this was the codename used by the Yuuzhan Vong to describe their path of galactic invasion. Starting from a point in the Yuuzhan Vong's own galaxy, the Praetorite Vong traveled along Vector Prime and made first contact with the known galaxy at Helska, where their first ship established a base of operation. Through the efforts of Yomin Carr, they destroyed the planet Belkadan and planned to use it as a breeding ground for yorik coral. Next, Vector Prime continued on to Sernpidal, which was destroyed when a dovin basal drew the moon Dobido into a collision with the planet. Next on the vector were Destrillion and Dubrillion, but it was here that the first wave of the invasion force encountered stiff resistance. The New Republic was alerted to the presence of the alien invaders, and the base on Helska was destroyed. However, the Republic's leadership turned a blind eye to the scope of the Yuuzhan Vong threat, believing that Leia Organa Solo magnified its impact in order to regain political power. When Vector Prime consumed the worlds of Bimmiel, Dantooine, and Garqi, Chief of State Borsk Fey'lya was forced to concede his mistake and yield more power to the military in order to counteract the Yuuzhan Vong forces. With the destruction of the planet Obroa-skai, Vector Prime had captured or destroyed thirty planetary systems. After taking Bimmisaari and Nal Hutta, the Yuuzhan Vong made a series of strikes toward the Core. The fleet was split to attack the worlds of Tynna, Duro, and Ord Mantell. These victories gave the Yuuzhan Vong staging areas from which to attack the shipyards at Bilbringi and Fondor, as well as a direct path into the Core Worlds.