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The title of this article is conjectural.

Although this article is based on official information from the Star Wars Legends continuity, the actual name of this subject is pure conjecture.

It was believed that long before the arrival of Humans on the planet Naboo around 3900 BBY, the planet's native sentients, the Gungans, rallied for war against bursas, a violent[1] semi-sentient[2] species that attacked Gungan settlements on a regular basis.[1] To combat the threat, the Gungans developed military technology[3] and created a Gungan Grand Army that supposedly drove the bursas to extinction.[1] Gungan society became more militaristic and tribal as a result of the war with the bursas,[2] and they continued to maintain the Gungan Grand Army in the following years, even during peacetime. Bursas still played a role in the war between the Gungan tribes, which ended[1] in 3000 BBY,[2] and they were later captured and bred for export by members of the Amaran species.[4]

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"Early during the writing of the Essential Guide to Episode I, I came across a George Lucas reference that the Gungans may have kept an army due to a past conflict with "bear-like creatures.""
―Daniel Wallace[src]

Concept art of Gungans fighting a bursa by Robin Pronovost

The war between the Gungans and the bursas was first mentioned in the Gungan DataBank entry in the 2001 LucasArts video game Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds.[1] The concept for the war was originated by[5] Star Wars creator[6] George Lucas, who described the Gungan Grand Army as being created to fight bear-like creatures. Author Daniel Wallace came across Lucas's concept and planned to expand upon it in The Essential Guide to Episode I, requesting artist Robin Pronovost to design a creature that became the bursas, although the guide was ultimately cancelled.[5] In a blog post in which they shared concept art of a bursa drawn in 2000, Pronovost offered the unofficial explanation that the bursas were driven to extinction by the Gungans, but were preserved by a breeding program established by the Amarans.[7]

The 2001 reference book The Essential Guide to Alien Species[8] contradicted Galactic Battlegrounds[1] by stating that the Gungan Grand Army was formed in a conflict with unknown invaders of Naboo in their early history,[8] and 2006's The New Essential Guide to Alien Species[6] stated that the conflict took place nearly 100 years before the Battle of Yavin.[8] In another contradiction, the 2002 forty-seventh issue of The Official Star Wars Fact File magazine stated that the Gungan Grand Army was formed by united factions after the war between the Gungan tribes.[9] This article uses sources that state that the war against the bursas caused the formation of the Gungan Grand Army, including Galactic Battlegrounds,[1] 2008's The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia,[10] and 2009's The Essential Atlas.[2]

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