The Capture of Theed, also known as the Battle of Theed, was when the Naboo capital of Theed was taken over during the early stages of the Trade Federation's Invasion of Naboo in 32 BBY. The Trade Federation Droid Army, lead by OOM command battle droid OOM-9, moved its forces into the capital, consisting of Armored Assault Tanks, Multi-Troop Transports, Vulture Droids, and thousands of B1-series battle droids. In addition, battle droids flying STAPs and groups of OOM-series security droids were in Theed as well. When Queen Padmé Amidala and other captives were being transported, Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi, fought of the droid escort and lead them to the Palace's hangar, where the group escaped in a Naboo Royal Starship.
In retaliation to the taxation of the Free Trade Zone voted by the Galactic Republic's Galactic Senate, the Trade Federation, an interstellar shipping and trade conglomerate, blockaded the planet Naboo, in an attempt to force Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum's hand in the matter. The Federation's actions were guided secretly by the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Sidious. Valorum dispatched ambassadors from Coruscant on the Judicial Department Consular-class space cruiser Radiant VII to the Lucrehulk-class Battleship Vuutun Palaa over Naboo. The ambassadors were secretly two Jedi Knights, the Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and his Padawan, Obi-Wan Kenobi, sent to negotiate the ending of the blockade with the Viceroy Nute Gunray. After Sidious ordered Gunray to begin the invasion of Naboo, the viceroy was skeptical, as he was concerned over the legality of invading Naboo. Sidious assured the Viceroy he would "make it legal" and told Gunray, upon being inquired as to what to do with the Jedi, to kill them. Gunray then tried to kill the Jedi with dioxis gas but failed.
Capture of Theed
- "Viceroy, we have captured the Queen."
- ―OOM-9 and Viceroy Nute Gunray
Gunray then spoke with Queen of Naboo Amidala where the viceroy reassured her no action would take place with the approval of the Senate and denied any ambassadors were sent. Amidala told Gunray he had gone too far before ending the transmission. He then promptly ordered a black out all communication arrays on the planet. At the behest of Sidious, the Federation began their invasion of Naboo.
Meanwhile Senator Palpatine with the Royal Advisory Council in the Theed Royal Palace only to lose communication. The Governor of Naboo, Sio Bibble was one of the first to suspect it was the start of an invasion. While Quarsh Panaka recognized the significant threat and that the Royal Naboo Security Forces would not be able to defend the world against the Trade Federation Droid Army. However, Queen Amidala refused to condone any action that would lead them to war and believed the Federation would not dare go that far.
The C-9979 landing crafts departed from the Lucrehulk-class Battleships to Naboo and landed in a forest on the planet's surface, where the two Jedi had stowed away aboard who planned to warn the Naboo that the invasion was coming. After learning the Jedi had escaped, Gunray contacted the invasion commander, the OOM command battle droid OOM-9, and warned him of the Jedi's presence among them and to not underestimate them. Once on the surface, Jinn rendezvous with Kenobi where he met a Gungan named Jar Jar Binks in the chaos of the Federation invasion. After saving Binks from a troop carrier, he swore a life debt to Jinn for saving him, rendezvoused with Kenobi and planned to find shelter, which Binks offered to give them in the Gungan city beneath the ocean to avoid the approaching Federation forces.
On the surface, Bibble's suspicions proved correct and upon realizing an invasion was underway, she soon switched places with her decoy Handmaiden Sabé. Within minutes, the droid armies consisting of Armored Assault Tanks, Multi-Troop Transports and Single Trooper Aerial Platforms took Theed, subduing Naboo's small security forces and leaving the planet completely under Federation control. The Royal House of Naboo capitulated and surrendered.
Arriving in the Lapiz Cutter, the viceroy then landed in Theed and assumed control from Queen Amidala's own throne room. After Amidala refused to sign a treaty legalizing the occupation, she and the rest of the prisoners were to be processed into Camp Four. However unexpected resistance was met by the escaped Jedi Knights who freed the queen and her party after a brief skirmish against the escorting droids, Bibble and several handmaidens decided to stay while the Queen went to Coruscant to plead for help in the Galactic Senate. The party then retook the Theed Hangar from the battle droids stationed there, entered Amidala's Royal Starship, and blasted away from Naboo. However, in trying to slip through the blockade, the ship's hyperdrive engine took heavy damage, Royal House of Naboo had gone into exile.
- "This invasion will gain you nothing. We're a democracy. The people have decided…"
- ―Governor Sio Bibble to Gunray
When Gunray informed Sidious of Amidala's failure to sign the treaty and that the queen had escaped, the livid Sith Lord introduced them to Darth Maul, whom he dispatched to find and recapture Amidala. Due to Amidala's ship sustaining damage in the escape, the queen opted to land on the obscure desert world of Tatooine in the Outer Rim Territories, that was controlled by the Hutts, to repair the ship. Maul managed to ascertain the queen's location, but he failed to kill the Jedi or retrieve Amidala.
The Trade Federation's droid army succeeded in occupying Naboo with little resistance. The viceroy and his Settlement Officer, Rune Haako presided over the occupation of Naboo. On Coruscant, the Naboo government had reestablished itself by Queen-in-exile Amidala, however the Federation's Senator Lott Dod managed to block Senator Palpatine's efforts to request Republic intervention in the Galactic Senate. Meanwhile Naboo's population was forced into camps where they experienced starvation and hardship. In Amidala's absence, the viceroy attempted to force Governor Sio Bibble to sign the treaty with the Trade Federation but the governor refused to back down.
Behind the scenes
- Queen's Peril
- Queen's Peril audiobook
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (First appearance)
- The Phantom Menace Golden Book
- The Phantom Menace Read-Along Storybook and CD
- Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy – A Graphic Novel
- Queen's Shadow
- Queen's Shadow audiobook
- (First identified as Battle of Theed)
- Star Wars: A Galaxy at War
- Star Wars: Build the Millennium Falcon 54 (Starship Fact File: Sheathipede-class Shuttle)
- Star Wars: Build Your Own R2-D2 1 (Droid Directory: R2-series Astromech Droids, Part 1) (Picture only)
- Star Wars: Complete Vehicles (First identified as Capture of Theed)
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