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This article details the destruction of the Twelve Colonies in the Original Series. For information on the fall of the Twelve Colonies in the Re-imagined Series, see Fall of the Twelve Colonies.
For this battle as depicted in numerous comics, books, and other tie-in media, see: Battle of Cimtar (alternate).

Battle of Cimtar
Cylon raiders begin the ambush on the battlestars
Cylon raiders begin the ambush on the battlestars
Conflict: Thousand-Yahren War
Date: During the Peace Conference
Related Episode(s):
Place: Cimtar, Twelve Colonies of Man
Result: Decisive Cylon victory, destruction of the Twelve Colonies
The Twelve Colonies of Man Cylons
President Adar
Commander Adama
Imperious Leader
At least five battlestars (and their complement of Vipers) 1000 Cylon Raiders, Unknown number of basestars
Materiel Losses
All battlestars and vessels except Galactica. Unknown, minimal
All Colonies destroyed by basestars except for 220 civilian ships. Unknown, minimal
Battle Chronology
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Battle of Molecay Battle of Cimtar Clean Operation at the Path to Carillon

The bulk of the Colonial military is lured into a trap by the promise of peace, only to find themselves and the Twelve Colonies of Man in a fatal trap (TOS: "Saga of a Star World").

After 1000 yahrens of war, the humans of the Twelve Colonies vie for peace with Lord Baltar acting as diplomat. The peace is to become official at Cimtar,[1] a moon believed to be neutral territory. Instead of peace, the Cylons launch their largest onslaught ever against the Colonials. The Cylons use a two-pronged attack, striking at both the peace delegation (including the battlestars) as well as the Twelve Colonies.

Cylon fighter groups of Cylon Raiders (numbering a thousand total, along with support fuel tankers) hide near the Cimtar moon in wait for their chance at attacking the battlestar fleet. The basestars are left free for bombardment of the Colonies.

Commander Adama of battlestar Galactica receives reports that a Viper patrol has discovered the massive, hidden Cylon Raider fleet near Cimtar. Adama warns President Adar, President of the Colonies and commander of battlestar Atlantia of an imminent attack, but Lord Baltar sways Adar from ordering a defensive posture for the battlestar fleet.

Adama readies Galactica's defenses against orders. The battlestar is able to defend herself when the Cylons arrive, but the other battlestars, following President Adar's pacifist lead, are not so fortunate and can launch only a fraction of its fighters in time.

The Cylon fighters use a variety of tactics, including kamikaze methods to destroy the battlestar fleet. The Cylons destroy battlestars Atlantia (with President Adar aboard), Triton, Pacifica, and Acropolis.[2]

Leaving her Viper pilots behind temporarily after getting reports of bombardment of the Colonies, Galactica heads towards Caprica in a vain effort to protect her homeworld.

During Galactica's flight to the Colonies, the battlestar received reports as the Cylons cleared the jamming to allow their own targeting and communication equipment to function. In one broadcast, 31 cities were "known to be under heavy attack" on an unknown colony[3] while another report mentioned a second wave coming in.[4]

Cylon basestars sneak by Colonial defenses, allowing an undefended attack on the Colonies. The home planets are bombed and the Cylons exterminate almost all of the human population of the Colonies. Caprica's destruction is assured through the efforts of Karibdis, one of Baltar's agents, who disables Caprica's defense systems and is held responsible for a million Caprican deaths (TOS: "Murder on the Rising Star").[5]

A handful of humans are tasked by Adama, now commanding the last known surviving battlestar,[6] to flee the Colonies in whatever spaceworthy ships they can find to create a motley caravan that abandons Colonial space, initially for the nearby planet of Carillon where they obtain supplies for the long journey to Earth. Their exodus -- via the dangerous but poorly defended Nova of Madagon rather than the logical waypoint of Borallus -- takes the Cylons by surprise, who change their tactics to eliminate an now-elusive, moving target.

Lord Baltar is initially considered expendable by the Imperious Leader after the human's traitorous work and set up for public execution. However, the Leader's sucessor reconsiders Baltar's execution and provides him with the means to chase Galactica and her fleet to finish humanity once and for all.

Battle of Cimtar main events and locations. Cylon BaseStars located near Virgon, Sagitara and Caprica annihilate the colonial homeworlds while the Colonial Battlestar fleet is attacked by Cylon Raiders. The civilian survivors, lead by Battlestar Galactica, regroup and then flee to Carillon via the Nova of Madagon rather than the expected longer route via Borallus proposed by Sire Uri



  1. The signing never takes place. In the Re-imagined Series, a peace accord was signed at a place known as Cimtar, but this should not be confused with its Original Series counterpart.
  2. If Vulpa is to be believed, battlestar Columbia is also destroyed at the Battle of Cimtar. However, this brings the count of battlestars to six, where only five are shown on-screen.
  3. At ~00:28:39, a male reporter can be heard giving the following statement:
    Reporter: ... 31 cities are known to be under heavy attack ...
  4. At ~00:29:22, a female reporter gives the following:
    Woman: The central area is under attack. A second wave is coming in. We have no defenses!
  5. Karibdis's actions parallel the actions of Caprica-Six in disabling the defense systems of the Twelve Colonies of Kobol in the Miniseries in the Re-imagined Series continuity.
  6. Pegasus, believed destroyed in the Battle of Molecay, finds the Fleet in the two-part episode, "The Living Legend."
  7. Kraus, Bruce (1979). Encyclopedia Galactica, p. 35.
  8. The Imperious Leader orders the the final strike against the Colonials in "Saga of a Star World":
    Imperious Leader: The final annihilation of the life form known as Man, let the attack begin.
    Cylon Centurion: By your command.
This article details the destruction of the Twelve Colonies in the Re-imagined Series. For information on the fall of the Twelve Colonies in the Original Series, see Battle of Cimtar.

Cylon nuclear bombs detonating on Caprica
Cylon nuclear bombs detonating on Caprica
Conflict: Second Cylon War
Date: YR00
Approx. 40 years since the end of the First Cylon War
Concurrent with Fall of the Scorpion Fleet Shipyards
Related Episode(s):
Place: Twelve Colonies of Kobol
Result: Cylon victory, Devastation of the Twelve Colonies,
Destruction of the Colonial Fleet,
Forced exodus of ~50,000 survivors
Twelve Colonies of Kobol Cylons
Admiral Nagala
Commander William Adama
Rear Admiral Helena Cain
Basestar command
Approx. 120 battlestars
Numerous fleet escorts, Vipers, Raptors
~100+ basestars, Raiders, Heavy Raiders
Materiel Losses
Virtual destruction of the Colonial Fleet Unknown, minimal
Estimated 50 billion dead Unknown, minimal
Battle Chronology
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Battle of Tauron

and Operation Raptor Talon (First Cylon War)

Fall Fall of the Scorpion Fleet Shipyards (concurrent) & Battle of Ragnar Anchorage

The Fall of the Twelve Colonies (also known as The Fall, the Cylon attack, Cylon holocaust or Second Cylon War) is a devastating, genocidal attack by the Cylons, designed by John Cavil to eliminate the human race, and seek revenge on the Final Five for creating the humanoid Cylons in their image.

Before the Fall[edit]

The events leading up to the attacks go back at least a few years, when the Cylons (now in human form) begin infiltrating Colonial society. One such Cylon, a Number Six, is involved with Dr. Gaius Baltar, a famed computer scientist living on Caprica. Together, they develop system upgrades for the Colonial Fleet, which gives Six access to the Colonial Defense Mainframe. There she is able to covertly install backdoors into the new software which the Cylons will later use to shut down Colonial defenses (TRS: "Miniseries").

Six years prior to the attacks, Commander William Adama, aboard the battlestar Valkyrie, is tasked by Colonial admiralty to launch a stealth plane across the Armistice Line into Cylon held space. Piloted by Daniel Novacek, the bird is discovered by an unknown contact, and is shot down by Adama to prevent his pilot from being potentially captured by Cylon forces. The plan fails, and Novachek is captured anyway after he ejects from the Stealthstar, and remains in Cylon custody for at least eight years (including two years post-fall), until he is deliberately released by the Cylons in the hopes that he will kill Adama for his actions. Adama spends the next few years feeling guilt over the incident, which has him thinking it caused the Cylon attacks (TRS: "Hero").

In the final weeks before the attacks, copies of the Cylon John Cavil visit the Colonies in order to ensure everything is set. One copy meets with the Number Six on Caprica, passing details about the Colonial computer systems from her to the Cylon fleet, while another meets Ellen Tigh at a bar on Picon minutes before the attack begins, to see if she has changed at all. This copy is visibly upset when he discovers she has not (TRS: "The Plan").

It Begins…[edit]

Prior to the attacks, the Cylon fleet is amassed around the Colony, the Cylons' "homeworld." When the command is given, the basestars jump to their targets before striking. It takes the Cylons all but three minutes to access the defense mainframe and shut it down, leaving the Colonies and the Colonial Fleet defenseless (TRS: "The Plan"). This infiltration of Colonial systems combined with the "complete surprise" that the Cylons achieve enables them to sweep the Colonial Fleet aside with minimal losses, a triumph beyond their most optimistic projections (TRS: "Downloaded").

Armistice Station[edit]

The Cylons begin their attack by first jumping to the Armistice Station. The Colonial officer on duty is shaken when a vessel docks with the station and two Centurions enter the meeting room, followed by a Number Six model. The Six approaches the officer and begins to kiss him passionately. A nearby basestar opens fire at that moment, destroying the station.

The Colonial Fleet[edit]

See also: Fall of the Scorpion Fleet Shipyards

Having received the CNP “upgrades”, the Colonial Fleet is easily shut down by attacking Cylon Raiders. The fleet loses at least 30 battlestars (Among these, Yashuman and Valkyrie) in the opening wave, which according to Kara Thrace, is a quarter of the fleet. After this news is broadcast, Admiral Nagala takes command of the battlestar Atlantia, and begins a counter attack near Virgon’s orbit, as per a system plot by Lt. Gaeta aboard the battlestar Galactica. The battle doesn’t last long, and Atlantia is lost along with the battlestars Triton, Solaria, Columbia, and others, prompting Galactica commanding officer William Adama to take command of the Fleet, and ordering remaining forces to Ragnar Anchorage for regrouping.

The battlestar Galactica, approximately 300 million miles from Caprica at the time[1], is largely unprepared for the attacks, having just been decommissioned and transformed into a museum. It dumps its munitions as part of the decommissioning ceremony[2], and has lost its primary fighter wing. However, as part of the museum, it has a handful of older Viper Mk II's aboard, which Commander Adama has put to use, as Galactica is attacked herself. Here, the attacking Raiders try to shut down Galactica and her Vipers, but since she has no networks, the shutdown command has no effect. The handful of planes are enough to hold off the attacking Raiders, however, not before a Raider fires off her nuclear tipped missiles in a last ditch attempt to destroy the battlestar. Out of three missiles fired, Galactica pilot Kara Thrace manages to shoot down two, before the last one strikes the battlestar. Galactica comes out relatively unscathed, with the ship's armor plating keeping out the hard radiation. After the blast clears, the ship's port stern thrusters get stuck on, pushing the battlestar into an uncontrollable lateral counterclockwise spin. The port flight pod suffers the most damage, with violent decompressions along the forward sections. 85 crew members are lost when damage to the fire suppression system necessitates the venting of the pod's atmosphere to prevent the fuel lines from igniting, thus preventing the destruction of the ship. From here, Adama takes command of the fleet, and orders the ship to prepare for an FTL jump to Ragnar to re-arm (TRS: "Miniseries").

The battlestar Pegasus, under the command of Rear Admiral Helena Cain, is docked at the Scorpion Fleet Shipyards at the onset of the attacks undergoing a system refit, which left its computer networks offline. Most of the crew is about to take shore leave when the Cylons strike the shipyards. The battlestar is heavily damaged in the opening salvo and there are many casualties, however, thanks to DRADIS interference, the Cylons were not able to confirm its destruction, and continued their assault on the other battlestars and support ships docked at the yards. Not wanting to give the Cylons time to realize their mistake, Cain orders a blind jump away from the combat zone. The ship re-emerges several plotted jumps away from the Colonies. After sending a recon Raptor back to the colonies to confirm their destruction, the crew begins to make repairs, while Cain plots her next move (TRS: "Pegasus", "Razor").

The Colonies[edit]

  • Caprica: The bulk of the Cylon Fleet jumps directly to Caprica. After shutting down, and destroying at least four battlestars and their fighter escorts, the baseships begin assaulting the planet with nuclear MIRVs, while simultaneously landing Centurions at various points for ground assaults. Caprica City is struck with a detonation approaching the 50 megaton range, followed by other strikes on other cities. One of the targeted cities was in view of the Caprica City Buccaneers, who were involved in high altitude training at the time, a slight oversight on attacking forces, since Samuel Anders was with his team, and out of range of the bombs. Also on Caprica at the time of the attacks was Tory Foster, who was struck by a blast wave while driving her car down a Caprican street. She is found, and brought to Roslin's fleet by a rescue Raptor. After the Colonials flee, Cylon forces work to clear the planet by burning the remains of those who died on the planet, and rounding up survivors for their experimental farms.
  • Picon: Picon is struck just as hard as Caprica, with the Cylons completely annihilating Picon Fleet Headquarters in the first few minutes of the attacks. In a bar, Cavil moves to protect Ellen Tigh from one of the exploding bombs. He moves her to a rescue Raptor, which takes the both of them to the Rising Star, before rendezvousing with Galactica at Ragnar. Picon's major attraction, its harbors, are the main target of the attacking Cylon forces, and are the first struck upon jumping in orbit of the planet (TRS: "The Plan").
  • Scorpia: Scorpia is struck by numerous nuclear weapons, as the shipyards in orbit are overrun by Raiders. Several battlestars and support ships are destroyed, and the shipyard itself is left a burning wreck.
  • Leonis: Leonis is struck by nuclear warheads as well, and invaded by ground troops, who systematically begin murdering the survivors of the bombings.
  • Canceron. Some detonations are seen on the colony's surfarce from the starliner Pyxis while this ship is near the planet.

With these Colonies (and presumably all the others) struck, the Colonials are defeated. After losing the Fleet Headquarters, President Richard Adar offers the Cylons a complete and unconditional surrender. However, the gesture is ignored by the Cylons, and they continue their assault. Adar and his administration are presumed killed a short time later, and Secretary of Education Laura Roslin is sworn in as successor aboard Colonial Heavy 798 after Case Orange is broadcasted.

Civilians Under Attack[edit]

At the onset of the attacks, there were many civilian transports and passenger liners in the space lanes near Caprica. After the Colonial Government shut down these lanes, these ships became trapped and were attacked as they were found by the Cylons. It's not long before Roslin takes the effort to round up the survivors and form a caravan to help get the civilians out of harms way, and sends out Sharon Valerii in search of more ships. Valerii is able to recover at least three homeless Vipers, and numerous transports, her last being a tylium transport, before the Cylons jump in and scan their caravan. At this point, Roslin makes the decision to abandon the sublight only ships, and orders the remaining FTL capable ships to jump to Ragnar to rendezvous with Galactica. Among chaotic comm chatter, prayers, and spite, the fleet jumps away just as a Raider Squadron jumps in. Around 20+ sublight ships, including a Botanical Cruiser are left behind, and destroyed (TRS: "Miniseries").

An additional small caravan of civilian ships, led by the transport Scylla, are able to survive on their own for a few weeks after the attacks. The Cylons are the first to find them, and attack. The Scylla and a handful of others are able to escape the attack, and survive on their own until being found by the wandering Pegasus. The civilians are thrilled to see friendly forces, however, their joy is short lived. After taking the fleet by force, Admiral Cain strips the ships of crucial parts (including FTL drives), abducts many of the civilians for service aboard Pegasus, and leaves the rest to their fates (TRS: "Razor").

Rendezvous at Ragnar[edit]

Main article: Battle of Ragnar Anchorage

Galactica successfully completes its jump to Ragnar, despite not having made an FTL jump in over 20 years. Galactica's crew immediately sets out to re-arm the ship, not wasting time. However, the specialists run into a sickly looking man pointing a rifle at them. As the CO is questioning him, a fallen charge detonates, trapping the two behind a now fused hatch. As the two seek an alternate route back to the ship, Adama's First War experiences, and the man's remarks reveal his true nature: he is a Cylon. The radiation surrounding the station has affected his silica pathways which leave him dying a slow and permanent death, however, Adama soon finishes the job after the Cylon, Leoben, is able to throw Adama to the ground. Conoy's body is transferred to Galactica for further study.

Meanwhile, the civilian fleet arrives in orbit of Ragnar, giving the crew of Galactica a slight scare as they move down through the cloud layers. President Roslin comes aboard and asks for Galactica's protection, a notion Adama later strikes down, still hoping and preferring to take the battlestar into combat, until he realizes the Cylons followed them to Ragnar, and are now waiting for them to re-emerge from the gas giant. After deliberating with the President and his executive officer, Saul Tigh, Adama orders the fleet to prep for a jump to the Prolmar Sector, far beyond the Red Line, where he hopes the civilians will be safe.

Galactica is able to emerge from the cover of Ragnar's atmosphere long enough to calculate a jump, and defend the fleet as they jump away. Just as the Cylons are sending in a new wave of Raiders, the battlestar recovers its birds, and jumps to join the fleet (TRS: "Miniseries").


While Galactica and its fleet are momentarily able to escape the Anchorage, they are hounded by the Cylons, who jump to the fleet's location every thirty-three minutes. This incurs a cat and mouse game that lasts for days after the fall, until the passenger vessel being tracked by the Cylons is destroyed (TRS: "33").

The Cylons occupy the Colonies for up to nine months after the attacks. During that time, they start removing the bodies of the dead, and attempt to capture healthy females for experimentation in farms. Other models choose to replant cities and live life much as the Colonials did before the attacks. During the occupation, a few surviving Colonials wage a resistance movement on Caprica, led by Samuel Anders of the Caprica Buccaneers and unknowingly one of the Final Five Cylons. The Cylon experiment fails, and they abandon the Colonies. The surviving members of the resistance are evacuated to Galactica shortly afterward (TRS: "The Plan", "Resistance", "The Farm", "Downloaded", "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II").

Overall, the attack is a success and a failure at the same time; as a Cavil later remarked, the Cylons "had their foot on the throat of humanity" but "failed to step down hard enough." None of the Final Five are killed, and are all reunited in the Fleet. One particular Cavil comes to look upon the attacks as a mistake. Four years later, the surviving Colonials launch an assault that seals the fate of the Cylon race, settle a newly discovered planet, and eventually abandon the last vestiges of Colonial civilization (TRS: "Daybreak, Part II").

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  1. See Science in the Re-imagined Series for this calculation, based on data from the Miniseries.
  2. This event occurs in a deleted scene of the Miniseries.

Fall of the Scorpion Shipyards
Fall of the Scorpion Shipyards
Conflict: Second Cylon War
Fall of the Twelve Colonies
Date: YR00
Approx. 40 years after the end of the First Cylon War
Related Episode(s):
Place: Scorpion Fleet Shipyards
Result: Cylon victory, destruction of harboured Colonial Fleet, destruction of the yards, Pegasus escapes
Colonial Fleet Cylons
Rear Admiral Helena Cain Basestar command
5 battlestars[1]
, 2 fleet escorts[2], Vipers, Raptors
Unknown number of basestars and associated Raiders
Materiel Losses
Shipyards, as well as: At least 3 battlestars and 3 other military vessels, 12 Vipers and 2 Raptors from Pegasus's air wing. 12 further craft beyond repair. That brings Pegasus's air wing down to approx 180 Vipers Unknown, minimal
~723 dead on Pegasus
Untold overall casualties
Unknown, minimal
Battle Chronology
Previous Next
Fall of the Twelve Colonies Fall Battle of Ragnar Anchorage

The Fall of the Scorpion (Scorpia) Fleet Shipyards is an attack launched by the Cylons as part of their of their overall attack on the Twelve Colonies. With numerous Raider squadrons armed with nuclear missiles, the Cylons destroy the Scorpion Fleet Shipyards as well as at least three battlestars and several support vessels (TRS: "Razor").

The Cylons achieve complete surprise upon jumping to the shipyards, and the Colonials have little time to put up any defense. At least one battlestar is immediately destroyed after being struck by a missile, and rows of the shipyard's Vipers and Raptors are destroyed before taking off. In conjunction with the attack, the Cylons initiate a nuclear strike on the surface of Scorpia (TRS: "The Plan").

The battlestar Pegasus, commanded by Rear Admiral Helena Cain, is docked at the shipyards in order to undergo a three-month systems overhaul when the attack occurs. In preparation for the refit, all computer networks are shut down, leaving the battlestar largely unaffected by Cylon-infiltrated Command Navigation Program. During the attack, Colonel Belzen reports that all computers are down and that the crew must perform all functions manually.

Tethered to its dock, Pegasus is swarmed by Raiders and struck by several missiles. Fuel and ordnance ignite on the battlestar's hangar decks, causing explosions that cause over 700 casualties. Cain orders a hasty departure from the dock, and the ship fires its reversing thrusters and tears itself free from the burning shipyard's umbilicals.

With Pegasus's defenses still down, and two nuclear missiles inbound, Cain orders the CIC crew to spin up the FTL drive and to perform a blind jump on her command, despite the risk of reemerging inside a celestial body. The nuclear detonations throughout the shipyard create bursts of electromagnetic radiation that mask the jump and fool the Cylons into believing that the ship is destroyed (TRS: "Pegasus"; "Razor").

See also[edit]


  1. In "Pegasus", Cain says "Five ships, two of them battlestars, they were destroyed right there." In "Razor" two battlestars can be clearly seen in the establishing shot of the shipyard, and 3 ships of Valkyrie's ship class are destroyed later. Together with the unknown vessel above Pegasus, this makes at least four initial losses, which makes it likely that Cain's comment is an estimate.
  2. It is unknown whether the large vessel above Pegasus is a designated as a battlestar by the Colonial Fleet.


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Karen Fallbrook is a reporter on Colonial One and is apparently a member of the press corps.

Fallbrook poses the question as to whether or not it is in the best interests of the Fleet to continue preparations for Gaius Baltar's trial, to which President Laura Roslin replies that her administration would not bow down to terrorism (TRS: "The Son Also Rises").

She is also present at the trial, when she witnesses Roslin's confession of using chamalla. Later, Fallbrook later attends a press conference aboard Colonial One, asking Roslin about hallucinations and about her life expectancy (TRS: "Crossroads, Part I").

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