In The Force Awakens, a new government, called the Republic, has come to power, and is providing support and assistance to the Resistance. At one point, we see what appears to be the Senate building and the seat of power of the Republic, which

the First Order completely destroys, along with it's 4 moons/other planets.

Do we know the identity of the planet where the new Republic government is being run from?


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According to the wiki,

Hosnian Prime is the Capital of the New Republic, and the whole Hosnian System is what we see destroyed in the movie. Their was "chatter on D'Qar when they're planning the Starkiller raid that it was the 'Hosnian System' that was destroyed."

This is based on both reference in movie, as well as a new book The Force Awakens Visual Dictonary

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    I find it maddeningly annoying that this is never explained in the movie. Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 22:45
  • @DaaaahWhoosh yeah it would have solved my question if i would have known the capital moved...
    – Himarm
    Commented Dec 18, 2015 at 22:57
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    @DaaaahWhoosh Yeah, if there was any explanation at all in the movie of what that planet was or why they were destroying it, I entirely missed it. Seemed like a random weapons test.
    – DCShannon
    Commented Dec 20, 2015 at 20:43
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    Considering one of the complaints about the prequels were that there was too much exposition and boring political talk I suppose JJ decided to err on the side of less of that stuff. Those of us who are into more background info will eventually find it in the new books and comics.
    – Boelabaal
    Commented Dec 22, 2015 at 21:26
  • @DaaaahWhoosh, just before the Hosnian system is destroyed there is a monologue (by Hux I believe) about how they would be destroying the seat of the Republic, which was why i thought it was Coruscant until the mention of Hosnian later on in the film Commented Dec 29, 2015 at 15:51

Also, to add to existing answers, TFA Visual Dictionary clarifies that Hosnian Prime is not the permanent seat of the New Republic.

The capital is moved from place to place in accordance with votes.

Because Democracy!

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    Sounds expensive. Like, mind-numblingly expensive.
    – Ellesedil
    Commented Dec 21, 2015 at 19:26
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    @Ellesedil just think of it like the Olympics or the world cup, it moves every set years to whoever the committee selects, and that planet builds a massive stadi--I mean senate building
    – CBredlow
    Commented Dec 30, 2015 at 21:45
  • @Ellesedil Sounds like EU moving from Brussels to Strasbourg once a month...
    – vojta
    Commented Apr 3, 2018 at 10:20

Luckily, another question provides the names of the planets. Takodana is the planet our intrepid heroes were on, and from there they watched

the destruction of Hosnian Prime.

So presumably Coruscant is safe.


The system destroyed was the Hosnian system (it is mentioned by name in a later scene). It was indeed the current seat of the New Republic senate.

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