Dac and Glee Anselm


First of all, I am not a swimmer. I've always been afraid of drowning since I was very young. That means I don't like to go in the deep parts of the ocean, a lake, or even a swimming pool. Ironically, though, I love the water, even if I don't love to swim or dive in it. Water, clean water, at least, is very pretty to look at whether it's in a water bottle, a pool, a lake or river, or an ocean, and I think the fish, amphibians, whales, dolphins, and other life forms in the water are fascinating to watch and interesting to learn about. Ocean life is especially colorful to look at and learn about, and that is why Dac, or Mon Calamari, and Glee Anselm are two more of my favorite planets in Star Wars.

I'll start with Dac, the home of the Mon Calamari and the Quarren. It was a world covered almost entirely with ocean water, with no large landmasses and some spotty islands dotting it here and there, and it was bluish-white in color. The Calamari lived in both floating cities and underwater cities with the Quarren, and the Calamari lived near the planet's sunlight while the Quarren preferred the darker depths. The two races had a long history of conflict with each other. Unlike the Pau'ans and Utai of Utapau, the Calamari and the Quarren had a pretty tense and stubborn relationship, although most of the stubbornness was on the Quarren's side. Of course, neither species was evil, and they both stood up for peace, not war.

There was plenty of fauna in the deep waters of Dac. They included the coral worm, the cowell, the cubicle worm, the demonsquid, the devilsquid, the drejil, the exosquidra, the giant squid, the Great Arctic Skra'akan, the ice-lobster, the keelkana, the khasva, the krakana, the Mon Calamari dolphin, the seaskitt, the seggor, the titan kantrey, and various fish. There were other sentient life forms there, too, like the powerful jelly organism, moappa, the frog-like amphi-hydrus, and the whaladon. The moappa had a connection to the minds of some Quarren, and they themselves could link together like chain armor and form a super-being, like a hive mind. The amphi-hydrus could tap into the dark side of the Force, and the whaladons were highly intelligent cetaceans that greatly resembled Earth's whales, particularly Humpback Whales, because they could sing like Humpbacks.

I'd say I love this planet for several reasons. Like our own ocean, it had an amazing variety of diverse life, both sentient and non-sentient, and many people who love to see animals and animal-like people would give a lot to see the life forms of Dac. I myself especially like the demonsquid, which looks a lot like an octopus, the giant squid, the ice-lobster (because I like lobsters, ice, and the cold), the keelkana, an eel-like fish ridden by the Mon Calamari Knights from Star Wars: Clone Wars, the fascinating krakana, the Mon Calamari dolphin, the seaskitt, the seggor, the moappa, and the whaladons.

I also like it because the tension between the Mon Calamari and the Quarren is reminiscent of issues on the Earth, like racism. Please understand me, I don't like racism, let's make that perfectly clear. I like this issue because it makes Dac feel not unlike our own world in a way. Dac feels like a slice of life, especially because, like the human race here, the Calamari and Quarren of Dac were always trying to repair their friction and become at peace and harmony with each other.

"Troubled is the planet Mon Calamari. Its races have divided." – Jedi Master Yoda

"We forced the Empire off our world once. They fought with blasters and fighters, destroying cities at will. We fought with whatever we had – kitchen utensils, industrial tools, our bare hands. We won that time." – Admiral Ackbar

Like the Wookiees and the Utapauns, the Calamari and the Quarren had a hard history with the Empire, which enslaved many of them and bombed several of their floating cities, but were driven away by the ferocity of freedom loving Calamari with primitive weapons against the Empire's bombs and blasters. The two races later joined the Rebellion, and the Mon Calamari became the heart and soul of the Alliance, one more reason why I love Dac. Its people were always willing to stand up for what was right, though the races went about it a little differently from each other. The Calamari were progressive, idealistic, optimistic, and adapted well to change, while the Quarren stuck to tradition, were more conservative, and had a darker outlook on their lives.

Glee Anselm

As amazing as Dac is, however, it had no real beaches and few, scattered islands, meaning that people couldn't enjoy the seashore the same way people who go to the beach on Earth can. Glee Anselm, however, was a world with beaches and seashores (as well as swamps), and Dac had a temperate climate year-round, while Glee Anselm had a moderately tropical climate and was popularized as a great vacation spot on the Star Tours space ride.

Glee Anselm was the home world of the Nautolans, Jedi Master Kit Fisto's species, as well as their neighbors, the Anselmi, and was found in the Mid Rim. Like Dac, it was primarily oceanic, but unlike Dac, it had a few large landmasses and archipelagos and a larger number of small and large islands here and there, although many, but not all, of the archipelagos and islands had swamps in them.

Even though I don't swim, I take a liking to looking at beach scenes on TV and sometimes in the movies, and that's part of the reason I love Glee Anselm, despite the fact that it's a minor location in the Star Wars chronology. A poster of the planet from Star Tours that I saw on the internet shows it as a fabulous place for Nautolans to relax and sunbathe. I can see Glee Anselm as a nice, beautiful place for recreation if it existed in our universe, a place where a man or a boy can put on his swimming trunks, a woman or a girl can put on her bikini, and both can do the sorts of things that beach-goers all over the world do, like soak up the sun, drink fruit punch and cocktails, talk with each other, and swim, surf, or snorkel in the sea. I am aware that many beaches in the world, even in America, are nude beaches, and I think they too would be welcome on Glee Anselm when they strip off all their clothes and do the same things that the people in swimsuits do. It might even be a good place for people who want to live a desert island life, although, as stated above, many of the islands had swamps in them.

Of course, this doesn't mean that Glee Anselm was paradise in every way. It was beautiful and warm, and had its own abundance of animals and plants, but there were also frequent storms and sometimes hurricanes in numerous parts of the planet. Plus, much of the oceanic life in Glee Anselm's seas dwelt in the high-pressure depths of the ocean, and so they had not been catalogued.

To sum up yet again, both of these ocean worlds are planets that I think would be a treat to see if they existed in our galaxy (near our solar system, that is). Both had beautiful oceans, and fascinating sentient life too, especially Dac, but they have their differences; Dac is a place I would want to see for the underwater fauna, the moappa and whaladons, and the cities, both floating and underwater, while Glee Anselm is a place I would want to see for the beaches, the tropical flora, and the exotic shirtless Nautolans with their dazzling smiles, and women in bikinis, preferably regular ones, not string, or women in the nude. Either way, I like to see those women smile kindly or happily, too. Yes, a Christian can love the look of beautiful nude women without falling into sinful lust or otherwise becoming less of a Christian. It isn't easy, but it is possible. I think my reasons for loving Dac are akin to loving animals and plants, interesting aliens, and water-based cities, a sort of affinity-for-life reason, while my love for Glee Anselm is more practical, the need to enjoy beautiful, head-turning sights and relaxing after a hard year at school or work or a project. Either way, both planets are among my favorites, like Kashyyyk, Utapau, and Ithor, and although they don't appear in the Star Wars films, they're popular enough that anybody of this day and age can like or love them.