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The Butlerian Jihad or Great Revolt was a movement against the thinking machines. It started out of the Front for the End of Koman Exploitation led by Jehanne Butler, her husband and Urania.
The Jihad stroke first intestellar communications such as Centrans and then razed small governments planet by planet.
In 199 BG the Jihad attacked Illerda, in 196 BG Thapsus, in 191 BG Parlon.
After Jehanne's death, she became a martyr, but her generals continued with more zeal. Jehanne knew her weaknesses and fears but her followers did not. The politics of Urania were favored.
Much of the Jihad forces on each assaulted planet, was apartized by mercenaries, hired of the most adventurous and dispossessed on the last conquered planet.
Kruwl Sheivvun years later noted that the collapse of interstellar commerce left space for the Spacing Guild to assemble, and for House Corrino to ascend to the Golden Lion Throne.