Leia Organa. Princess. Senator. Diplomat. Rebel Leader. Resistance General.
Regardless of how you might feel about this, this country is on the brink of potentially electing the first woman to President of the United States (and please note that any rude comments about said candidate left will be deleted). And, this makes me think of my favorite character in the Star Wars universe - Leia Organa. I think she is my favorite because she is so accomplished and qualified for any role. She has a strength and steel unlike any other. Let's take a look at her illustrious career.
Born the twin to Luke Skywalker and daughter to Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala, she was adopted by Senator Bail Organa and Queen Breha of Alderaan. As the daughter of a queen, she was given the title of princess. As a princess, she learned all the pomp and circumstance about being a member of a royal family. These skills would help her in her future as both a Senator and Diplomat.
Leia followed in her father's footsteps. In her teens, she served as an aide to her father in the Imperial Senate before becoming a junior legislator. When she was 16, she became the youngest member of the Imperial Senate, taking over her father's spot. And, like her father, she secretly worked with the Rebellion from her seat on the Senate. Later, after the Empire was defeated, she was also elected to the new Galactic Senate. A member of the Populist political faction that believed in planetary sovereignty over the Centrist preferred larger government and larger military, Leia began an investigation of a growing threat to the New Republic. She began to become suspicious that the threat was much more ominous with ties to the remains of the Empire. Unfortunately, the Galactic Senate was so preoccupied with infighting and, so, Leia left the Senate and co-founded the Resistance to keep an eye on a growing First Order.
Being a princess, she learned the art of diplomacy. As an aide to her father, Leia went on a diplomatic relief mission to Lothal to bring needed supplies to its people. Its here that she also finds and works with a growing Rebel Alliance. At nineteen, she had to use her diplomacy skills after being captured by the Empire. She was steeled and able to stand up to both Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin, showing no weakness or vulnerability. Then, years later, she forged an alliance with the Ewoks of the Forest Moon of Endor. With Han and Leia charged with shutting down the deflector shielding to the new Death Star, they found themselves surrounded by Imperial Forces. The Ewoks became indispensable allies in holding off the Empire so that Leia and Han could turn off the shielding allowing for the destruction of the second Death Star and the success of the Battle of Endor.
Princess Leia started her career as a Rebel Leader early. At nineteen, Princess Leia took on the mission of delivering plans for the Death Star to the Rebel Alliance. Her father charged her to see the assistance of General Obi-Wan Kenobi. But, during an interception by Imperial Forces, Leia placed the plans into R2-D2 and sent him to deliver them to Kenobi. After she was captured, she was forced to watch her adopted planet of Alderaan being destroyed by the newly operational Death Star. And, despite this tragedy, she was still able to steel on. With the help of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca, she makes it to Yavin 4 where she is able to deliver the plans which leads to the destruction of the Death Star during the Battle of Yavin.
Later, she oversaw the Rebel Base on Hoth until it was discovered by the Empire. The Rebels were forced to evacuate and Princess Leia escaped with Han Solo on the Millennium Falcon after evacuation was complete.
She also is part of a plan to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, at first infiltrating the throne room as a bounty hunter named Boushh. While she was able to free Han from his carbonite prison, they were discovered and Leia was enslaved by Jabba. Or, so it seemed. For, at the right moment with a signal from Luke, Leia took her chains and killed the giant crime lord.
She later volunteered to help shut down the deflector shields on the Forest Moon of Endor. It was here that she brokered the assistance of the Ewoks and eventually shut down the shielding that lead to the success of the Battle of Endor with the destruction of the second Death Star.
After the defeat to the Empire and her time on the new Galactic Senate of the New Republic, Leia grew suspicious of a threat growing out of the remnants of the Empire. Knowing the Galactic Senate could or would not defend the New Republic correctly, Leia convened some of the top military leaders and people she could trust to form the Resistance. It was then that she took the title of General over Princess.
As the threat of the First Order rose, Leia looked to find her brother who had since went into isolation after his attempt to rebuild the Jedi Order failed. She sent Poe Dameron to Jakku to retrieve a piece of a map from an old ally. Dameron was captured but managed to put the piece of the map into BB-8. BB-8 is found by Rey who team up with ex-Stormtrooper Finn. The two are aided by none other than Han Solo and Chewbacca who bring Finn to the Resistance Base on D'Qar to advise Leia and the Resistance about the First Order's surprise weapon Star Killer Base. Leia then launches an assault on the base leading to its subsequent destruction. At the same time, with the piece of the map to her brother in place, she was also able to dispatch Rey with Chewbacca and R2-D2 to find him.