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Senators lobby for a greater opening of the Senate

February 14, 2012

Reporters of the Galactic News were contacted by Tiffany Vandergraff for an interview in Coruscant.

Galactic Senate building

Coruscant: In an interview, the Senator of Velmor, Tiffany Vandergraff, assisted by the Senator of Varonat, Hixal Aulus preached for a greater opening of the Galactic Senate of the New Republic. Currently only Senators, advisors and invited ambassadorial guests are allowed to attend at the meetings. According to the Senator Vendergraff, the lack of action and transparency frustrates the people of the Republic. After their elections, the senator shall not be cut from the people they represent. Therefore, they are arguing in favour to open the doors to the press and senatorial entourage. Stricter security controls will prevent the terrorist attack.They also want the creation of an army in order of the Republic. The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), even though its fidelity is not challenged, is completely autonomous therefore they can not represent the Republic. This army should come in more like the Navy, the New Republic Grand Fleet.

Senators Tiffany Vandergraff and Hixal Aulus

The last but hardest issue they want to address is to stop having the Jedi beliefs to condition the Repubic’s politic. Too many time, they noticed, some of the Senator and their Jedi advisors want to use the Republic to continue the combat against the ennemies of the Jedi, like the Sith. Even if Jedi are “wonderful advisors” to preserve the peace, the Senator have to work for the people first and not to support religious hatred, personal vendettas or preaches of destruction of ennemies. According to Miss Vandergraff, this weaken the Republic, both militarily and politically. The Jedi shall not be allowed to work as Senator and their opinion shall not be considered as absolute. Their advisor role shall be restricted to advise only.The Senator Vandergraff assured she had nothing personally against the Jedi, her niece being a Jedi and herself being friend with her former master.

Senators Vandergraff believe the Republic needs to change for its own interest and invit the people to meet their Senator and start voicing their opinion. The Senator Aulus wants to help to “return the Republic to its people and to defend their liberties, freedom and to show them the Senate is for the people.”

— Daana Kira, Rakiko Lowtide

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  1. February 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    I support the Senators’ motions on all counts. First off, I believe a proprietary military force for the Republic has been proven to work. The PGAF were very effective in combating the Revenant Armada in the liberation of Imperial City, and subsequently Coruscant. The Grand Army, at that time, was able to maintain its autonomy, why still providing critical support for the Republic Fleet. In the age of the New Republic, I believe the same endemic conditions exist as they did with the People’s Galactic Alliance.

    Secondly I am in strong support of transparency of the Senate. Citizens will inherently distrust a process if they feel the process of governance is obfuscated from their view. While I understand security considerations when opening Senatorial sessions to the general public, there are ways to ensure that no errant agent of those that work actively against democracy can disrupt a true representative government. Furthermore, service to the Republic should not exclude personal sacrifice. If this Senate purports to uphold the morality of the entire Republic, then the Senators themselves must not cower from perceived and actual threats, lest they risk adopting xenophobic isolationism.

    Lastly I agree with the sentiment that political process should stand unaffected by the guidance of the Jedi. I’ve served as Jedi advisor, General, and Sergeant-at-arms over the course of five Galactic Republics and as council to far many more Chancellors and Democratic Imperialists. I understand the tenuous position balancing the ideology of the Jedi and that of popular will. Senator Vandergraff’s niece, my former padawan, embodied that duality throughout her time under my tutelage. From the moment of Thalia’s birth on Talus, she was thrust in to the world of politics and noble rule. Ultimately had to decide what her path was, and she chose to follow in the political footsteps of her Grandmother, Mother, and Aunt, rather than strictly adhering to the lifestyle of a Jedi that I teach to my students.

    In summary, in order for the Republic to flourish, I know that Defense, Transparency, and the Purity of the Legislative Process must be adopted to ensure a long and fair legacy for this New Republic.

  2. Ryan Adams
    February 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I agree with the motions for the most part, although there already is a New Republic Grand Fleet under the power of The Chancellor, therefore a new one is not needed. As for the Senate meetings, speakers are allowed to come when agreed on by I believe The Senate and/or The Chancellor. We cannot allow just anyone to enter the Senate building and I believe this is good enough.

  3. Senator Hixal
    February 14, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    I have tried to contact the NRGF three times for a meeting… and three times i have had no answer. And the main agreement seems to be not allowing just anyone into the Senate meetings, as it may compromise the safety of the New Republic.

    This can only be a good move for the New Republic, people showing that they care about the Republic and want to better it for the future and its people.

  4. Zach Rodchester
    February 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    By the maker hix…I have been busy protecting the republic and by the way the only time i ever talked to you was before you were a senator. if you want to contact me please do so but understand my marines and pliots are preparing to risk thier lives for an imporant mission.

  5. Senator Hixal
    February 14, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    I understand that. I have sent you three invitations with my comm link. But none have been replied to. If you are busy then a simple reply would do. Thank you.

  6. February 14, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    I love how the entire galaxy consistently blames Jedi for all problems. They totally throw aside the corruptness nature of some Senators, and point fingers right at Jedi advisors and etc.

    • February 14, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      corrupt nature* ))

    • Rek'Teka
      February 14, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      And i just love seeing members of the republic biting each other

      • February 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM

        Which is worse, verbally opposing someone or physically? I would rather have my verbal disagreements within the Republic, than physically as seen with the Empire.

      • Rek'Teka
        February 15, 2012 at 9:56 PM

        Of course, i agree with you, but not fighting with your own people. Around Tatooine there aren’t such issues. Seems it appears only in the republic…

  7. February 14, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    These are all well comments and all. I like that people are interested in what is going on in their government and the many new republic worlds. I love the fact that we are going into a new age of communication. Hopefully some senate meetings can be viewed on an outside screen for public viewing. Thus secureing security and the safety of the meeting and its members.

    I do believe the people have a right to know what is going on but I do believe that some topics discussed in the meeting can be crucial against the new republic and a breach in security. But in anycase, we need to find a way to plan and discuss topics of interest. We need to fight for the rights of the people and the voice of those who cannot be heard.

    The future is now. Whether you believe it or not, is up to you. But I would like to see more communication between each new republic world and possibly expanding to other worlds that are still trying to gain a seat on the senate. It amazes me the many great people trying to fight for what is right. And the people who devote their lives to destroying all that we believe in.

    The New Republic stands strong in our hearts and in our minds. Whether we are jedi or civillian. We are all not dots on a map. We are The People of The New Republic. And I say continue fighting for what you believe in. For we must all fight for ourselves in this day and age.

    Remember that democracy stands true in the hearts and souls of all the citizens of the new republic. We will continue to stand tall and preservere. Trying to find peace in a galaxy where peace is but a moment in time. Stand tall together and fight for what you believe in. As a citizen, no one can take that away from you.

    Bebe Benae
    Former Gov of Tython

  8. Grant Wickentower
    February 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    First of all, May I remind these Senators that the Sith are enemies of the Republic as well……

    I am rather disappointed by this generalization made by the Senators, There are many Jedi, and certain Orders who DO stay out of Galactic politics, who DO NOT preach the destruction of our enemies because of Hatred or personal vendettas.

    You have come to this conclusion by one or both of two ways; a) You have been observing those who are not True Jedi, b) you grossly misunderstand the message of what some Jedi have tried to send out. Either way it does not justify how you have generalized the Jedi as religious zealots hell bent on destroying the Sith because we truly hate their guts.

    However, as a supporter of Jedi not being involved politically, I’d like to state that the Republic’s first interest should be it’s people, the Jedi are here to serve the republic as long as it’s principles remain true, to be it’s Guardians, and to advise ONLY where requested.

    Best Regards
    Grant Wickentower

  9. Sha'ira
    February 15, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Rek’Teka :
    Of course, i agree with you, but not fighting with your own people. Around Tatooine there aren’t such issues. Seems it appears only in the republic…

    Hutt Space never has disagreements? Who are you trying to convince?

    • Rek'Teka
      February 16, 2012 at 1:08 AM

      Im not saying that we dont have disagreements, we have, but we dont point with our fingers to others. We correct our mistakes

      • Xan Qenadius
        February 16, 2012 at 6:24 AM

        *laughs*

        Plenty of finger pointing is done in Hutt space too with little if any “correction.” If you can handle a blaster well, you can get away with “mistakes” there.

  10. February 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    We are not biting at each other. We are evolving to the betterment of the Senate, it will be a Senate for the people, who with pride we serve . Anyone who thinks this makes the Republic looks weaker are blind. It will become even stronger in the future to defend against the evil that try’s time and time again to spread throughout the galaxy.

    It is the people that we represent, some have forgotten that. They should not be pushed out of the decisions made by the Senate. In my eyes almost everything discussed in the Senate must be shared with our people. This is the way forward and those who serve the evil in the galaxy can try to see this as a negative point but the simple fact is this… The Republic is coming together, of course there will be disagreements but as one we will talk… not fight to make sure everyone in the Republic gets chance to speak their words.

    • February 16, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Very well spoken. *claps*

    • Rek'Teka
      February 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      And when was your last time you spoke with your people, senator?

  11. February 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I speak with my fellow citizens on Varonat daily. I’m not higher than any other citizen in the Republic. Yes i maybe a Senator or the New Republic… but that is what the people wanted. I hope that answers your question.

    • Rek'Teka
      February 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      Can anyone proove this?

  12. February 16, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Baccus Altus {comm} “Greetings citizens of the galaxy at large, and those whom I have seen in the recent past: What has been said to the GNN is partially true, but I am strongly against the idea that we are not working for the people of the New Republic, and also that of the neutral worlds of the galaxy who we trade with, and have discussion with on a due course basis. I am the main voice of the senate, but I am not he who makes the decisions for the greater good ladies and gentlemen. I am only an ex-civilian soldier who became over a time a diplomat of the great Bakuran people, Vice-Chancellor, and now Supreme Chancellor. Your senators are voted on or set by you the people; if they are not then shame on your world government, but it is your world’s responsibility to hand your senator’s to be voted by the citizens, and not appointed by orders, bureaucrats, nor any other official of said world government. Remember this people of the galaxy: We are a working machine as the New Republic, and we are growing into our even larger growth with new planets being voted in on a scale that is surprising, and also delightful in its own way. I know naysaying shall still be uttered after my statement here to this holonet, but the fact remains that as the senators of the Republic and my office work to better the galaxy within our own Democracy no one shall tell us we are weak, and it actually force us to give up or believe in any of it.
    We are the strong; we are The New Republic!”

  13. February 17, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Yes i can prove it… are you trying to find a flaw within me? If you are, you are trying against the wrong man i have nothing to hide from anyone. If you wish come to Varonat and speak with my people then you are most welcome to.

    Chancellor, Yes you are the main voice of the Senate, there is the problem. The main voice should be those who we serve. You are the figure head of the Republic. I as a senator speak the voices of my people and so should every Senator in the New Republic.

    Also, in the Republic i would tell people not to fill their egos through their title, whether it be Senator or Supreme Chancellor, to not do so. Those who do so need to remind themselves that they are higher than the average citizen… it is embarrassing for those who think they are of importance in the galaxy. The only one that are, are those who vote us in to the Senate.

    • Rek'Teka
      February 17, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      You’re saying against to your own words. What happened today at the Senate meeting was clearly showing that you’re not speaking on behalf of your people, but for your own self. Senator, you should think twice before saying anything

  14. February 17, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Each Senator in the meeting today backed me one hundred percent and i them. What i say is for the people… no one else. You should not have been allowed to attend the meeting, you should have met the Chancellor in a private meeting.

    I have nothing more to say to you about this. I have nothing against you trading with the Republic… but let a observer in who will not stop anyone from working. They will just watch what goes in and what comes out.

    • Sihivus Verne
      February 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      ”Allow the expertise of a political tycoon, the incarnation of controlled chaos, to voice her thoughts. While forces of the underworld often seek to kidnap chancellors, reporters, and various senators.. Oh, was that all me? Yes, while some forces of the underworld prefer chaotic methods, others prefer diplomacy and tact. Which if I may add, is more common among us than the Republic’s forces.”

      ”In conclusion, who cares who attends your meetings? Do you not wish cooperation with the entire galaxy, to control the forces otherwise chaotic in nature? Oh, but you don’t think that far ahead. You’d rather cast these forces aside and allow them to gather. You lack the insight of a leader ; It’s a wondrous thing you’re but a puppet.”

      • Sha'ira
        February 17, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        Verne, when Republic Senators disagree with each other the body count typically does not rise as a result. This argument that Hutt Space is more diplomatic and peaceful that seems to be publicized is growing a bit out of hand. Of course I’m not going to sit here and say its completely without laws or order for that would be impossible to maintain the infrastructure already in place with the Hutts, Syndicates and gangsters which rule the area. I was informed by my Senator that Rek’Teka attended the Senate meeting to discuss a trade agreement. There were concerns about the criminal past of Black Nebula and she seemed hesitant about Republic investigators observation of the legality of her operations supposedly due to loss of profits which occurred at a previous visit. If she was really interested in having the Republic as a trading partner such a loss could be written off as a business expense and keep on moving. However this seemed to be serious obstacle and she seemed unwilling to even negotiate with each planet individually even though she could have won their favor better that way. This seemed to raise a few flags. From what I can tell after the conversation of my Senator it was not as out of hand as it may of seemed and they certainly didn’t pull blasters on each other. That is my take on the situation.

  15. Sihivus Verne
    February 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Sha’ira :
    Verne, when Republic Senators disagree with each other the body count typically does not rise as a result. This argument that Hutt Space is more diplomatic and peaceful that seems to be publicized is growing a bit out of hand. Of course I’m not going to sit here and say its completely without laws or order for that would be impossible to maintain the infrastructure already in place with the Hutts, Syndicates and gangsters which rule the area. I was informed by my Senator that Rek’Teka attended the Senate meeting to discuss a trade agreement. There were concerns about the criminal past of Black Nebula and she seemed hesitant about Republic investigators observation of the legality of her operations supposedly due to loss of profits which occurred at a previous visit. If she was really interested in having the Republic as a trading partner such a loss could be written off as a business expense and keep on moving. However this seemed to be serious obstacle and she seemed unwilling to even negotiate with each planet individually even though she could have won their favor better that way. This seemed to raise a few flags. From what I can tell after the conversation of my Senator it was not as out of hand as it may of seemed and they certainly didn’t pull blasters on each other. That is my take on the situation.

    ”The body count does often rise, though. Through assassins, hired guns.. All things that go through people like me to be approved of. In many ways, the politicians of the Republic are a feeding source for the beast, the creature of the underworld itself. But, that’s not what this is about.”

    ”Hutt Space is ruled by the Hutts, their laws would of course be much different than what the Republic wishes. Are we so much as criminals for following the natural order of things as we are just victims of the galaxy’s natural choosing for where we grew up? Where we spent most of our time? Who raised us? But, I’m off topic, again! Oh my, I do seem to be doing that much tonight.”

    ”In a second conclusion, Verne believes that while her presence may have raised some flags.. It would be tolerable flags. Keep an eye on her or something, don’t voice your opinion against such openly when an ally is easily gained otherwise.”

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