DS-Orbital Battle Station
Deep-space mobile battlestation
Over 1 million kilotons
c. 3 BBY
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The DS-Orbital Battle Station, better known as the Death Star or Death Star I, and known to the public as the Imperial Planetary Ore Extractor by the propaganda department, was a massive Imperial battlestation/superweapon with a diameter of 120 kilometers designed to enforce law and order throughout the Empire with the threat of planetary destruction. The Death Star was destroyed by Luke Skywalker during the Battle of Yavin in 0 BBY.
- "I guess this explains what the Empire wants with all those Wookiee slaves, the scum you’d usually find in an Imperial prison couldn’t build that monster. Not in a thousand years."
- ―Ben Kenobi upon seeing the Death Star for the first time
Even before the Death Star became fully operational, its detention blocks began to fill with detainees. Political troublemakers, Rebel insurgents, and dangerous pirate forces, as well as myriad other enemies of the Empire, were made to quietly "disappear" from public view within the enormous prisons of the incomplete battle station.