Neimoidians are known for their business skills, but Nute Gunray, Viceroy of the Trade Federation, was more cutthroat than most. It was Gunray who conspired with the Sith Lord Darth Sidious to launch the blockade and subsequent invasion of Naboo. Once the planet was under siege, Gunray attempted to force Queen Amidala to sign a treaty that would legitimize the occupation. Amidala escaped, and returned to infiltrate her own palace and blast through Gunray's protectors. At gunpoint, Amidala declared Gunray's occupation over.
Arrested by Republic officials, Gunray was carted off to answer for his crimes. But even justice could be bought in the final corrupt years of the Republic. After four trials in the Supreme Court, Gunray still held his position of Viceroy. He secretly pledged his support to the Separatist Alliance, though the Trade Federation "officially" distanced themselves from Gunray's treasonous activities, declaring him to be a rogue extremist.