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Office of the Chancellor
Chancellorship of Mon Mothma (4 ABY - ???)
Senator/Chancellor Mon Mothma
Born into a political dynasty, Mothma represented her homeworld of Chandrila in the Galactic Senate and served as one of the leaders of the Loyalist faction. Following the rise of the Empire she became a co-founder of the Rebel Alliance and served as its civilian leader. After the Battle of Endor, Mothma is elected as the Chancellor of the New Republic senate.
- Aesop Amnesia: Despite living during the time of the Old Republic and witnessing the gridlock that such a weak government produces (in other words the whole reason Palpatine came to power in the first place), she does her very best to recreate such a government with limited reforms geared towards weakening executive power. This leads to disaster after she leaves office, as no other politician with the same respect Mon Mothma commanded was elected to the chancellorship and could not make the system she designed work.
- Alliterative Name: Mon Mothma.
- All There in the Manual: Deleted scenes from Revenge of the Sith feature Mothma as one of a handful of senators who feared Chancellor Palpatine was amassing too much power, thus organizing a pocket of resistance that grew into the Rebel Alliance. These scenes are still considered canon, and are mentioned in her databank entry.
- Benevolent Conspiracy: Near the end of the Clone Wars, she started one with Bail Organa and several other senators to combat Palpatine's growing power.
- Big Good: She's the leader of the Rebel Alliance following the death of co-founder Bail. She continues this role as the leader of the New Republic following the Battle of Endor.
- The Chains of Commanding: Ordering soldiers into battle has never set well with her. Mothma feels a large amount of guilt over every death that comes out of her commands, whether it be Rebel, civilian, or even Imperial.
- Doesn't Like Guns: On a far larger scale than usual. She was one of the main voices that advocated for near-complete demilitarization of the New Republic's central military following the Galactic Civil War in favor of planetary and sector defense fleets to ensure that no galactic government could become tyrannical again.
- Former Teen Rebel: Played with. Rogue One''s novelization mentions that when she was fifteen she rebelled against her parents by...deciding to become a historian instead of entering politics like they did. The next year however, she changed her mind and became a politician after all, because she found actually really enjoyed governing.
- The Good Chancellor: She becomes this to the New Republic following the Battle of Endor, bringing about a period of peace and unity.
- Government in Exile: Invoked with her title Chancellor, which is implied to be the Rebel Alliance's way of saying that they are the true Galactic Republic while the Galactic Empire is the illegal usurper.
- Headbutting Heroes: Her peaceful and reluctant approach to war has caused her to conflict with other rebels, including Hera, Saw, Ezra, and Draven. Some of them call her out for this.
- Heroic BSoD: Fell into one in the immediate aftermath of Alderaan's destruction, locking herself in her quarters on Yavin 4 and grieving the loss of Bail, Breha, and the rest of the planet while the Alliance leadership fell into a deadlock on what to do. It took her assistant Hendri Underholt sending angry and demanding messages to her to snap her out of it.
- Improbable Age: She became a senator at the age of nineteen, having been trained for a career in politics by her parents.
- Internal Reformist: When initially setting up the beginnings of what would become the Rebel Alliance, Mothma and the other senators intended to work from within the senate to undermine Chancellor Palpatine's power. This was before he declared himself Emperor and made any such attempts impossible.
- Intergenerational Friendship: In addition to being Leia's mentor they are close friends, with the older Mon Mothma often encouraging Leia to make room in her life for something outside of politics and the Rebellion.
- Know When to Fold Them: Reluctantly drafted up the Rebellion's surrender speech in the event the Death Star destroyed Yavin IV.
- Mentor Archetype: She served as one of Leia's mentors in the both the Imperial Senate and the Rebellion, being the first Rebel leader to advocate for Leia having an expanded role. In fact, the trajectory of her career makes her sound like a proto-Leia on paper: a political idealist, the daughter of a dynasty of statesmen, ascended to the Senate at age nineteen, where they made a name for themselves by working in charity efforts on disaffected worlds, and then became rebel leaders of great renown. The major difference is that Mothma never had to endure the destruction of Chandrila the same way Leia had to for Alderaan, and that drives Leia to adopt a more hardline stance against the Imperial Remnant than her mentor. They ended up on opposite sides of the demilitarization issue, and Leia's side was ultimately vindicated when the First Order destroys Hosnian Prime.
- Minor Major Character: Despite her integral role in the Rebellion, she only appears for a single scene in Return of the Jedi. She retroactively has an expanded role in The Clone Wars, as well as a much larger role in Rogue One, the comics, and novels. She would've had a larger role in Revenge of the Sith too, though most of her scenes were ultimately cut in the theatrical release (though the events are still considered canon by Lucasfilm).
- A Mother to Her Men:
- She feels very responsible for the Bothans who died to bring the Rebels intel on the second Death Star and regrets that her manipulation of Jyn Erso ended up costing the young woman her life. Mothma also takes the time to visit battlefields in order to personally observe the destruction and cost of the war.
- In Lost Stars, Mothma also takes the time to assist a very drunk Thane Kyrell back to his quarters and listens to his drunken concerns about possibly accidentally killing the love of his life, an Imperial officer, while serving the Rebellion. The next day she quietly takes him aside after a briefing and helps him fully commit to the Rebellion and ease his concerns.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: She's returned the galaxy to the Old Republic way of government circa The Phantom Menace, although she does introduce several key reforms such as having senators directly elected by their constituents instead of appointed by world governments. Unfortunately, these reforms are not enough to prevent the return of Head-in-the-Sand Management and corruption, albeit at levels that are not nearly as bad as the Old Republic's. While it does have a standing army, it's nowhere near as efficient as the one that the Republic assembled at the beginning of the Clone Wars and hamstrung by the senate's bickering.
- Noble Fugitive: She went on the run two years before the Battle of Yavin after giving a widely seen Holonet broadcast in which she denounced Palpatine, accused him and the Empire of war crimes, and encouraged resistance to his regime. She naturally shot up to number one on the Empire's most wanted list and is forced to stay at the safety of the current Rebel base or with the fleet at all times to avoid capture and execution.
- Not Quite the Right Thing: She tries to forge the New Republic into a copy of the Old, with several key reforms like a weak executive to prevent another government takeover, switching the capital every few years to prevent power from being concentrated on one planet, and keeping a small, yet powerful, military. While this gives the galaxy over twenty years of peace, once Mon Mothma is no longer Chancellor the system grinds to a near-complete halt, while many of the institutional flaws of the old senate begin to rear their ugly head once more despite her reforms.
- Not So Different: In Queen's Shadow, Padmé views her and Mina Bonteri as this, despite their rivalry over gaining Padmé as an ally. While Mothma may have faith in the Republic, Mina does not and views them as becoming increasingly incompetent and heartless. But if there's one thing they both have in common, it's that they're both idealists that want to do good things.
- Power Hair: As shown in the picture, she always wears her hair short. She's one of the few sci-fi examples of this trope.
- Rebel Leader: An unconventional example in that she has very little weight in the plot of Return of the Jedi. This is rectified by Rogue One and Rebels.
- The Rival: She was this to Mina Bonteri when Mina was still aligned with the Republic Senate, particularly when it came to trying to sway Padmé over to their respective groups. Padmé thinks they're actually Not So Different when it comes down to it, but Mothma has a more idealistic view of the Republic and is hopeful they can affect positive changes by working together.
- Reasonable Authority Figure:
- She is always willing to listen to her military advisors on how to best conduct the war against the Empire, being well aware that they are more knowledgeable about such things than her. Even when Mothma does not like a mission she will still approve it if a majority of her trusted officers agree it needs to be done.
- She believes in second chances, as she states in Rebel Dossier for Rogue One, which is why she believes Jyn will come around and help the Alliance. This is also presumably why she has no problem working closely with reformed Imperials despite their list of grievances such as Kallus and Sinjir.
- Secret Keeper: Judging by her lack of reaction to Bail deciding to contact Obi-Wan in Rogue One, it seems he disclosed to her, unlike the Rebellion at large, that the Jedi Master was still alive and in hiding.
- Secret Secret-Keeper: Bloodline reveals that she always suspected the true parentage of Luke and Leia but simply never said anything.
- The Smurfette Principle: Apart from Princess Leia, Mon Mothma is the only other major female member in the Rebellion as shown in the films.
- Supporting Leader: Again, she's the political leader of the Rebel Alliance, but has next to no importance in the Original Trilogy.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: Gets one of these when stating that "Many Bothans died" to bring the Rebel Alliance the Death Star II plans. You can tell she's had a rough couple of days.
- You Are in Command Now: Shortly after Bail dies and the rest of the senators gave up, Mothma is left to lead the Rebel Alliance herself.
Sinjir Rath Velus
A Imperial loyalty officer from the ISB stationed on Endor, Sinjir faked his death and deserted when the second Death Star was destroyed. Suffering from a crisis of conscience, he wandered the galaxy drinking for a few months before arriving on the planet Akiva, where he unintentionally becomes involved in a conflict between the New Republic and the Empire. After the Battle of Akiva, Sinjir joins the New Republic as part of a unit dedicated to hunting down Imperial war criminals. Near the end of the war, he becomes one of Chancellor Mon Mothma's senior advisors.
- Abusive Parents: His mother would punish him as a child using a switch made from a tree in their front yard.
- Anti-Hero: He proves to be just as brutal working for the New Republic as he was for the Empire. He struggles with this in Life Debt, deciding that he wants to be a true hero, but faced with increasing Imperial atrocities he decides to double down on his ruthlessness and do everything imaginable to defeat what remains of the Empire.Norra: You were a bad man.
Sinjir: Still am, maybe, though I'm trying to do better.
- The Atoner: Eventually decides that he does regret his service to the Empire and decides to join up with the New Republic and hunt down war criminals to make up for his actions. As he continues to serve the New Republic, he decides to go all out on his atonement by deciding to not torture Imperial prisoners and spare some of the worst of the Empire. Unfortunately, the Liberation Day massacre and the events on Kashyyyk cause him to embrace the worst aspects of himself in order to protect his friends and prevent such atrocities from happening again.
- Byronic Hero: He's an intelligent, charming, and cynical man with serious doubts about his ability to atone for his crimes, or if he even wants to. Sinjir also has little respect for hierarchy and most authority figures and comes to develop his own personal moral code that essentially boils down to "destroy anything that might upset my friends regardless of the consequences".
- Dangerous Deserter: He deserts his post in the Imperial military and joins the Rebels.
- Deadpan Snarker: Nearly every word out of Sinjir's mouth is some kind of snarky remark or another.
- Defector from Decadence: The destruction of the second Death Star and death of the Emperor stunned him and made him reconsider his service to the Empire.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Spent around three months post-Endor drinking his way across the galaxy.
- Faking the Dead: To escape Endor and fake his death, Sinjir put his uniform on another Imperial and burned the body before killing a Rebel soldier, taking his clothes, and stealing his ship.
- Friendless Background: Mentions in Life Debt that he never had friends before Norra, Temmin, Jas, and Jom.
- Happily Married: Last Shot reveals he tied the knot with Conder.
- Heel Realization: A protracted one: the destruction of the Death Star broke something inside him, and then he killed a Rebel to escape Endor and spent the next few months drinking until the events on Akiva made him realize what the Empire really was.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Turns out a ex-ISB officer is really skilled at catching Imperials for the New Republic.
- Incompatible Orientation: Turns down Jas' offer of sex due to being gay.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After taking several strong strides away from the slope by attempting to develop a sense of mercy and regret, Sinjir decides to plunge right off it after deciding the galaxy is a bad place and that he must embrace being a bad man to protect his friends, and starts off by murdering a prisoner in New Republic custody and then covering it up.
- Karma Houdini: He is pardoned and joins the New Republic after the Battle of Akiva. Being a loyalty officer for the ISB involves a lot of heinous activities, then there's the Rebel soldier he killed to escape Endor after the battle ended. It will take a lot of effort for him to make up for those crimes.
- Living Lie Detector: One of his skills as a loyalty officer was reading body language and detecting lies.
- Morality Pet: His friends are his.
- The Political Officer: His job as a loyalty officer was to monitor Imperial soldiers for any hint of disloyalty or unacceptable behavior. Sinjir recalls finding one officer learning Ithorian, which he put a stop to by breaking a few fingers. That he of all people ends up deserting and joining the New Republic is pointed out as ironic by Moff Pandion.
- Straight Gay: There was only one slight hint he was gay (calling a officer he beat badly as punishment for stealing a Moff's ring "beautiful") before he has to explain to Jas that the reason he was turning down her proposition for sex was not because she was an alien, but because she was a woman.
- Working with the Ex: With Conder throughout the first half of Aftermath: Empire's End, though they get back together after stopping the Black Sun conspiracy.
- "World of Cardboard" Speech: He has a dark take on this at the end of Life Debt, where he decides to do whatever it takes to keep his friends safe, while the rest of the galaxy can burn.Sinjir: I no longer care about the state of the galaxy. I no longer give three damns about the Empire or the New Republic or whatever else comes rolling along when those both fade away. What I care about are the people I have in my life. I care about my friends. I've never had friends before. I had no idea how that felt. It's rather... overwhelming. To feel for people like that? To care about them? It's almost disgusting frankly. It's like I can't control it. But I don't want to control it. Not anymore. I'm all in.
Auxi Kray Kobin
A female Togruta who serves as an advisor to Mon Mothma during the Galactic Civil War, a role which she continues in after the establishment of the New Republic.
- Alien Hair: She has montrals and lekku in place of hair
- Character Death: She perished in a bombing of Mon Mothma's office on Chandrila organized by Senator Tolwar Wartol, who was Mon Mothma's opponent in the race for Chancellor.
- Rubber-Forehead Alien: She's a Togruta, so she has montrals and lekku but otherwise looks like a human wearing bodypaint.
- Those Two Guys: With Hostis Ij, as the both serves as advisors to Mon Mothma and frequently give advice that is at odds, with Kobin often advocating more diplomatic solutions. Several months after Ij's death, Kobin asks Mon Mothma to find a replacement for him, as she feels like she needs someone to balance the advice she is giving the Chancellor.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite their vastly different political opinions, Kobin and Ij get along well outside of work and often have dinner with each others families.
A elderly human male who serves as an advisor to Mon Mothma during the war and after the establishment of the New Republic.
- Boom, Headshot!: During the Liberation Day Massacre, one of the brainwashed prisoners shoots Ij in the head. It isn't immediately clear if he dies from the wound due to the chaos that occurs, but his death is confirmed in the next novel.
- Pragmatic Hero:
- He disagrees with Mon Mothma's plan to relinquish the emergency powers granted to the office of Chancellor during the Clone Wars, which will remove her direct control of the military. Ij thinks that it is too soon for such a step, but Mon Mothma wants to ensure that total democracy is returned to the galaxy as soon as possible.
- He also opposes Mon Mothma's plan to reduce the New Republic's military by ninety percent once the war with the Empire reaches its conclusion. Ij believes that giving those ships and weapons to the local planetary militias will only invite wars between the systems that the New Republic military would be too weak to prevent or that another crisis would leave them vulnerable. He turns out to be correct, to a certain extent. His fear of war between member systems is wrong, but the First Order does become a threat in thirty years time with the New Republic's central military too small to effectively oppose them and the senate reluctant to engage in military conflict.
- Stroke the Beard: He has a long white beard which he strokes while in deep thought.
- Those Two Guys: He shares all his scenes with Kobin as they offering Mon Mothma competing advice on the war and politics, with Ij typically advocating for more hardline and military options.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Despite their vastly different political opinions, Kobin and Ij get along well outside of work and often have dinner with each others families.
Chancellorship of Lanever Villecham (33 ABY - 34 ABY)
Chancellor Lanever Villecham
A male Tarsunt who served as Chancellor of the New Republic, circa thirty years after the Battle of Endor.
- All There in the Manual: Almost all information about him comes from supplementary materials, such as the novelization and the Visual Dictionary. His screen time in the movie amounts to looking horrified next to Korr Sella as Hosnian Prime is annihilated.
- Character Death: He dies when Hosnian Prime is destroyed by Starkiller Base.
- Head-in-the-Sand Management: He refused to believe that the First Order posed any threat, preferring to devote his efforts to bettering the trade relations with the neutral systems in the Trans-Hydian Borderlands. This attitude gets him and the rest of his planet killed when the First Order decides to destroy Hosnian Prime without warning.
- Minor Major Character: Despite being the leader of the most powerful nation in the galaxy, he only has a non-speaking part in the movie.
- Named After Somebody Famous: His name is clearly a reference to Neville Chamberlain, the British Prime Minister who is stereotyped by popular culture to be a gullible leader who ignored Hitler's aggressive campaign in Europe prior to World War II. note
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His refusal to heed Leias warnings allowed to First Order to increase its power virtually unchecked and ultimately allows them to destroy Hosnian Prime and kill him along with billions of others when they claim he was helping them.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: He was willing to hear out Leia's representative at least. Unfortunately, she came in too late to save Hosnian Prime or either of their lives from the First Order.
Galactic Senate (5 ABY)
Senator Nower Jebel
Senator Tolwar Wartol
The senator of Orish, Wartol is one of the few thousand survivors of the Orishen species after they used a chemical weapon to annihilate the Imperials occupying their homeworld. After being elected, Wartol was Mon Mothma's opponent in the first race for the Chancellorship of the New Republic.
- Big Bad Ensemble: While Gallius Rax is the Imperial threat of Empire's End, Wartol is the primary antagonist of the political plotline.
- Corrupt Politician: He has ties to both Black Sun and the Red Key Raiders and helps them interfere in New Republic politics for his gain. He also planted bugs within one of Leia's droids in order to spy on her.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He was a simple chemist on Orish before the Imperial occupation. It was his expertise that allowed the Orishens to build the chemical bomb that annihilated the Imperial garrison and left their world a wasteland, which left him a hero in his people's eyes. That status made him a natural selection to become their senator, and thus turn into a major thorn in the side of Mon Mothma.
- Hypocrite: Although he insists that Mon Mothma is too weak to finish off the Empire, he works with Black Sun and the Red Key Raiders to bribe or blackmail five senators into voting against her resolution to send the New Republic fleet to fight the Imperials at Jakku in order to make Mon Mothma look weak and increase his chances of becoming Chancellor.
- Jerkass Has a Point: A thoroughly horrible individual, but right on almost every count that Mon Mothma fatally weakened the New Republic. It simply took thirty years for him to be vindicated.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: After realizing that he will lose the election for Chancellor, Wartol arranges for Mon Mothma's office to be bombed in order to "save" the New Republic from her weak leadership.
- The Rival: To Mon Mothma for the Chancellorship. Wartol is convinced that her leadership is not enough to truly defeat the Empire and that she will make the New Republic too weak to survive as a galactic government.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He fears that Mon Mothma will make all the sacrifices of his people and others across the galaxy mean nothing by creating a flawed New Republic that will not finish off the Empire or have the ability to hold itself together for long. Events prove him to be right, thirty years later.
Galactic Senate (28 ABY)
Senator Leia Organa
Senator Ransolm Casterfo
A up and coming Centrist politician who represents the struggling industrial world of Riosa in the New Republic Senate. He is also a collector of Imperial memorabilia and considers the Empire a good idea but the leadership evil, having witnessed firsthand the evil of Darth Vader.
- Agent Peacock: He is a lot more capable in a fight, in fact he is a lot more badass period, than you would first expect. Casterfo is a capable pilot, has a talent for subterfuge, and has trained in Hosnian martial arts and quarterstaff combat, and can do it all while impeccably dressed.
- Anti-Smother Love Talk: He calls out Leia for never telling Ben about his grandfather being Darth Vader, pointing out that he's no longer a child but a young man (he's around twenty-three at the time). Leia doesn't take this well as she believes she was protecting her son, though it's indicated she later comes to the conclusion hiding the truth from Ben was a mistake.
- The Atoner: For inadvertently destroying Leia's career, Casterfo decides to join the Resistance after the Battle of Crait.
- Berserk Button: Casterfo's childhood was destroyed and his family taken away from him by Darth Vader. So despite his fascination with the Imperial Military and his belief the Empire wasn't all bad, he hates both Vader and Palpatine with a deep passion. Carise uses this to make him destroy Leia's career.
- Collector of the Strange: He collects artifacts connected to the Galactic Empire.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Claudia Gray says Ransolm would be played by Tom Hiddleston.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Everything points to him being a corrupt Neo-Imperialist villain. He's not.
- Fall Guy: He ends up being one for Carise Sindian and the First Order, who fabricate evidence making it look like he was the one backing the Amaxines and Rinnrivin Di in order to buy time for their proper unveiling, and as a way of beginning to purge the Centrists of moderates.
- Fatal Flaw: Casterfo's hatred of Darth Vader drives him to out Leia as his daughter, convinced that he's revealing an agent of evil at the heart of the New Republic. Instead, all he does is doom the New Republic and let the actual traitor, Carise, proceed with her plans unimpeded.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Ransolm and Leia initially did not get along due to his interest in collecting Imperial artifacts and ideas of an Empire. However, they became good friends after a narrow escape from Rinnrivin's thugs. Unfortunately, this all changed when he learned that Leia was the daughter of Darth Vader. What's worse is that it led to him realizing that she was still the only person in the Senate who was genuinely his friend.
- Flaw Exploitation: Carise Sindian exploits his ongoing, burning hatred of Darth Vader for what he did to his family and fellow Riosans to turn him against Leia and destroy her political reputation.
- Frame-Up: He is framed by Carise as being the man behind the Nikto cartel and Amaxine militia.
- Heel Realization: He has one as he is being taken back to his homeworld to stand trial for a crime he didn't commit. He even confides in Leia before he is led away that he realizes the irony of his situation, in that the people he thought were his friends betrayed him while Leia, a woman whose career he destroyed, is the only real friend he had in the Senate.
- HeelFace Turn His regret over ruining Leia's career is only made worse when he's framed for treason and sentenced to death, despite Leia still willing to save him anyway. By the time of Resistance Reborn, he eventually becomes part of the Resistance.
- Heroic BSoD: He goes into one after publically outing Leia as the daughter of Darth Vader. He refuses to give interviews or speak to anyone, shuts himself away in his home for days and even vomits into a trash can the moment he gets back from the Senate meeting where it all went down. He feels awful about the whole thing, both because he found out someone he trusted and admired is the daughter of the man who helped ruin his childhood and never told him and over the fact he betrayed one of his closest friends.
- Hidden Depths: Casterfo is full of these. Leia originally thinks he's The Load, but he quickly proves that he's both brave and capable of handling himself in a fight (even if she didn't want him arriving at that particular moment). She also thinks he's a run-of-the-mill Empire nostalgist: he's actually a former slave whose parents died from the effects of hard labor under Imperial rule and knows as well as she does how terrible people like the Emperor and Vader were. He just doesn't believe everything in the system was rotten.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Had he not destroyed Leia's career, she might have stopped his frame-up. Had he not helped reinstate the death penalty on his homeworld, he might not be facing a death sentence after his trial.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He views most of his fellow Centrists who share his hobby of collecting Imperial artifacts as harmless beings who, like him, are interested in history and improving the structure and effectiveness of the New Republic with organizational ideas from the Empire. Only after working with Leia and meeting several diehard Imperial fanatics does he begin to realize that most of his fellow collectors are also diehard fanatics.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite coming off as a sleazy right-wing politician and Imperial fanboy, he's probably the only Centrist who actually cares about the New Republic's people, rather than supporting centralization out of genuine fascist sympathies or militarism. Leia finds him to be an unlikely ally and if he hadn't let his hatred of Darth Vader drive him to destroy her career, they could have reformed the Republic together.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Though he believed he was fully justified in revealling Leia's secret parentage to the galaxy, he nevertheless throws up in his office right afterward, when the weight of what he'd just done sunk in. It gets worse when Leia confronts him and reveals her geniune hatred and rejection of her birth father, and then he realises that the entire affair was engineered by his political "allies" to remove Leia from her position in the Senate.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He unwittingly prevents Leia from reforming the Republic by destroying her career by revealing her true parentage. He intended to ruin her career because he believed she had been lying to everyone and was actually just another Darth Vader in disguise, but was unaware he was playing into the First Order's hands and that Leia was not secretly evil.
- Not Helping Your Case: Senator Casterfo tries to explain why he thinks the Empire was good but had bad leaders. He attempts to do so to Leia, at one point noting how the Alliance used terrorist attacks and killed millions, including by destroying the Death Stars which had civilian contractors aboard. When Leia reminds him about Alderaan, Casterfo is immediately horrified by what he said and notes that it was a poor example.
- Not Quite the Right Thing: He destroys Leia's political career by revealing she's the daughter of Darth Vader, believing that he is exposing a hidden agent of evil at the heart of the New Republic. His actions only help the First Order form and gets him sentenced to death as they frame him for treason.
- Not So Different: Ultimately realizes that he and Leia truly are this when she calls him out on exposing her as Vader's daughter, explaining how she has just as much, if not more to hate about him as Casterfo does, and how having him as a biological father just makes it all worse from her perspective.
- Self-Made Man: He is a war orphan and the survivor of an Imperial labor camp overseen personally by Darth Vader on a world that suffered heavily during the Galactic Civil War, who worked his way up to his current position.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: His basic personality type. Downplayed a bit in the fact he's actually got a tendency to make terrible gaffes.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Leia and Casterfo to begin with. They eventually develop a mutual respect for each other and become friends. Then Carise ruins it by giving him the recording of Bail revealing Leia's true heritage.
- Token Good Teammate: The only prominent Centrist who does not express some support for the Emperor himself. While he supports a strong central government and some of the stated ideals of the Empire, he holds nothing but hate for its leaders, who he regards as a corrupting influence.
- Uncertain Doom: The last we see of him, he's being deported back to Riosa to be tried and sentenced for treason against the New Republic (although he's actually innocent). He mentions to Leia he regrets supporting the reinstatement of the death penalty on Riosa now, as he will most likely be executed. We never actually find out what happened to him as he hasn't been seen or mentioned since Bloodline, but things really aren't looking good for him. It's finally revealed in Resistance Reborn that he survived and joins the Resistance following the Battle of Crait.
- Unwitting Pawn: Carise tricks Casterfo into destroying Leia's political career and sets him up to take the fall for the Nikto cartel, the senate bombing, and the Amaxine militia.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Despite his fascination with the Empire, Casterfo admires some of the better structural parts of that government that would be beneficial for the New Republic to implement.
Senator Tai-Lin Garr
A male human who has represented his home planet of Gatalenta since the founding of the New Republic. Tai-Lin is a friend of Leia Organa and a leading member of the Populist faction.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Claudia Gray says Tai-Lin would be played by Ken Watanabe.
- Conspicuously Public Assassination: He is murdered by Arliz Hadrassian at one of his first public events during his campaign for First Senator.
- Iconic Outfit: He typically wears a scarlet cloak, which makes him stand out rather easily in crowds.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Mostly: he is a key supporter of Leia and agrees with her on a lot of issues, while also being one of two senators who maintain their full support and friendship in Leia after the truth about her parentage is revealed. However, he also shows no signs of being willing to compromise with the Centrists and tells Leia that if elected First Senator, he intends to do absolutely nothing with the position, letting the chance for the Senate to actually get some good done go to waste.
- The Stoic: He is well-known for his calm and almost unflappable demeanor.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He gives a very minor and gentle one to Leia for not letting him or any of her other friends among the Populists know about Darth Vader being her father since that information could, and does, have massive consequences for the party once it is discovered.
Senator Carise Sindian
A female human who represents the planet of Arkanis. Lady Carise is a member of the Elder Houses, the ancient nobility of the galaxy, and a leading figure amongst the Centrists.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: She is a political rival to Leia and a stuck-up and pompous ass who values noble heritage above everything else. She is also secretly a member of the First Order and the one responsible for outing the fact Darth Vader is Leia's father and for framing Casterfo.
- Blue Blood: She is a member of the Elder Houses of Birren, but the only person to whom this matters is her. She simply cannot understand this fact though, and acts as if everyone else also considers nobility to be the most important thing in the galaxy.
- Comic-Book Fantasy Casting: Claudia Gray sees Carise as Jamie Chung.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Downplayed; Leia takes her revenge on Carise Sindian by having her noble titles revoked. As Leia herself notes, it's a minor punishment in all practical terms... but it cuts to the very core of Carise's ideology and self-worth.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Upon first discovering Leia's true heritage, Carise is horrified by the information and although she instantly realizes she could use it to ensure Leia's career is destroyed, she feels that doing so would be a betrayal of her oath to safeguard the secrets of the Elder Houses and that even though Leia is a political opponent she does not deserve having her life ruined. Carise later changes her mind when she realizes that Leia is close to uncovering the First Order's existence before they are ready to reveal themselves. Ironically, this ends up confirming her fears about going against her oath when it results in Leia being able to get her rank and title removed.
- Godzilla Threshold: Despite being political rivals, she didn't intend on revealing Leia's true heritage through Casterfo until she came close to revealing the First Order too early, despite that also meaning that it would reveal how Carise herself broke her oath to even learn such information in the first place.
- Hidden Depths: She loves space travel, and idly thinks to herself that if she had not been born into nobility she would have been a pilot. Every time she is on a ship travelling into hyperspace, she goes to the cockpit to watch and gets a thrill out of it.
- Hoist by Her Own Petard: Becoming governor of Birren both fuelled Carise's ambition and gave her the information to destroy Leia's career, but by accessing that information, she clearly broke her oath to uphold the royal seal, and Leia uses this to persuade the Elder Houses to permanently strip Carise of all her titles and rank, taking away the only reason she was able to feel superior to others and crushing her self-esteem.
- Hypocrite: In one of her first appearances in Bloodlines, she espouses the virtues of being a member of the nobility and the importance of oaths. Yet, when she assumes her position as Supreme Governor of Birren, she almost immediately breaks her oath of office to snoop in a keepsake box belonging to House Organa, discovering Bail's secret message to Leia and later leaking the secret she learned to the galaxy in a blatant violation of the Royal Seal, which she is honour bound to keep.
- Nazi Nobleman: She is a spy for the First Order, being one of several Centrist senators working to radicalize the party and lead them in secession from the New Republic.
- Pyrrhic Victory: At the end of Bloodlines she has eliminated three of her biggest political rivals, kept the existence of the First Order secret from the galaxy at large, and is poised to lead the Centrist worlds in secceeding from the New Republic. However, in doing so she loses her noble rank and title, the only things in the world that truly mattered to her.
- Rich Bitch: She loves flaunting her wealth and status, and is actually a traitor working to subvert the New Republic from within.
- Smug Snake: Although she is more competent than most examples, Leia still knocks her down a peg or two towards the end of the book.
- This Cannot Be!: Her reaction when she loses her royal status.
- Upper-Class Twit: She comes off as this when first introduced. Unfortunately, she really is something far worse.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Leia informs her that the Elder Houses have stripped her of her noble rank and title of Lady, all she can do is stand silently in the corridor outside her office hyperventilating.
A female Loneran senator and a member of the Populists. Vicly is well known for throwing extravagant parties but is an honest politician and a key ally and friend of Leia Organa.
- Aunt Pennybags: Varish's species, the Lonerans, consider opulence "a virtue unto itself". She lives in a Big Fancy House and has her hospital bed decorated with fancy throw pillows while she's recovering from the bombing of the Senate building. She's also easily one of the one of the nicest people on Hosnian Prime and is one of Leia's most fiercely loyal friends.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: She is one of Leia's closest political allies and friends. Alongside Garr, she continues to completely support Leia after her parentage is revealed.
- Uncertain Doom: Her fate following the destruction of the Hosnian System is currently unknown, as its possible she was no longer a member of the senate or simply absent from the capital when Starkiller Base was fired.
- Undying Loyalty: Despite The Reveal that Leia is Darth Vader's daughter, Varish still defends Leia on the Senate floor.
Senator Erudo Ro-Kiintor
The senator of Hevurion and a member of the Centrist Party who sits on a military appropriations committee. After the emergence of the First Order, General Leia Organa suspects Ro-Kiintor of colluding with them.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Poe's view of the Senator's starship, which "sacrifices efficiency for luxury".
- Corrupt Politician: He uses his position in the senate to block legislation that could sanction or criticize the First Order.
- The Mole: Leia suspects this of him and sends Poe to pose as a Space Pirate and capture the Senator's yacht so they can inspect the computer records.
- Warhawk: He is a member of the far-right wing of the Centrist party, which supports a dramatic increase in the size of both the central and local New Republic military forces. Casterfo notes that the size of the increase Ro-Kiintor suggests would only make sense if he was expecting a war. Ro-Kiintor suggests that they need more forces to curtail the rising rate of piracy and other criminal activity, but given the First Order's original plan was to seize control of the New Republic through the position of First Senator, it is clear Ro-Kiintor was planning for a war of conquest once that occurred.
Senator Andrithal Robb-Voti
The Senator of Taris under the New Republic.
- Bit Character: In Bloodline, where she is one of the senators injured in the Napkin Bombing; she's briefly mentioned "leaning against an intact wall in a daze".
- Character Death: She is on Hosnian Prime when it gets blown up by the First Order.
- Oh, Crap!: When Hosnian Prime is about to be destroyed by Starkiller Base.
- Purple Is Powerful: She wears a purple robe, purple being the color of administration on Taris.
Galactic Senate (34 ABY)
Senator Hamato Xiono
The father of New Republic pilot Kazuda Xiono, he disapproves of his "flyboy" son's career, and sees the First Order as something that can be negotiated with.
- Follow in My Footsteps: He wanted Kaz to become a politician like him and was disappointed by his desire to be a pilot instead. However, despite this he does help him achieve his dream.
- Jock Dad, Nerd Son: An inversion. He disapproves of his son's decision to become a racer and a pilot instead of going into politics, but reluctantly decided to help him do so by helping him get into the Flight Academy and New Republic Navy.
- My Beloved Smother: A paternal example. While raising Kaz, he did everything for him because he believed it was in his best interest. Kaz is understandably frustrated by this, as this has kept him from being independent.
- Parents as People: He did his best to raise Kaz, but the problem with constantly helping him and doing things for him out of a belief that Kaz had no idea what he was doing meant that Kaz could never learn how to do things himself, resulting in a snowball effect where Kaz would still seek out his help even as a young adult.
- Reality Ensues: If you keep doing things for your children instead of helping them learn to decide for themselves, your children will continue to be dependent on you and other people as they grow older.
- Uncertain Doom: For a while after Hosnian Prime's destruction, Kaz is uncertain whether his father or indeed any of his family survived at all. Subverted later when Senator Xiono manages to contact his son and reassures him that the whole family was offworld when the Cataclysm happened.
Senator Thadlé Berenko
The senator of Naboo under the New Republic.
- All There in the Manual: Her name and the fact she represents Naboo is first mentioned in The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary.
- Character Death: She is killed when the First Order destroy Hosnian Prime with Starkiller Base.
- History Repeats: She's not the first Naboo senator to die in office because of a ruthless totalitarian state's rise to power (albeit the circumstances of Padmé Amidala's death were rather different).
- Oh, Crap!: She can be seen staring in horror at Starkiller Base's incoming laser.
- One Steve Limit: Averted; she has the same surname as a famous poet from Naboo.
- Redhead In Green: She has red hair and wears a green cape as part of her outfit.