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New Vice Chancellor, Guest and Weapon Limitation discussion in the Senate

August 18, 2012

Reporters of the Galactic News attended at the Galactic Senate meeting in Coruscant

The Galactic Senate of the Republic met in Coruscant with a large audience of Senators, and a pair of foreign guests. The Chancellor Tiffany Vandergraff-Imari was at the central pod, along with Frenris Kha’jiir, acting Vice Chancellor. The Chancellor started on the a formal complaint of Senator Sapphire Tafo of Tython against the election process of the Vice Chancellor, contested in the last meeting.

The Jedi temple and the Senate in Coruscant

After a silence, Senator Tafo explained the constitution wrote the post has to be assigned to the Second one and not other, then the process shall be redone if none is found. The Chancellor would held no right to name the Vice Chancellor, decisions have to come from the Senate anyway. Tafo was backed by the Senator Micah Langley from Naboo, which said the people wanted the Vice Chancellor has to win an election and not be the one by default.

The Senator Ayeka Kel agreed on the election of Kha’jiir, but wanted to recount the votes if anything was missed. Frenris Kha’jiir said this would be time loss since the Chief Justice already legitimated her election. The Chancellor asked we start a vote, and the Senator Shan Connell of Bengat motioned to support the Chief justice findings. The Senator Tafo agreed to vote after having said the Chief Justice has not the power to name politicians and his decision disrespected the Republic stating the last runner in an election wins the post,

The voted was ending by tie, Tython, Naboo and Endor voting to redo the process and Onderon, Bengat and Yavin wanting to maintain the decision. Finally, Frenris Kha’jiir as Vice Chancellor voted to keep her post, breaking the tie. The result rose boos within the opposition claiming it was a conflict of interest. The New vice chancellor claimed her voice was as fair as theirs. She was supported by the Chancellor which validated the process. When the opposition claimed the decision wasn’t based on democratic rules, she answered they were not a democracy but a republic. The Senator of Naboo was indignant and motioned for a vote of non confidence and the Chancellor asked if it was seconded.

The new Vice Chancellor Kha’jiir then shout orders from the platform to the guards to remove any people speaking, starting by the Senator Tafo which was chuckling on that outburst. The Chancellor recalled the guards and said Kha’jiir she was not called either. She planed to do fully her work of chancellor herself, leaving the Vice Chancellors strictly hers. She suggested the opposition had something against the Vice Chancellor and asked them to stop. After having called one last time if anybody else supported the motion of non confidence, the topic switched.

She invited one of the guest, Devin Feskin, Executive Officer of the Corporate Sector Authority to speak. He explained he wanted his organisation to open relationship with the Republic. He also was asked to attend an the future meetings, representing his government the direx, and wished to be able to advise the Senate to safeguard their interests. The chancellor believed their goods will be beneficial to the members of the Republic, she announced they are talking about a treaty which should be submitted later. Senator Kel of Onderon invited him to her world. Jedi Master Solo asked how they might be contacted.

Then Shaka the Hutt talked in the name of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, an collection of trade minded worlds, such as Zeltros, famous for its entertainment as well as Pallas Athena, Zonama Sekot for its food products, and the Hutt space for their various manufactured goods. Master Marsh Solo proposed to purchase some bacta for his order. Senator Kel agreed they could make good deals with the confederacy. Shaka also invited the world of the Republic to organise local Miss Galaxy pageants but had no answer yet on this point.

After the guests left the room, the senators debated on a weapon limitation bill. Senator Kel of Onderon said she agreed to the bill but, worried about her own weapons and armour, asked what they would become. Senator Connell told her concern about the mandatory prison sentence for the infringement and asked clarification on the registered Jedi concept.

Frenris Kha’jiir which introduced the bill said it was designed to protect the citizens from rogue individual carrying weapons even if she agree with the right the citizens have to bear arms. She said to Senator Kel she would just have to register her equipments and agreed with Senator Connell the prison sentence for the first offence has to be amended. She added she planed another legislation about registering the Jedi Orders and the Jedi in a Galactic Database, which would have to pass for this part of the text be valid.

Senator Connell told she wore Jedi weapons since a short time in a Jedi order, probably suggesting she couldn’t get the required license to keep them, she recalled the Jedi unanimously rejected the last attempt to regulate them.

The Senator Tafo objected first on the form of the text, which was presented as an act and not as a bill and mentioned Bothawui in the middle, suggesting it was a badly recycled text. She denied the text solved any actual issue, as invaders would not care of a weapon limitation law. Since the text required to register Mandalorians and Jedi able to wear their weapon, it would need to hire and pay new officers for a mere result. She also recalled the right the citizen have to bear a weapon, not only to defend themselves, but to defend the Republic and concluded the text was a danger for the Republic and against the constitution.

Senator Kel added she had a text which would remove the need to regulate Force Users’ weapons. She would like however to register her equipment. Even if she agreed with the text, the people shall be armed for their safety.

Vice Chancllor Kha’jiir justified her mixup between bill and act by her imperfect knowledge of the Basic language. She agreed the text came from Bothawui and was designed to prevent public riots. The cost of the license would cover the exploitation of the register. She wanted to keep the constitutional right to bear arm but wanted to precise what is a weapon. It will address the mad man holding a thermal or the overarmed criminal. The part on the Mandalorians might be revised and if the Jedi Order are seen yet part of the military, registering them makes sense. She also suggested to Senator Kel they could work together.

Senator Kel agreed some heavy weapon should be restricted if not banned, but wanted to address more commonly worn gears, such as her fully equipped personal military grade battle armour build by her family plant, which she added some more enhancements.

Senator Connell denied the Jedi are part of the military and recalled the attempt of legislation on this matter failed due to a strong opposition.

Kei-Rebu, advisor of Rori, fell concerned by the retired Jedi like him which he believe should have the right to keep their weapons since he consider the lightsaber is the life of the Jedi.

For Senator Tafo, a criminal bearing any weapon has to be arrested first because he’s a criminal. Criminals would not follow the law anyway while honest citizens would be left defenceless, therefore she saw this text as dangerous. Even if the Military had a Jedi Order list, it’s not to them to make the police. She disbelieved Jedi orders would have to register to the military to be allowed in the Republic. She called the Jedi defending their case to mind the non-Jedi citizens having similar concerns. Also she asked the text shall be introduced as constitutional amendement since Kha’jiir herself saw it as a addenda to the constitution.

Frenris Kha’jiir agreed with to amend her bill in two ways. Possibly she could give a special licence to the Lightsaber and Mandalorian armour and also to grant the Jedi Orders the right to issue lifetime licences. Alternatively, she would put those equipment the military grade licence, removing any mention of their religion or culture from the bill.

After a vote, the senators suspended the legislation pending further developments. This closed the meeting. The not yet discussed bills would be added at the top of the docket for the next meeting. Frenris Kha’jiir concluded she was pleased of the talks about the legislation started and was grateful to the regime. Senator Tafo requested Endor’s case would be discussed first next time and proposed her help for they issue a formal request.

— Daana Kira, Rakiko Lowtide

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  1. Ríoghnán
    August 18, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    I smile and find that the best statement is true. The Chancellor is correct. The New Republic is not a democracy. If you fail to see the difference in what you are actually representing then maybe you should actually look up the meanings of the words. Oh wait that’s right I forget you can’t seem to actually comprehend the basic values of the constitution let alone the meanings of normal words. I’m sorry maybe I will be nice one day Senators and spell it out for you. When I say Senators I use the term loosely since we all know that their not really elected.

  2. Morrigan Wemyss
    August 18, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    It appears to me that Tython seems to want to make its self look bad. Honestly, the planet has been given more than enough chances to correct its past mistakes. However, as proof their current senators behavior.

    As for this jedi weapon issue, if you have to buy a blaster legally and file for it, jedi should have much the same process, last time I heard they were not above the law.

  3. August 18, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    I am concerned, madame Cancellor..the stories I read on the news today paint you out to be more of a servant of the hutts, to show in their presence. I was under the impression that the chancellor was of the people and was usually busy with political stuff while leaving negotiations to diplomats. I do hope that you remain of the people without overstepping your role.

    • Sapphire Tafo
      August 18, 2012 at 10:33 PM

      Even if it might have been more formal to sent an emissary, I wouldn’t support the Chancellor is working for the Hutt. I believe she attempted and succeed to open foreign relationships with the Senate, while they were before, at best at the personal level.

      It’s different, for instance, to the Queen of Bengat, which serves a foreign power as she’s dealing with slaves and pirates daily for her job of Hutt Majordomo, and which her world protects a few Sith, supposed harmless. Her feat shall qualify her to cast lectures to the Senators and the rest of the Galaxy.

      Would the Republic be a Republic, it would serve the public matter. Instead, we see Jedi or retired ones voting for one of them which otherwise lost the election, or to lobby on saving their own weaponry while disarming the honest people and raising the taxes.

      • Morrigan Wemyss
        August 19, 2012 at 7:21 AM

        Oddly enough, she can also read. Clearly our good Tafo has been taking trips to some strange world I do not know of, one where they have sith. The only with that was ‘harbored’ as it were, was kept in a cell until his trial date. As once again the jedi had failed to live up to their promises, that same sith was legally a member of a noble house on Bengat. We do not forbid people on Bengat from making their own choices when it comes to their believes, republic world or no. Would you prefer I kill every one who does not agree with you or the jedi?

        As for pirates. You do know Bengat is located near a few shadow ports, yes? We do not encourage their activities but, in the interests of maintaining shipping lanes we do not hunt them, if it requires dealing with such people civily it does. We are not all ‘blessed’ with the deep core, tython.

  4. Not Really Here
    August 19, 2012 at 2:17 AM

    Ah. Weapon restrictions. A problem that has lasted through the ages.

  5. August 19, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Since when the jetiise have the license of mandoade beskargam? Who gave them the rights?

    • Ríoghnán
      August 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      I do think it was improperly worded but they are not saying they have a license to have your precious metal. Relax and pull your armor out of your …. well yes you know where that was going. Anyway they were speaking that they would issue licenses for the light sabers for Jedi and then one for the armor for Mandalorians. They then went further to explain that they might even extend the right to a life time license to the Jedi. It’s really simple if you just read. What is it with people not not being able to comprehend Galactic Basic these days.

    • Sapphire Tafo
      August 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      The original text implied the Jedi and the Mandalorians will have to be registered, in more of paying a licence to wear, hold or trade their traditional weapons. I spoke for they stop this idiocy, which is why Mandalorians are mentioned in the proposed amendment. Many Jedi defended their cause and might have gained a right to issue their own licences.

      You should ask to your Senator, or if you haven’t any, contact me in Tython if you need the original text. I suggest you petition to the Vice Chancellor which is amending the bill to make sure she understand your concern. Actually all the citizens are concerned, they’ll have to pay to keep their right to defend their home if the text pass.

      On another topic, the Deep Core, is a very isolated region due to the many black holes and the denseness making tricky the travel though the hyperspace. I wish good luck to Bengat to control the licences to bear arms to the pirates they managed to have at two hours of Coruscant by the hyperlanes.

      • August 19, 2012 at 4:41 PM

        the question then becomes, how is it that non Mandalorian folk are getting the metals? somehow, I doubt that Mandalorians part with their iron, their weapons, or anything associated with their culture without a fight. for example, I wouldn’t expect a Jedi to part with their lightsaber, why is it that people seem to want the iron so badly and react poorly when it is not given to them. perhaps you should try another metal and another armor design.

        ((general you, not Sapphire in particular))

      • Ríoghnán
        August 19, 2012 at 8:39 PM

        I think this is the moment right here when all the things in the galaxy died at the lack of understanding. You all are not grasping what is actually being said. They are not saying they want to take the metal. They just want you to be held accountable for it. They want to make sure you hold a license to HAVE it. My goodness I just can’t seem to understand why you people don’t understand that people are not trying to take the beskar from the mandalorians. They just want to make sure that they are well put put it frankly should be allowed to use it. It’s like having a blaster in a room with a child. Would you just place it in the hand of the child? No you would want to train them to use it and make sure they learn to properly use it as they grow. Once you have done this basically this license would say you have had the proper training for armor and weapons to have what you have. frankly I know I would sleep better knowing that my neighbor doesn’t have a thermal det. under their pillow and mentally insane and ready to blow everything sky high at the drop of a hat.

      • Sapphire Tafo
        August 20, 2012 at 3:25 AM

        If ever your neighbour is an arsonist, you’re going to set licences to ensure they know the proper use of pocket matchboxes? Whatever, you’re probably not sleep better now your neighbours cannot defend your city and only not those caring the law are armed.

        Bearing a weapon is constitutional right, it shall not be disabled by taxes and other conditions. If the common sense is not enough, use your datapad; on a planet such a Coruscant with its 100 billions of people, even if 1/5 of those want to be checked to get their licence, the 100 credits/day paid officer will only be able to check 20 per day of work. That means the cost of the operation, just in salary will be… One Trillion Credits… and this is just for one world.

        Do you really want to pay that much for less safety? Don’t forget the cost needed to hire this army of officers, the extra enforcers for such a law, like our Mandalorian friend suggested, the trouble for foreigners visiting the Republic and the militaries needed to rebalance the people then unable to defend their world.

      • Morrigan Wemyss
        August 20, 2012 at 6:29 AM

        Tython has had their slice of luck. You seem to not be grasping this simple idea. We are between shadow ports, we will not be imposing any sactions on piracy of any kind. They do not bother us, we have no reason to bother them. Nor would it be wise for us to do so.

        On the other hand, news comming from Tython does lead me to believe there is something very wrong with your jedi. Or false jedi I should say. No jedi would harm children and still call themselves jedi, yet on tython this seems to be the case. And yet, you seem to think Bengat has no right to speak. I would look to your own planet first, before you think to chaste other people.

  6. concerned citizen
    August 19, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Last time I checked the Republic was a democracy that is the whole point of voting on who represents us, so that our elected officials are our voice in the Senate. This new Chancellor is sounding very much like a dictator, how can one be elected into a position and not know what type of political system they are part of. Someone should tell her this is not the Empire. We must be careful of this one, she is reminding me of another former Chancellor from Naboo.

    • August 20, 2012 at 5:19 AM

      Republic is not democracy. A Republic allows for “indirect” representation, as opposed to the “direct” representation of a democracy.

      Speaking of the new chancellor though, I wonder how her progress is in pursuing the issues she had back when she was chief mouthpiece for the Tetan Empire. Let’s look at that list again:

      the Republic’s refusal to answer for past actions of the now disbanded 91st clone trooper army,
      the alleged forced conscription of galactic citizens into its military
      then allowing these new recruits to conduct operations wherever they chose without oversight, including against Tetan holdings,
      continued disrespect by Republic leaders who turn away and ignore Tetan diplomats,
      The republic’s inaction in recognizing the autonomy and sovereignty of the Tetan Empire, as well as several other concerns that have fallen on deaf ears

      https://galacticnewssl.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/tetan-vicerine-makes-a-plea-to-the-republic/

      A real servant of the Republic, from day one, with no conflicts of interest.

      And speaking of conflicts of interest, let’s not forget her service record in the last Republic, where she was impeached for going insane and demanding federal support from all of the senators for help in searching for her missing adopted daughter… or was it niece? She seems to be related to every royal in the galaxy, so I can’t remember which one it was that had been kidnapped by the Hutts and held on Nar Shaddaa. At least she’s loyal to that kidnapped family member and would never deal with Hutts again, right?

      Tiffany Vandergraff at the Hutt Night

      Oh wait.

      Good luck, Republic.

  7. Morrigan Wemyss
    August 20, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    What tython seems to not be able to understand is this. We are not in the postion to place sactions of any sort on pirates. You see, they leave us alone and we don’t bother them. If we were to place sactions, it would make them angry and not end well for us. That being said we have no reason to, Bengat ia not bother by them, we were quiet comfortable where we are.

    Tython on the other hand. Seems to be a world of false jedi, as it were. For I would rather not think actual jedi would behave that way. News coming from the planet seems to back up my claims. It seems to me ms. Tafo seems to think she has the right to tell the rest of us to behave the way she wants, whilst her own world is working without any checks on their own behavior. An interesting situation to be sure.

    • Morrigan Wemyss
      August 20, 2012 at 6:44 AM

      (sorry for the double post, it said the first one did not go though)

      ((the first one was automatically tagged as spam for some reason, I saved it. They’re similar but different enough, I could clean… Which one do you want to keep? -DK))

  8. concerned citizen
    August 20, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    A republic is a form of government in which the state is considered a “public matter” , not the private concern or property of the rulers, and where offices of states are subsequently directly OR indirectly elected or appointed. The Galactic Republic is a representative democracy, composed of various star systems, sectors and member worlds throughout most of the known galaxy. The problem is you all seem to be losing site of this when you come to power or seek to gain it and you are heading back to a Galactic Empire.

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