Duro in the Inner Core region is the homeworld to the Duros species. It is a beautiful blue and green world with a large continent that hosts the race said to be among one of the first to achieve hyperspace flight. The native Duros enjoy their cool and wet planet, as its climate is extremely comfortable for their skin which often becomes overly dry in other atmospheres. The central continent is laid claims by two Duro nations on very friendly terms both historically and currently.
In the planet's orbit, the Duros once constructed a top rate shipyard. The quality of ships built there rivaled those from Corellia, and the number of ships produced every year did not fall far behind from their Corellian counterparts either. The shipyard was controlled by the Duro Delta Twelve for several hundred years. This company plays an interesting role in Duro politics as the Duros define an eligible voter as a holder of stock in one of the many Duro corporations, of which Duro Delta Twelve being the largest. Each share of stock represents one vote, so the small number of the majority owners of the companies is among the most influential politically. CorDuro Shipping is an example of another major corporation important in the politics of Duro. It is an interplanetary transportation corporation that was more recently formed, but with the founder and CEO's good direction, it has become one of the premier companies in the transportation industry for the Core. Financial analysts often say that this Duggan Station-based company is likely to be a major driving force in shaping the industry across the entire galaxy in the future.
A recent trend on the world of Duro is that the households are moving to the residential space stations up in orbit. The surfaces are slowly being taken over by the automated farms. The farms generate food so efficiently that foodstuffs are slowly gaining more importance as an export.
The Duros are a humanoid species that are characterized by their moist blue skin, large red eyes, and long and thin faces. The Duros tend to be calm and peaceful by nature. However, when pushed they will bravely defend their persons with force. Besides their innate curiousness and adventurous natures, the Duros are probably best known for their masterful skills in storytelling. Much of the literature that the school children on Coruscant study today is translated from Duros legends. The Duro Academy graduates are also among the galaxy's top navigators, and it is common to find Duros being employed as master navigators for large shipping fleets.
Neimodians from the world of Neimodia, a planet near Coruscant, are close kin to the Duros. Though differences have grown in their appearances after millions of years of evolution, genetic tests have concluded that the Neimodians and Duros share the same ancestors that were probably closer to the modern-day Duros than Neimodians. It has been theorized that Neimodia is likely one of the first colonies established by early Duros space explorers.