It seems to me that everything would have been vastly different had Qui-Gon received any reinforcements, perhaps a Knight or two, maybe a Master. This was a suspected Sith, their legendary enemy that hasn't been seen for a thousand years. Any considerable lead, especially coming from a Jedi Master, should have been dealt with the utmost priority.

Is this another evidence of how flawed and conceited the Council had become?

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Because the Jedi council is massively overconfident in the abilities of individual Jedi and massively underestimates the power of the dark side of the Force.

Yoda lifted one skinny arm, pointing at Qui-Gon. “With this Naboo Queen, you must stay, Qui-Gon. Protect her, you must.”

The others murmured their approval, evidencing the confidence they felt in the Jedi Master’s abilities. Still Qui-Gon said nothing.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Official Novelisation

They're also concerned about seeming to take sides in a local conflict between the Naboo and the Trade Federation. Qui-Gon (and his apprentice) are still, arguably, acting on the Chancellor's orders as his personal ambassadors. Adding additional Jedi would require additional approval.

MACE WINDU: Protect the Queen, but do not intercede if it comes to war until we have the Senate's approval.

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace - Original Screenplay

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