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359.20 // Rise of Pro-Imperial Sentiment Along Galactic North

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Following the conclusion of the devastating war with the Sith Imperium and the slow recovery of the Republic economy, several worlds in the galactic North have recently experienced an upsurge in pro-Imperial sentiment. Worlds such as Gravlex Med, Sernpidal, Telos and even the rural farming world of Dantooine (a world long known to house a Jedi enclave) have all shown a rise in Imperial favour, with increasing numbers outright claiming they should join the Imperial government.

Such attitudes are not unheard of. Similar waves of pro-Imperial support and sympathy appeared on a number of worlds in the Northern territories following the close of the “Attrition Wars” decades ago. Such sentiment at the time was due to lack of relief and support from the Senate on Coruscant and a sharp rise in local piracy in the regions; piracy that the Galactic Alliance at the time was ill equipped to counter.

Should this sense of pro-Imperial support continue to rise in the galactic North, what will this mean for relations between the Republic Senate and the Imperial Monarchy? Will this create a sudden sense of tension between what have been until now determined allies?

More to follow soon.

 

359.13 // Sting Operation Leaves Many Injured, Several Dead

 

Due to recent events taking place outside a popular upper level bar on Coruscant, the Galactic Republic Intelligence Agency has released the following statement:

On the behalf of G.R.I.D, we’d deeply like to apologise to any individuals, families, or businesses that were affected by the events earlier this morning. We realise that the situation erupted quite suddenly and because of such, it gave citizens around the area no warning or time to step away from the area. Those who witnessed the events unfold or were somehow otherwise affected by the happenings will be directly compensated by the Republic. We’d also like to recognise those who helped in the operation, specifically those who gave their lives to end such a terrible cause.

Another statement released later in the day stated that G.R.I.D. was being assisted by two Jedi Knights, Balek Toraz and Jao Ryn. It has been stated that the pair, alongside G.R.I.D. agent Lorat Moliffe, went undercover for many years to attempt to get an upper hand.

The mysterious, nameless gang was known by a select few for their illegal trade of lightsaber crystals; a rare and expensive treasure. A confession by one of the perpetrators spoke about the gang’s work to weaponize the gems for even deadlier and more destructive blasters. All designs and prototypes have been seized by the Republic. It is unknown at the moment if the gang had made any successful weapons.

With the information gather by Toraz, Ryn, and Moliffe, the G.R.I.D. was able to launch a successful operation to detain all members. In the fire fight, 12 civilians were injured. All are in stable condition and will be released back to their families when statements are fully received. Sadly, during the fire fight Jedi Knight Ryn and Agent Lorat Moliffe lost their lives. The Republic thanks them for their service and sacrifice. Republic spokespeople will release a follow up statement with more information at a later date.

358.30 // The Jedi Order Announces New High Councilors

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Since the Imperium Wars, the Jedi Order’s High Council has only comprised of a handful of members, largely based at the Rannon branch. However, today the High Council traveled to the Ossus temple for a public ceremony that would see three additional high councillors announced. The announcement means that the Order’s leadership has doubled in size and now includes representatives for each of the four branches of the Order, including Rannon, Ossus, Ilum and Dantooine.

Commentators interested in the Jedi Order have speculated for a long time when the High Council would expand its numbers and which experienced Jedi would accept the positions. Now we finally know.

Among the new councilors is Jedi Master Leo Undrul from Dantooine, Jedi Master Tai Oro from Ilum and Jedi Master Yanna from Ossus. The new members of the High Council will continue to serve alongside the current leadership, all of whom presently reside at the Rannon Praxeum and includes Jedi Master Amalia Feyn, Jedi Master Cael Dan’kor and Jedi Master Wrennin Vae.

Today marks a significant step forward for those fighting to rebuild the Jedi Order since the war.

358.28 // Xycal Corp recovering stock plummets as CEO steps down.

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Galactic energy powerhouse Xycal Corp was thrown into disarray earlier today when it was announced that CEO Consu Xycal would step down with immediate effect.

Whilst there isn’t any official comment from Xycal Corp or Mr Xycal, it is reported that a disagreement between the CEO and the Board of Directors over the company’s attitude on corporate social responsibility towards the planets they’re based on led to a breakdown in communication.

As a result, it was yet more bad news for Xycal Corp shareholders. When the Galactic Stock Exchange opened on Coruscant this morning, Xycal Corp’s stock dropped by 12%, wiping out a cycle’s worth of solid recovery after being cleared by the Senate around its waste management.

Whilst it is expected that one of Mr Xycal’s older siblings will step into the role, there is no doubt that Mr Xycal will be a difficult figure to replace. Intensely popular with his employees, he is the only Xycal in generations to have personally visited every site owned by Xycal Corp.

His last act as CEO was to sign over the controversial Seritif Point power plant to the city for a single credit, allowing the plant to be investigated further or even potentially shut down.

Xycal Corp will recover in time; the energy titan simply too large for a single person to affect it for too long. As for Mr Xycal, he surely won’t be short of job offers.

358.14 // New research sees exotic pet populations soar

The end of the Imperium War saw an increase in many forms of trade but perhaps one that no one anticipated was exotic animal trafficking. Although a long standing practice, particularly the trafficking of exotic birds into the Core worlds, authorities are renewing efforts to restrict this activity, following new research.

The research, which looked into both native and alien bird populations of several Core planets, discovered that the past few decades have seen an explosion of non-native species compared to previous data. Just as demand for exotic and prestigious pets has increased, so has the number which inevitably escape into the wild. These escaped birds often thrive and threaten the survival of native species.

A few examples of these imported birds, such as irids, bulabirds and lesynns, are common sights on worlds such as Corellia and Fedalle. Unfortunately, experts say that there appears to be no decline in the demand for trafficked exotic pets and the risk posed to native species of all kinds will only become more significant.