There is unrest in the Galactic Senate. Several hundred solar systems, under the leadership of the Rebel Leader, Count Dooku, have declared their intentions to secede from the Republic.
This separatist movement has made it difficult for the limited number of Jedi Knights to maintain peace and order in the galaxy.
Senator Amidala is returning to Coruscant to vote on the critical issue of creating an army to assist the overwhelmed Jedi...
"You like my army? They'll do their job"
- Jango Fett
Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, hundreds of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi master, his troubled apprentice, and a queen turned senator are drawn into the heart of the conflict.... and the beginning of war.THE COMPLETE PLOT
"Episode II will be set ten years after The Phantom Menace and will follow the Clone Wars, as the Jedi Knights valiantly defend the galaxy from the forces of evil.
Senator Palpatine will begin to marshal the dark side of the Force and plot his overthrow of the Republic. Anakin grows up, falls in love and marries."
internet rumor, 1998
The Official Episode II Site