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Padmé Amidala (-Skywalker)

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Bio:
Born Padmé Naberrie of apparently modest parents, her quick intellect, specialized education, and no small amount of good fortune allowed her to ascend to the summit of local Naboo politics at a record-breaking young age. At just 14 she was elected Queen, after a brief stint as Princess of Theed. She proved so popular after her (seemingly) successful resolution of the Trade Federation's embargo-cum-invasion, that many voices on the planet urged suspension of constitutional term limits so that she could continue to serve as Queen. She resisted such efforts as anti-democratic. With the bulk of her life ahead of her following the end of her life as Queen, she figured to leave political life forever, but was drawn back into service after Naboo's then-current senator, Palpatine ascended to the Galactic Chancellorship. This apparently, and somewhat counter-intuitively, left Naboo unrepresented in the Senate and her successor as Queen tapped her to take Palpatine's place in the Senate.

Then in her early 20's, Senator Amidala (or, as she was probably more properly called at this stage in her life, Naberrie) was a forceful, if questionably effective, presence in the Senate. Her policies were probably at odds with the true goals of the Chancellor, who skillfully used the opposition she helped lead to bills like the Military Creation Act, to not only pass the bulk of his agenda, but consolidate a dictatorial level of power into his own hands. Nearing what would be the end of her life, she saw her political life all but die when the Chancellor declared himself Emperor and greatly disadvantage the balance of power between the legislature and the executive in his favor. So complete was his subtle victory over her libertarian views that he managed to make popular the notion that the only way to save the democracy was through a brief period of totalitarianism. Her last official act as Senator would prove to be merely observing the death of democracy in the galaxy to, as she herself notes, the "thunderous applause" of the majority of Senators.

But even as her political life drew to an effective close, it was her personal life which proved to be the physical death of her--and the dawning of "a new hope". Having secretly married Jedi Anakin Skywalker, a former slave from the outer-rim world of Tatooine whom she had discovered and then later brought to Coruscant onboard her Royal Yacht, she soon found herself pregnant. As their marriage progressed, the tension between their disparate political views, and their mutual need to hold their relationship secret, proved stressful. When Anakin fell to the Dark Side, emerging as Darth Vader, that stress point sparked into violence. Following an argument after it had become clear that Anakin was acting as an agent of the SIth Lord Sidious, now revealed to be the self-proclaimed Emperor Palpatine, Anakin used his Force abilities against her. She died soon thereafter--but not before she could give birth to twins that would mature into Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa.

Because, however, the injuries she received were later determined to not be life-threatening, much speculation has ensued over the exact cause of her death. Did she die, simply, of a broken heart? Or did she die of her own free will, knowing that in dying, her now-mad husband would be unable to sense her--and, more importantly, her probably Force-strong children? If the former, it can be argued that in a time of great despair, she died because she, quite understandably, surrendered to her grief. If the latter, though, Padmé Amidala may be remembered as one of the galaxy's truest heroes. For in her final act, she grasped the central lesson that her husband's original mentor, Qui-Gon Ginn, would eventually use to reform the entire Jedi Order: the greatest victories come, sometimes, from surrendering to the so-called "living" Force.

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Issue Appearances:
Mörser Attack (2002)
Shortpacked! (2005)
Star Wars (1998)
Star Wars [FIN] (1999)
Star Wars Omnibus (2006)
Star Wars Sonderband (1999)
Star Wars Tales (1999)
Star Wars Visionaries (2005)
Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures (2004)
Star Wars: Dark Times (2006)
Star Wars: Episode I (1999)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (2009)
Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace - Manga (1999)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Hasbro/Toys "R" Us Exclusive (2002)
Star Wars: Republic (2002)
Star Wars: Reversal of Fortune (2004)
Star Wars: Tag & Bink II (2006)
Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here (2006)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Character Encyclopedia (2010)
Tim Sale: Heroes, Villains, Babes (2008)

Group Affiliation(s):
Delegation of 2000
Galactic Republic (Old)

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"I will not condone a course of action that will lead us to war."




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