- "Palpatine has never been behind the Military Creation Act, and was ready to stall it when the leader of the opposition appeared to be dead. Would he have done so if it was a pro-military Senator who was killed? And when she showed up alive, he postpones the vote anyway. I seriously doubt whether he had intended for the vote to pass today at all."
- ―Candabrine Bu
Candabrine Bu was a senator who represented the planet Lansono in the Galactic Senate during the Separatist Crisis. A militarist, Bu supported the Military Creation Act, which aimed to create an army to assist the beleaguered Republic. When Supreme Chancellor Palpatine postponed the Senate vote on the Act following an assassination attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo, Bu publicly criticized the Chancellor for using the situation to thwart the passage of the Act.
Candabrine Bu served as the senator of Lansono, a planet located in the Core Worlds, representing the world in the Senate of the Galactic Republic by 22 BBY. At that time, in the midst of the Separatist Crisis, the Senate was debating the Military Creation Act, a piece of legislation that, if passed, would authorize the creation of an Army of the Republic. As a pro-military senator, Bu was among the supporters of the Act.
On 13:5:16—the date upon which the Military Creation Act was to be brought before the Senate for a vote—Bu and other proponents of the bill were prepared to cast their ballots when word reached the Senate of an assassination attempt on Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo, a vehement opponent of the Act. Amidala was believed dead in the attack, and, to allow for a period of mourning for the senator's passing, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine delayed the vote on the Act until the following day. Amidala was very much alive, however; though her sudden appearance before her peers in the midst of the Chancellor's makeshift eulogy served to dispel any rumors of her death, it did nothing to alter Palpatine's decision to postpone the vote. This move angered a number of pro-military senators, Bu included.
Following the conclusion of the session, the Lansono senator spoke to HoloNet News, conveying the militarists' frustration over the day's events and accusing the Chancellor of exploiting the assassination attempt on Amidala to derail the Act. Ultimately, the Senate never voted on the Act, but Bu and the other pro-military senators got what they wanted—when word reached the Republic that the Confederacy of Independent Systems was preparing for war, the Senate granted Palpatine emergency powers, which he used to create a Grand Army of the Republic to counter the Separatist threat.
Personality and traitsEdit
A militarist, Senator Bu sought to authorize the reestablishment of the Republic Military at the height of the Separatist Crisis. When Supreme Chancellor Palpatine postponed the vote on the Military Creation Act following the believed death of Senator Amidala, a leading member of the opposition to the Act, Bu took to the HoloNet to accuse the Chancellor of trying to undermine the militarists and sabotage the Act.
Behind the scenesEdit
Candabrine Bu was first mentioned in BREAKING NEWS: Amidala Alive, one of several in-universe articles on the HoloNet News website created prior to the release of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones in 2002. Bu later received an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, published in 2008; the entry misspelled the planet represented by the senator as "Lansano."
- (First mentioned)