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Apailana was a Human female who served as the successor to Neeyutnee as Queen of Naboo, replacing her following Neeyutnee's two-year term. In a similar fashion to the previous monarchs, she was formally styled Her Royal Highness, Queen Apailana of Naboo during her two-year reign. Apailana was assassinated in 18 BBY by the Empire after it was revealed that she was harboring Jedi fugitives of Order 66 on Naboo.
- "Our history with the Jedi has led me to trust what they say. I never believed the official story of Senator Amidala's death. I have encouraged Captain Typho to keep searching for answers, even though it seems there are none to be had. Near the end of her life, the Senator still had faith in the Jedi. We were in constant contact, so I am sure of this. I still think of the Jedi as friends -- no matter if there is one or one thousand."
- ―Queen Apailana, to Ferus Olin
While Apailana served as Princess of Theed, Queen Jamillia began to side with the Separatists. In response, Apailana called for an election to install a new monarch. Senator Padmé Amidala convinced the young Princess to run for Queen herself and, although Neeyutnee won this election, Apailana became Queen subsequent to her.
Apailana was one of the youngest monarchs ever elected on Naboo, succeeding Neeyutnee at the tender age of twelve. She renewed Padmé Amidala's Senatorial appointment as Naboo's Senator. After Amidala's untimely death, Apailana was one of the chief mourners at her funeral, wearing a chersilk mourning robe and a Shiraya fan headdress in tribute to Amidala and last worn by Jamillia.
When Palpatine declared himself Galactic Emperor in 19 BBY, Apailana made outward pretenses of loyalty but secretly harbored doubts about the new regime. Throughout her reign, government buildings and organizations on Naboo continued to refer to the Republic, not the newly-formed Empire.
Although respectful of Naboo tradition in not ordering an investigation into Amidala's death, she privately disagreed with the official word from the Empire, which stated that Amidala had been killed at the hands of the Jedi. She then made it known to her inner council that should any Jedi who survived Order 66 be found on Naboo, they would be welcome to remain there. One such Jedi, Ferus Olin, convinced her to shut down Naboo's comm systems and team with Boss Rugor Nass in an attack on the Imperial headquarters on Naboo.
- "During the rise of the Empire, the Emperor's home planet of Naboo rapidly established itself as a major irritant. After a number of Naboo's ambassadors were sent home in various states of dismemberment, her newly-elected Queen broke off diplomatic ties and began exploring military options. Clearly it was time for a regime change, a change that would be effected by the 501st, now under the direct command of Darth Vader."
- ―Unnamed 501st stormtrooper
This attack would prove Apailana's undoing, for soon after, rumors began to circulate that she was indeed harboring Jedi fugitives. Darth Vader, acting on this information, sent the 501st Legion to Naboo with orders to kill the Queen and bring the planet back in line. The 501st uncovered her, but her prepared security guards were able to put up a substantial fight against the 501st stormtroopers. With support from an autoturret grid, the small skirmish was prolonged and turned into a full-scale battle.
Shortly after the destruction of the autoturret grid's console and the death of many Naboo guards, Apailana appeared, armed with a pistol. Also escaping with the Queen was a group of runaway Jedi who were acting as Apailana's personal bodyguards. Their attack was also meant to cover the Queen's escape as she fled the city.
However, the 501st proved too powerful for the Queen's Jedi protectors. A scout trooper quickly shot the Queen with his sniper rifle right outside the Royal Palace. To add to the tragedy, none of the Jedi she was hiding survived, some dying protecting the Queen during the battle, and the rest being hunted and gunned down by Imperials after her death.
Shortly thereafter, Kylantha, who appeared —at least on the surface— more accepting of the Empire's control, was elected Queen of Naboo, a position she still held during the early years of the Galactic Civil War.
- "With the Queen eliminated, Naboo quickly fell in line."
- ―Unnamed 501st stormtrooper
Queen Apailana's death remained a mystery to Naboo, as the Empire issued a false statement about her death. Because many had witnessed or heard the sounds of blasterfire, it would be hard for the Empire to cover it up. Nevertheless, they claimed a terrorist group of rebel clones had attacked the Palace and that Imperial troops had in fact come to the rescue, but too late to save Apailana's life.
When Kylantha became Queen, she issued an order to investigate the mysterious death of the late Queen. The case remained unsolved, but Kylantha eventually came to believe that the assassination was related to the Empire. Because of this belief, those people who were against the Empire became empowered to join the Rebel Alliance.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "It feels kind of strange knowing that I rule the whole planet of Naboo and I'm only thirteen. At first, my face —because it was really white— was a bit of a shock. But when the whole costume was put together and the headdress was put on, I really felt proud, like a Queen."
- ―Keisha Castle-Hughes
Queen Apailana's name would be a reference to Castle-Hughes's role as Paikea in the movie Whale Rider, based on a novel of the same name. Though it was originally spelled "Apairana," one must remember that most Austronesian languages have only one phoneme that phonetically sounds intermediate between [r] and [l] in English (compare with modern Japanese, for example, or old-fashioned Hawaiian spellings like "Honoruru" for "Honolulu"). Apairana is an ancient house of the Maori people from the island of Aotearoa, New Zealand with a strong female line.[source?]
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith 3 comic (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith junior novel (First mentioned)
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith PhotoComic
- "Republic HoloNet News Special Inaugural Edition 16:5:24"—Star Wars Insider 84
- The Last of the Jedi: Death on Naboo
- Star Wars: Battlefront II
- (Indirect mention only)