In the system of the same name, the planet is located in the Atrivis sector in the Outer Rim. Mantooine's government treats spice smuggling as a capitol offense. Years ago, a group of Mantooine freedom fighters called the Liberators were massacred by the Empire when they took refuge in a captured Imperial base. That incident was one of several that helped build a unified Rebel Alliance, because if there had been communication with other groups of freedom fighters, the Liberators could have been warned of the strike and taken refuge elsewhere. In a separate incident, the self-sacrifice of probe droid D-127X may have saved Mantooine from an Imperial suprise attack.
by Star_Wars_Geek_1 April 25, 2004