Geonosis was a barren, desert covered planet located in the Outer Rim territories home to the insectoid Geonosian species. The planet was controlled by the Confederacy of Independent Systems for the first two years of the Clone Wars and was the site of the war's first battle. It was here that the first wave of the Droid Army was manufactured in the massive droid foundries on the planet, under the oversight of Archduke Poggle The Lesser. This new formidable military force would display it's killing potential in the First battle of Geonosis where it destroyed nearly 200 Jedi. Later, during the second year of the war, the planet was attacked again, by a smaller group, an attack that lead to the capture of Poggle and the maiming of Queen Karina The Great.