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.
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.
During the Clone Wars, a coup orchestrated by Death Watch toppled the pacifist regime of the New Mandalorians and returned the armored warrior culture to a position of power over the isolated world. What the average Mandalorian citizen did not realize is that the takeover was in truth masterminded by a secret syndicate of criminals -- the Shadow Collective led by Darth Maul. Maul's loyal Mandalorians modified their armor to reflect allegiance to the Dark Lord. These super commandos wore armor of red and black, and some even fashioned horns atop their helmet, to better resemble their Nightbrother leader.
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.