How Powerful were The Republic Senate Guards? [Legends]
- "Senators are notoriously unreliable, too, and yet they form the bedrock of our democratic system."
- ―Mon Mothma[src]
Senators, also referred to as Galactic Senators, were individuals who represented the many planets of the galaxy in the Senate of the Galactic Republic. Many senators supported and cheered Sheev Palpatine'sproclamation that turned the Republic into the Galactic Empire at the end of the Clone Wars. The senators then became members of the Imperial Senate.
Fourteen years into the Imperial Senate's existence, the power of the senators had grown weaker as the Emperor's planetary governors and Moffs exercised more responsibility over their planets and systems. A few years later, the Imperial Senate was disbanded by the Emperor.
Shortly after the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance achieved their goal and restored the Republic in the form of the New Republic.
As one of its first acts in the long process of bringing back democracy to the galaxy, the Republic restored the Galactic Senate.
- "There is no civility, only politics.
The Republic is not what it once was.
The Senate is full of greedy, squabbling delegates. There is no interest in the common good."
- ―Sheev Palpatine[src]
During the last decades of the Galactic Republic, senators represented the Republic's various member worlds and commerce guilds including the Trade Federation at the Galactic Senate on Coruscant.
During the Invasion of Naboo, Sheev Palpatine served as Naboo's senator in the Galactic Senate while Lott Dod represented the Federation.
Their functions including representing their homeworlds, adjudicating on galactic disputes, and debating and voting on legislation and motions. By the time of the Separatist Crisis, the Senate had at least two thousand senators. Several Loyalist senators, including the Naboo senator Padmé Amidala, the Alderaanian senator Bail Organa, and the Ryloth senator Orn Free Taa formed the Loyalist Committee to advise Supreme Chancellor Palpatine. During the time of the Galactic Republic, the position had no term limit.
During the Clone Wars, the Confederacy of Independent Systems established a rival Separatist Senate on the planet Raxus.
Some prominent Separatist senators including the Onderonian Mina Bonteri and her son Lux Bonteri, Prime MinisterBec Lawise, and Voe Atell.
Towards the end of the conflict, several concerned senators including Amidala, Organa, and Mon Mothma formed the Delegation of 2,000 to criticize Palpatine's conduct of the war and to petition him to return his emergency powers to the Galactic Senate.
- "I am a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan—"
"You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor.
Take her away!"
- ―Leia Organa and Darth Vader[src]
Following the Proclamation of the New Order, the Galactic Senate was revamped as the Imperial Senate of the Galactic Empire. While many senators welcomed the establishment of the Empire as an end to the carnage and destruction of the Clone Wars, others like Amidala and Organa were unhappy with the New Order. After Palpatine crowned himself as Emperor, the Imperial Senate's powers were progressively curtailed.
By the fourteenth year of the Age of the Empire, Imperial senators wielded less power than planetary governors.
The Emperor preserved the Senate in order to convince its member worlds that they still had a part to play in the new government. In secret, the Emperor planned to abolish the Senate once the Death Star had been completed so that he could rule the Empire through terror. Some senators like the Thrad senator Nadea Tural continued attending Senate sessions since she believed that the Empire passed legislation which had been voted into law.
However, the Emperor often did not implement legislation introduced by the Senate.