JEDI HoloNet

389.27 // Vohai Peace Accords end in failure and Jedi resignation. Ruun to run for Chief of State!

After intense back and forth, all the hope built up around the fateful Vohai Peace Accords has plummeted back to the war-torn surface, both Jedi diplomats and Republic anti-war Senate leaders unable to bring both Governor-General Ruun or the People’s Will to a meaningful negotiation. Inside sources explain that the diplomatic room was ‘laced in tension’, with ‘insults hurled at every opportune moment.’ The magnanimity and grace that Governor-General Ruun showed in this occasion, according to the same inside sources, was ‘unprecedented. In the face of violent and murderous intent by the opposition [Mother Mu’la], completely overlooked by the Jedi present, he showed the same resilience and committment to unnecessary bloodshed through it all.’

Following a surprise statement by one of the speakers for the Governor-General, explaining the resignation of the Jedi Order from the command structure of the conflict, Governor-General Ruun later declared his hopeful candidacy for the open position of Chief of State:

“We are, of course, grateful for the involvement of the Jedi thus far in the conflict. With my strong relations with the Jedi Order, I suggested to their Masters that their spirits were perhaps not aligned with the goal of the Republic, and it was in their best interest to resign from the conflict. With their resignation, we will have better officers take their place. Victory for the people of the Republic is within our grasp.

I have no doubt that my good friend, Senator Shaa’li Gramish, will succeed myself as Governor of Vohai with the utmost of alacrity, strength and honour we expect of any delegate of the Republic. However, hearing the will of our Senate, I have resigned the Generalship and the Republic forces on the planet will return to the traditional military hierarchy. But Vohai will not end. The conflict and pain is not over. The pain our Galaxy feels not only for the Vohaians, but for all victims of corruption, will not end in a day. That is why, from the halls of this vessel, I formally declare my candidacy for the upcoming election as Chief of State of the Grand Republic.

My friends, we will, together, end the corruption in the Republic. We will, together, end the tyranny of Vohai. We will, together, make the Republic a prosperous and beautiful place, just like it was meant to be. Get out there, show your support, and I look forward to meeting every single one of you!”

Due to much misfortune, the war continues to drag on. However, much to the dismay of the hopeful Chief of State Ruun, the new Governor-General Shaa’li Graamish (a close friend of Governor Ruun, though briefly turned to the anti-war side) has shown a lack of initiative in the quick military successes that his predecessor achieved. Sluggish, brutal combat replaces the intensive artillery barrages that were favoured by Ruun, though commentators have suggested that this is to the significant reduction of civilian casualties.

Whatever the outcome, Holonews and the galaxy will certainly keep a keen eye on Lord and Senator Ruun in his new endeavours!

388.26 // Zade 0 unifies under new Queen

Following years of upheaval and newly forged alliances, reports state that the system of Zade 0 has unified under a single sovereign nation. The planet, which was stalemated on the brink of civil war for a number of years, has unveiled a new leader, the recently coronated Aldayna Priok.

Zade 0, which lies on the boundary between the Republic’s furthest reaches and Wild Space, was colonised approximately 150 years ago and was governed by smaller subcomponent nations. Though already represented in the Republic Senate by a Coruscanti spokesperson, the ascension of a new Queen has called for a reorganisation of the planet’s on and offworld intergalactic relations.

Queen Aldayna’s former rival state, the Covenant of the East Palisades, has released a statement following the unification, praising the new monarch on her grace and dignity during the peaceful merger. Queen Aldayna, who previously did not attend to any title, gained recognition across the system for her charismatic attitude and honorable laws, swaying the planet’s independent regions to join her cause without the need for force.

As of yet, the Zade 0 government has not released any further statement, though it did release images of the coronation.

388.25 // Chief of State resigns over Vohai Civil War, Senate attempts block at further conflict and prompts diplomacy

Despite strong, positive turns in the war effort by the superior quality of the troops under Governor-General Ruun’s command, what some have described as a ‘Senatorial Coup’ has taken place as mass opposition groups were organised into one vote of no confidence, only narrowly won by the Chief of State. This, compiled with unending protests, has prompted Chief of State Grallig to resign, provoking a leadership election and throwing the continuation of the Vohai conflict up in the air. Compiled with this, leading anti-war Senators compiled an official denunciation of the war, formalising a clear public mandate for peace processions to take place led by Jedi peacekeepers.

The Jedi Order has also received a strong level of criticism by the inner-core populations due to their role in the conflict as military leaders. One Senator, who wished to stay anonymous, described them as the “angelic architects of death and destruction.” Governor-General Ruun has chosen to not comment on the current proceedings, but a leak has told Holonews that he is “absolutely livid”, recorded as raging through his chambers aboard the RSN Firefly. Many pro-war protestors have found support in populist leaders, their rhetoric calling this act by the Senate a “betrayal of democracy” and a “victory for tyranny, with the power swept from [our] feet”.

Due to the complicated nature of the civil war, it is unclear what kind of peace can be achieved, if any. The main settlement will have to be between the Revolutionary Council and the Republic, as both of them now control vast swathes of the planet, but there are several factions in between that are not only demanding some form of recognition in any new government, but fundamental changes to the laws that once presided over the planet.

Despite the controversy, Holonews wants to wish the best to the diplomats, and hope that the conflict soon comes to a resolute end!

388.21 // Lightsaber Attack on Coruscant

Tragic news from a suburban area of Coruscant. This morning a mother and her son were attacked by a disheveled man wielding a lightsaber in a public market! The mother, later identified as Andrya Locke, was killed protecting her son, Victor Locke, from the man. The man was restrained and the child saved from harm due to the combined efforts of good samaritans. The assailant’s identity has not been shared with GSN. We now share a witness account from “Tin Bo” who was there at the scene.

“I was buying some fruit when I heard and saw that Jedi’s lasersword, er- lightsaber. It came out of nowhere! He attacked that lady and her kid, and I darn think he killed her before I saw several men tackle and pin the Jedi to the ground. I mean, I think he was a Jedi? He looked messed up, so maybe not. I think the Jedi should keep better track of their wackos. They’re dangerous! I just feel bad for the kid, having to witness his mother get killed like that.”

The Coruscant authorities have promised to share details as they are uncovered during this investigation. The man is now in Republic custody and the child in the safe hands of the authorities. No motive has been discovered. The Jedi Order has refused to comment on this horrific event.

Is this a Jedi cover up? More as things unfold.

388.17 // Mother Mu’la Addresses the Galaxy

As the conflict broils on the planet’s surface of Vohai, Mother Mu’la, the leader of the Revolutionary Council speaks to the Galaxy and her “children” in a plea for help and statement of resilience.

“In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our new history, I send to every household, trench and crater of my peoples, both at home and overseas, this message, spoken
with the same depth of feeling for each one of you as if I were able to cross your threshold and speak to you myself.For the second time in the lives of most of us we are at war. First, in the halls of riotous streets, and now again whence the enemy comes to our shores. Over and over again we have tried to find a peaceful way out of the differences between ourselves and those who are now our enemies. But it has been in vain. We have been forced into a conflict. For we are called, with our principles of freedom to what may feel to be alone. But our freedom is not so lonely, for each of us feels it burn within our hearts, and occupy our minds in the darkest of days. The principle of freedom that lives within all of us, all of us together, we will unite to fight for this fundamental right of being, belonging each and only to every single one of us.

It is the negligence of this principle which permits a state, in the selfish pursuit of power, to disregard its solemn pledges to those that they would call their people. An institution we would long call home exists no longer, and the foul creation that has taken its name is no friend of ours. If this loss of principle were established throughout the world, not only would the freedom of our own land echo its last breath throughout the Galaxy, but so too would the life of all free peoples. Under the servitude of such corrupt, negligent creations, there is no life. Not here, and not for this Galaxy. A poor, grim existence, where one does not know their place as little as they know themselves.

So let it be said, if even we should lose our last beach and burn our last blaster, the Galaxy will know that this was our finest hour. Let it be etched by each of our hands into the annuls of history, forever more, an independent Vohai. This is the ultimate issue which confronts us. For the sake of all that we ourselves hold dear, and of the world’s order and peace, it is unthinkable that we should refuse to meet the challenge. It is to this high purpose that I now call my people at home and my peoples across the seas, who will make our cause their own. I ask them to stand calm, firm, and united in this time of trial. The task will be hard. There may be dark days ahead, and war can no longer be confined to only the battlefield. But we can only do the right as we see the right, and reverently commit our cause to freedom. If one and all we keep resolutely faithful to it, ready for whatever service or sacrifice it may demand, then, in good time, we shall prevail.”