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Why did Darth Sidious start the Clone Wars instead of just attacking the Republic with Droids directly?

Conquering Coruscant (in Episode 1) wouldn't have been the decapitating move you think it is. The planet has excellent planetary defences and should be all but impregnable to the sort of attack you'...
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How did Obi-Wan survive the trip to Naboo?

While a robot may not require oxygen to function, that does not mean it is vacuum-compatible. Many materials are perfectly ok at normal to low air pressures but will outgas at near-vacuum pressures. ...
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Why does the Trade Federation become so alarmed upon learning the ambassadors are Jedi Knights?

The Trade Federation expected to receive ambassadors from the Senate. It's mentioned several times that the tariff disputes, the negotiations concerning same, the appeal by Naboo, and so forth all run ...
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Why are credits "no good" on Tatooine?

There are many reasons for not accepting foreign currency which apply in this situation as they apply in the real world case. First, normally local traders only accept local currencies. In the UK, ...
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Did anybody find out it was Anakin who blew up the command center?

In the original script, they found out almost immediately after landing. RIC OLIE : We're all accounted for. Who flew that ship? ANAKIN sheepishly opens the cockpit and stands up. All the ...
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How did Obi-Wan survive the trip to Naboo?

The film's tie-in "Incredible Cross-Sections" book states that the design of the landing craft wasn't bespoke, it was based on an earlier design for a cargo ship, one intended to be staffed by a ...
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What exactly are the Jedi measuring in the Phantom Menace?

Midi-chlorians are the powerplant of the force. The unit is per cell... probably, but there's not much canon on this because, frankly, the community hated it more than Jar Jar, and in a fit of ...
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Why was there "no proof" that Naboo was being invaded?

There were no third-party, independent accounts of the invasion - just the word of the ruler of a planet that was having a dispute with the Trade Federation. If we look a little further in the script: ...
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Why were Luke and Leia split up and given to two different families?

This is addressed in the film's official novelisation. Obi-Wan suggests that they be split up as allowing the discovery of both (at the same time) would be an intolerable error on their part. “We ...
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What's in Naboo's core, liquid water or plasma?

According to the "Star Wars Encyclopedia", the core is solid. Naboo was a geologically unique world. It lacked a molten core, indicative of an ancient world. Leland Chee also addressed ...
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What is Qui-Gon Jinn saying to Anakin by waving his hand like this?

That is a common gesture in American (U.S.) culture to, in this context, "move along". Jinn is basically responding to Anakin's insecurity (being left off with people he doesn't know) to say ...
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Why was the trade federation's blockade on Naboo legal?

Actually, blockades have been legal as far as some countries and the U.N. has been concerned in the past, mainly to solve problems without the parties resorting to war, or as a way to provide economic ...
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How do you go from Naboo to Tatooine without the hyperdrive?

The hyperdrive wasn't broken, it was damaged. It had sufficient (insert technobabble here) to get them to a nearby system. This is explained in the film's script RIC OLIE : There's not enough ...
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Why were Luke and Leia split up and given to two different families?

In-movie logic: Darth Vader will be looking for twins, not single children, and splitting the pair makes it more likely that one would remain free in case Darth found the other. What is less logical ...
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Why didn't Shmi buy her freedom with the winnings from the pod race?

According to the film's official novelisation, there wasn't enough money from selling the pod to buy Shmi from Watto, noting that he was also not keen to sell, now that he's down to a single slave. ...
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Was Boss Nass a Gungan?

Your confusion likely stems from the fact that Boss Nass (and several of the other bosses) were Ankura Gungans, as opposed to Jar Jar who was an Otolla Gungan. “Boss,” Leika amended. “Boss Ganne. ...
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Why send Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan with Queen Amidala?

There are multiple answers to your question: First, Qui-Gon is quite "powerful" at the time of The Phantom Menace. It is said in the film that, had he followed the code of the Jedi perfectly he would ...
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What do the flags at the pod races represent?

The flags are intended to identify the racer to the crowd and to advertise the racer's sponsor/s. As racers enter the arena, flagbearers march with them. Flags are decorated with heraldry, symbols or ...
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Why did Queen Amidala decline a Senate investigation of her accusations against the Trade Federation?

She did not want to delay when the matter was so urgent From the script* for The Phantom Menace: AMIDALA : (angrily) I will not defer...I have come before you to resolve this attack on our ...
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What exactly are the Jedi measuring in the Phantom Menace?

Several non-canon (Legends) sources clearly state that the count is per cell. With great caution and stealth Rhinann had recently arranged to have his own midi-chlorian count tested. The results, ...
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Why did Qui-Gon and Anakin need to hide the fact that Anakin built the pod-racer?

Anakin is Watto's slave. Since Anakin's possessions are Watto's possessions, if Watto finds out that Anakin built the pod, then there's absolutely no reason why Watto would need to become partners ...
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Were the Jawas hauling away smoking debris from crashed Podracers in The Phantom Menace?

This is addressed in the Inside the Worlds of Episode 1: The Phantom Menace factbook. Jawas do indeed try to scavenge the crashed remains of podracers. "For Jawas, Podraces are fabulous ...
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Is Darth Plagueis seen on screen in The Phantom Menace?

TL;DR: No, Darth Plagueis did not appear in Episode I: The Phantom Menace. The character of Darth Plagueis simply did not exist until his creation for the Episode III script, and even then the ...
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What's in Naboo's core, liquid water or plasma?

A more recent (and canonical) answer comes from 2016's Star Wars: Complete Locations. It's a compilation of a lot of previously published material, including the images and text in the other answer ...
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Why did Darth Sidious start the Clone Wars instead of just attacking the Republic with Droids directly?

The attack on Naboo was to demonstrate that the Republic couldn't maintain the peace and protect its members, which would encourage dissension and conflict. Palpatine didn't want to win a battle right ...
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How did Obi-Wan survive the trip to Naboo?

It took about an hour to land the Space Shuttle; given Star Wars technology I have to assume the invasion ships could do so far more quickly. According to these calculations a single cubic meter of ...
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What made Qui-Gon Jinn really believe that Anakin Skywalker was the chosen one?

Qui-Gon Doesn't Believe In Accidents There were a number of factors that led Qui-Gon to believe as he did. The first and main trigger for his suspicion was the chosen one prophecy itself: "A ...
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What do the flags at the pod races represent?

I can't find it explicitly stated in canon, but in the video game Star Wars: Episode I Racer the flags are treated as vehicle/team flags. For example, you can see them in the background when selecting ...
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Did anybody find out it was Anakin who blew up the command center?

In Star Wars: The Clone Wars S04E09 "Plan of Dissent", Fives is discussing attacking a droid control ship and says: General Skywalker blew up a droid control ship when he was just a kid, and he ...
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