14 Things 'Star Wars' Fans Probably Didn't Know About Naboo

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Vote up the most interesting things you learned about Naboo.

It doesn't show up until the prequels, but Naboo manages to have a major impact on the larger story of Star Wars. As the planet that Luke and Leia's mother comes from, as well as the Emperor's homeworld, Naboo can teach us a lot about what some of the saga's most central characters ultimately came to believe. Of course, Naboo is also home to Jar Jar Binks and the Gungans, and like so many of the planets in the galaxy of Star Wars, Naboo has plenty of secrets that even dedicated fans might not be aware of. 

We see plenty of the beautiful, lush planet on-screen during the prequel trilogy, but the planet also has a long history that stretches both before and after those movies. Planets like Tatooine or Coruscant may seem to be more obviously interesting, but Naboo has plenty of unique qualities that make it one of the more fascinating planets in the galaxy. Take a look down below and be sure to vote up the facts about the planet you find most interesting. 

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    The Planet Is Rich In Plasma, An Energy Resource Used Across The Galaxy

     The Planet Is Rich In Plasma, An Energy Resource Used Across The Galaxy
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    Naboo's interior is rich in plasma, a naturally occurring energy that is totally unique to the planet. Combined with its lack of a molten core, Naboo's structure became something of a puzzle for astrophysicists, who considered its existence to be something of a miracle that was unlikely to be replicated anywhere else in the galaxy. 

    The plasma is harvested for use as energy and building materials and is often thought to be the explanation for many of the planet's most unique properties. Given the sheer volume of plasma present on Naboo, it became an important planet for the entire galaxy, which came to rely on the unique properties of the substance. The blades of lightsabers, for example, are made of pure plasmic energy. Ever wonder what those trade disputes were about in The Phantom Menace? Here's your answer!

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    Naboo Was A Rallying Point For Imperial Sympathizers

    Naboo Was A Rallying Point For Imperial Sympathizers
    Photo: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox

    He may not have had much personal love for the planet, but the fact that Naboo was Palpatine's homeworld made it a natural rallying point for Imperial sympathizers. This remained true even after the Empire had fallen, and after Operation: Cinder had failed to render the planet uninhabitable. 

    Months after that operation, the remnants of the Imperial Navy deployed three attack forces that were supposed to wipe out the New Republic's presence in the Naboo system. Those attacks were ultimately unsuccessful, and Naboo remained firmly in the hands of the New Republic until the emergence of the First Order. 

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    Following Palpatine’s Demise, Naboo Was Named A Priority Target For Operation: Cinder

    Emperor Palpatine was from Naboo, but he didn't hold any particular fondness for the planet, especially once it became clear that Naboo's people did not wholly embrace his vision for the galaxy. Following his demise, the Emperor had left instructions for his subordinates to execute Operation: Cinder, which is essentially a revenge plot designed to destroy the planets that were disloyal to the Empire. 

    Naboo was named a priority target for this operation, and the attack came in the form of a climate disruption array that was designed to make the planet inhospitable. After the array was activated, storms were unleashed that caused fires and flooding all over the planet, and it was only after Leia Organa and several other pilots were able to destroy the array that the planet was saved. 

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    Naboo Was Demilitarized By The Empire And Its Royal Security Force Was Dissolved

    Naboo Was Demilitarized By The Empire And Its Royal Security Force Was Dissolved
    Photo: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    Even as Naboo became home to one of the Empire's new military garrisons, the planet was also demilitarized in other ways. The Empire dissolved the Royal Naboo Security Force's starfighter wing, which meant that the planet had virtually no starfighters capable of combat by the time of the Battle of Endor. 

    The Empire's goal was to ensure that no planets held a military force that could one day challenge the Empire's might. There's a reason that the Rebel Alliance was so ragtag. There were no formal militaries under the Empire apart from the Empire's own military. 

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    The Gungans Engaged In A Civil War Prior To Their Unification

     The Gungans Engaged In A Civil War Prior To Their Unification
    Photo: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    After battling with the newly arrived humans on the planet, the Gungans also fought a civil war amongst themselves. The fighting dragged on for some time, but was eventually resolved by the actions of Boss Gallo, who united the tribes under a single banner through a combination of diplomatic and military means. 

    Gallo eventually consolidated his forces and attacked the city of Spearhead, which was home to a rogue warlord named Boss Rogoe, as well as a contingent of Gungan holdouts. The new capital of the Gungans was then established on the ruins of Spearhead. 

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    The Tunnels In The Capital Of Theed Proved To Be Very Useful

    The Tunnels In The Capital Of Theed Proved To Be Very Useful
    Photo: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    The Naboo capital of Theed was often described as a beautiful city and an architectural marvel, and it had accumulated centuries of history since its founding. One element of the city that had only recently been rediscovered when the Federation took over and occupied the city were the tunnels underneath Theed. 

    When they were first rediscovered, they weren't usable, but Captain Panaka ordered the planet's security teams to repair the tunnels so that they would be usable. That proved to be a prescient decision on Panaka's part, as the tunnels turned out to be very useful during the Federation's occupation. 

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