The Unifying Force
New Republic Chief of State
“He lives in a world of shifting alliances. Borsk does what Borsk needs to do, at any given moment, to benefit Borsk. And he’s so jaded by that personal philosophy that he thinks everyone else plays by the same rules.”
Borsk Fey’lya is a male Bothan whose career spans much of the history of the New Republic. A political activist from an early age, Fey’lya’s prodigious skill at manipulation and strategy enabled him to emerge as a leading figure in the Alliance to Restore the Republic and retain a base of political power throughout the various crises of the fledgling New Republic. Fey’lya’s ultimate ascension to power was secured in 23 ABY, and he led the government as its Chief of State.
Borsk Fey’lya grew up on Kothlis, a Bothan colony world, to the Fey’lya branch of Clan Alya. At a young age, he realized he had little aptitude in piloting and athletics, so he turned to politics. Since he was from “second-rate” Kothlis instead of the affluent Bothan homeworld of Bothawui, Fey’lya felt he had to push himself harder than others. Along with a number of other Bothans, he joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic immediately after the Battle of Yavin. With a few legitimate land deals on Bothawui, a number of Bothans latched onto him, and he found himself with a good deal of political support. Eventually, he was elected Chief Councilor of the Bothan Council. However, Fey’lya feared the anti alien bias of the Empire and joined the Bothan Spynet.
The Bothan Spynet, along with Fey’lya, went on to lend its full support to the rebel cause, with Borsk personally involved in the appropriation of the Death Star II plans. However, Fey’lya’s obsession with the bravery of the Martyrs, the Bothan spies who perished obtaining information on the second Death Star, would still be utilized by him as a political tool long after the defeat of Emperor Palpatine at Endor. Thus Fey’lya came to power as a member of the Provisional Council of the Rebel Alliance, having brought the clout of his faction at a crucial moment in the movement’s history. Following the Battle of Endor, Fey’lya had been one of the signatories who signed the Declaration of a New Republic, and thus he held a strong position of power on the Provisional and Inner Council.
He was also deeply suspicious of the New Jedi Order, which was at least partially understandable, as the Jedi had failed to prevent the rise of the Empire and the fact that Darth Vader had once been a Jedi didn’t help improve their image in his mind. He was hardly alone in his attitude toward them, however—over an entire generation had grown up since the end of the Clone Wars and billions of beings across the Galaxy had no memory of when the Jedi were considered champions of justice and peace. Several other New Republic politicians voiced wariness toward granting them any special treatment or support, even those in New Republic service. The prospect of a state-sponsored religion, composed of individuals with abilities far beyond that of regular beings, was, in the minds of many, an invitation to disaster, especially in light of the Republic’s fall. An easier explanation, though, might have been simple jealously, and the uncomfortable fact that one of his main political rivals, Leia Organa Solo, was the sister of the Order’s leader.
After the resignation of Leia Organa Solo from the position of Chief of State, Fey’lya was elected her successor with a three-fifths majority in the first round.