I'm just trying to get Palpatine's whole plan to become emperor in check, without, of course, getting spoiled for Episode 3. So he's a senator from Naboo, and secretly the master of the Sith. He wants to become Emperor. To d that, he first needs to become chancellor. To do that, he first needs to get the current chancellor booted. To do that, he needs to manipulate his planet's ruler to make a vote of no confidance. To do that, he needs a crisis. He pays off the Trade Federation to raise their taxation prices, knowing that Queen Amidala will refuse to pay. He orders the Federation to blockade Naboo because of this. All the while, everyone else thinks that the Federation is doing this for their own greed, and even the Federation does not know that Sidious is Palpatine, or why he's paying them to do this. After a while, Sidious tells the Federation to start an invasion, making it legal by making a contract available to them that, if signed by the queen, wil make the invasion legal. Just as Sidious had planned, the queen escapes to Coruscant, where she pleads her case to the Senate. When they do not react fast enough, Palpatine encourages her to make for a vote of no confidance in Chancellor Valourum?s leadership. Just as he had planned, it goes through, and he is nominated for the new Chancellor. His ?case? gives him a strong sympathy vote, and he is elected chancellor. Next, he needs to create another crisis to have himself granted emergency powers, while. So he sends his apprentice, Darth Tyrannus, to Kamino, under the guise of the recently deceased Jedi Master Sifo Dyas to Kamino to arrange for a Clone Army to be created for the Republic, without anyone else actually knowing about it. They are cloned from a bounty hunter that Dooku recruited called Jango Fett. Next, since Sidious ?betrayed? the Trade Federation, the Viceroy comes to Dooku for help. Just as Sidious had planned. Now they have an excuse for the Federation to be fighting against him. Dooku spreads the word to outlying star systems that a Sith is in control of the senate, and rallies them to separate, with the Federation?s droid army as their force should it come to war. As Sidious had planned, Senator Amidala is a strong voice against the separatists, making her an object of assassination. Sidious hires Jango Fett to assassinate Amidala and purposely allow them to follow him to Kamino, where they will discover their army. As the separatists threat increases, it is known that the senate will not make for the Clone Army to be fully made legal for their use in time. So they grant Palpatine emergency powers. Just as he had planned. After the ?Clone Wars? is over, and the jedi weakened, Palpatine uses the Clone Army, which follow his commands, to take over Coruscant and declare himself Emperor, hunting down and destroying all the jedi knights. I think that?s pretty accurate, but I have just one question. After Chancellor Valourum had been booted, Palpatine had what he wanted. He didn?t care what happened after that. So why would he send Darth Maul to Naboo? Slimy!