Friday, 30 November 2018

Vote of No Confidence

Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute. 

Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo. 
While the congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict....

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum:

The chair recognizes the Senator from The Sovereign System of Naboo.


Supreme Chancellor,
Delegates of the Senate,

A tragedy has occurred...

Which started right here with the taxation of trade routes...

and has now engulfed our entire planet... in the oppression of the Trade Federation.

Lott Dod :

This is outrageous!
I object to the senator's statements!

Valorum :

The Chair does not recognize the Senator from the Trade Federation at this time.


To state our allegations,

[ The alleged Genocide and Invasion of The Sovereign System of Naboo and it's people... ]

I present Queen Amidala,

recently elected ruler of the Naboo,

who speaks on our behalf.

[ They like to elect teenage girls to The Sovereignty for a term-limited rule - shows you just how relatively decadent, Hick back-waterish, and unimportant they are - a bit like Monaco or San Marino. ]

Queen Padmé Amidala:

Honorable representatives of The Republic, I come to you under the gravest of circumstances.

The Naboo system has been invaded by the droid armies of the Trade...

Lot Dod :

I object!

There is no proof!

This is incredible.

We recommend a commission be sent to Naboo to ascertain The Truth.

Senator Teem:

The Congress of Malastare concurs with the honorable delegate from The Trade Federation.

A Commission must be appointed.


The Point...

Mas Amedda:

Excuse me, Chancellor.

[whispers to Chancellor Valorum]


[Whispering to Queen Amidala]
Enter the bureaucrats, the true rulers of The Republic.

And, on the payroll of the Trade Federation, I might add.

This is where Chancellor Valorum's strength will disappear.


The point is conceded.

Will you defer your motion to allow a commission to explore the validity of your accusations?


I will not defer.

I've come before you to resolve this attack on our sovereignty now!

I was not elected to watch my people suffer and die while you discuss this invasion in a committee!

If this body is not capable of action, I suggest new leadership is needed.

I move for a Vote of No Confidence in Chancellor Valorum's leadership.

[The Senators begin arguing over Queen Amidala's decision, as Valorum sits down, stunned]

[ I Don't Blame Him - That's Pretty Damn Treacherous; Especially Given That it was He Who, Not Knowing What He Was Up Against, Very Unofficially Dispatched Two Jedi in Earnest Hope That The Dispute Could Be Resolved Amicably and Thereby Prevent a Famine.... And Padme Actually Does Indeed Know This... ]

Mas Amedda:



Now they will elect a new Chancellor,

a strong Chancellor.

One who will not let this tragedy continue.

But I say to you our greatest challenge, is not exiting the EU Single Market on WTO Terms —

The Greatest Challenge laying before us, is to do what must be done, 
without undoing the Dreams of Albion.

For myself, I have but one fear:
Destroying the Promise of a New Jerusalem.

Compared to such a loss, 

It was a good speech.

Until I heard Admiral Ramirez speak, I had not foreseen the possibility of a peace between the Federation and the Klingons.

Nor had I foreseen the possibility
that the Federation might WIN...

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