The Bothan Federation, also known as the Bothan Council, was the primary political body of Bothawui and the Bothan species. The Council was composed of members of 608 registered clans, with other clans petitioning for membership. The Council had legislative control over all of the Bothan worlds and colonies seated within the Mid Rim. The Council elected one of their own members to serve as First Secretary, also called the Council Chief. The Secretary served for one year, and voted to break a tie. The Council also had the authority to declare a state of ar'kai. During the Galactic Civil War, the Bothan Council assumed control over most of the other organs of the Bothan government, with only the Bothan Diplomatic Corps remaining independent.
Federation space was eventually absorbed into the Galactic Empire in 14 ABY during the Dacan Pandemic crisis when it was offered the vaccine to the virus in return for its annexation. The Empire decided not to dissolve the Council and granted the Bothans liberty to govern themselves under the careful watch of Imperial Moff Hartin, who does not exert direct control over the Bothans; rather, Hartin advises the Council, relaying the will of the Emperor to the Bothan leadership.
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