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"He taught me so much about politics, leadership, and war, but above all he taught me that no price is too great to pay for our ideals. Bail Organa was willing to die if that meant the Empire would fall. He believed in the New Republic we have been able to create, and in the promise of fair, equal government for everyone under the law."
―Leia Organa memorializes her father, Bail Organa[src]

Bail Organa was a human male politician who served as Senator of the Alderaan sector in the final years of the Galactic Republic. The husband and consort of Queen Breha Organa, Bail Organa bore the titles of Viceroy and First Chairman of Alderaan, and remained his homeworld's representative into the early reign of Emperor Sheev Palpatine's Galactic Empire. After leaving the Senate, he would become one of the most important and influential founders of the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

Along with his wife, he was the adoptive parent of Leia Organa, the secret daughter of the fallen Jedi Knight, Anakin Skywalker and the late Senator, Padmé Amidala of Naboo, the latter of whom was a close friend and colleague during the Clone Wars. Raising their daughter as the crown princess of Alderaan, Leia would eventually follow in her father's footsteps in becoming Alderaan's representative in the Imperial Senate and a leading member of the Rebel Alliance.

BiographyEdit

Early life and careerEdit

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Senator Organa shortly before the start of the Clone Wars

Bail Organa was a politician and a member of the royal family of Alderaan.[2] At some point following the Invasion of Naboo, he came to represent his home planet in the Senate of the Galactic Republic, succeeding Bail Antilles, his relative by marriage.[9] Organa was also the Viceroy of his homeworld and the husband of Breha Organa, Queen of Alderaan.[10]

As soon as he entered the intergalactic political arena, he established strong ties with like-minded senators, including Padmé Amidala of Naboo and Mon Mothma of Chandrila. He also became close friends with Finis Valorum, former Supreme Chancellor of the Republic.[9] Due to his honesty and his commitment to justice, Organa gained the respect of his senatorial peers and came to be esteemed as a politician.[2] In spite of Organa's best efforts, the galactic government grew increasingly plagued by corruption, ultimately leading malcontents to take extreme action: led by the former Jedi Count Dooku, a loose affiliation of outlying star systems formed the Confederacy of Independent Systems and declared itself seceded from the Galactic Republic.[11] With the rise of further separatism following the rise of the Confederacy, Organa joined the Senate's Loyalist Committee, the members of which supported the Republic and its leader, Supreme Chancellor Sheev Palpatine. In the framework of the committee, Organa came to work closely with Padmé Amidala.[2]

In time, the Separatist Crisis escalated into the full-scale conflict known as the Clone Wars. Organa, opposed to the war but cognizant of its inevitability, became especially active in his devotion to relief missions and other humanitarian operations. In this context, he often worked with members of the Jedi Order, for which he came to develop a deep respect.[2]

The Clone WarsEdit

ChristophsisEdit

"Help us, General Kenobi, you're our only hope."
―Senator Organa asking for help on Christophsis[src]
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Organa leads the Christophsis relief effort

Shortly before the Battle of Christophsis, Organa led a relief force to the planet to aid its besieged people and beleaguered Republic troops. In this context, he and his relief effort became trapped on Christophsis' surface by a Separatist blockade led by the infamous Admiral Trench. When Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi led an assault against Trench's fleet in an attempt to break through and aid Organa, the Admiral responded with a withering attack, forcing the Jedi to retreat behind a nearby moon. Trench staged several devastating attack runs against Organa's on-planet camp to draw Skywalker and Kenobi out from behind the moon, but he and his blockade were finally broken by a stealth ship flown by Skywalker and Admiral Yularen.[12]

ToydariaEdit

Following Christophsis, Organa was then sent on trade missions. After its' success, Organa was then contacted by Jedi Masters Yoda, Mace Windu, and Obi-Wan Kenobi who informed him of the destruction of the Republic fleet protecting Ryloth. He was then asked by them to assist Naboo Representative Jar Jar Binks in negotiating an agreement with the Toydarians to allow them use their planet to send relief supplies to Ryloth.[13]

However, Organa and Binks encountered resistance from Trade Federation Senator Lott Dod, who claimed that do so would violate Toydaria's neutrality. However, King Katuunko agreed to allow them to use the ships they brought to load the supplies to aid the Twi'leks as long as the Trade Federation did not learn of the mercy mission. Organa then had Binks distract Lott Dod's party at a state dinner while he loaded the supplies aboard the ships. Following that mission, Organa, Binks and Katuunko were confronted by Dod, who claimed that Organa was responsible. However, Organa assured him that if he had any proof, he could show it to the Senate. Frustrated, Dod withdrew his argument, but warned Organa that he was playing a dangerous game.[13]

Conference on AlderaanEdit

Organa, alongside Senator Amidala, hosted a conference on Alderaan. However, following assassin Aurra Sing's first attempt on Amidala, Organa and Jedi Padawan Tano tried convince her to leave. After she refused, Organa continued the Conference with a droid taking Amidala's place. He and Captain Typho then went to her quarters to stop Sing. They then took Sing into custody.[14] He then attended Amidala's party for Senator Aang.[15]

Hostage CrisisEdit

Organa then asked Amidala to join him in Senator Philo's meeting about the enhanced privacy invasion bill. Following the meeting, Organa and the other senators were then taken hostage by Cad Bane and his bounty hunters following Bane's murder of Philo. When Bane was searching the senator for communicators, Amidala told him that they must not search her because she had a lightsaber. Organa then wondered why she had one, but was more concerned about giving it back to the Jedi who own it. After Skywalker was captured by Sing, Bail and the other senators attended to him. After Bane and the other bounty hunters left, Organa and the others were saved from the explosives by Skywalker.[16]

Final days of warEdit

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Organa speaking with like-minded senators.

Following the Battle of Coruscant, Organa spoke with several senators such as Mon Mothma of Chandrila and Padmé Amidala of Naboo. They discussed how Palpatine had been given control of the Jedi Council and had been appointed to oversee star systems. They also discussed the possiblity that Palpatine would dismantle the Senate. Organa agreed that they could not let the millenium old democracy die without a fight. Organa apologized for speaking like a separatist, but Mon Mothma assured him that they were not separatists leaving the Republic, but were loyalists trying to preserve it.[17]

Rise and reign of the Galactic EmpireEdit

Rise of the EmpireEdit

"Hopefully we'll be able to intercept a few Jedi before they walk into this catastrophe."
―Bail Organa[src]

During the attack on the Jedi Temple by the clone troopers, Bail Organa arrived and tried to demand access to the Temple. An escaping Jedi was shot down before his eyes by the clones, prompting him to flee to his ship, Tantive III, with the intent of intercepting any surviving Jedi. Masters Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi were both picked up by Organa, who took them back to Coruscant to warn any surviving Jedi to remain hidden.[3] At the end of the Clone Wars, Chancellor Palpatine transformed the democratic Republic into an authoritarian Empire, bestowing upon himself the title of Galactic Emperor.[3] Organa, along with other dissident members of the newly-refashioned Imperial Senate (notably, Mon Mothma) took steps to form the Alliance to Restore the Republic, which sought to restore democracy to the Galaxy.[18] Following the execution of Order 66, Organa adopted the newborn Leia, daughter of the late Padmé Amidala and the fallen Jedi Anakin Skywalker, in order to protect the child from harm at the hands of the Emperor.[3] Organa and his wife, Queen Breha Organa, had always wanted a baby girl, and readily raised Leia as an Alderaanian princess. With time, Leia became a politician in her own right and a dedicated member of the Alliance.[2] During the reign of the Empire, Organa remained Senator of Alderaan in the Imperial Senate, though he secretly rebelled against the Empire.[5]

The Infancy of the RebellionEdit

"I keep an eye out for acts of kindness in this new galaxy of ours. When there's a concentration of them, I try to find out who is behind them, and then we have a talk."
"What do you talk about?"
"The Rebellion, Padawan Tano.
"
―Bail Organa and Ahsoka Tano[src]

Within the first year of the Empire, Bail Organa began clandestine operations against the Empire by helping planets in need. He would intercept secure Imperial messages and send cells of rebels to act on his behalf to help citizens being oppressed by the Empire. He had gotten his friend and loyal pilot, Captain Raymus Antilles, to join him in rebelling against the Empire, and the two of them were slowly recruiting the crew of the Tantive IV into their cause.[19]

One such communique described armed resistance to Imperial occupation on the moon of Raada. The message indicated that the uprising included a Jedi. Bail was surprised to learn that a survivor of Order 66 had been found, but became worried for the Jedi's safety, knowing that that Empire would want to hunt down and kill them. Later, while on Coruscant, Bail heard of additional incidents in the Outer Rim which may had also been the work of the Jedi he wished to locate. This Jedi had began running his or her own mercy missions, making sure food was delivered to those in need, stopping a Black Sun pirate, etc. Bail enlisted the help of Chardri Tage and his copilot Tamsin in order to track this elusive Jedi, although he did not tell Tage and Tamsin that the person they were looking for was, in fact, a Jedi.[19]

Tage and Tamsin, along with R2-D2, whom Bail had borrowed from Captain Antilles, eventually found the Jedi: Ahsoka Tano, the former Padawan of Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars. They had caught her in a tractor beam after her fight with an agent of the Black Sun criminal gang, but were easily dispatched while attempting to tell Ahsoka who they were. R2 told Ahsoka that Bail Organa was trying to contact her. Ahsoka escaped from Tage's ship, deciding to meet Bail on her own terms. When Bail traveled on the Tantive IV to meet Tage and Tamson, Ahsoka snuck her way onto the ship with help from R2-D2, surprising Bail in his own quarters.[19]

Bail told Ahsoka about his growing rebellion against the Empire, and asked her to join his cause. She agreed, but only if Bail helped her to find a mysterious Imperial agent who was hunting down force-sensitive children. Bail gave Ahsoka information about this agent, the Sixth Brother, informing her that he was on Raada and holding Ahsoka's friend, Kaeden Larte, captive.[19]

After freeing Larte, Ahsoka contacted Bail, who sent transports, the Tantive IV, and A-wing fighters to evacuate the farmers from Raada. Afterward, Ahsoka met Bail on his ship, where she informed him that the evacuated farmers wanted to join the rebellion. During their conversation, Ahsoka told Bail she wanted to "take [his] recruits and find missions for them." She became the manager of Bail's intelligence network and took the codename "Fulcrum".[19]

Aiding the SpectresEdit

"Show me what you have on your… rebels."
―Bail Organa, to R2-D2[src]
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Organa inserts a data card into R2-D2 aboard the Tantive IV

In the fourteenth year of the Empire,[5] Organa sent his astromech friend R2-D2, accompanied by Organa's protocol droid C-3PO, on a secret mission to gather intel about the "Spectres". After the mission, the droid was returned to Organa by the rebels' leader Kanan Jarrus aboard the Tantive IV. Organa thanked Jarrus by compensating him for his efforts, before reciting a Jedi saying. Once C-3PO had left the room, Organa recorded R2's footage.[20]

When the Spectres launched a mission to rescue their captured leader from an Imperial fleet over Mustafar, "Fulcrum" discovered their plan. As TIE fighters from the fleet closed in on them from all sides, a small fleet of Rebel ships, commanded by "Fulcrum", emerged from hyperspace and aided the rebels' escape. Once onboard the ship, Chopper transmitted a communication from Senator Organa, who was introduced by Hera Syndulla. He told them about the different rebel cells that he and Ahsoka had been contacting around the galaxy and that they were now coming together to unite against the Empire.[6]

Following the blockade of Ibaar, Organa was able to find a manufacturer to build more of Mon Calamari engineer Quarrie's B-wing starfighters in secret.[21] After learning of the rebellion's losses at the battle on Garel, Organa dispatched Princess Leia, then serving as his aide, along with three Hammerhead corvettesP1, P2 and P3 — to Lothal to expand the rebel fleet, under the guise of delivering relief supplies to the people of Lothal. Leia planned for the rebels to steal them to conceal Alderaan's involvement with the rebellion.[22]

In 2 BBY, Senator Organa and Rebel Command dispatched Saw Gerrera and a team of his Partisans to investigate the disappearance of the Geonosian species. After losing contact with Saw's team, Senator Organa and the Phoenix rebel cell's Commander Jun Sato dispatched Hera's rebel cell and the former Clone Captain Rex to find Saw and recover his data. During the mission, the rebels rescued Saw, befriended the Geonosian Klik-Klak, and discovered that the Empire had perpetrated genocide against the Geonosians. After rescuing Saw, Hera and Kanan reported their findings to Senator Organa. While Organa thought the evidence was insufficient to sway the Imperial Senate, he believed that revelations about the Geonosian genocide would turn more worlds against the Empire.[7]

Late Involvement in the RebellionEdit

"Are we really talking about disbanding something that we've worked so hard to create?"
―Bail Organa[src]

In 0 BBY, Organa was present at a meeting of rebel forces at their headquarters on Yavin 4 to discuss the rising threat of the new Imperial superweapon: the Death Star. Organa exclaimed his support for Jyn Erso's idea to bring the fight back to the Empire.[8]

Following the meeting, Organa briefly spoke to Mon Mothma, informing her that he would be returning to Alderaan to prepare for the coming war that such actions suggested by Erso would bring about. Mothma asked Organa to bring Obi-Wan Kenobi out of his hiding on Tatooine. Bail himself could not go due to being needed to rouse Alderaan to action, so he had to sent one of his agents to find Kenobi in his place. Mothma asked if he was sending someone he could trust, and Bail replied that it was someone he would trust with his life, his adopted daughter, Leia.[8]

DeathEdit

"Let us take a moment to honor the lost souls of Alderaan. To honor Viceroy Bail Organa and Queen Breha Organa. May they forever be remembered."
―Leia Organa[src]
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The rememberance statues in the Yavin Rebel base.

About two decades after the end of the Clone Wars, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin ordered the destruction of Alderaan by use of the Death Star, an immense space station fitted with a powerful superlaser.[23] Bail Organa died in the explosion of his homeworld,[2] along with his wife.[10]

LegacyEdit

"The simplest gesture of kindness can fill a galaxy with hope."
―Bail Organa[src]

Statues in his and his wife's honor were erected in the ceremonial chamber of the Great Temple of Massassi, from where the Alliance to Restore the Republic launched their successful assault on the Death Star. Several members of the Alliance came to the statue to place wreaths and pay their respects. The Alliance pilot Evaan Verlaine, who had been one of Queen Breha's pupils in her youth, paid her respect to the deceased leaders of Alderaan by observing a moment of silence in front of their statues.[10]

Bail Organa was a celebrated and bipartisanly revered martyr for the New Republic. Because of his leadership abilities and unifying qualities, he was a powerful figure in a philosophy of post-imperial politics. A 70-meter-high statue of him carved from Jelucani fogstone was erected in the senatorial complex in Republic City on Hosnian Prime. A hand on the statue was partially damaged during the Napkin Bombing.[24]

Soon after the Napkin Bombing and the statue of Organa's damage, a music box was discovered by the Senator of Arkanis, Carise Sindian. The box, which was meant to be listened to only by Bail's adopted daughter Leia if she was given the governorship of Birren, contained the Alderaanian song Mirrorbright. It also contained a recording of Bail's voice speaking about Leia's true parentage. This recording was later used against Leia in a Senate hearing.[24]

Behind the scenesEdit

Bail Organa was played by Jimmy Smits in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and in the Anthology film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.[8]

He is voiced by Phil LaMarr in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

In the 2016 reference book Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded, Organa's height is given as 1.91 meters,[1] while the official Databank on StarWars.com lists it as 1.99 meters.[2] According to Jimmy Smits, Organa's garb in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was not as stately as it was in Episodes II and III as Organa is not as high up the political food chain.[25]

AppearancesEdit

Non-canon appearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 StarWars-DatabankII Bail Organa in the Databank
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  4. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith deleted scenes
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Fire Across the Galaxy"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Ghosts of Geonosis"
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  9. 9.0 9.1 Star Wars: Card Trader
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Princess Leia, Part I
  11. Encyclopedia-Logo Separatist Alliance in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  12. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cat and Mouse"
  13. 13.0 13.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Supply Lines"
  14. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Assassin"
  15. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Evil Plans"
  16. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Hostage Crisis"
  17. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith deleted scene—"A Stirring in the Senate (Bail's Office)." This deleted scene was canonized in such sources as Bail Organa's Databank entry and Ultimate Star Wars.
  18. Encyclopedia-Logo Mon Mothma in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Ahsoka
  20. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Droids in Distress"
  21. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Wings of the Master"
  22. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "A Princess on Lothal"
  23. Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  24. 24.0 24.1 Bloodline
  25. Us Magazine Collector's Edition - Star Wars Rogue One

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