Nara Dayne was born to colonists on the Mid Rim world of Zenkos. The planet had never been the Republic's most loyal child, though it remained loyal throughout the Clone Wars, and thus it was forced to look to its own protection. The Zenkosi Sky Guard, a ramshackle fleet of exo-atmospheric attack craft, was the world's first line of defence prior to the rise of the Empire. For three years they fought off any Seperatist predation on their world's sovereignty, coming through it unscathed.
In the aftermath of the war, Zenkos again found itself ignored by an Empire concerned primarily with Core World comforts and Outer Rim piracy. Funding to the planet fell year by year, protection dried up, and taxes were raised considerably to fund the comforts of a Moff who probably couldn't name the planet itself, never mind manage its needs or address its problems. And as problems arose, so did tensions. The Sky Guard were called on continually to ward off pirates and safeguard merchant vessels, goals which led them on a collision course with the Imperial Navy.
Following the Battle of Yavin, the Sector Moff was called on to rapidly expand his fleet. His first response was to raise taxes to accomodate this growth, raising them beyond the point that many planetary governments could afford. When Zenkos could no longer afford to pay, Imperial patrol craft were ordered to proceed directly into orbit - and take its payments by force.
When two Imperial Raider patrol craft descended on the freighter Intrepid, carrying over a million kilos of wheat for the surrounding worlds, the Sky Guard's Reaver squadron responded, Nara flying as Reaver Four. A tense standoff followed, and nobody was quite sure who fired first, but the end result saw both Raiders, and half of Reaver squadron, reduced to so much wreckage.
The events that followed would leave an ashen taste in many mouths. The Sky Guard had no way to protect Zenkos, not now, and so they fled. Any others who could fled off-world well in advance of the Imperial reprisals: a swift crackdown, installation of an occupation, and the execution of the entire planetary government.
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