The 2012 book, Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare is one of the best of the “Essential Guide” line of books published by Del Rey. Co-authors Jason Fry and Paul Urquhart (pseudonym) developed more content than was possible to fit into the final book. Together with editor Erich Schoeneweiss they have been posted a series of 10 “Author’s Cuts” on StarWars.com.
In the 9th post in this series, “Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare Author’s Cut, Part 9: Battlefields of the Clone Wars,” they present an in-universe piece of text written by Governor Tarkin that sheds some insight into what may be the situation of the Wookiees as we enter the time period of Star Wars Rebels.
Tarkin- “They are a species bound by honor and the primitive nature of their thinking, and it has proved hard to persuade them to stop their sedition and serve the Empire. Initially, it was hoped that the beasts could be re-educated, but force — or the fear of force — seems to be the only language the average Wookiee understands.
It has been necessary to keep Kashyyyk in line with tight policing and a large garrison, with skilled Wookiees of working age relocated to offworld industrial centers. This has taught us an important lesson. With the correct application of coercion, even a misguided and violent species can earn honor by contributing to the New Order’s higher purpose.
This, then, is the position that the New Order has found for primitives deceived into supporting the remnants of Separatism. War is not a gentle business, especially the war against sedition and deception, and some of you may balk at what is necessary—but it is necessary, for the good of the Empire, and to ensure peace and order for the majority. And it will be good for the Wookiees, too. Their labor in the Empire’s service will make them free.”
Is the Empire enslaving Wookiees and forcing them to work in the factories of Sienar Fleet Systems on Lothal among other places?