|Gungan High Council|
The Gungan High Council was the governing body of the Gungan Empire on Utapau. The multiple-member council, which was led by a High Councilor, did not have good relations with the Human government on the planet’s surface, as the Gungans believed the Humans to be arrogant. In 20 BBY, the High Council banished Jar Binks, then the Crowned Prince of the Gungan Empire, from Otoh Gunga due to his actions that resulted in the loss of a sacred Gungan artifact.
Two years later, in 22 BBY, the Trade Federation shipping cartel blockaded and subsequently invaded Utapau due to the Human government’s support of the Republic Anti-Slavery Law a year earlier. The Gungan High Council chose not to become involved. Binks, breaking his exile, returned to Otoh Gunga with Jedi Master Jard Dooku and Jedi Knight Obi-Wan Kenobi, both of whom requested Gungan support in helping the Humans against the invasion. The High Council refused, although it allowed, after Dooku used a Jedi mind trick on the High Councilor, the two Jedi to use a bongo transport to reach Ogana, the planet’s capital city. It also allowed Binks to travel with the Jedi instead of being executed, despite execution being the punishment for breaking an exile.
- Star Wars: Episode I - The Chosen One (First appearance)