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As a result, the Summit ended prematurely, with nothing resolved. It was a major public relations disaster for both the [[Jedi/Legends|Jedi]] who failed to prevent the attacks, and for Valorum himself. Lieutenant Governor Tarkin, complicit in the murders&mdash;having arranged delivery to Seswenna Hall of the rogue 'commander' droid that drove the killing rampage of the Federation's own 'follower' droids&mdash;blocked (or irreparably stalled) all subsequent investigative attempts under the auspices of Eriaduan jurisdiction. The Senate unilaterally passed its [[Senate Resolution BR-0371|new taxation laws]] anyway, while also passing restrictions on the Chancellor's use of the [[Judicial Department/Legends|Judicial Department]] and [[Jedi Order/Legends|Jedi Order]]. The [[Death/Legends|deaths]] of his hapless colleagues allowed [[Trade Federation Viceroy|Viceroy]] [[Nute Gunray/Legends|Nute Gunray]] to assume direct control of the Trade Federation and order a [[Blockade/Legends|blockade]] of [[Naboo/Legends|Naboo]] as retaliation against the Republic and [[Palpatine/Legends|Naboo's treacherous senator]] who had proposed, but failed to make good on, a summit to fairly consider Valorum's taxation proposal. Thus, the Summit's failure and the Senate's arbitrary action set the stage for the [[Invasion of Naboo/Legends|blockade]] and [[Battle of Naboo/Legends|Battle of Naboo]].<ref name="cod" />
 
As a result, the Summit ended prematurely, with nothing resolved. It was a major public relations disaster for both the [[Jedi/Legends|Jedi]] who failed to prevent the attacks, and for Valorum himself. Lieutenant Governor Tarkin, complicit in the murders&mdash;having arranged delivery to Seswenna Hall of the rogue 'commander' droid that drove the killing rampage of the Federation's own 'follower' droids&mdash;blocked (or irreparably stalled) all subsequent investigative attempts under the auspices of Eriaduan jurisdiction. The Senate unilaterally passed its [[Senate Resolution BR-0371|new taxation laws]] anyway, while also passing restrictions on the Chancellor's use of the [[Judicial Department/Legends|Judicial Department]] and [[Jedi Order/Legends|Jedi Order]]. The [[Death/Legends|deaths]] of his hapless colleagues allowed [[Trade Federation Viceroy|Viceroy]] [[Nute Gunray/Legends|Nute Gunray]] to assume direct control of the Trade Federation and order a [[Blockade/Legends|blockade]] of [[Naboo/Legends|Naboo]] as retaliation against the Republic and [[Palpatine/Legends|Naboo's treacherous senator]] who had proposed, but failed to make good on, a summit to fairly consider Valorum's taxation proposal. Thus, the Summit's failure and the Senate's arbitrary action set the stage for the [[Invasion of Naboo/Legends|blockade]] and [[Battle of Naboo/Legends|Battle of Naboo]].<ref name="cod" />
   
===The Naboo stopover===
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=== The Naboo stopover ===
 
{{Quote|From now on, Naboo will manage its own resources. Gardulla and Black Sun will supervise the export of plasma and the import of goods, and the Bando Gora will protect our interests in the space lanes. It's a pity you won't be a part of it.''"<br />"''A pity to be sure. Until such time as you replace me, Majesty, I will continue to act in Naboo's best interests, at Eriadu and on Coruscant. Should I see Damask, I'll be certain to tell him that he underestimated ... your ambitions.''"<br />"''Don't concern yourself unduly, Palpatine. You won't be seeing him again.|King Veruna spars unwittingly with a Sith Lord|Darth Plagueis (novel)}}
 
{{Quote|From now on, Naboo will manage its own resources. Gardulla and Black Sun will supervise the export of plasma and the import of goods, and the Bando Gora will protect our interests in the space lanes. It's a pity you won't be a part of it.''"<br />"''A pity to be sure. Until such time as you replace me, Majesty, I will continue to act in Naboo's best interests, at Eriadu and on Coruscant. Should I see Damask, I'll be certain to tell him that he underestimated ... your ambitions.''"<br />"''Don't concern yourself unduly, Palpatine. You won't be seeing him again.|King Veruna spars unwittingly with a Sith Lord|Darth Plagueis (novel)}}
 
As a repercussionistic sidenote to this Trade Summit account, Palpatine&mdash;who made a brief Naboo stopover visit at the request of [[King/Legends|King]] [[Ars Veruna]] on his way to the Eriadu summit from Coruscant&mdash;had, by the time he reached Eriadu, already been apprised of the imminent [[Bando Gora/Legends|Bando Gora]]-[[Gardulla Besadii the Elder/Legends#Gardulla's revenge|Gardulla]]-[[Black Sun/Legends|Black Sun]]-Veruna plot to kill [[Hego Damask]] (Palpatine's master, [[Darth Plagueis/Legends|Darth Plagueis]]): the self-same nuclear [[Bombing of Sojourn|bombardment]] of the [[Sojourn|Sojourn-moon]] that Palpatine himself had orchestrated, unbeknownst to his unwitting pawns (and clearly also to his own dark 'master'). A drunken Veruna gloated amidst a banquet thrown for his dark accomplices (all of whom, it appeared to Palpatine, were in attendance<ref>Veruna's banquet, it seems, was organized really for himself: to drown out (perhaps with the little extra help of flowing '[[blossom wine]]' and other inebriants) the raucous clamor of celebration happening just outside in the [[Theed/Legends|Theed]] [[Palace Plaza/Legends|Palace Plaza]], where hordes of enthusiastic [[Naboo (people)/Legends|Nabooian citizens]] had gathered to hear young [[Padmé Amidala/Legends|Padmé Naberrie]] speak (soon to be Amidala). Attending the King's extravagant 'counterevent' in the [[Theed Royal Palace/Legends|palace]] [[Throne room (Theed Royal Palace)/Legends|throne room]] were Veruna's most corrupt supporters and highly dubious offworlders, including [[Alexi Garyn]], head of the [[Black Sun/Legends|Black Sun]] crime syndicate, and crimelord [[Gardulla Besadii the Elder/Legends|Gardulla the Hutt]] with her retinue of [[Bando Gora/Legends|Bando Gora]] [[Terrorist/Legends|terrorist]] leaders. Palpatine could easily sense that the drunk and agitated King of Naboo—faced with allegations of corruption in an ongoing [[Foreign Affairs scandal|foreign affairs scandal]], the threatening outcome of the Eriadu Trade Summit just getting underway, and, of course, a most formidable rising opponent to his retention of the throne—was about to buckle and break under the sheer weight of it all. The [[Senator/Legends|senator]] was fully confident that Veruna would collapse at the foot of his gaudy throne, in a pathetic heap of [[Politics/Legends|political]] self-destruction, very soon. —''Darth Plagueis'', chapter 26: ''Their Baser Nature''</ref>) that the King was now, even as he spoke and the Trade Summit events unfurled, 'ending' his partnership with both Damask and the Trade Federation&mdash;bragging that the senator need not bother about giving any sort of warning to his [[InterGalactic Banking Clan/Legends|IBC]] associate, for ''Palpatine would not be seeing him again''. Which is to say, that the nuclear run on Sojourn was being carried out at that very moment. But despite what were meant to be vitriolic, hurtful words at the senator's expense, Palpatine/Darth Sidious silently gloried in the sublime ignorance of everyone about him, quietly amused himself with the wholly painless jabs of his would-be injurers: the Naboo senator couldn't have been more delighted that a nuclear bomb was on its way to Sojourn, where his unsuspecting 'master' was surely laboring diligently in his life-extension labs, busy in his quest for everlasting life through [[midi-chlorian manipulation]]. After all, it was Palpatine who, some time earlier, had ingeniously planted the seeds for such an attack in Veruna's mind, had quietly manipulated the King's thinking, to cause him to believe that he had engendered the idea himself.<ref name=":0">[[Darth Plagueis (novel)|''Darth Plagueis'']]</ref>
 
As a repercussionistic sidenote to this Trade Summit account, Palpatine&mdash;who made a brief Naboo stopover visit at the request of [[King/Legends|King]] [[Ars Veruna]] on his way to the Eriadu summit from Coruscant&mdash;had, by the time he reached Eriadu, already been apprised of the imminent [[Bando Gora/Legends|Bando Gora]]-[[Gardulla Besadii the Elder/Legends#Gardulla's revenge|Gardulla]]-[[Black Sun/Legends|Black Sun]]-Veruna plot to kill [[Hego Damask]] (Palpatine's master, [[Darth Plagueis/Legends|Darth Plagueis]]): the self-same nuclear [[Bombing of Sojourn|bombardment]] of the [[Sojourn|Sojourn-moon]] that Palpatine himself had orchestrated, unbeknownst to his unwitting pawns (and clearly also to his own dark 'master'). A drunken Veruna gloated amidst a banquet thrown for his dark accomplices (all of whom, it appeared to Palpatine, were in attendance<ref>Veruna's banquet, it seems, was organized really for himself: to drown out (perhaps with the little extra help of flowing '[[blossom wine]]' and other inebriants) the raucous clamor of celebration happening just outside in the [[Theed/Legends|Theed]] [[Palace Plaza/Legends|Palace Plaza]], where hordes of enthusiastic [[Naboo (people)/Legends|Nabooian citizens]] had gathered to hear young [[Padmé Amidala/Legends|Padmé Naberrie]] speak (soon to be Amidala). Attending the King's extravagant 'counterevent' in the [[Theed Royal Palace/Legends|palace]] [[Throne room (Theed Royal Palace)/Legends|throne room]] were Veruna's most corrupt supporters and highly dubious offworlders, including [[Alexi Garyn]], head of the [[Black Sun/Legends|Black Sun]] crime syndicate, and crimelord [[Gardulla Besadii the Elder/Legends|Gardulla the Hutt]] with her retinue of [[Bando Gora/Legends|Bando Gora]] [[Terrorist/Legends|terrorist]] leaders. Palpatine could easily sense that the drunk and agitated King of Naboo—faced with allegations of corruption in an ongoing [[Foreign Affairs scandal|foreign affairs scandal]], the threatening outcome of the Eriadu Trade Summit just getting underway, and, of course, a most formidable rising opponent to his retention of the throne—was about to buckle and break under the sheer weight of it all. The [[Senator/Legends|senator]] was fully confident that Veruna would collapse at the foot of his gaudy throne, in a pathetic heap of [[Politics/Legends|political]] self-destruction, very soon. —''Darth Plagueis'', chapter 26: ''Their Baser Nature''</ref>) that the King was now, even as he spoke and the Trade Summit events unfurled, 'ending' his partnership with both Damask and the Trade Federation&mdash;bragging that the senator need not bother about giving any sort of warning to his [[InterGalactic Banking Clan/Legends|IBC]] associate, for ''Palpatine would not be seeing him again''. Which is to say, that the nuclear run on Sojourn was being carried out at that very moment. But despite what were meant to be vitriolic, hurtful words at the senator's expense, Palpatine/Darth Sidious silently gloried in the sublime ignorance of everyone about him, quietly amused himself with the wholly painless jabs of his would-be injurers: the Naboo senator couldn't have been more delighted that a nuclear bomb was on its way to Sojourn, where his unsuspecting 'master' was surely laboring diligently in his life-extension labs, busy in his quest for everlasting life through [[midi-chlorian manipulation]]. After all, it was Palpatine who, some time earlier, had ingeniously planted the seeds for such an attack in Veruna's mind, had quietly manipulated the King's thinking, to cause him to believe that he had engendered the idea himself.<ref name=":0">[[Darth Plagueis (novel)|''Darth Plagueis'']]</ref>
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