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Republic Chancellor Uses Her Veto Power at a Chaotic Senate Meeting

August 26, 2012

GNN Reportes Daana Kira and Rakiko Lowtide attended the latest Senate meeting on Coruscant which was interrupted by an invasion force and then was moved to the non-Republic world of Bakura.

Mandalorian entering in the Senate

Starting out as all the other Senate meetings had on Coruscant with security checks and Senators greeting one another, the meeting was quickly interrupted by the sound of explosions outside the building which was followed by Mandalore A’denla Kad gave a speech declaring that Coruscant had been overrun by his forces and that he was allowing the Senators to leave quickly and peacefully. The chancellor formally surrendered Coruscant, although without the Senate approval. Then the Senators went to meet in Bakura, out of the Republic, in her private office.

On Bakura, the Senators began pouring into the Chancellor’s office, many of which were escorted by GAR officers for their protection. Role was taken, which included Senators Nomi Drewmoore of Dantooine, Shan Connell of Bengat, Ayeka Kel of Onderon, Sapphire Tafo of Tython, Heather Le’verve of Velmor, Rain of Yavin IV, and governor Kei-Rebu of Rori standing in for their Senator along with several advisors. Vice-Chancellor Frenris Kha’jiir was also present along with Chancellor Vandergraff-Imari who oversaw the proceedings. Guests included GAR officers, the Bakuran Princess Maitrina Kristan-Seda, and Corporate Sector Representative Devin Feskin, Bakuran military advisor Hackett and Republic military leader Zach Rodchester. The senator from Endor was absent and their request for Republic troops was put on hold for another time especially since Coruscant had fallen to invaders.

The impromptu meeting was began by congratulating Senator Le’verve on her recently becoming senator. This was followed by a motion on Chandrilla’s application to the Senate. Senator Tafo stated she visited the planet curious about the planetary government described as a “a democratic Jedi council” but was unable to meet anyone from the government. The senate decided to hold off on the vote until the Chandrilla Senator candidate could attend. The senate then moved on to other matters as reports kept filtering i through GAR about the conditions on Coruscant.

During the meeting a Bakuran citizen pleading with the Senate to do something about the Sith empires taking over the Galaxy. He was told the Republic is doing everything possible with the resources they have. The Bakuran then left stating that the Senate should then be focusing on raising a military and not bicker amongst themselves, a sentiment shared by several of the GAR officers who also left.

Next, Senator Tafo brought forth her bill to protect the right of speech of Senators. She stated it was designed to give immunity to Senators to not face prosecution so that discussions could be open without fear that Senators would have their voices cut off by disgruntled colleagues or lobbies. The Republic could progress only if a plurality of opinion is heard in the Senate and not just the mainstream one.

Senator Kel was the first to oppose the bill stating that it would hamper the Chancellor from maintaining order in the Senate recently illustrated by the removal of Senator from the meeting. Plus it would endanger Republic security. She also based her arguments on that the form of government was a Republic and a “pure democracy” couldn’t work. Tafo countered that most Republics gave this immunity to their Senators anyways, which was then countered by Kel stated the Constitution already gave the Senators free speech though in reason.

This point was then questioned by Master Jedi Marsh Solo of Tython who asked it that was so, why was the former Senator Algoma still in a Republic prison. The Chancellor stated she felt that freedom had to be balanced. Senator Connell exemplified Algoma’s publication have made lost the use of the Susevfi Superweapon to the Republic. The Vice Chancellor Frenris Kha’jiir after a speech on the Yuuzhan Vong, opposed to the bill since it would prevent further removal of Senators from the meetings and bring disorder.

Senators meeting at the Chancellor’s office on Bakura.

The Senators had to vote, but it ended controversy. VC Kha’jiir had first counted a tie vote which she broke killing the bill. However, Senator Tafo pointed out that Rori had voted for it and was not counted. The Vice-Chancellor countered by stating that the Rori’s Senator was absent  and couldn’t vote and Tafo answered the presented a delegation of vote at the very beginning and it wasn’t then contested. The Vice Chancellor handed the matter over to Chief Justice while the Senators waited and continued to argue over freedom vs. security. The Chief Justice returned a judgment that this matter had to be resolved legislatively, that their was no case yet since all of the Senate’s procedures hadn’t been followed yet.

Therefore the bill was passed and was quickly vetoed by the Chancellor, prompting a 3/4 vote at the next meeting to overturn the veto. This is the first use of the Chancellor’s Veto we ever have recorded so far. The Senate was then adjourned. Some of the senators looked disillusioned.

The post-senate meetings continued talks and bickering over the roles of senators, freedom vs. security, the occupation of Coruscant and even talks by the Bakuran military that if future senate meetings should be held on their world, then the Press should be barred from attending and would have to talk through a Senate spokesperson, a sentiment that GNN is opposed to as now more than ever the Galactic citizens should know what is going on from a third-party, especially those on Coruscant who need the information to make sound judgments in the coming days.

— Rakiko Lowtide

  1. Morrigan Wemyss
    August 26, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    Of course, if you ask me the reactions to this taking of Coruscant where, to be honest, pathic at best. It seems to me if some took the place that you meet the most logical step would be working on getting a for that can take it back, maybe I’m just silly that way.

    • August 26, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Holy crap, for, to my memory, the first time in my life, I agree with the words out of this creature’s mouth. When your seat of power is invaded and then surrendered by your chancellor without contest emergency responses should at least be [i]brought up.[/i]

      This senate’s activities are beginning to border on satirical self-parody.

      If only it was intentional.

      • Ayeka Kel
        August 26, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Keep your eyes peeled.

      • Ayeka Kel
        August 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        Furthermore, if you’re so critical of things with the Republic, why don’t you join it and show us how it’s done, no?

      • August 29, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        The Republic could certainly use it.

  2. Sapphire Tafo
    August 27, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    At some point it becomes necessary to consider if dying for Coruscant worth it. What are the values of the Republic? Not the democracy, the chancellor denied it. Her office where she gatherer “her” senators, being filled by monarchy symbols only and none from the republic, shows enough what is her favourite regime.

    Her veto echoes the minority vote of senators from hereditary monarchies and other personal regimes, which disclaimed publicly the democracy and supported the right to remove the opposition from the Senate. A senator is even waiting since months in her jails waiting for a “speedy” trial for expressing his political opinion.

    Which Empire has to rule Coruscant? Do people really care?

    • calithlin
      August 27, 2012 at 7:46 AM

      The Empire makes no attempts to veil the order it imposes on its constituent worlds. Individuals strong enough or whom provide recognizable merit will benefit while useless or otherwise unproductove Beurocrats of past regimes are removed, by force if necessary to ensure the capable take their place. If any Republic loyalists wish to turn to the new superpower in this Galaxy… we are generous hosts to those whom prove loyal and worthy.

      – Imperator Kulith Laan I

  3. Cuyir tr'zch
    August 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    This is no occupation of courscant, it is firmly under mandalorian rule.It’s true and rightful Owners. Any attempts to take it back will most likely be met with swift retribution. We let you walk away once, don’t make us rectify this mercy.

  4. Cuyir tr'zch
    August 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Infact, in addition I would have to say from what I see in this news reel here, that the ‘capture’ of courascant was more of a liberation…

  5. Random Joe
    August 28, 2012 at 7:39 AM

    Sadly, the republic will try and take it back. Weather or not its “rightfully” the mandalorians or not. Your not citizens in their eyes, and there for, expendable. This will be fun to see how the phallic “minds” of the ‘might’ mandos, goes against the “regime” of the republic.

  6. Captain F7414 "Snoop"
    August 29, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Please explain how Coruscant belongs to the mandalorians?

  7. August 29, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    I would assume the same way it doesn’t belong to the Senate, what with them now being off of their own capitol.

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