|Mas Amedda - By: KONAMI|
|Position||Grand Vizier for Galactic Office Official of the (Galactic Empire) Councilor of the Ruling Council Vice Chair of Galactic Republic|
Mas Amedda was a politician who served in high-ranking government roles during the last years of the Galactic Republic while helping to establish and administrate the successor state, the Galactic Empire. Mas Amedda was the Vice Chair of the Galactic Senate during Chancellor Valorum's term and Palpatine's term. As Vice Chair to Palpatine, Amedaa would become a close ally to the Chancellor, trusted enough to reveal his true identity as Darth Sidious. Amedda became instrumental in helping concentrate authority in the Office of the Chancellor during the Separatist Crisis, efforts that culminated with the creation of the Grand Army of the Republic. At the end of the Clone Wars, Amedda stood with Darth Sidious as the Sith Lord used his political power to turn the Republic into a Galactic Empire. As the Senate became more irrelevant, Amedda transitioned into a new role of Grand Vizier.
In his position as Grand Vizier, he oversaw a rapidly expanding bureaucracy of the military and civilian sectors while serving as the right hand to the reclusive Emperor. The Empire's oppressive and abusive reign was eventually opposed by the Rebel Alliance in the course of the Galactic Civil War, a movement that achieved a great victory when the Emperor died. In the aftermath of this defeat, Amedda was the highest ranking political leader in the Empire, yet he had no control over the military forces. Amedda attempted to hold the regime together from Coruscant, but as the planet was roiled by a civil war, leaders like Gallius Rax and Rae Sloane effectively took control, leaving the Grand Vizier stranded. Eventually, Amedda escaped his forced confinement and surrendered the Empire by signing terms of a treaty, thereby ending the Galactic Civil War.
Mas Amedda was a native of the Chagrian homeworld of Champala in the Inner Rim, living during the last decades of the Galactic Republic's reign as the preeminent political body in the galaxy. Amedda was an eager and capable politician during this time and achieved the office of Senator in the Republic's Galactic Senate on Coruscant. During his time in the Senate, he served as a committee chairman and worked alongside representatives from the icy world of Vallt in the Outer Rim Territories. The Chagrian politician was eventually selected to serve as Vice Chair of the Senate at large a role that placed him second only to the Supreme Chancellor in the Republic's political hierarchy and installed him as Speaker of the Senate. In this capacity Amedda had a hand in managing the Republic's overwhelming bureaucratic superstructure and advised Chancellor Finis Valorum on matters of Senate procedure. Criticisms about the unresponsiveness of the Republic and pervasive corruption in congress plagued the Valorum administration in this era, and Amedda became embroiled in widespread rumors that he was on the payroll of the Trade Federation.
The Neimoidian-run corporation had become a significant economic and political force in the Republic over its years of operation and enjoyed both unprecedented representation within the Senate as well as near-complete control of shipping and commerce in the Outer Rim Territories. Much to the chagrin of the Federation, the Senate passed a law which authorized the Republic to levy taxes on trade in the Free Trade Zones which had previously been dominated by the Neimoidian's tariffs with little government regulation. In protest, the Trade Federation established an illegal blockade around the Mid Rim[ world of Naboo, cutting off all shipping to the planet. The egregious overstep threw the Senate into crisis, spurring endless debate and further damaging the Valorum administration's political viability. Amedda was notably unhelpful to the Supreme Chancellor at this time and leveraged his bureaucratic power to slow efforts to provide relief to Naboo. As Vice Chair, Amedda presided over the special session of congress in the Senate Building's convocation chamber alongside Supreme Chancellor Valorum and his administrative aide, Sei Taria. Queen Amidala's appearance before the Senate had been arranged by Naboo's Senator Sheev Palpatine a rising star with whom Amedda worked to sabotage Valorum's credibility.
Together, Palpatine and Amidala presented an impassioned plea for relief from the Trade Federation's predations, but were interrupted and accused of slander by the Federation's representative, Lott Dod. Dod called for a commission to be formed to verify the Naboo's claims and was seconded by Aks Moe of the Congress of Malastare. In spite of his desire to provide relief, Valorum reluctantly deferred to Amedda's procedural advice and sustained the objection, asking that Amidala defer her motion to allow for a commission to be established. On Palpatine's advice, Amidala declined and responded to the chancellor's apparent indecisiveness by calling for a Vote of No Confidence in Valorum's leadership a motion that proved overwhelmingly popular when the chamber broke out into calls to vote immediately, drowning out Amedda's calls for order. The motion from the Naboo delegation was successful and Valorum was removed from office. While an election for a new Supreme Chancellor pitted Palpatine against Ainlee Teem of Malastare and Bail Antilles of Alderaan, Amedda served as steward of the Senate. Palpatine rode a wave of public sympathy for Naboo's plight into an electoral victory and kept Amedda as Vice Chair of the Senate, making him an integral part of the new Supreme Chancellor's administration.
Working with the Sith
Palpatine eventually confided in Amedda that his political persona was merely an alter ego and that in truth, he was Darth Sidious, a Dark Lord of the Sith and longtime enemy of the Jedi Order. Although the Jedi had long been the protectors of the Republic, Amedda shared the Sith's vision for a strong central government and so became an active participant in Sidious's grand scheme to supplant the ancient democracy with a New Order.