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"Naboo represents the best of the Old Republic."
―Leia Organa, to Queen Sosha Soruna[src]

Naboo was a bountiful planet in the Chommell sector of the Mid Rim, close to the border of the Outer Rim Territories. It was home to the Gungan species and to a population of humans known as the Naboo. Naboo was pushed to the forefront of galactic politics as the birthplace of the Dark Lord of the Sith Sheev Palpatine, who served as its representative in the Senate of the Galactic Republic.

Under the guise of his Sith title Darth Sidious, Palpatine secretly engineered an invasion of his peaceful homeworld by the Trade Federation in a bid for power. Ostensibly done in protest over proposed taxation of formerly free trade routes, the Federation's invasion led to an outpouring of support from the Senate for both Palpatine and the newly-elected Queen of Naboo, Padmé Amidala. Amidala led a successful resistance movement and removed the Federation from her world during the Battle of Naboo. Palpatine subsequently rose to the office of the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, with Amidala eventually taking his place as the planet's senatorial representative.

Naboo would commit itself firmly to democracy in the intervening years, staying loyal to the Republic during the pan-galactic Clone Wars, which saw several military engagements against the Confederacy of Independent Systems come to the planet. By the time of the war's end, Palpatine had amassed considerable power and proclaimed himself the head of a new Galactic Empire. Palpatine's reign would eventually be ended by the Alliance to Restore the Republic, a rebel movement led by Amidala's children, Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker.

Despite his origins on the planet, Palpatine did not care at all for his homeworld and, following his death, Naboo was named a priority target for Operation: Cinder, a protocol that the Sith Lord had put in place to destroy Imperial worlds should they fail to protect their Emperor. Through the intervention of Organa and Queen Sosha Soruna, however, Naboo was spared from ruin and went on to become a member of the successor state to the Alliance, the New Republic. Decades later, the planet would again fight against tyranny, rising up against the military junta of the First Order during its war with Organa's Resistance.

Description[edit | edit source]

"If I grew up here, I don't think I'd ever leave."
―Anakin Skywalker, about Naboo[src]

The picturesque landscape around Naboo's Lake Country

Naboo was a small pastoral world[44] in the Mid Rim,[1] located near the border of the Outer Rim Territories.[10] Unlike most other worlds, the ancient planet lacked a molten core, and instead comprised a conglomerate of large, rocky bodies that made up a network of tunnels and flooded caves. The native Gungans, who built their homes in the waters of Naboo, rarely ventured into the core, fearing the ravenous sea beasts which resided[1] in areas such as the Caves of Eleuabad.[8] Despite this, certain Gungan navigators utilized time-honored trade routes through the planet's structure, which served as the most expedient avenues to reach other areas of the planet.[1] Naboo's interior was rich with plasma, a naturally-occurring energy unique to the planet, and this coupled with its lack of molten core gave Naboo a reputation as an enigma to astrophysicists, who regarded the world's structure as an extremely rare phenomenon in the galaxy.[8]

Naboo's surface comprised a vast array of different landscapes, from rolling plains and grassy hills to swampy lakes[10] caused by the water-filled network of deep-sea tunnels.[8] The swamps acted as a gateway to the world's seas, where legendary creatures dwelt.[6] Beside its natural features, Naboo was considered a world of classical beauty due to the aesthetics of its population centers.[10] The porous crust's natural plasma[8] was harvested for energy and building material,[40] and was generally thought to be the key to many of the planet's secrets.[8]

While most of Naboo's land animals were peaceful, as exemplified by the gentle shaak, the planet's oceans,[45] which held an abundance of life,[6] teemed with menacing creatures,[45] such as the opee sea killer[27] and the sando aqua monster.[29]

History[edit | edit source]

Early history[edit | edit source]

"It is an honor to be here for this momentous occasion. The pride I feel for this planet cannot be put into words. Eight-hundred and forty-seven years ago Naboo joined the Republic. And tonight we celebrate that reunion."
―Sheev Palpatine, giving a speech during the Festival of Light[src]

Originally, Naboo was home to the amphibian Gungans.[1] The earliest offworlders to arrive were a Reptilian species known as the Elders who warred against the Gungans. Eventually, the Elders vanished as mysteriously as they arrived, leaving only stone statues behind. For thousands of years afterward the Gungans flourished until a group of human colonists from Grizmallt crash-landed on Naboo. Initially, the Gungans retreated underwater and avoided the colonists. When the Gungans finally met the colonists, diplomacy failed and the two species fought a series of wars over territory and resources before largely resolving to live apart and ignore each other. A series of internal wars amongst the Gungan tribes and the human city-states eventually ended with both factions being unified in their own way but still separate nonetheless.[2]

Led by Kwilaan, the colonists ventured into the Gallo Mountains, created a farming community at the Dee'ja peak,[12] establishing their presence on the planet and eventually taking its name for themselves. The Naboo calendar based its epoch around the arrival of Kwilaan.[46] Tensions arose between the two peoples, and they started separate and apart from that point on.[47]

In 867 BBY, Naboo joined the Galactic Republic,[48] the democratic union that sought to govern the galaxy.[49] The people of Naboo celebrated this event during the Festival of Light.[50]

Naboo Crisis[edit | edit source]

The Trade Federation's invasion force marches on the city of Theed.

About ten years before the Clone Wars, Naboo was blockaded and invaded by the Trade Federation. The 14-year-old Padmé Amidala, who had recently been elected Queen of Naboo, guided her home planet through the invasion and sealed a new friendship with the Gungans.[51] In an upsurge of sympathy and solidarity toward the invaded planet, the queen's emissary in the Galactic Senate, the seemingly unassuming Senator Sheev Palpatine, was made Supreme Chancellor of the Republic.[9] Naboo recovered quickly from the invasion under Amidala's remaining years, managing to almost completely restore its harvests and crop yields by the end of her final term. One of Amidala's final projects, which continued under the reign of her successor, was the implementation of an ion pulse in Theed in case of future invasions. The decision to install the pulse, whilst meeting with general approval, was nevertheless controversial as some, such as Quarsh Panaka, favored the idea of more robust and extensive defenses whilst others felt that installing any weapon system was against everything Naboo stood for in terms of peace.[52]

The Clone Wars[edit | edit source]

Naboo during the Clone Wars.

Both the Naboo and the Gungans remained loyal to the Republic during the Clone Wars, though many on Naboo were in despair at the idea of a galaxy-wide war. Senator Padmé Amidala and Representative Jar Jar Binks worked together to represent the interests of the Naboo and Gungans respectively in the Galactic Senate.[15] During the Clone Wars, Neeyutnee served as Queen of Naboo. Amidala and Binks, with the help of the Jedi Order and the Gungan Peppi Bow, discovered the Separatist scientist Nuvo Vindi's secret laboratory in the Eastern swamps.[18] They managed to prevent Vindi from releasing stockpiles of the Blue Shadow Virus into Naboo's surface.[53]

During the Battle of Mon Cala, elements of the Gungan Grand Army led by Representative Binks were dispatched to the watery planet of Mon Cala to aid Senator Amidala, the Jedi, the Clone SCUBA troopers, and the Mon Calamari Prince Lee-Char's forces against the Separatist commander Riff Tamson and his Quarren allies.[54]

Later, the Gungan Boss Lyonie came under the influence of the pro-Separatist minister Rish Loo. Under Loo's control, Lyonie ordered the Gungan Grand Army to march on the Naboo capital of Theed. Their plan was to rendezvous with a Separatist droid army led by General Grievous, who had been sent by Count Dooku himself. Rish Loo and Dooku's plot was foiled by the combined efforts of Senator Amidala, Representative Binks, the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, and General Roos Tarpals. However, the Naboo and Gungans were forced to release Grievous after Dooku took Skywalker hostage.[55]

During the Festival of Light, Dooku sent Cad Bane and his team of bounty hunters to kidnap Palpatine in order to free Separatist prisoners from Republic captivity. At first, Bane and Moralo Eval were successful in capturing Palpatine. However, they were stopped by one of their fellow bounty hunters, Rako Hardeen, who was really Obi-Wan Kenobi in disguise. But, Bane planned a diversion in order to lure the Republic forces away while Dooku carried out the kidnapping. This failed, however, when he fought Kenobi and Skywalker.[50]

Shortly after the end of the Clone Wars, thousands of citizens gathered in the streets of Theed in order to assist to Amidala's funeral procession.[56]

Galactic Empire[edit | edit source]

Naboo after the Battle of Endor

Following the rise of the Galactic Empire and Palpatine's self-proclamation as Emperor, Naboo hosted one of the new regime's military garrisons.[41] Due to its status as Palpatine's homeworld, Naboo prospered during the Age of the Empire. Its economy and environment were regarded to be far healthier than most worlds which had been subject to Imperial rule.[42] The Empire also demilitarized Naboo and dissolved the Royal Naboo Security Forces's starfighter wing. As a result, Naboo lacked any combat-trained pilots by the time of the Battle of Endor.[57]

Naboo's internal politics were also interfered with by the new regime; whilst the people were still permitted to elect their monarchs, those who gained the office had little real power or influence. Instead, all major decisions regarding Naboo were placed firmly in the hands of the sector's Moff, a position held by former Security Forces officer Quarsh Panaka during the early days of the Empire. Though one of the less corrupt Imperial officials, Panaka was assassinated by Saw Gerrera's Partisans insurgency[58] in 3 BBY.[59]

When news of Emperor Palpatine's death had spread across the galaxy after the Battle of Endor, an outpouring of joy occurred on Naboo, the inhabitants of which considered themselves free at last.[60]

New Republic[edit | edit source]

"Wesa free!"
―A Gungan celebrates the destruction of the Galactic Empire and the beginning of the New Republic[src]

Some twenty days after the Battle of Endor—which resulted in the defeat of the Empire by the Alliance to Restore the Republic—the Royal House of Naboo received a visit by Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan, who had been sent by Mon Mothma, Chancellor of the Alliance. In the royal palace's throne room, Organa met the then-Queen of Naboo, Sosha Soruna, and asked for Naboo's support in the establishment of a New Republic and the restoration of the Senate. The queen heartily accepted Organa's offer, claiming that the Naboo felt great shame over Palpatine's actions.[61]

Organa, Soruna, and Bey leave the Theed Hangar in order to destroy the Empire's satellites.

During the meeting, gigantic storms suddenly began to rage, and Naboo's orbital sensors were all jammed. The Empire had set up a climate disruption array in orbit, as ordered by the late Emperor Palpatine. Named Operation: Cinder, the Empire's plan was to disrupt Naboo's environment and climate, and thus render the planet inhospitable.[61] The storms caused fires and flooding across the world, and many buildings were demolished. Soruna, Organa, and Alliance pilot Shara Bey finally decided to use three old N-1 starfighters—that had been stored by Queen Neeyutnee in the Theed Hangar during the Clone Wars—and go protect Naboo by destroying the Empire's satellites. Once in space, the three women were attacked by a squadron of TIE fighters, but managed, nonetheless, to knock out all of the satellites. A Rebel fleet led by Lando Calrissian and Nien Nunb soon arrived to take care of the Imperial forces.[57] The fleet consisted of members of Danger Squadron, which arrived in T-65B X-wing starfighters led by Danger Leader Duros Shriv Suurgav,[22] Nunb in the Mellcrawler II, and the MC80 Star Cruiser Restoration.[57] Danger Squadron temporarily included former Inferno Squad members and recent Imperial defectors Iden Versio and Del Meeko to assist the three women in the destruction of the satellites. After their destruction, the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Torment was then engaged by Danger Squadron and several Y-wing bombers, and the Restoration delivered the fatal blow to the hull of the Torment. The Alliance forces then gathered upon the ground to immobilize remaining Imperials in the final ground assault to try and take control of Theed. Imperial forces were immobilized by the ion pulse rendering all of their weapons and vehicles inoperable leading to the surrender of Imperial forces.[22]

Due to the fact that Naboo had been the Emperor's homeworld, the planet became a rallying point for Imperial sympathizers. Months after the failed Operation: Cinder, the Imperial Navy deployed three attack forces to wipe out the New Republic's presence in the Naboo system. However, these attempts were successfully foiled by Corona Squadron.[42]

Nearly thirty years later, during the conflict between the First Order and the Resistance, Senator Thadlé Berenko represented Naboo in the reconstituted Galactic Senate of the New Republic.[62] Berenko was among thousands killed when the First Order destroyed Hosnian Prime, the home of the Senate at the time.[63]

Uprising against the First Order[edit | edit source]

By 35 ABY,[64] Naboo's skies were being patrolled by Star Destroyers from the First Order as part of its expansive efforts to establish galactic dominance. At some point later, Naboo engaged in open rebellion against the First Order, simultaneous with other planets such as Bespin and Coruscant leading to the successful overthrow of the entire regime.[65]

Society and culture[edit | edit source]

"You and the Naboo form a symbiont circle. What happens to one of you will affect the other. You must understand this."
Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Boss Nass[src]

Naboo was inhabited by two societies: an indigenous species of intelligent amphibians called the Gungans and a group of peaceful humans who were referred to as the Naboo.[10] In the distant past, a cultural misunderstanding resulted in a serious quarrel between the Gungan and the human colonists. Both sides refused to acknowledge their responsibilities in the rift, and the two groups ostracized each other for the longest time. That situation lasted until the Invasion of Naboo by the Trade Federation forced the humans and Gungans to join forces.[47]

Naboo culture fostered the artist in every citizens, encouraging children to become musicians, performers, painters, and similar professions. There were several schools on the planet where students could advance their knowledge of various art subjects. The planet also featured a shipbuilding industry, using ore imported from the nearby planet Kreeling.[38]

Both the Naboo and Gungans had a close relationship with water.[66]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Naboo first appeared in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, the first installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.[9] It was later featured in 2002's Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones and 2005's Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.[15][2]

The real-world locations for Naboo were Plaza de España in Seville, Spain and Lake Como and Caserta Palace in Italy, among others. The buildings of Naboo were based on the Hagia Sophia, a cathedral turned mosque then turned museum located in Istanbul, Turkey. On the other hand, the architecture of Naboo was inspired by the domed and scalloped roofs of the Marin County Civic Center.[67]

The exact number of moons in Naboo is currently unknown. In Attack of the Clones, Mace Windu mentions "spice miners on the moons of Naboo."[15] However, the 2016 reference book Star Wars: Complete Locations states that Naboo has only one moon.[8] The 2018 novel Thrawn: Alliances confirms that Naboo has three moons.[4]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Ultimate Star Wars
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 Rise of the Separatists
  3. Star Wars: Fascinating Facts
  4. 4.0 4.1 Thrawn: Alliances
  5. Leia, Princess of Alderaan
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
  7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 Star Wars: Complete Locations
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Naboo in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 StarWars-DatabankII.png Naboo in the Databank (backup link)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 StarWars.com Crisis on Naboo Trivia Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link) (Images 2–3)
  13. The Rebellion Begins
  14. AltayaCite.jpg "Naboo" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of The Clones
  16. 16.0 16.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Otoh Gunga in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  17. Adventures in Wild Space: The Steal
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Blue Shadow Virus"
  19. 19.00 19.01 19.02 19.03 19.04 19.05 19.06 19.07 19.08 19.09 19.10 19.11 19.12 Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  20. StarWars.com Encyclopedia colo claw fish in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  21. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Fambaa in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Star Wars: Battlefront II
  23. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Gungan Grand Army in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  24. StarWars.com Encyclopedia nuna in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  25. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Updated and Expanded
  26. GalaxysEdgeLogoMini.png Star Wars: Galaxy's EdgeDok-Ondar's Den of Antiquities
  27. 27.0 27.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia opee sea killer in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  28. Star Wars: Alien Archive
  29. 29.0 29.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia sando aqua monster in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  30. IDWStarWarsAdventuresLogoSmaller.png "Raiders of the Lost Gundark"—Star Wars Adventures 18
  31. Adventures in Wild Space: The Nest
  32. SWInsider.png "Inbrief"—Star Wars Insider 161
  33. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force"
  34. Princess Leia 2
  35. Star Wars: The Galactic Explorer's Guide
  36. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  37. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Flash speeder in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 38.4 38.5 Queen's Peril
  39. Join the Resistance: Attack on Starkiller Base
  40. 40.0 40.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Gungan weaponry in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  41. 41.0 41.1 SWInsider.png "Blade Squadron"—Star Wars Insider 149150
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 Lost Stars
  43. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel
  44. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Sio Bibble in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  45. 45.0 45.1 Ultimate Factivity Collection: Star Wars
  46. Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy
  47. 47.0 47.1 StarWars.com Encyclopedia Boss Nass in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  48. In the TV episode "Crisis on Naboo," Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was kidnapped by Cad Bane "eight-hundred and forty-seven years [after] Naboo joined the Republic." According to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, the kidnapping took place in 20 BBY.
  49. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Galactic Republic in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  50. 50.0 50.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis on Naboo"
  51. StarWars.com Encyclopedia Padmé Amidala in the Encyclopedia (content now obsolete; backup link)
  52. Queen's Shadow
  53. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Mystery of a Thousand Moons"
  54. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Gungan Attack"
  55. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow Warrior"
  56. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 Shattered Empire 3
  58. Leia, Princess of Alderaan
  59. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places Leia Organa's birth in 19 BBY. The events of Leia, Princess of Alderaan commence just after Organa's sixteenth birthday, which places the events of the novel in 3 BBY.
  60. Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  61. 61.0 61.1 Shattered Empire 2
  62. Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  63. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  64. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker as taking place one year after the "Starkiller Incident." As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Starkiller Incident to 34 ABY, it can be deduced the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker take place in 35 ABY.
  65. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel
  66. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  67. The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story
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