim and foresaw that an industrial manufacturer would greatly serve his vision of Empire's future. As such, BlasTech Industries was recreated by the Empire as a new independent organization rather than a simple subdivision of the Imperial industrial directorate. To ensure the effectiveness and integrity of this new enterprise, Imperial Governor Brat Cost Ru was appointed by Bonias to serve as the President of the BlasTech Industries. Ru became well-known throughout the Empire for his effective and hard-edged management style, as well as for tremendous planetary management successes in the past.

In its early days, the organization primarily conscripted young engineers and researchers from all over the countless Imperial planets. They gathered the scattered remnants and assets of the previous incarnation of BlasTech and recruited specialists from distant worlds in order to reconstruct the organization. The eight-edged star of the BlasTech Industries was about to have a new sunrise.

Golden Age

The history of BlasTech Industries is traced back to the times of the Old Republic, when the expansionist policy and quick development of the outer worlds demanded infantry weapons at a over-increasing rates. Many companies engaged themselves on the run for creation and production of effective weapons, but numerous colonies wars, diversions and rivalry was decimating their numbers with every new century. At the very end, only three leading companies persisted – these were BlasTech, SoroSuub and Merr-Sonn companies. This is the apex of the BlasTech prosperity, as it's weaponry design were so successful, that even their direct rivals SoroSuub and Merr-Sonn had to produce some of BlasTech's designs under license. Aside of dealing with weapons production itself, BlasTech Industries also played important role in the social and cultural activities all throughout the Galaxy, being the patrons of arts, recreation and social programs. Blastech Gikosphere – the huge indoor sporting venue located on the planet Coruscant was just one of these projects. Created during the last years of the Old Republic under the sponsorship of BlasTech, the Gikosphere could hold more than 120,000 beings for sporting events and was one of the most magnificent cultural enterprises of the time.

But as the sun has to meet its sunset, the BlasTech had to as well. Guided by their own expansionist intentions, BlasTech, SoroSuub and Merr-Sonn together with several other companies, united themselves into the so-called Techno Union, unleashing the massive Galaxy-wide expansionist campaign. The outcome of the war is well-known. As the result of Clone Wars and subsequent years of bilateral diversions and economic blackmailing, SoroSuub finally managed to obtain the control over the BlasTech Industries, providing their puppet figures to the BlasTech directorate. Since then a dark age began for BlasTech, a time of corruption and intrigue aimed at the destruction of corporation's potential. The once-proud corporation ended its existence when one of its key officers hijacked a large portion of the corporation's wealth. This embezzlement led to the collapse of BlasTech Industries.

Pentastar Alignment

Despite the theft of a large portion of its credits and the collapse of the organization, BlasTech Industries was reorganized once more.[4] The organization re-emerged on the galactic market with the help of the Galactic Empire and soon claimed independence, as well as obtained new territories from the very same well-wishers within the Empire. A lot has been said about it both in gossip and official news, there is no need to include such periodicals in a historical summary. Instead, this chapter will summarize all the bits and pieces that were left on the background, not for the average eye to see.

In reality, the phoenix didn't start shining all at once. Indeed, BlasTech exhibited one of the most rapid economical and social growths of a new organization the galaxy had ever seen. But not as the once prominent weapons producer. Not even a single E-11 rifle, BlasTech's iconic product. From it's dawn, the 'New BlasTech' had much more than just weapons production in mind. Regardless of the fact, that the Empire already had all the necessary business and production alliances it needs, including a weapons producer in the shape of Mandalore, the revived weapons leader had a completely non-production goal in sight. Charged with the harsh galactic free-for-all realities, the Empire, being pulled apart by numerous small conflicts, had no choice, but to allow control of two of it's sectors by a loyal organization capable of full military, economical and social output. And hence only one type of an organization can possibly survive on it own and guard imperial property in the process, the new BlasTech was built with government in mind. All the weapons production was now rather a 'free bonus', that comes along with the ever-popular brand that is "BlasTech." The company no longer pursued it's past goals of competing against Merr-Sonn and SoroSuub which have survived the civil war in much better ways. BlasTech now focused on supporting the Galactic Empire both as a guardian of territory and a hardware producer of its rifles.[4] This new chapter in the 'BlasTech' brand was a massive turning point in the Outer Rim.

Imperial Roots

On Year 9 Day 18, Imperial diplomats from various sectors convened with home-sector officials at the Imperial Palace for a special announcement. At this meeting, Grand Moff Arturus Goth officially welcomed BlasTech Industries as a signatory of the Imperial city-state accords. As a formal Imperial city-state, BlasTech was eligible for subsidies and other forms of support from the Galactic Empire. More importantly, BlasTech Industries was now recognized by the Galactic Empire as the legitimate government of the Outer Rim with Moff Brat Cost Ru as its leader.[5]

BlasTech soon became an unstoppable military power in the Outer Rim territories.[6] This turnover, besides being natural and well-planned before its re-appearance in the galactic arena, also heralded some major changes. An obvious goal for the ruling council of BlasTech was to delegate the routine and production tasks to independent subgroups within their organization in order for the mother-faction to focus solely on defensive and political matters.

Since the core of BlasTech primarily consisted of retired Imperial officers, such a split was absolutely no surprise for the better part of the galaxy. Few would think that the Empire would give up part of it's space just for the fun of it. As planned as it was, all the critical decision points were left to the commanders of BlasTech to agree upon, with them having to present their model to Emperor Vodo Bonias. After numerous meetings at their headquarters in the Seswenna sector, members of the Imperial High Command came up with an effective, but a somewhat complicated plan: An umbrella. Under that plan, one single governing body would remain and be supported by specifically business-oriented subsidiary organizations. Such an approach would, of course, create a problem of maintaining four or five large subgroups separately, leading to increased financial expenses as well as a tougher demand on citizen activity, but on the other hand, it effectively removed the giant bureaucratic bottleneck that has plagued some of the larger galactic governments to this day. In fact, the model was nowhere near new. The approach when all factions operated independently following the guidelines of a central governing entity was long-before introduced by the Mandalore and it's satellites and proved to be working well.

Quickly accepted by the Imperial High Command, the new structure was put into working order in a matter of two months - not at all surprising for a dedicated group of professionals that made up the core of the BlasTech organization. Since the well-being and growth of the local population was a primary objective of the revived BlasTech Industries, it's name was rightfully passed to a medical faction, that focused on re-organizing the ailing healthcare system left by decades of reckless pirate and outlaw despotism in the Outer Rim. One other goal was to keep the word combination active among galactic factions, and, ironically, ‘BlasTech Industries’ went all the way from a weapons manufacturer through a government and turned into a ‘bacta bot’. The other faction, created about a month prior to the medical one, was a much needed ore extraction faction that would focus on supplying the ever-increasing number of construction sites throughout Outer Rim.

As for the mother-faction, it was awkwardly re-branded into the Imperial Outer Rim Authority and officially accepted as an ally of the Galactic Empire,[6] thus settling the ruling structure of the Outer Rim Oversector for the time being. Additional members of the BlasTech umbrella were still in the works under the title, though it is pretty much unclear what type of corporations will they be and how many of them will there be. Only one thing is certain at this point in the history of the IORA: they're serious and they've come to stay for good in the Outer Rim.

Change of Heart

Eventually, Emperor Vodo Bonias insisted the Imperial Outer Rim Authority merge its territories and assets with the Empire once again. However, the ruling council of the Imperial Outer Rim Authority looked at its past deeds and all of the accomplishments it had made without the Empire's assistance. Supreme Commander Brat Cost Ru called for a vote from his people whether to be united back with the Galactic Empire or to break away from the Empire. The vote was almost unanimous towards independence and BlasTech severed relations with the Galactic Empire. Unsurprisingly, hostilities ensued. Supreme Commander Brat Cost Ru declared war on the Galactic Empire and its allies. On Year 9 Day 276, the Imperial Outer Rim Authority rechristened itself the BlasTech Corporation and declared its neutrality.[7] The Imperial Outer Rim Authority was renamed "the BlasTech Corporation"[8] On the same day, Moff Brat Cost Ru decided to cede his ruling position to Anian Aksun. Aksun was appointed President of the BlasTech Corporation. Brat Cost Ru, however, retained a position on BlasTech's ruling council as an adviser.[9] During these difficult times, BlasTech worked hard to preserve its sectors and started to develop them further, concentrating all their political and social network in the Seswenna Sector. It became a successful independent corporate enterprise and controlled vast territories in the Outer Rim.

Seeking allies in the galaxy, BlasTech began clandestine negotiations with the Red Star Alliance (RSA), later known as Rogue Squadron. On Year 9 Day 356, BlasTech revealed they had signed an informal ceasefire agreement with the Red Star Alliance, as well as a non-aggression pact with the Galactic Alliance, a military coalition of that opposed the Imperial Union in the ongoing Galactic Civil War.[10][11] The Alliance between the Red Star Alliance and the BlasTech Corporation is called "Outer Rim Defense Alliance" or ORDA.[11] The High Command of the BlasTech Corporation decided then they had to reform into a more powerful and organized government based off loyalty, strength and justice for the Outer Rim leaving behind Greed and Profit. On Year 10 Day 61, with the secession of IORA from the Galactic Empire and their subsequent renaming to BlasTech Corporation, the ruling council of BlasTech contacted the Krath Dynasty, their longtime foe in the Outer Rim, and negotiate a cessation of hostilities against each other.[12]

Blackheart Division

On Year 11 Day 217, somewhere in the deep forests of Meris V in the Meris System, a private ceremony was held in a forest clearing. Shortly before the ceremony began, the high command of Rogue Squadron — including Xavze Zavan, Hexx Harpy, Lud Star, Kurami Jankov and Mandor von Uberwald — arrived and seated themselves around a campfire. Soonafter, the ruling council of the Pentastar Alignment — such as Daneel Olivaw, Alex McMount, Alan Steel and Memnoch — likewise arrived and took their places around the campfire. The other guests ceased talking and dead silence fell over the clearing. The current leader of the Rogue Squadron, Xavze Zavan, stood up and announced that the Pentastar Alignment would become known as the Blackheart Division and merge into Rogue Squadron. Most of the guests knew that the Rogue Squadron and the Pentastar Alignment had been allies for years and had worked closely together. But the fact that there could be such high level of trust between the leaders of two independent governments came as a surprise to many of them.[13]

Known Leadership


Main article: Timeline
  • Year 9 Day 18: BlasTech Industries transitions from a weapons manufacturer into an Imperial city-state and a formal government.[14]
  • Year 9 Day 276: The Imperial Outer Rim Authority rechristens itself the BlasTech Corporation and declares neutrality.[9]
  • Year 9 Day 276: Brat Cost Ru, the leader of BlasTech Corporation, cede his ruling position to President Anian Aksun.[9]
  • Year 9 Day 356: The Red Star Alliance and BlasTech Corporation reveal their respective governments have signed a ceasefire agreement.[15]
  • Year 10 Day 61: Two longtime antagonists, the Krath Dynasty and the BlasTech Corporation, sign a ceasefire agreement.[16]
  • Year 10 Day 173: Moff Alan Steel is sworn in as the second Supreme Commander of the Pentastar Alignment.[1]
  • Year 11 Day 105: Moff Daneel Olivaw assumes the reigns of power the Pentastar Alignment from Supreme Commander Alan Steel.[2]
  • Year 11 Day 217: The Pentastar Alignment is renamed the Blackheart Division and assimilated into Rogue Squadron.[17]


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