|Trade Federation Directorate|
The Trade Federation Directorate was the governing committee of the Trade Federation. During the Invasion of Utapau, it was led comprised only of Federation Viceroy Nute Gunray and Neimoidian puppets he himself had appointed.
Originally, the Trade Federation directorate was led by a variety of species, including Neimoidians. However, Nute Gunray was eventually appointed to the directorate as the Senator of the Federation, and after his actions during the Stark Hyperspace War he became the Trade Federation Viceroy. The directorate continued to hold most of the power over the Trade Federation, as Gunray and Senator Lott Dodd were the only Neimoidian members, but with the help of the Sith Lord Darth Maul, Gunray had the non-Neimoidian members of the directorate assassinated.
Following the assassination, Gunray gave himself virtually all authority over the Trade Federation. He appointed his own puppets to fill all of the vacant seats, including his chief adviser Rune Haako. After the passage of laws stating that Galactic Republic could not use slave works in non-Republic worlds, the outraged directorate planned the Invasion of Utapau, which they soon launched in an attempt to force the Republic to overturn the laws.
- Star Wars: Episode I - The Chosen One (First mentioned)