"When [Padmé Amidala] talked about the past it seemed real, you know? The suffering before the Great Time of Peace wasn't ancient history, but just yesterday, and the people who lived through it mattered."
Ian Lago[src]

The Time of Suffering was a two hundred-year long internal war among the disparate city-states of Humans that inhabited the planet of Naboo. Having started around 1000 BBY, the conflict ended circa 800 BBY, with the rise of King Jafan and the second foundation of Theed. The monarch subsequently established the Great Time of Peace.


Around 1000 BBY,[5] the great New Sith Wars were being brought to an end, and the pan-galactic government known as the Galactic Republic moved on to a new age of peace.[6] However, the small planet of Naboo was not part of the Republic at that time, and its Human inhabitants were divided into rival city-state,[4] despite having had an elective monarchy for over two thousands years.[7]

The conflictEdit

While the wider galaxy was entering a global state of peace, the Naboo city-states engaged in a war against each other around 1000 BBY. In spite of that on-off conflict,[3] representatives of the Galactic Republic approached the Naboo with an offer to join, which they accepted[7] in late Spring[8] of 868 BBY.[9] Around 800 BBY, King Jafan ascended to the throne and managed unite the disparate city-states, establishing the Great Time of Peace. The small city of Theed was also made the new capital of Naboo.[4]


"I paint my lips red and add the red scar of remembrance that splits my lip. It is a Naboo ruling tradition, older than memory, that marks a time of suffering for Naboo, before the Great Time of Peace."
Queen Padmé Amidala, in her journal[src]

Thanks to an influx of farmers, engineers and artisans, Theed observed its second foundation. With the new Royal Palace placed at its heart, it grew into one of the most beautiful cities in the galaxy.[4] In memory of the Time of Suffering, the later rulers of Naboo would bear the ceremonial scar of remembrance, a red slash that bisected their white-painted lower lip.[10]



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. The New Essential Chronology
  2. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 133 ("Jafan")
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Essential Atlas, p. 82
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 36
  5. The Essential Atlas, p. 134-135
  6. The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 363 ("Great Peace of the Republic")
  7. 7.0 7.1 Secrets of Naboo
  8. The Official Star Wars Fact File Part 34 (NAB21-22, Naboo Festival of Light)
  9. In "Crisis on Naboo," an episode of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series, it was stated that Naboo joined the Galactic Republic "eight hundred and forty seven years ago." According to SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on (backup link), "Crisis on Naboo" happened some time after another episode, "Darkness on Umbara." Since The Official Star Wars Fact File Part 7 (HEA1, Z-95 Headhunter) places "Darkness on Umbara" in 21 BBY, it can be concluded that "Crisis on Naboo" occurred around the same year. Using simple math, it can be deduced that Naboo joined the Republic in or around 868 BBY.
  10. Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary
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