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337.20 // Emergency Conference Called at the Senate

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Breaking News! A speaker from the Chief of State’s PR group called an emergency conference with interplanetary media journalists today. We are crossing over live to our Zeltron at the Senate, Terina Vay.

“Thanks Yunith, we are expecting the Deputy Chief of State, Asujin Tirahimo, any moment n- in fact, yes, I can see him. He’s taking to the stand now, we can hear what the announcement will be.”

“Thank you everyone for being here, we appreciate that, in recent times, things have been a little hectic and we have not been able to keep the public apprised of the situation we are in across the galaxy – together.

We have decided to keep this announcement as brief as possible and we will not be taking any questions, so that we may return to work in dealing with this devastating epidemic and keeping the people safe from it.

So, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that the current Chief of State, Melucia, has fallen ill and is in critical condition as of today. Measures have been taken, and I was sworn into being the Chief of State earlier this morning, until such a time where another can be elected.

::The audience begins to yell and scream in terror::

Senators… SENATORS! I know this is tough for all of you. But I promise, I will hold the Republic together. We -must- hold it together. This plague has been enough to deal with, let alone problems with other governments in the Galaxy. Therefore, to start, I plan to enter negotiations with the Empire, and intend to -speak politely- with the High Council in regard to this supposed cure. It is my intention to stop this chaos once and for all. I will be relentless in my efforts. Nothing and I mean NOTHING will get in the way of peace!

Thank you.”

Thank you Terina Vay, shocking news. We will be right back with more on this.

337.19 // Scandal in the Jedi Order. Coruscant Branch Essentially Wiped Out

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Story of the cycle today, after a live interview with a High Councilor of the Jedi Order exposes a shocking scandal

After an investigation into the harsh decline of activity from the Jedi Order – it was discovered that many Jedi had actually died as a result of the virus, wiping out 90% of the Coruscant branch. It seems that the Jedi Order has been hit the hardest by this virus and has kept their dwindling numbers a secret.

The Jedi Order then offered an exclusive interview with one of their High Councilors, promising to provide us with many long anticipated answers. After being transported to an undisclosed location, our reporter, Tom Dailvy, met with Jedi Master Sebastin Creed in what proved to be one of the most explosive impromptu announcements made in recent years.

The Jedi Master stated that the Order had been in possession of a cure for a number of cycles, but had held off on revealing the details to anyone while they continued to do tests.

It was at this point that another Jedi stepped forward and cut the interview short.

Why has the Jedi Order kept this a secret from the Republic? What has the Jedi Order been doing all this time? Has the Jedi Council been divided over the shocking secrecy?

Deputy Chief of State Asujin Tirhamo is set to speak before the Senate soon. Her speech, her spokesperson tell us, is meant to ‘squash tension within the Republic, forever. But also asks us to be accepting and calm of what he has to say.’

337.14 // Jedi Order: At Death’s Door?

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Earlier this morning, GSN reporter Tok Dailvy spoke with Padawan Learner Jin Fals’oo, confirmed apprentice to High Councilor Erzent Xileen. Notably, there has been an extreme decrease in the Jedi Order’s activity in the Galaxy, not only in the Core due the travel ban. The High Council has not fought against it publicly, besides Jedi Padawan Wrennin Vae’s speech, meaning no effort from the Council has been made for it to be lifted. Padawan Fals’oo’s claim? …Allegedly, the Jedi Order has faced catastrophic loss at the hands of the plague.

“The High Council has not fought the travel ban to conceal the Order’s losses. The Order too has been plagued. It is the cause of so many a death within the Order. …I could not hide this from the general public, because I believe they had a right to know why their protectors have not been as active as we have been in the past. I do not care what the Order does to me for sharing this information. I follow the Force’s will, not their’s. Why would they keep this secret? I do not know. Honesty and transparency are principles of the Jedi Code. Principles they clearly have forgotten.”

Deputy Chief of State Asujin Tirahimo spoke with the High Council at the demand of the Senate. The High Council has agreed to conduct a LIVE interview with the GSN Team at the Yavin IV Temple, with High Councilors Sebastin Creed, Erzent Xileen and Vrita’senv’ila on 337.16 around 1500 GST, to confront the allegations in what many are calling ”the interview of the century”.

337.04 // A Senator’s Demand

Dantooine Senator Fie Nevuo addressed the Republic Senate this morning in what many are calling a risky ‘plea for help’. In his speech the senator relayed grievances regarding the growing military presence in the Dantooine system.

”I come to you now not as a Senator, but a frightened citizen of Dantooine. The people of my planet grow restless, anxious, in response to the ever-growing military presence in the system. If the Chief of State is aware of an impending attack from the Empire, why is it my people suffer in wait? Why is it that people shudder at the sound of any large noise? Well, I cannot and will not allow this to continue.

…I am declaring, under advisement from Dantooine’s leaders, a state of emergency, and demanding a planetary wide evacuation, funded and orchestrated by the Senate. If the evacuation is not granted, I am threatening a secession from the Republic, or worse yet, joining the Empire to better the security of the great people of Dantooine.”

This threat left the Senate in an uproar. Few convey sympathy for Senator Neuvo, but most claim his threat treasonous.

337.02 // Student Emissary Speaks

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As disease continues to plague the galaxy, the issue of freedom vs. security continues to be hotly debated between Senators as well as Republic citizens. One of the most controversial decisions by the Senate was to impose a travel ban, preventing residents from infected worlds to travel to others. The hope was that this drastic step would stop the spread of disease, though as a result we have seen economies crumble, families go without food and the sick go without medicine as the ban has prevented interplanetary trade and stunted economic growth.

Today the Senate heard a fresh perspective on the issue. Wrennin Vae, a student of the Jedi Order, was elected by his peers to represent his Diplomacy class before the Senate to share their points of view on the travel ban as it relates to the services the Jedi Order provides.

Says Wrennin,

“I extend my greeting to you all, senators of the Republic.

After this amount of time, I’m aware that any number of groups will have attempted to seek permission to bypass the travel ban within the quarantine zone in the Core worlds. They will have emphasised the loss of trade, or noted the potential loss to the economy, emphasising every possible avenue for disruption without once acknowledging those who are at this moment dying during this crisis.

Unlike these other groups, the Jedi Order has those affected by the plague as the priority. We aren’t interested in the credits that will be saved or the political mire. We, like the Republic, are focussed on efficiently and responsibly working towards bringing not only this crisis to an end, but additionally helping with efforts across the systems who have come to trust in our two organisations.

The first step towards this end? Giving the Jedi Order permission to bypass the travel ban within the quarantine zone in the Core Worlds.

The research of the Jedi Order in branches scattered at all corners of the galaxy is an invaluable asset that the Republic must recognise. Rather than endangering countless lives with fleets and crews, our self sufficient teams of one or two members are able to move to and from the infected systems with minimal risk of contagion. Moreover, our dedicated members have the training, facilities and strength of will to quarantine themselves should the unthinkable occur. Despite our small numbers, the work of just one of these teams will make a huge impact on the lives of those actually afflicted, whilst simultaneously providing some reprieve to the Republic forces already trying to help.

However, there is more to this issue than the worlds afflicted in the Core. The rest of the galaxy has not stopped moving during these years of crisis, as all of you will be aware. The Coruscant branch of the Jedi Order is the largest in the galaxy, with its members having been trapped here for a number of years. The collective expertise of the Jedi unable to leave this system is astronomical. Just as specialists from across the galaxy must come here to Coruscant to aid in the relief efforts, so must these Jedi – the ambassadors, enforcers, scholars, negotiators, rescue teams – be permitted to move to aid in the innumerable other disturbances and requests elsewhere.

It goes without saying that if the Jedi Order were able to stop this crisis alone, it would have been granted the permissions to do so by now. Our request to bypass the travel ban is not one based on arrogance or wild claims of a cure. It is simply a plea for cooperation between our two groups. By facilitating a candid and transparent agreement on this issue, we will together be able to show compassion to the people who have come to hold faith in the Republic and the Jedi Order to help them in their times of need. This agreement will require a give and take from both sides, of time, resources, people and even, at times, hope. Ultimately, the lifting of the travel ban will be the first step towards bringing this crisis to an end.
I might be young and the plights of those affected by this plague are far from what I know every day. But it is an event which has encompassed my entire time of training. I don’t want it to be something that frames the training of others either. Regardless of your opinion of the Order following this discussion, I hope that you don’t feel we are apathetic to the cause.”

The young Jedi was met with mixed reviews. Some referred to his points as childish ignorance, while other Senators hailed it as brilliant insight. Though his views were soley that of his own and those of his classmates and not necessarily the Order as a whole, his speech appears to have gotten many people thinking about these critical and controversial issues. Who knows? He might have even changed a mind or two out there. I know he changed mine.

Nik Carraway // GHN