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this ostensibly neutral planet saw a great deal of combat during the early stages of the Clone Wars. It was a remote world that was best-known for its production of barq and kushayan. The export of these and other luxury foodstuffs accounted for some fifty percent of the entire galactic market, although very little of the profit ever made it back to the farmers. Shortly after the Battle of Naboo, the Trade Federation took control of the exports, and used their profits to help fund the Confederacy of Independent Systems. When the Old Republic discovered that Ovolot Qail Uthan, a Separatist-funded scientist, was developing a deadly nanovirus at a facility on the planet, they were forced to launch a mission to Qiilura. The nanovirus was targetted specifically at the clone troopers, and would have given the Separatists a huge advantage. A team of clone commandos, ostensibly led by Jedi Padawan Etain Tur-Mukan, was able to infiltrate the facility and capture Uthan before destroying the nanovirus. The mission was greatly assisted by the help of the native Gurlanin, who refused to fully join the Republic. Qiilura was located in the Tingel Arm of the galaxy, some forty light-years from Ord Mantell, and was orbited by a single moon.