Cloud City was an outpost and a tibanna gas mining colony above the planet Bespin, named as such because it was perpetually surrounded by giant clouds. The city floated 60,000 kilometers above the core of the gas giant. It contained a large and famous luxury resort district on its upper levels, complete with hotels and casinos.
“If you can bribe a member of Bespin’s Wing Guard into taking you on a spin around Cloud City, you won’t regret spending the credits. The views are stunning.”
―Excerpt from Ullok’s Underground Guide to Bespin
The main saucer-shaped city structure was 16.2 kilometers in diameter, and 17.3 kilometers tall. The city floated 60,000 kilometers above the core of the planet, which was an uninhabitable gas giant. Some of the nearby floating settlements, like the Vapor Room, and industrial platforms were also considered part of the city. Six Gravity Control Generators were placed on the upper level of the city to regulate the city’s position. During the time of the Galactic Civil War, the Rebel Alliance built the Bespin Government Center on the upper level. The city’s main function was to harvest tibanna gas, by using tractor beams to draw the gas into internal refineries.
Cloud City was nominally controlled in all aspects by the Baron Administrator, though the bureaucracy and administration was controlled by the city’s business leaders, known as the Exex, who did not consider themselves subordinate to the Baron Administrator. Furthermore, the Parliament of Guilds was a distinct faction which, by ancient custom, controlled the juries in all the city’s courts.
The last official census placed Cloud City’s population at 5,427,080. That figure did not count the droids. As Bespin’s total population was estimated at 6 million, the city was by far the dominant settlement on Bespin.