FALL OF THE REPUBLIC
Geonosis was critical to the Separatist war effort, and the Republic launched a second invasion, determined to stop Geonosian leader Poggle the Lesser’s support for Dooku’s military machine.
THE DARK TIMES
The hives of Geonosis were riddled with underground caverns, some of which had been converted to massive automated factories that turned out battle droids, weapons, vehicles and other products for Count Dooku’s Separatists. Anakin Skywalker and Padmé Amidala found themselves trapped in a Geonosian factory when their mission to rescue Obi-Wan Kenobi went awry. The Jedi and the senator had to battle Geonosian drones and avoid the assembly line’s deadly stampers, cutters and crucibles. Quick thinking by R2-D2 saved Padmé from a fatal dip in molten alloy, but Anakin’s saber was destroyed, leaving him defenseless against Jango Fett. Meanwhile, an industrial accident caused C-3PO to lose his head.
Poggle the Lesser was the leader of the insect-like Geonosians throughout the era of the Clone Wars. Due to his control of the Geonosian battle droid factories, he was a powerful figure within the Confederacy of Independent Systems and commanded the droid armies that fought against the Republic in two battles for control of Geonosis. At the end of the war, Poggle lost his life to Darth Vader.
The secret leader of the Geonosians, Karina dwelled in the catacombs beneath the Progate Temple, laying eggs, controlling an army of Geonosian drones, and giving orders to public Geonosian leaders such as Poggle the Lesser. When Poggle fled to the Temple, the Jedi followed and discovered Karina, who had captured Luminara Unduli—and now sought control of Jedi Knights.
Count Dooku was a menacing Sith Lord and central figure in the Clone Wars. Once a Jedi -- trained by Yoda -- he became disillusioned with the Jedi Order and thirsted for greater power. Dooku voluntarily left the light side behind and became Darth Sidious’ dark side disciple, taking the secret name Darth Tyranus and leading the Separatist army. Dooku advanced Sidious’s secret plot to take over the galaxy, but forgot that betrayal is the nature of the Sith.
The Confederacy of Independent Systems, also known as the Separatist Alliance, was a collection of star systems and corporate titans that left the Republic and fought for independence against the Republic’s clone armies and Jedi Knights. The charismatic former Jedi Count Dooku was the Alliance’s political leader, while its military power came from credits and assets donated by powerful galactic trade groups. No one suspected that the Alliance was actually a tool of Darth Sidious, who had engineered the Clone Wars as part of a Sith plot to rule the galaxy.