during the last century of the Old Republic, the Trade Federation was led by three alien races: the Neimoidians, the Filordi, and the Caarites. Both the Filordi and the Caarites were unprepared for the Neimoidians' plans to blockade the Naboo System, and decided to break off their relationship with the Trade Federation. Together, the two races formed the Metatheran Cartel, and begin making plans to wrest control of Cularin from the Federation if the blockade of Naboo should fail. When the Federation was defeated at Naboo and was faced with the loss of their trade charter, the Metatheran Cartell assumed control of Cularin. The Cartel made a serious effort to eliminate piracy in the system, and placed a number of restrictions on trade and commerce.