Original Document by Jedi Scholars
The Tellerman Corridor and “Earth”:
History, Implications, and Current Status
1293 – 1576 A.E. (Alaarynian Epoch)
Jedi Wisdom Volume XIV, Section 21, Chapters 376-391
“Earth,” as TZ-192 is known colloquially to those who inhabit it, is a medium-to-large sized small planet which lies just outside the Sallyarchian Galaxy. It is populated with a large variety of carbon-based lifeforms. (It is estimated to have 72.4 Coruscation years (52.7 “terrestrial years”) before it becomes unable to sustain life. Jedi planners have been searching for suitable relocation planets for Earth’s population, but no significant progress has been made.)
Though technically outside the Tellerman Corridor, close proximity to the moons that make up the once invaluable Slarvatchian Cluster Mines (only 1.3 lightyears away) have made it relevant to Tellerman history since its discovery in 1293 A.E. (Alaarynian Epoch).
Officially, TZ-192 was initially discovered by Slarvatchian traders hailing from Coruscant, who used the planet as a convenient storage port for vast caches of mined Slarvatch before it could be transported to its final destination. They utilized TZ-192 as a strategically placed warehouse, of sorts.
However, scientific examination of ancient structures built on Earth indicates that there was contact between “Tzanians,” as residents of Earth are referred to, and Tellermans long before 1293 A.E. Pyramids built in a series of united city-states stretching across the land mass continent known as Africa bear a striking resemblance to the architecture which dominated early Aldaraan cities. Certain intellectual concepts and cultural practices spread throughout early Tzanian civilization – such as representative government, monogamous marriage contracts, blood sacrifice, and the concept of numerical zero – all hint at earlier influence from many planets in the Tellerman Corridor, chiefly Malastare, Corellia, Bespin, and Utapau.
A newer, controversial school of Jedi scholarship proposes that indeed the opposite may be true, and that many key aspects of Tellerman cultures – Corellian culture, in particular – developed as a direct result of Tzanian influence. Though compelling, this line of thinking has not been validated.
Some Tellerman scholars even contend that cross-breeding between homo sapiens, or humans – the apex life form on Earth – and visitors from Tellerman planets was a key factor in the development of Homo Sapien dominance. DNA testing in this matter is ongoing, and so far, inconclusive.
One peculiar aspect of the way Homo Sapiens have organized on Earth relates to the way in which they separate and govern themselves. While throughout the Tellerman Corridor, most planets which harbor intelligent life tend to have one planet-wide central government, on Earth there are hundreds of distinct “nations” across the planet which maintain unique leadership, territory, commerce, customs, language, and religions. War between nations on Earth is always being waged in at least one location, and often more. This is why many across the Tellerman Corridor still subscribe to the view that Earth is “without structure, order, or culture, a mad whirlwind of pain and blood.” A compelling hypothesis for why Earthlings developed this curious system of governance springs from the fact that they have very little contact with other planets, and in fact most Humans believe they are alone in the entire Universe. In the absence of enemies from rival planets, humans have historically seen no pressing need to unite, and instead have opted to create their own enemies from within their ranks.
Early interactions between Tellerman and Tzanian life forms were generally considered to be positive, if insignificant, though ancient Tellerman ignorance regarding the affects of the Slarvatch mineral on Earth’s ecosystem did lead to a number of environmental disasters, such as a global flood, two distinct ice ages, and, most recently, the increased warming of that planet’s atmosphere. Jedi have long recommended that an initiative be made to clean up all Slarvatch residue, but the Empire and the Alliance both consider this to be a low priority initiative.
Early Tellerman views of “Earthlings”
The first recorded Tellerman visitors to Earth were unimpressed by the dominant species they found there, describing Homo Sapiens as “unattractive, dim-witted, and unremarkable.” Slarvatchian Trader Ellitide Bancro recorded the following extended observation:
Jedi scholars would caution against drawing too many conclusions from this description, however, as Slarvatchian Traders, almost by definition, often hold other species in contempt, and traditionally interpret mere differences in culture and practice as defects and deficiencies in character.
Slarvatchian Traders have a well-earned reputation for purposely under-valuing a species’ intelligence and moral capabilities in order to justify continued exploitation of that species and that species’ home territories. (Where possible, Jedi have been dispatched to rectify these ongoing species’ rights violations.)
A more nuanced view emerges
Beginning in 1513 A.E., (or in the last 110 “terrestrial years,”), Jedi have developed an appreciation for the unique potential contained within the Humans on Earth. While Jedi have confirmed that Humans can often be brutal, animalistic, territorial, primal, overly focused on the more base aspects of existence, selfish, willfully ignorant, and generally dangerous, Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi, upon his landmark reconnaissance visit in 1515 A.E. (1892 A.D. according to Earth’s Own Terrestrial Calendars) described them as “fiercely loyal, stubborn in their optimistic view of the world, passionate, and, most notably, more creative than possibly any species I’ve ever come across in any Galaxy.”
Kenobi expanded on his thoughts in a letter written to Jedi Master Mace Windu, in an effort to persuade the Council to establish a training program on TZ-192.
These are a people who, by their sheer force of will, can create the most stunning, beautiful works of art while living amidst conditions that would cause most other species to die from depression and malaise alone. I have never seen such resilient strength. They often rebel against reality itself, refusing to accept the inevitable. And through their refusal to give up their impossible dreams, I have often seen them change reality itself and create worlds where the impossible happens on a regular basis. There is no other species that so easily accepts that precept of the Force which we find most difficult to teach – that what you believe becomes your reality.
What Kenobi recognized as great potential in the Force, others on the Council feared as a combustible combination. Darlone Rukett, the leader of the “Anti-Human” wing of the Jedi Council implored the others to “acknowledge that we ask all Padawan and Jedi to free themselves of exactly those emotions and purge the passions which seem intrinsic to the human experience. A Human Jedi is an inherently dangerous, explosive proposition. If centuries of Jedi Wisdom have taught us that the slightest hint of Magma harkens death and destruction, then why would we consider inviting an army of active Volcanoes into our circle?”
According to those close to him, Kenobi was particularly impressed by Homo Sapiens’ singular dedication to a concept known as “love,” where an individual would be willing to lay down anything, including his or her own life, for the betterment of others. Though many claim that such behavior does not in fact exist, during his visit to TZ-192, he witnessed such behavior firsthand, and remained deeply affected by it throughout his life. In fact, many theorize that Kenobi’s own death was hastened by his desire to display an example of extreme sacrifice, when assisting the young and then-untrained Luke Skywalker in one of the Vader Death Star Conflicts of the 1550’s (A.E.) Despite conflicting reports, Skywalker has always maintained that Kenobi willfully allowed himself to be slain in order to ensure Skywalker’s escape and survival.
The Padawan Project
Kenobi’s influence over the Jedi Council grew during the 1520’s (A.E) as he consolidated support and power, due mostly to his successful campaigns in Aldaraan, where he was credited with completely rooting out any Dark Side influence and ushering in centuries of peace and prosperity. (Modern scholarship questions the extent to which Kenobi’s actual activities were truly responsible for the Aldaraan Golden Age, but regardless, he was perceived to be the cause at the time, and wielded this reputation to force his will on the Council.)
Kenobi, possessing a clear and unchallengeable block of Jedi support, enacted a variety of previously controversial initiatives during this period. One of them was the establishment of Human Earthling Padawan Project (HEPP), which operated on TZ-192 with the express goal of identifying and developing a class of Human Jedi Knights, to join and assist with the galactic struggle against the Dark Side. Kenobi himself led the project.
Early results were considered “tantalizing, though ultimately disappointing,” according to Cantle Hummber, who served as Assistant Jedi Development and Training Coordinator in the first decade of the organization’s existence. Of the first class of Human Jedi, only one, Svenn Thomasan, an individual from the Tzanian nation known as “Sweden,” was deemed qualified to leave Earth and join in galactic missions.
However, after one successful peace-keeping campaign into the unmapped wilderness of Endor, the lush wooded moon, Svenn grew despondent, missing his homeland and family. Svenn was granted permission to return to Sweden shortly thereafter, and lived out the rest of his days tending to flocks of less intelligent mammalian species known as cows and sheep. He never spoke of his experience as a Jedi.
Other Human Padawans simply failed to meet the criteria for service (the Sacred Precepts) as laid out by the Jedi Council, and even Kenobi conceded that exceptions could not be made for Humans. Most of the children assimilated back into the human culture quickly and easily, and many became acclaimed, celebrated individuals when they matured into adults – artists, soldiers, statesmen, inventors, businessmen, and authors.
Former Padawans were responsible for many of the greatest accomplishments in recent human history – communications and technological innovations, social movements, artistic breakthroughs, and financial empires.
The 2nd Generation of Human Jedi
Kenobi took a keener interest in HEPP after the relative failure of the first class, knowing that success in the second generation was vital if the program was going to receive continued support from the Jedi Council.
He personally interviewed failed Jedi Svenn Thomasan, but gleaned very little information.
In the absence of any real lessons from the previous class of Jedis, Kenobi determined that the classic Padawan education, which had been developed without Humans in mind, had proven ineffectual. Indeed, Kenobi argued, an emphasis on setting aside ones emotions, affections, and attachments undercut uniquely human strengths.
Kenobi relieved most personnel responsible for overseeing HEPP of their duties, and maintained a trusted, skeleton staff. He slashed the number of Padawans in the program. In the first HEPP class, fifty Humans were identified and trained. In this second, only 5.
Unbeknownst to the Jedi Council, and without their approval, Kenobi developed a new curriculum for the second generation of Jedi Humans, one based on a foundation of innate human characteristics. In a startling departure from ancient, sound Jedi tradition, he encouraged the small group of Padawans to accept their Human emotions, not suppress them, and “mine their emotions for the good.”
Kenobi came to believe that all Human emotions, even rage and sadness and jealousy, could be a benefit, if properly channeled. This new method veered dangerously close to the fundamentals of Sith training, and explains, at least in part, why Kenobi remains such a controversial figure in Jedi history even to this day.
Kenobi recorded early success, marveling at both the strength and enthusiasm displayed by his young Padawan.
There is a joy to their training that I’ve never before witnessed. Rarely can I watch an entire session without breaking into a smile. Their abilities, at such young ages, make promises of incredible futures, remarkable even by Jedi standards. Andrew in particular appears perfectly suited for the Jedi life, and already has separated himself from the rest.
[Note from Thomas: A portion of the history appeared to be redacted here, as it skipped from the promise of the second class of young Padawan to a monumental failure.]
Aftermath of the Failed Project
While the failure of the First Class of Human Padawan was embarrassing for the program, it had little negative impact on either Earth or the Tellerman Corridor.
Not so with the Second Class of Human Padawan. The fallout from Kenobi’s failure was devastating to Earth. The descent and ultimate loss of Andrew directly impacted the other four Padawan pupils, and Kenobi lost complete control of the program. While those that failed to become full Jedi in the First Class went on to become productive members of human society, the remaining Padawan from Kenobi’s Second Class were permanently scarred by the Andrew situation, and unable to peacefully blend back into Tzanian life.
Jedi Scholars contend that those remaining four were directly responsible for the darkest era in Earth’s history, culminating in a brutally destructive world-wide war which was marked by the mass exterminations of a particular subset of humans.
Kenobi resigned from the Council in shame. He renounced his Jedi knighthood, because he considered himself unworthy of the title, and retreated to the wastelands of the desert planet Tattoine, where he stayed until young Luke Skywalker crossed paths with him and offered a chance at redemption.
Not only was HEPP discontinued, but all of Earth was quarantined, and any further contact between any inhabitants of the Tellerman Corridor and Humans was officially prohibited. Jedi training, the Force, and Humanity were determined to be explosive when combined, and, despite any apparent potential, too unstable to pursue any longer.
Since 1557 A.E. (1945 A.D. according to Terrestrial Calendars) the Jedi policy on TZ-192 has been one of protection and containment. A small Jedi contingent is assigned to enforcing the TZ-192 Quarantine Policy, which, officially, both the Empire and the Rebel Alliance have agreed upon. However, the Jedi Council notes that while both the Empire and the Rebel Alliance will publicly lend support to the Quarantine, they both consistently break this agreement, and continue to maintain a small presence on Earth.
The Prometheus Incident
While the failure of Kenobi’s Second Class of Padawan had a profound impact on both TZ-192 and the Tellerman Corridor, Jedi Scholars agree that the Prometheus Incident, as it’s come to be known, was equally influential in shaping relations between the two.
In 1561 A.E. (1968 A.D. according to Earth’s Own Terrestrial Calendars), a young American named George Lucas was traveling via foot and train through the continental land mass on Earth known as Europe, when he came across the ruins of a bunker in a thickly wooded area known as the Black Forest.
When the Padawan Project was hastily shut down after the terrible Second Class events, Kenobi assured the Jedi Council that all traces of the program had been removed from Earth.
Yet, in the ruins of this hidden underground structure, Lucas came across a knowledge transfer wire which was unfortunately tuned to a range of perception that matched his own. Lucas assimilated large passages of Tellermanian history.
In the following decades, Lucas proved to be a highly talented visionary, and created a series of immensely popular films, known as the “Star Wars Trilogy,” based on what he learned about the Tellerman Corridor, which billions of Humans around the world watched and enjoyed. Human children were now attempting to emulate what they saw in the movies, and as a result far more Humans were attempting to harness the Force than even during the height of the Padawan Project.
The history as presented in Lucas’ films was distorted and inaccurate, though rooted enough in Tellerman reality to expose Humans to far more than the Jedi Council ever intended, especially in light of the Quarantine. Still, based on a study of trends in Human entertainment, Jedi scholars believed that interest in the “Star Wars” films would eventually wane. Yet, even as the first generation of Star Wars fans grew into adulthood, their children gravitated towards Lucas’ films in droves.
The Jedi Council initiated a series of failed attempts to undercut the popularity of the Star Wars film. Jedi Agents infiltrated the filmmaking process and injected annoying, unpopular characters into the stories, such as the unrealistic, cartoonish Gundan known as Jar Jar Binks. (Tellermans who know actual Gundans can only laugh when seeing how the noble, brave, composed species was portrayed.)
Yet, as has been discussed, Humans are loyal, stubborn, and loving, and nothing could cause them to lose interest in Lucas’ increasingly popular Star Wars franchise.