this desolate planet was the site of an Old Republic base, until the planet's government was overthrown by the Separatists during the height of the Clone Wars. Many years earlier, the once-lush planet had been virtually destroyed by the LiMerge Power corporation, which had attempted to profit from collecting plasma-based energy from its core. The mining operations proved inadequate for containing the plasma energy, and a series of nuclear explosions caused intense geological disruption, leveling much of the planet's surface and leaving it a barren wasteland. Only a handful of hardy plants managed to survive the cataclysm. It was rumored that Count Dooku established a base of operations on the planet, and it was enough of a rumor that the Jedi Order believed it was true. Upon hearing their news, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine requested that Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker be dispatched to Tythe to capture Dooku once and for all. Although members of the Jedi Council worried about such an attack spreading the resources of the Grand Army of the Republic too thinly, Palpatine insisted that there might not be another opportunity to capture Dooku. This insistance nearly proved to be fatal, as it was learned that Dooku's appearance on Tythe - coupled with that of Shu Mai on Felucia - was a ruse meant to draw the Jedi Knights and the Grand Army of the Republic away from Coruscant. It was, in fact, a clone of Dooku that was on Tythe, one of many such clones created to draw the Republic's forces into a thinner and thinner net. Once the real Dooku saw that the capital of the Republic was undefended, Dooku launched an all-out assault on Coruscant.