Padmé Naberrie, known publicly as Padmé Amidala, was a human female politician who became an influential figure in the declining days of the Galactic Republic. Amidala was elected Queen of Naboo at a young age, and led her people through the Trade Federation’s invasion of the planet. With the help of the Jedi Order, Amidala was able to lead her people in liberating Naboo from the Federation. When her two terms as queen ended, there was a movement to amend the law so she could continue to serve, but she declined and instead accepted the role of Senator of Naboo.
In the lead-up to the Clone Wars, Senator Amidala was an outspoken critic of the creation of a Grand Army of the Republic to combat the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The war broke out anyway, however, and Amidala was present on Geonosis during the first battle; Amidala had been captured there by the Separatists, leading to her fighting in the ensuing battle. After the battle, Amidala secretly married Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.
Amidala continued her pursuit of peace after the war began, attempting to broker a peaceful solution between the Republic and the Separatist Alliance. Those attempts failed, however, though Amidala did achieve some victories against the war hawks, including in her push to allow Mandalore to declare neutrality in the war. The war continued on, often separating Skywalker and Amidala for long periods of time.
At the end of the war, Amidala became pregnant with twins, and Skywalker began having visions of her dying in childbirth. His attempts to save her led him to the dark side of the Force, and he became the Sith Lord Darth Vader. In the ensuing days, and after the destruction of the Jedi Order, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine—who was secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious—transformed the Republic into theGalactic Empire. Amidala later tried to save Vader from the dark side, but failed in her efforts. She lost the will to live and died just after giving birth to her twins, Luke and Leia. Leia followed in her mother’s footsteps, becoming a member of the Rebel Alliance, while Luke became a Jedi Knight and redeemed Anakin from the dark side. Amidala was also the maternal grandmother of Leia and Han Solo’s son Ben Solo, who would later be known as Kylo Ren.
Author: J. Ossorio