Bothans are important players in the arena of galactic politics and are well known for their intelligence-gathering abilities.
For over 300 years these aliens have been cultivating a vast network of
operatives dedicated to gathering useful data. Before the Battle of Endor, two dozen of them sacrificed their lives to acquire the technical schematics for the second Death Star, as well as the revelation that the Emperor would inspect the station, thus rendering him vulnerable to a Rebel attack. Ever since that time, they've enjoyed a prestigious role in the New Republic.
Bothans arrange themselves in family clans, and the apostrophe in their surname separates their immediate family name with their clan name. For instance, Borsk Fey'lya is of the clan Alya. Family is very important to Bothans, and clan loyalty is paramount; Bothans proudly display their clan sigils. Between clans, however, it is a different matter altogether. Bothan politics is known for subtle backstabbing maneuvers. While the Bothans aren't a violent people, their skills at character assassination are unparalleled.
By their nature, Bothans are greedy for power, manipulative, and opportunistic, seeking the prestige that comes from controlling others. Wealth isn't as important as influence, and family clans constantly plot ways of gaining as much of it as possible. They seldom attack a competitor directly, usually waiting for rivals to do so, then finding ways to benefit from their efforts.
The Bothan Council, made up of representatives from each of the clans, governs Bothawui as the primary law-making and law-enforcing body. The council elects one member to act as council chief, and all policies are decided by a majority vote, with the chief holding the tie-breaking vote. Each member of the council heads up several ministries and committees and appoints clan leaders to positions of importance.
I realize that it's the way he was trained—to desire, to question, to challenge—but how can anything be accomplished without solidarity? How can we survive?