It is a period of civil war...   Posted by Arbiter.Group: public
Arbiter
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Wed 29 Feb 2012
at 18:55
It is a period of civil war...
It has been a time of great unrest.  For weeks now the HoloNet has been awash with news reports of increased terrorist attacks by groups calling themselves “Rebels”.  Imperial facilities, ships, installations, and interests have been repeatedly attacked or harassed by aggressive, organized groups.  Even the Tingel Arm hasn’t been immune from these disruptions, with acts of sabotage and vandalism being carried out against Corporate Sector properties with strong ties to the Empire.

Then, just when it seemed that these acts of terrorism were reaching their peak, they stopped.  Without warning, without preamble, without reason, they simply ceased.

Shortly after the cessation of Rebel hostilities an open broadcast was transmitted across the length and breadth of the HoloNet.

"We, the beings of the Rebel Alliance, do this day send forth this Declaration to His Majesty, the Emperor, and to all sentient beings in the Galaxy, to make clear to all the Purposes and Goals of this Rebellion. We firmly acknowledge the importance and necessity of the institution of Galactic Government. We accept that all must subjugate themselves to that Government, giving up certain rights and freedoms, in return for peace, prosperity and happiness for all.

We believe that the Galactic Government derives its power and right to rule from the consent of the governed. We believe that, should the rights of free beings be willfully and malignantly usurped, it is the unalienable right of said beings to alter or abolish said Government.

We believe that the Galactic Empire has willfully and malignantly usurped the rights of the free beings of the Galaxy and therefore, it is our unalienable right to abolish it from the Galaxy.

We do not take this course lightly. Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes, but when a Government displays a history of usurpation, abuse and moral atrocity, displaying a clear design to subjugate totally and absolutely beings born free under the auspices of nature, it is our right—our duty—to depose of that Government.

The history of the present Galactic Empire is of repeated injuries upon its members, with the direct objective of establishing you, Emperor Palpatine, as absolute tyrant over the Galaxy:
  • You have disbanded the Senate, the voice of the people;
  • You have instituted a policy of blatant racism and genocide against the   nonhuman peoples of the Galaxy;
  • You have overthrown the chosen leaders of planets, replacing them with Moffs and Governors of your choice;
  • You have raised taxes without the consent of those taxed;
  • You have murdered and imprisoned millions without benefit of trial;
  • You have unlawfully taken land and property;
  • You have expanded the military far beyond what is necessary and prudent, for the sole purpose of oppressing your subjects.

We, the Rebel Alliance, do therefore in the name—and by the authority—of the free beings of the Galaxy, solemnly publish and declare our intentions:
  • To fight and oppose you and your forces, by any and all means at our disposal;
  • To refuse any Imperial law contrary to the rights of free beings;
  • To bring about your destruction and the destruction of the Galactic Empire;
  • To make forever free all beings in the galaxy.

To these ends, we pledge our property, our honor, and our lives."


The response is immediate and profound.  Worlds across the galaxy cry out, either in support of the newly declared Alliance, or in fear, begging for the Empire to protect them against these hostile rebels.  For its part, the Empire—in the form of the Imperial News Bureau—is quick to counter the claims made in the Declaration and starts an immediate and savage propaganda campaign to discredit the Alliance as terrorists, rabble-rousers, and “alien sympathizers”.

The Galaxy is perched on a knife’s edge.  A military conflict the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the Clone Wars looms on the horizon and it threatens to drag every last being into its midst.

This message was last edited by the GM at 02:23, Thu 01 Mar 2012.

Arbiter
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Mon 13 May 2013
at 13:33
Re: It is a period of civil war...
It is now 1 BBY

The HoloNet has continued to focus almost exclusively on the ongoing war between the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

Several worlds--Sullust, Dac, Bothuwai, and  Corellia among them--have been implicated in scandals related to Rebel support and sympathizing.  Prominent citizens and government officials on many of these worlds have been charged with treason, many of them executed publicly with only a cursory trial.

The message is clear: The Empire will not stand for Rebellion support.

One report (almost lost among the pile of news reports glorifying Imperial victories over the Rebel menace or detailing terrorist atrocities perpetrated by the Rebellion against innocent citizens of the Empire) stands out because it focuses on the Corporate Sector (a region that, so far, has remained out of the ongoing Imperial/Alliance scuffle).

Apparently a daring raid by Rebel agents on the Incom headquarters resulted in the theft of several prototype fighters and the kidnapping or death (reports are mixed) of several prominent engineers from the respected ship-building corporation.  Imperial agents were dispatched to find and punish the Rebels for their crimes, but no report as to whether they've found them or not yet.

The HuttNet is spinning slightly different versions of the official Imperial News Service reports on events.  But, for the most part, anyone bothering to mention the war is projecting odds on the eventual outcome of the war (odds are heavily in the Empire's favor), or taking bets on which planet will attempt to defect from Imperial control next.

Inquiries for independent bounty hunter services have gone through the roof as well.

It looks like things are becoming even more chaotic out in the wider galaxy.  Whether the ongoing war will come to the Corporate Sector remains to be seen.
Arbiter
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Tue 18 Jun 2013
at 22:33
Re: It is a period of civil war...
Major headlines of the day:
  • Rebel terrorists continue to gain popular support among non-human dissidents and other unpatriotic peoples.  However, the Imperial armed forces oppose the Rebels at every turn to keep loyal Imperial citizens safe.

    (Go to your local recruitment office today!  Enlist to fight the good fight!)
  • In accordance with Imperial decree, the planet Kashyyk has been blockaded by Imperial forces.  The Wookiees--a dangerously aggressive, animalistic species long known for their bouts of berserk fury and incidences of cannibalism--are to be contained so that they can no longer provide support to the growing Rebellion.
  • After the overthrow of the Rebel-loving government and subsequent pledge of loyalty to the Empire by the SoroSuub corporation, the sprawling industrial giant has reported record profits.  Worker conditions and customer satisfaction are also reported to be at an all time high.

    (Check out the new Nuvuum-10 Skyspeeder!  This message brought to you by SoroSuub, "A Name You Can Trust"(tm))
  • More news and headlines at the top of the hour.