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During the establishment of the Empire and the rise of the Rebellion, were there any important (populous, wealthy, and/or strategic) planets which were neutral, meaning not nominally part of the Empire? For example, any planets not formally part of the Old Republic would therefore not automatically been part of the Empire, though presumably some were conquered.

According to Wookieepedia, even Hutt Space was annexed by the Empire.

As described in this answer, there are LOTS of worlds in the Star Wars galaxy, and only a fraction were part of the Republic or the Empire. Did any Core worlds exist outside the Empire or was the heart of their space incontestably theirs? What was the closest non-Empire aligned world to Empire space?

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  • As asked, this is a straight list question. I'm going to edit it so it's not, feel free to roll it back if I don't capture what you are actually asking, but you will probably still have to edit it to keep it open. Commented Mar 30, 2013 at 8:40
  • I was gonna say Tatooine, but the question was edited to "closest" :) Commented Mar 30, 2013 at 14:11
  • You could search the lists of planets found here. I would, but I gotta go
    – The Fallen
    Commented Mar 30, 2013 at 15:03
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    Where's Google Maps when you need it Commented Mar 30, 2013 at 15:05
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    Several regions were neutral: Chiss Ascendency; Empire of the Hand (quasi-neutral); Hapes Cluster; Vagaari Empire (weak). There were, of course several sectors that the Empire maintained only a token presence in that never joined the Rebellion.
    – The Fallen
    Commented Mar 30, 2013 at 15:12

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A few neutral planets of note are Adari (signed a non-aggression treaty with the Empire during the Galactic Civil War. In exchange for Adarian neutrality, the planet supplied large amounts of raw materials to the Empire), Aridus (Home of the Chubbits and have always been neutral in Galactic affairs, avoiding the Clone Wars and the rise of the Empire. However, with many valuable resources under the planet's surface, it could not avoid attention forever. When the Empire discovered the seemingly-endless amount of resources, Imperial mining teams rushed to exploit them and this wreaked havoc on the native Chubbits, who, with the assistance of the Rebel Alliance, forced the Empire to leave), Arkania Prime (Many of the crystals used for making lightsabers are found deep underground on Arkania Prime, although the people of the planet do not want to risk going deep underground), and Bimmisaari. Hope this helps!

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