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'''Mon Mothma''' ([[48 BBY]] – [[24 ABY]]), a native of [[Chandrila]], was an important political figure from the waning days of the [[Old Republic]] and first [[Chief of State]] of the [[New Republic]].
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'''Mon Mothma''' ([[48 BBY]]–[[24 ABY]]), a native of [[Chandrila]], was an important political figure from the waning days of the [[Old Republic]] and first [[Chief of State]] of the [[New Republic]].
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Mothma was born into a wealthy and influential family on Chandrila. Her [[Tanis Mothma|mother]] was the [[governor]] of the planet, and her father was an [[arbiter-general]] for the Republic. At the age of 21 ([[27 BBY]]) she was elected to represent the [[Bormea Sector]] in the [[Galactic Senate]], becoming the youngest [[senator]] ever to serve.
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===Senator===
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Mothma was born into a wealthy, influential family on Chandrila. [[Tanis Mothma|Her mother]] was the [[governor]] of the planet, and her father was an [[arbiter-general]] for the Republic. At the age of 21 ([[27 BBY]]) she was elected to represent the [[Bormea Sector]] in the [[Galactic Senate]], becoming the youngest [[Senator]] ever to serve—a record later broken by [[Leia Organa]], future apprentice and colleague of Mothma.
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To those who knew her, Mothma was kind and caring, yet sometimes forgot herself when dealing in politics, which often seemed to claim importance over everything else in her life. She was a daring woman with charisma and political savvy, but she was not devoid of enemies.
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As a Senator, Mothma was a proponent of the rights of local systems. She was also friends with fellow senators [[Bail Organa]] and [[Padme Amidala]]. Just before the [[Clone Wars]], she became a member of the [[Loyalist Committee]] along with fellow senators Bail Organa, Padme Amidala, [[Fang Zar]], and other prominent politicians. She later signed the [[Petition of 2000]], along with many other senators, in an effort to request that [[Chancellor]] [[Palpatine]] reduce his power. The [[Delegation of 2000]] presented the petition to Chancellor Palpatine, but the Dark Lord made false promises saying that he would give up his emergency powers and silenced Fang Zhar when he tried to speak.
   
As a senator, Mothma was a proponent of the rights of local systems. During the [[Clone Wars]], she was assigned to the [[Loyalist Committee]], and later signed the [[Petition of 2000]] in an effort to request that [[Chancellor]] [[Palpatine]] reduce his power.
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For several months following the formation of the [[Galactic Empire]], she urged fellow Senator [[Bail Organa]] of [[Alderaan]] to publicly speak out against [[Galactic Emperor|Emperor]] Palpatine with her. However, she recanted after witnessing the Empire's subjugation of [[Kashyyyk]].
   
For several months following the formation of the [[Galactic Empire]], she urged fellow senator [[Bail Organa]] of [[Alderaan]] to publicly speak out against [[Galactic Emperor|Emperor]] [[Palpatine]] with her. However, she recanted after witnessing the Empire's subjugation of [[Kashyyyk]].
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[[Image:MonMothma2.jpg|left|thumb|150px|[[Senator]] Mon Mothma of [[Chandrila]]]]
   
[[Image:MonMothma2.jpg|left|thumb|150px|Senator Mon Mothma of Chandrila]]
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===Rebel===
Several years later, however, she once more decided to continue her efforts to restore democracy. Mothma, along with Organa and Senator [[Garm Bel Iblis]] of [[Corellia]], became central in the effort to unite various rebel groups to form the [[Alliance to Restore the Republic]]. During her years in the Alliance, Mothma took on Bail's adopted daughter, [[Leia Organa]], as her political protégé and groomed her for eventual leadership. Early in the rebellion she had a daughter, [[Lieda Mothma|Lieda]].
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Several years later, Mothma decided to continue her efforts to restore democracy. Along with Organa and Senator [[Garm Bel Iblis]] of [[Corellia]], Mothma became a pivotal figure in uniting various rebel groups to form the [[Alliance to Restore the Republic]]. During her years in the Alliance, Mothma took on Bail's adopted daughter, Leia Organa, as her political protégé and groomed her for eventual leadership. Early in the Rebellion she had a daughter, [[Lieda Mothma|Lieda]], and a son, [[Jobin Mothma|Jobin]].
   
During the [[Galactic Civil War]], Mon Mothma openly defied the Emperor, unlike Bail Organa and other senators who only secretly backed the Rebellion. She only escaped arrest by the [[Imperial Security Bureau]] in [[3 BBY]] thanks to a warning from Bail Organa. Thereafter, she went underground to lead the Rebellion. She became the Rebellion's public face, signing such public declarations as the [[Declaration of Rebellion]] and [[A Call To Reason]].
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During the [[Galactic Civil War]], Mon Mothma openly defied the Emperor, unlike Bail Organa and other Senators who only secretly backed the Rebellion. She only escaped arrest by the [[Imperial Security Bureau]] in [[3 BBY]] thanks to a warning from Organa. Now a fugitive from Imperial law, she went underground to lead the Rebellion full-time. She became the organization's public face, signing such open proclamations as the [[Declaration of Rebellion]] and [[A Call To Reason]].
   
Organa's death in the [[Destruction of Alderaan]] led to an imbalance in the Alliance's leadership. Without Organa to counter her, Garm Bel Iblis thought that Mothma was taking ever more dictatorial powers over the Alliance, intending only to set herself up in Palpatine's place. He left the Rebellion in protest, forming a rift which would not heal until the [[Thrawn campaign]] of [[9 ABY]]. However, Mothma showed her commitment to democracy by making her position as [[Chief of State]] subject to a vote by the Alliance membership every two years. In all her time at the head of the Rebellion, she was never challenged.
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Bail Organa's death in the [[Destruction of Alderaan]] led to an imbalance in the Alliance's leadership. Without Organa to counter her, Garm Bel Iblis thought that Mothma was assuming dictatorial powers over the Alliance and intended to set herself up in Palpatine's place. He left the Rebellion in protest, forming a rift which would not heal until the [[Thrawn campaign]] of [[9 ABY]]. Mothma showed her commitment to democracy, however, by making her position as [[Chief of State]] subject to a vote by the Alliance membership every two years. In all her time at the head of the Rebellion, she was never challenged.
   
In [[4 ABY]], Mon Mothma led the briefing of the Rebel forces before the [[Battle of Endor]], knowing that it was the Alliance's best chance to defeat the Empire by destroying both its terror weapon ([[Death Star II|the second Death Star]]) and its leader, Palpatine. After the Rebel victory, she turned the Rebel Alliance into a transitional government — the [[Alliance of Free Planets]]. During this period, she built diplomatic and military coalitions to fight the remnants of the Empire, as well as such threats as the [[Ssi-Ruu]]k, the [[Nagai]], and the [[Tof]]s.
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In [[4 ABY]], Mon Mothma led the briefing of the Rebel forces before the [[Battle of Endor]], knowing that it was the Alliance's best chance to defeat the Empire by destroying both its terror weapon ([[Death Star II|the second Death Star]]) and its leader, Palpatine, effectively ripping the regime's heart out. Mothma conducted the meeting with a heavy heart: shortly beforehand, a message had arrived via [[General]] [[Crix Madine]] that at last confirmed the death of her son Jobin months earlier in the [[Battle of Hoth]]. Her demeanor remained steady, however, and the Rebel forces, inspired by her resolve, went on to victory at Endor, destroying the battle station and ending Palpatine's reign. After the battle, she turned the Rebel Alliance into a transitional government—the [[Alliance of Free Planets]]. During this period, she built diplomatic and military coalitions to fight the remnants of the Empire, as well as such threats as the [[Ssi-Ruu]]k during the Bakura crisis, the [[Nagai]], and the [[Tof]]s.
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===Chief of State===
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As the Alliance transitioned into the New Republic, Mothma became its Chief of State. For eleven years she led the fledgling democratic republic, holding together the many factions that flocked to its membership. As the New Republic weathered one major military threat after another, Mothma’s charisma and leadership proved essential. Mothma always put the Republic before her personal life, even going so far as to advocate for Organa Solo to accept [[Hapan]] Prince [[Isolder]]'s offer of marriage to strengthen the Republic. Shortly after, a painting containing a [[Shadowcast]]key for the Rebellion's spy network that had been in a painting thought destroyed with Alderaan resurfaced on [[Tatooine]]. She sent newly married [[Leia Organa Solo]] and [[Han Solo]] along with [[Chewbacca]] and [[C-3P0]] to recover the painting.
   
As the Alliance transitioned into the New Republic, Mothma became its Chief of State. For eleven years she led the fledgling democratic republic, holding together the many factions that flocked to its membership. As the New Republic weathered one major military threat after another, Mothma’s charisma and leadership proved essential. Mothma always put the Republic before her personal life, even going so far as to advocate for Organa Solo to accept [[Hapan]] Prince [[Isolder]]'s offer of marriage to strengthen the Republic.
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During the early years of the [[New Republic]], a complex plan by a group of Bothans nearly booted her from office, before the lead [[Bothan]] was caught and found out.
   
Unlike her years in the Alliance, Mothma did not stay hidden in safety. During a diplomatic visit to [[Coruscant]], a [[Carida]]n ambassador threw what appeared to be a drink on Mothma's face as an insulting send-off gesture. This "drink" turned out to be nanomachines that slowly killed Mothma until she was saved by the [[Mon Calamari]] [[Jedi]] [[Cilghal]] who used [[the Force]] to heal her.
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Unlike her years in the Alliance, Mothma did not stay hidden in safety. During a diplomatic visit to [[Coruscant]], a [[Carida]]n ambassador threw what appeared to be a drink on Mothma's face as an insulting send-off gesture. This "drink" turned out to be nanomachines that slowly affected Mothma, bringing her to near death, until she was saved by the [[Mon Calamari]] [[Jedi]] [[Cilghal]] who used [[the Force]] to cleanse her body.
   
Mothma never truly recovered and eventually resigned her post in favor of the Organa Solo, retiring from public life. Mothma eventually died of old age shortly before the [[Yuuzhan Vong invasion]].
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Mothma never completely recovered, however, and eventually resigned her post in favor of Organa Solo, retiring from public life. Her condition continued to worsen, albeit slowly, and shortly before the [[Yuuzhan Vong War]] she died quietly in her sleep. In honor of her courage and bravery throughout the years, a [[Super Star Destroyer]] was given the name ''[[Mon Mothma (starship)|Mon Mothma]]''.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
[[Image:Mon-mothma.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Mon Mothma during the [[Clone Wars]]]]
 
[[Image:Mon-mothma.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Mon Mothma during the [[Clone Wars]]]]
Mon Mothma was portrayed by [[Caroline Blakiston]] in ''[[Return of the Jedi]]'' and [[Genevieve O'Reilly]] in ''[[Revenge of the Sith]]''. Most of the footage of O'Reilly, including a scene that illustrates early discussions on the formation of a resistance, did not appear in the theatrical release of the film, although they are included in the Deleted Scenes of the ''Revenge of the Sith'' DVD. However, she is seen briefly near the beginning of the film awaiting the Chancellor and his "savior" along with other Senators, after the ''[[Invisible Hand]]'' crash-lands on [[Coruscant]].
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Mon Mothma was portrayed by [[Caroline Blakiston]] in ''[[Return of the Jedi]]'' and [[Genevieve O'Reilly]] in ''[[Revenge of the Sith]]''. Most of the footage of O'Reilly, including a scene that illustrates early discussions on the formation of a resistance, did not appear in the theatrical release of the film, although they are included in the Deleted Scenes of the ''Revenge of the Sith'' DVD. However, she was seen briefly near the beginning of the film awaiting the Chancellor and his "savior" along with other Senators, after the ''[[Invisible Hand]]'' crash-landed on [[Coruscant]].
   
 
In the Expanded Universe, the voice of Mon Mothma was provided by [[Peggy Roberts-Hope]] in ''[[Star Wars: Dark Forces]]'' and ''[[Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith]]'', by [[Carolyn Seymour]] in ''[[Jedi Outcast]]'', and by [[Natalia Nogulich]] in the ''[[Return of the Jedi]]'' radio drama.
 
In the Expanded Universe, the voice of Mon Mothma was provided by [[Peggy Roberts-Hope]] in ''[[Star Wars: Dark Forces]]'' and ''[[Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith]]'', by [[Carolyn Seymour]] in ''[[Jedi Outcast]]'', and by [[Natalia Nogulich]] in the ''[[Return of the Jedi]]'' radio drama.
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==See also==
 
==See also==

Revision as of 07:33, December 4, 2005

This article is about the Old Republic Senator and later founding member of the Rebel Alliance. For the starship named after her, see Mon Mothma (starship)
"We are not Separatists trying to leave the Republic, we are Loyalists trying to preserve democracy in the Republic."
―Mon Mothma

Mon Mothma (48 BBY24 ABY), a native of Chandrila, was an important political figure from the waning days of the Old Republic and first Chief of State of the New Republic.

Biography

Senator

Mothma was born into a wealthy, influential family on Chandrila. Her mother was the governor of the planet, and her father was an arbiter-general for the Republic. At the age of 21 (27 BBY) she was elected to represent the Bormea Sector in the Galactic Senate, becoming the youngest Senator ever to serve—a record later broken by Leia Organa, future apprentice and colleague of Mothma.

To those who knew her, Mothma was kind and caring, yet sometimes forgot herself when dealing in politics, which often seemed to claim importance over everything else in her life. She was a daring woman with charisma and political savvy, but she was not devoid of enemies.

As a Senator, Mothma was a proponent of the rights of local systems. She was also friends with fellow senators Bail Organa and Padme Amidala. Just before the Clone Wars, she became a member of the Loyalist Committee along with fellow senators Bail Organa, Padme Amidala, Fang Zar, and other prominent politicians. She later signed the Petition of 2000, along with many other senators, in an effort to request that Chancellor Palpatine reduce his power. The Delegation of 2000 presented the petition to Chancellor Palpatine, but the Dark Lord made false promises saying that he would give up his emergency powers and silenced Fang Zhar when he tried to speak.

For several months following the formation of the Galactic Empire, she urged fellow Senator Bail Organa of Alderaan to publicly speak out against Emperor Palpatine with her. However, she recanted after witnessing the Empire's subjugation of Kashyyyk.

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Senator Mon Mothma of Chandrila

Rebel

Several years later, Mothma decided to continue her efforts to restore democracy. Along with Organa and Senator Garm Bel Iblis of Corellia, Mothma became a pivotal figure in uniting various rebel groups to form the Alliance to Restore the Republic. During her years in the Alliance, Mothma took on Bail's adopted daughter, Leia Organa, as her political protégé and groomed her for eventual leadership. Early in the Rebellion she had a daughter, Lieda, and a son, Jobin.

During the Galactic Civil War, Mon Mothma openly defied the Emperor, unlike Bail Organa and other Senators who only secretly backed the Rebellion. She only escaped arrest by the Imperial Security Bureau in 3 BBY thanks to a warning from Organa. Now a fugitive from Imperial law, she went underground to lead the Rebellion full-time. She became the organization's public face, signing such open proclamations as the Declaration of Rebellion and A Call To Reason.

Bail Organa's death in the Destruction of Alderaan led to an imbalance in the Alliance's leadership. Without Organa to counter her, Garm Bel Iblis thought that Mothma was assuming dictatorial powers over the Alliance and intended to set herself up in Palpatine's place. He left the Rebellion in protest, forming a rift which would not heal until the Thrawn campaign of 9 ABY. Mothma showed her commitment to democracy, however, by making her position as Chief of State subject to a vote by the Alliance membership every two years. In all her time at the head of the Rebellion, she was never challenged.

In 4 ABY, Mon Mothma led the briefing of the Rebel forces before the Battle of Endor, knowing that it was the Alliance's best chance to defeat the Empire by destroying both its terror weapon (the second Death Star) and its leader, Palpatine, effectively ripping the regime's heart out. Mothma conducted the meeting with a heavy heart: shortly beforehand, a message had arrived via General Crix Madine that at last confirmed the death of her son Jobin months earlier in the Battle of Hoth. Her demeanor remained steady, however, and the Rebel forces, inspired by her resolve, went on to victory at Endor, destroying the battle station and ending Palpatine's reign. After the battle, she turned the Rebel Alliance into a transitional government—the Alliance of Free Planets. During this period, she built diplomatic and military coalitions to fight the remnants of the Empire, as well as such threats as the Ssi-Ruuk during the Bakura crisis, the Nagai, and the Tofs.

Chief of State

As the Alliance transitioned into the New Republic, Mothma became its Chief of State. For eleven years she led the fledgling democratic republic, holding together the many factions that flocked to its membership. As the New Republic weathered one major military threat after another, Mothma’s charisma and leadership proved essential. Mothma always put the Republic before her personal life, even going so far as to advocate for Organa Solo to accept Hapan Prince Isolder's offer of marriage to strengthen the Republic. Shortly after, a painting containing a Shadowcastkey for the Rebellion's spy network that had been in a painting thought destroyed with Alderaan resurfaced on Tatooine. She sent newly married Leia Organa Solo and Han Solo along with Chewbacca and C-3P0 to recover the painting.

During the early years of the New Republic, a complex plan by a group of Bothans nearly booted her from office, before the lead Bothan was caught and found out.

Unlike her years in the Alliance, Mothma did not stay hidden in safety. During a diplomatic visit to Coruscant, a Caridan ambassador threw what appeared to be a drink on Mothma's face as an insulting send-off gesture. This "drink" turned out to be nanomachines that slowly affected Mothma, bringing her to near death, until she was saved by the Mon Calamari Jedi Cilghal who used the Force to cleanse her body.

Mothma never completely recovered, however, and eventually resigned her post in favor of Organa Solo, retiring from public life. Her condition continued to worsen, albeit slowly, and shortly before the Yuuzhan Vong War she died quietly in her sleep. In honor of her courage and bravery throughout the years, a Super Star Destroyer was given the name Mon Mothma.

Behind the scenes

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Mon Mothma during the Clone Wars

Mon Mothma was portrayed by Caroline Blakiston in Return of the Jedi and Genevieve O'Reilly in Revenge of the Sith. Most of the footage of O'Reilly, including a scene that illustrates early discussions on the formation of a resistance, did not appear in the theatrical release of the film, although they are included in the Deleted Scenes of the Revenge of the Sith DVD. However, she was seen briefly near the beginning of the film awaiting the Chancellor and his "savior" along with other Senators, after the Invisible Hand crash-landed on Coruscant.

In the Expanded Universe, the voice of Mon Mothma was provided by Peggy Roberts-Hope in Star Wars: Dark Forces and Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith, by Carolyn Seymour in Jedi Outcast, and by Natalia Nogulich in the Return of the Jedi radio drama.

Appearances

See also

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