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The Bothans are a species in the Star Wars universe known for their skills in spycraft and political manipulation. They hail from the Mid Rim planet called Bothawui, although they have colonized several planets in the Bothan sector. The Bothans are humanoid, covered in fur, and have a keen sense of smell. They are most recognizable by their unique facial structure, which includes a tapir-like snout. Beyond their physical attributes, Bothans are best known in the Star Wars canon for their role in procuring the Death Star II's plans, as mentioned in "Return of the Jedi".

Bothan society is complex and heavily reliant on the concept of 'Ar'Kai', which translates to great deeds or accomplishments. Bothans place high value on reputation and status, often achieved through intrigue and cunning. The Bothan Spynet, their most significant contribution to the galaxy, was one of the largest and most extensive spy networks, crucial during the Rebellion era. Despite their multi-layered loyalty and a reputation for being untrustworthy, Bothans have been part of both the Rebel Alliance and the New Republic, playing vital roles due to their superior gathering intelligence skills.

Similar Species: Corellians,   Bardottan,   Utapaun

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