In 13,000 BBY, during the war between the Galactic Republic and the Alsakan Union, an Alsakan freighter crash-landed on Iridonia. Republic soldiers landed on the planet and surrounded the vessel, prompting a skirmish that lasted throughout the night. Members of the Jedi Order also participated in the conflict.
Twenty-one years later, in 12,979 BBY, Iridonia again became the location of a battle involving Republic forces. After years of tension, the Republic and the Hutt Empire—which accused the Republic’s policy of expansion into the Mid Rim of being part of a policy to expand into the Hutt-controlled Outer Rim Territories—agreed to hold high level negotiations on the planet between Supreme Chancellor Homer Anthony Salandra and Hutt Chairman Gorrbag. A battle broke out between the two sides—it was not known who fired the first shots—and the First Hutt War began.