Naboo (people)

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"Wesa no like da Naboo. Da Naboo tink day so smarty. Day tink day brains so big."
Boss Nass[src]

The Naboo (Singular "Naboo") were the Human inhabitants of the planet Naboo. They were not native to the world, but they became the dominant intelligent life-form there.


Palpatine was arguably the most influential Naboo in history

The Naboo descended from the Grizmalltian Humans who fled a violent revolution on their planet. Led by spacer Kwilaan, they colonized Naboo and settled in the mountains and great grass plains around 3,900 BBY.[5] For a time, the stranded colonists lived as a nomadic tribe and wandered in the Gallo Mountains in search of a site they could settle. They subsequently arrived at the Dee'ja Peak, and they started a farming community on that land, equipped with wind turbines.[6] Over time, other communities were founded, and they gradually evolved into cities.[7]

At first, the colonists clashed with the indigenous Gungans, a species of land-dwelling amphibians. After years of bloody conflicts between the two people, those who had renamed themselves "the Naboo" chose to reinvent their culture. They decided to place pacifism and rationalism above all other values, and they elected a woman to become their queen. The Naboo had changed from a group of greedy adventurers to a pacific society with a tradition of selecting their rulers based on intelligence rather than might.[7]

Around 868 BBY,[8] Republic officials approached the descendants of the Grizmalltian colonists with an offer to join. Despite their current difficulties, the Naboo accepted. While they remained spatially isolated from the rest of the Republican space, the Naboo soon began trading with other systems.[7]

Cultural differences led to tension between the two peoples—but direct conflict was rare. Over time there was more conflict between the various Human settlements than between the Naboo and Gungans. The Gungans believed the Naboo to be "pompous cowards" while the Naboo believed the Gungans to be "barbarians". This attitude lasted until Queen Amidala united the Gungans and Naboo to fight the Trade Federation in the Battle of Naboo.

Naboo politics often involved large numbers of teenaged Naboo in government work, a result of the Naboo ideal of valuing inner purity and innocence over political ability. This often resulted in individuals receiving positions far beyond their own level of competence and being left vulnerable to manipulation, such as the case of Queen Amidala and Senator Palpatine.


The city of Theed, capital of Naboo.

Historically the Naboo were a pastoral and nomadic people, migrating in tribes and clans on the vast "oceanic" grass-plains, with few settlements of substance. Tribes traced their decent from the colony vessels that brought them to Naboo, and clans traced decent from the founding settlers. The Naboo continue to place great value on genealogical decent, though by the era of Queen Amidala few families can trace their history to the original colonists with any certainty.

The Naboo developed into a classic feudal society with an hereditary noble class and common folk, though unlike most feudal societies, there is no record of a subservient serf class. Naboo city-states traded with each other and with the Gungans. Generally the city-states acknowledged a ceremonial "High King"—a position that at times rotated between the tribal or city-state princes, though at other times was vested in an hereditary royal house. This ceremonial position was largely powerless and a form of peerage democracy evolved, though by the time of King Jafan the position became more substantial.

The Naboo eventually became known for being peaceful, enlightened, and artistic, holding annually, for instance, the Theed Festival of the Arts in the capital city.

Adulthood and the right to vote was based on intellectual maturity rather than biological age, hence a reason for so many teenagers being involved in public service. The Naboo displayed a remarkable—perhaps unique—tendency to elect extremely young women to high public office (Queen and Senator Padmé Amidala, Queen Jamillia, Queen Apailana, Senator Pooja Naberrie). Nevertheless, Naboo were under the legal control of their parents until the age of 21.[9]

The Naboo spoke their own language. Manners of pronunciation differed between the regions of Naboo. For example, the southeastern Naboo accent was considered very distinct, with a powerful enunciation of the consonants.[10]

Settlements and regionsEdit

Despite nomadic elements in early Naboo society, eventually more substantial settlements emerged along trade routes and river crossings, or at defensible citadels, such as Dee'ja Peak in the Gallo Mountains. As one of the first human settlements on the planet, Dee'ja Peak retained a degree of prestige and reverence long after political power had shifted to Theed. Keren and Theed both developed as farming communities whose surplus of foodstuffs provided for a large leisure class. Keren eventually became the commercial hub while Theed became more aristocratic. Kaadara developed as a coastal town for the few Nabooan fisherman (not to be confused with nabooian). Moenia was the first, and only, human colony built in the traditional Gungan homelands of the Lianorm Swamps.

A Naboo symbol

The geographic features of the planet define the regions of the grass plains in the north, the mountains in the center, and the swamps and bayous in the south.

The northern grass plains border the northern ocean, and are divided into regional provinces of the Great Grass Plains with Theed the major city, the Eastern Great Grass Plains with few settlements, and the Western Great Grass Plains with the seaside community of Kaadara and the commercial center of Keren. The Gallo Mountains regional province contains Dee'ja Peak(The home of the Naboo Parliment) and the Varykino, known as the Lake Retreat in the Lake District, while the vast Lianorm Swamp dominated the south with the city of Moenia the regional capital. The Emperor Palpatine maintained an Imperial Retreat on a dormant plasmic volcanic caldera in this region.


see also Naboo religion, Brotherhood of Cognizance

The polytheistic Naboo worship many allegorical deities, such as the goddess of Safety. The deity of Shiraya reflects many aspects common to lunar worship found in many human cultures.

Naboo Ancient philosophers are revered and honored as enlightened gurus, and with the reverence of family ancestors, form an important aspect in Naboo religious traditions. Paired statues of semi-legendary or archtypical gurus are prominently displayed in ranks on either side of the steps leading to the Theed Royal Palace. [11]

Many devoted holymen and holywomen form monastic communities and orders, such as the Brotherhood of Cognizance, which focus on a particular deity or an enlightened guru. These religious orders are governed by a pontifex, and have a monastic hierarchy typical of many human religious orders. Often the more ascetic orders may be found in remote and isolated locations, preferring a life spent in solitude, without worldly distraction and centered on peaceful contemplation.

Famous NabooEdit



Leaders of the RSF

  • Maris Magneta; RSF Captain under King Veruna
  • Panaka; RSF Captain under King Veruna, Queen Amidala,

Pilots and Soldiers

see also Bravo Squadron pilots

Republic military personnelEdit

Imperial military personalEdit


Other notablesEdit




Notes and referencesEdit

See alsoEdit

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