- “The simplest gesture of kindness can fill a galaxy with hope.”
- ―Bail Organa[src]
During the Clone Wars, Bail became active in relief missions and other humanitarian operations. In this context, he often worked with members of the Jedi Order, for which he came to develop a deep respect.
During the escalating war between the Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, Senators Bail Organ, Padmé, and Mon Mothma campaigned for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. They were also members of the Delegation of 2,000, a portion of the Galactic Senate that protested the actions of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and demanded that he relinquish his emergency powers voted to him just before the start of the war.
Age of the Empire
Rise of the Empire
After Palpatine declared that the Jedi have betrayed the Republic, Bail didn't believe him and tried to help any Jedi escape Order 66. After the birth of Luke and Leia Organa, and the death of Padmé, Bail adopted the baby girl and raised her as his own.
The Infancy of the Rebellion
Within the first year of the Empire, Bail began clandestine operations against the Empire by helping planets in need. He would intercept secure Imperial messages and send cells of rebels to act on his behalf to help citizens being oppressed by the Empire. He had gotten Captain Raymus Antilles, to join him in rebelling against the Empire, and the two of them were slowly recruiting the crew of the Tantive IV into their cause.
One such communique described armed resistance to Imperial occupation on the moon of Raada. The message indicated that the uprising included a Jedi. Bail was surprised to learn that a survivor of Order 66 had been found, but became worried for the Jedi's safety, knowing that that Empire would want to hunt down and kill them.
Later, while on Coruscant, Bail heard of additional incidents in the Outer Rim which may have also been the work of the Jedi he wished to locate. This Jedi had begun running their own mercy missions, making sure food was delivered to those in need, stopping a Black Sun pirate, etc. Bail enlisted the help of Chardri Tage and his copilot Tamsin in order to track this elusive Jedi, although he did not tell Tage and Tamsin that the person they were looking for was, in fact, a Jedi.
Tage and Tamsin, along with R2-D2 eventually found the Jedi, Ahsoka Tano. They had caught her in a tractor beam but were easily dispatched while attempting to tell Ahsoka who they were. R2 told Ahsoka that Bail was trying to contact her. Ahsoka escaped from Tage's ship, deciding to meet Bail on her own terms. When Bail traveled on Tantive IV to meet Tage and Tamson, Ahsoka snuck her way onto the ship with help from R2, surprising Bail in his own quarters.
Bail told Ahsoka about his growing Rebellion against the Empire, and asked her to join his cause. She agreed, but only if Bail helped her to find a mysterious Imperial agent who was hunting down force-sensitive children. Bail gave Ahsoka information about this agent, the Sixth Brother, informing her that he was on Raada and holding Ahsoka's friend, Kaeden Larte, captive.
After freeing Kaeden, Ahsoka contacted Bail, who sent transports, the Tantive IV, and A-Wing Starfighters to evacuate the farmers from Raada. Afterward, Ahsoka met Bail on his ship, where she informed him that the evacuated farmers wanted to join the Rebellion. During their conversation, Ahsoka told Bail she wanted to "take [his] recruits and find missions for them." She became the manager of Bail's intelligence network and took the codename "Fulcrum".
Building a Rebellion
Bail once sent R2 on a secret mission to gather intel on the "Ghost Crew". After the mission, the droid was returned to Bail by the rebels' leader Kanan Jarrus. Organa thanked Kanan by compensating him for his efforts, before reciting an ancient Jedi saying. Once C-3PO left the room, Bail looked over R2's footage.
When the Ghost Crew launched a mission to rescue their captured leader from an Imperial fleet over Mustafar, Ahsoka discovered their plan. As TIE Fighters from the fleet closed in on them from all sides, a small fleet of Rebel ships, commanded by Ahsoka, emerged from hyperspace and aided the rebels' escape. Once onboard the ship, Chopper transmitted a communication from Bail, who was introduced by Hera Syndulla. He told them about the different rebel cells that he and Ahsoka had been contacting around the galaxy and that they were now coming together to unite against the Empire.
After learning of the rebels losses at the battle on Garel, Bail dispatched Leia, then serving as his aide, along with three Hammerhead Corvettes to Lothal to expand the Rebel Fleet, under the guise of delivering relief supplies to the people of Lothal.
Bail and Rebel Command later dispatched Saw Gerrera and a team of his Partisans to investigate the disappearance of the Geonosian species. After losing contact with Saw's team, Bail and the Phoenix Squadron's Commander Jun Sato dispatched Hera's rebel cell and the Captain Rex to find Saw and recover his data. During the mission, the rebels rescued Saw, befriended the Geonosian Klik-Klak, and discovered that the Empire had perpetrated genocide against the Geonosians. After rescuing Saw, Hera and Kanan reported their findings to Bail. While Bail thought the evidence was insufficient to sway the Imperial Senate, he believed that revelations about the Geonosian genocide would turn more worlds against the Empire.
Bail later watched along with Jan Dodonna as Mon Mothma resigned as a Senator in order to lead the fight against the Empire; it is unknown whether he was aboard any of the ships that subsequently arrived at Dantooine.