The leader of Mandalore during the Clone Wars, Duchess Satine of Kalevala was a controversial figure. She longed to move Mandalore beyond its violent past and instituted a government that valued pacifism. Though Mandalore did begin to rebuild under her guidance, the dark shadow of the Clone Wars made the Duchess' goals difficult to achieve.
During the Clone Wars, Lagos attended the prestigious Mandalorian Royal Academy of Government, an institution that grooms the best and brightest of Mandalorian youth to help steer the future of the planet. This future, however, was dominated by the influence of criminal interlopers. First, the unscrupulous Prime Minister Almec embroiled the planet in the black market. Lagos was one of the cadets led by Korkie Kryze who helped expose this plot. A cautious student, she sometimes found the adventure-seeking nature of her classmates overwhelming. She would find courage when circumstances demanded it, however, even piloting the escape speeder during a brash jail break that freed the wrongly imprisoned Duchess Satine Kryze.
A smart, technically-gifted young woman, Soniee studied at the Royal Academy of Government on Mandalore during the Clone Wars. She and her friends exposed corruption in the highest levels of government while investigating supply shortages on the planet. Soniee used her computer skills to get the cadets access to secure warehouses, where they discovered that Prime Minister Almec had enmeshed the planet in the criminal black market. But this caper was mere child's play compared to the dangers faced when Mandalore was subjected to the rise of the Shadow Collective.
The nephew of Duchess Satine Kryze, Cadet Korkie attended the Royal Academy of Government on Mandalore, where he was being groomed for leadership. His keen insights and ambitious personality suggested that he would go far. Together with his friends Soniee, Amis, and Lagos, Korkie helped expose corruption in the highest levels of government, and later helped rescue his aunt from wrongful imprisonment during the rise of the Shadow Collective.
As Prime Minister of Mandalore during the Clone Wars, Almec claimed loyalty to Duchess Satine Kryze and her controversial campaign of neutrality and pacifism. Almec saw Mandalore's violent past as shameful, and feared that the return of the armored warriors of Death Watch would be unstoppable. Though Almec loudly said that he valued the sanctity of Mandalorians above all else, his politician's grin and careful words concealed a different agenda. He helped establish a profitable black-market network that brought goods to Mandalore, looking the other way when tainted goods caused the deaths of Mandalorian children. When his smugglers’ ties were discovered, Almec tried to overthrow Satine, only to wind up in prison himself. He was freed by Darth Maul, who installed him as a puppet leader of the planet.
Once a glorious world, the surface of Mandalore was laid waste by war, leading Duchess Satine Kryze to renounce the planet’s violent history and declare neutrality in the Clone Wars. Satine’s pacifism was opposed by Death Watch, an underground movement of armored warriors that celebrated Mandalore’s martial past and sought to overthrow her. Late in the Clone Wars, Darth Maul took over Death Watch and led the conquest of Mandalore. He executed Satine and installed a puppet prime minister as the planet’s new ruler, sparking a new chapter in Mandalore’s violent history.