Hikila was a planet originally populated about two hundred years earlier by refugees from the south Pacific islands of old Earth. The population had been increased by refugees from the Iteeche Wars, who had a different life style than the original settlers.
In Defiant, King Raymond I sends Kris Longknife as his representative to the dying queen of Hikila. While there, Kris counterattacks against a terrorist attack which may have been launched in the hope of killing her. Kris and her forces succeed, but Hank Peterwald reveals his true colors when he refers to the terrorists as "freedom fighters." The queen dies and her death and that of others spurs a movement for Hikila to join the United Sentients.