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Amy
03-13-2003, 04:42 PM
I feel so stupid, but I dont understand alot of it. Ok, what IS the Trade Federation?? I know it is Nute and Rune, but what do they DO? I just know they have a trade franshise, but what is their role in the universe?

Also, what did they have to do with Naboo, and WHY did they want the queen to sighn that sooo badley??? I know they where really working under Palpy, but I just dont understand the motive.:(:cry:

Beast
03-13-2003, 05:55 PM
The Official site explains things pretty well. I'll repost the relevent bits here for your convenience. :)

The Trade Federation was a consortium of merchants and transportation providers that effectively controlled shipping throughout the galaxy. Under the rule of the scheming Neimoidians, it had attained enough clout to have full representation in the Galactic Senate, as if it were a member world. In order to rein in the Trade Federation, as well as raise funds for an overburdened government, the Republic approved the taxation of outlying trade routes.

Outraged, the Trade Federation brazenly blockaded the peaceful planet of Naboo in protest. Its fleet of massive battleships surrounded the pastoral world, cutting off direly needed supplies to the planet. The bold action caused great uproar in the Senate, marking yet another scandal in Chancellor Valorum's checkered career. Eager to resolve the dispute, he secretly dispatched a pair of Jedi ambassadors to Naboo to parley with the Neimoidians.

What no one in the galaxy knew was that the Trade Federation was but a pawn in a much larger game. The promise of a profitable outcome lured the Trade Federation's leaders -- Nute Gunray and Rune Haako -- into a partnership with a mysterious Sith benefactor. This shadowy Darth Sidious carefully manipulated the Senate, bogging the institute down in procedures while the Trade Federation tried to pressure Naboo's monarch into signing a treaty to legitimize the occupation.

Queen Amidala, Naboo's ruler, remained steadfast in her opposition. The normally cowardly Neimoidians then did the unexpected. Egged on by their Sith overlord, the Trade Federation began a full-scale invasion of Naboo.

While the budget-minded Trade Federation's reliance on droid labor was well known, the scope of their invasion army was shocking. Legions of automated infantry -- battle droids -- aboard modern war-craft charged down the vine-laced avenues of Naboo's cities. The subjugation was quick; Naboo's populace was ill prepared.

Gunray, Haako and even Sidious failed to foresee Amidala's bravery and fortitude. She escaped their clutches and called upon the native Gungans of Naboo to join with a growing resistance force. Together, the people of Naboo were able to overthrow their oppressors. Haako and Gunray were arrested. The Neimoidians, however, kept Darth Sidious' existence a secret.

Even after the Senate's reprimands for the Naboo incident, the Trade Federation nonetheless continued to operate, becoming all the more influential in the political chaos that would follow. Gunray avoided hard time for his transgressions, and even after four trials in the Supreme Court, still managed to hold onto his Viceroy title.
http://www.starwars.com/databank/organization/tradefederation/index.html

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

CloneTrooperMace
03-13-2003, 07:58 PM
You are Mean I wanted to tell:mad: :frus: :mad: :cry:

Amy
03-13-2003, 09:03 PM
Ok, so before the movie, the Trade Federation cut off suplies to Naboo, and thats why Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan was there, to make a deal:) Thanks soooooo much JJB! You really cleared things up!:kiss:

Darth Trymybestus
03-13-2003, 09:32 PM
I find that the key to understanding the prequels is just imagining the whole thing as a game of chess and Palpatine/Darth Sidious are using everything as pawns to take control of the Galaxy.
Dooku is just a pawn to Palpatine, he's using him and when he's done with him, he'll cast him to the side to make way for "young Skywalker" :)

Oh by the way... I would suggest reading the novels "Cloak of Deception" and "Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter".
Both novels are set just before Episode I and they give an insight into Darth Sidious' motives and it shows how he uses the Trade Federation and manipulates the Neimodians. :)

Amy
03-14-2003, 01:04 AM
Originally posted by Darth Trymybestus
I find that the key to understanding the prequels is just imagining the whole thing as a game of chess and Palpatine/Darth Sidious are using everything as pawns to take control of the Galaxy.
Dooku is just a pawn to Palpatine, he's using him and when he's done with him, he'll cast him to the side to make way for "young Skywalker" :)

Oh by the way... I would suggest reading the novels "Cloak of Deception" and "Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter".
Both novels are set just before Episode I and they give an insight into Darth Sidious' motives and it shows how he uses the Trade Federation and manipulates the Neimodians. :)


Hmm, I''m going to a store tomarow by the name of vintage stock, that carries tons of Star Wars(toys,books,everything) so I'm going to look for those! Thanks for the suggestion.:D

TheDarthVader
03-14-2003, 09:38 PM
Me too! I will have to read these books now. Thanks!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
04-01-2003, 05:38 PM
Just read the opening scrawl of Episode I . . . good enough for me.

Also . . . Sidious is Palpatine, and he wants control of the galaxy . . . in case you were wondering.