Bothans were furry mammalian humanoids, about 1.5 meters tall. Hailing from Bothawui and several colonies, Bothans differ in facial appearance and body structure with canine, feline, and equine features. The Bothans were members of the Galactic Republic at least from 4,000 BBY, but likely from a significantly earlier point. Through numerous conflicts the Bothans remained officially neutral, although their famed Spynet always played each side and commercial interests sought profits. The Bothans played a large role in the founding of the New Republic and in the development of its government. Bothese was the name of the native language spoken by Bothans, where Botha was the written form.