Queen Padme Amidala looked at the towering skyscrapers of Coruscant while what remained of her royal guard loaded the cruiser. She felt angry at the lack of action by Chancellor Valorum and surprised at how much power the Trade Federation held over the Senate, but this would not deter her. She would retake Naboo from Viceroy Gunray`s grasp and free her people.
"We`re ready to go, your highness," Captain Panaka said to her.
"Do you really think that we can do it, Captain?" Padme asked her security chief.
Panaka smiled reassuringly, "I have no doubt in my mind that we will win."
Padme returned his smile and joined her loyal soldiers as they boarded the royal star cruiser that taken them all so far and through so much. She stopped halfway when she heard someone calling out her name being called out from a distance.
She and Panaka turned to see a speeder pulling up next to the mobile landing platform her ship was docked at, inside was the terran ambassador from the United Earth Government and two UNSC marine guards.
"Ambassador Hakes?" Amidala said out loud.
Hakes leapt out of the speeder and ran to boarding ramp of the queen`s starship.
"Your highness," he said, handing her a terran made datapad, "before you leave, you must read this."
Amidala took the pad and read it over. It was a letter from President Nathan Heralds of the UEG addressed directly to her.
Your royal highness,
It is with great pleasure that today, as of 3:12 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2580, that I inform you that the United Earth Senate has voted unanimously in providing military and medical aid to the sovereign planet of Naboo. Ambassador Hakes will provide his own ship as transport, I must ask for security reasons that you and anyone you deem necessary to take it to the task force being prepared to retake Naboo.
I look forward to meeting you in Theed.
President N. Herald.
Amidala was speechless. She had written off the EUG as a potential ally because, even though the UEG and Naboo were trade partners, it had taken no interest in galactic affairs in the several years since its discovery.
She showed to letter first to Panaka and then Jedi Master Qui-Gon.
"This is unexpected," Qui-Gon stated.