Size: 11,263 kilometers
Population: 11.3 million
Native species: Human
Jedha was a small desert moon which orbited the planet NaJedha. Located in the Jedha system of the galaxy’s Mid Rim, the moon had a cold climate due to its lasting winter. The historical and spiritual significance of Jedha led the moon to become a world of worship for those who believed in the Force, and a holy site for pilgrims who sought spiritual guidance.
Some time before the Battle of Yavin, the Galactic Empire occupied the moon to control its kyber crystal resources that were once used by the Jedi Order as components for their lightsabers. The occupation later provoked an insurgency to oppose the Imperial tyranny, coordinated by the rebel extremist Saw Gerrera. Jedha’s heritage and Gerrera’s resistance—the aptly named Partisans—led to it being chosen in 0 BBY for a test of the Death Star’s superlaser, a superweapon capable of destroying entire planets. Though Director Orson Krennic had planned to destroy the moon, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin overrode him, stating that the destruction of the Holy City would serve as a sufficient test.