Papanoida became chairman of Pantora after the death of Chi Cho. When he refused to join the Separatists, they blockaded Pantora and hired the bounty hunter Greedo to kidnap Papanoida's daughters. Unwilling to wait for Coruscant law enforcement or the Senate to help, Papanoida took it on himself to solve the kidnapping and rescue his children.
Young and idealistic Riyo Chuchi represented Pantora in the Galactic Senate. She began her term in the Senate timidly, often submitting to her hawkish local chairman, Chi Cho. When Cho eventually crossed a line that brought war to the world of Orto Plutonia, Chuchi bravely stood up to him and ended the conflict. As time passed Chuchi grew into a far stronger leader and was able to force the Trade Federation into lifting a blockade over her home planet.