Military Protection Act

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  1. Aeaolen Kicka

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    The Military Protection Act provides significant funding for the New Republic Defense Force over the next 10 years and prevents any major downsizing unless voted upon by the New Republic Senate;

    The Military Protection Act also formally absorbs small planetary defense forces outside of significant, strategic worlds located throughout the galaxy that have a sizeable planetary or systems defense force. These forces will be placed underneath the New Republic Defense Force and will be responsible for the protection of the New Republic;

    The Military Protection Act also formally creates the New Republic Defense Council to study, oversee and review the New Republic Defense Forces and ensure that the New Republic Defense Force can properly defend worlds of the New Republic;

    The Military Protection Act formally requests that the New Republic Defense Forces form a committee to purchase and acquire new technologies in pursuit of the defense of the New Republic and it's citizens.

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  2. Ethan Garcia

    Ethan Garcia Senator for Tionese Sector
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    Ethan carefully stroked his beard as he listened carefully to the debate being called upon the senate floor. His eye's were closed so as not to obstruct his attention from what was being said.

    As the call comes to an end silence falls upon the senate floor, except for the usual murmurs of the senate, that quickly become background noise to anyone familiar with the proceedings. Ethan moved his hand and pressed the button in front of him with ease, so used to the position of everything in his pod that his eyes were no longer needed.

    He gave a deep breath and stood from his position opening his eyes. As he did so his pod detaches and makes its way to float around the rotunda. Camera's were quick to adjust there position and now pointed at Ethan, looking for the perfect angle as he began talking.

    "My fellow senators" Ethan said loudly despite having his voice already amplified so the entire rotunda could hear clearly. "During one of the greatest crises in Republic history this senate created a centralized military to defend the republic from the actions of those that would seek to destroy it. This same centralized military was used to bound this republic in the chains of a Galactic Empire. How we all applauded."

    Ethan pauses to look around the room, turning ever slowly.

    "After a long fight we broke these chains and once again we are a republic but can I ask you how did we do this? One of the largest and most centralized forces in the galaxy was defeated by a coalition of organizations, worlds, and people. All with their own laws, customs, languages, and military. A military force, far more decentralized then that of the galactic empire won and it is with a decentralized military that we keep this republic. We must be wary about putting the so much power in the hands of so few once more, we must be wary of willingly chaining this republic once again."


    Once more another pause, this time to allow the other senators to consider the lesson of the past. He drops his head for a moment looking down at his pod's floor before lifting it up once more.

    "Today I ask all senators here to consider the past before so thrusting forward so hastily into the future."

    With those words Ethan sits abruptly and once more selects a button to take his pod back to its place in the rotunda. Ethan closes his eyes and listens once more.
     
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  3. Ellis Sanprin

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    For a moment, Jira divided her attention between Senator Garcia's words and her chief of staff whispering in her ear. She didn't need her advisor's thoughts, especially as it was her first day in the Senate and having her people so involved could easily be construed as a weakness. She signaled to the advisor to put her name in the queue, and to her surprise, when Garcia was finished, a green light flashed in the dash of her pod to inform her that it was her turn. Her pulse quickened as she stood.

    She had made the decision before departing Bakura that she would not detach her pod to address the room from the center. It was symbolic of Bakura's new commitment to the Republic, that they were part of the team, and would not withdraw as they had decades before. There was a lot of ground to cover if Bakura was going to be accepted as a power in the universe, and Jira knew she had to tread lightly.

    "Bakura, like the Senator from the Tionese Sectors, is wary of such an arrangement, particularly as we are still recovering from Imperial control," she said evenly, "However, Senator Garcia has also asked us to look to our past mistakes. Bakuran history urges me to reconsider the temptation of independence.

    We neglected the Republic so that we might be in control, and we suffered as a result. We have come to understand that in order to have a cohesive Republic based on mutual trusts, we must bind ourselves together, for good or for ill, in an irrevocable way. We must make a promise to each other in the most serious way: that is, to commit our sons and daughters as protectors of all."

    When Jira sat back down in her seat she had to hold her breath to keep from trembling. But she was elated.

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  4. Aeaolen Kicka

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    The Neimodian sat silently and watched the debate with watchful eyes, every so often an aide would come and pass mention in his ear and he would nod. The Neimodian had a vested interest in this debate, he firmly believed that the New Republic economy could benefit from a centralized military, at least he could benefit somehow from a centralized military. While the Neimodian didn't particularly care if the New Republic were a centralized force, he cared about the advancement of new technologies that would not only open up new avenues of economics for traders, merchants and corporations throughout the galaxy, it would protect business interest in the galaxy.

    "Fellow Senators...I understand that we are all too eager to look to the past about what might happen but this is not about the past." Mith Pamda, the Neimodian representing Cato Neimodia and large swathe of the Neimodian people rose to his feet. The droid that had projected his image on a large view screen alongside being transmitted in each Senate pod moved to his face following the words of Senator Jira from Bakura. "We cannot allow this stop up from progress. The New Republic Defense Forces are left without forces to take back our worlds from the Galactic Empire--" Mith paused and nodded, some applause came his way. The Neimodian's understood the boot of the Empire, they understood it all too well. "--we must be cautious but we must arm our men and women and protect our worlds! Now, more than ever, we must stand united against the Empire! The Emperor is dead!--" Mith was interrupted by applause and cheers.

    While it seemed morbid to celebrate the death of the Emperor...it was a victorious moment for the galaxy. The Galactic Empire had caused much damage to the galaxy...including to the venture capitalist of the galaxy that wanted to make the galaxy theirs through their fine business acumen. "--Yes...yes...the Emperor is dead but we must not mistake defeating one foe for the enemy of complacency and thinking that we can survive without a strong military. I am not stating that we centralize the republic as a whole...no...I am asking that we centralize the military. This is for at least a short period of time."
     
  5. Ethan Garcia

    Ethan Garcia Senator for Tionese Sector
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    Ethan listened to Jira's speech with patience. Her words seemed to be one of the neutral ground on the topic. This was the exact type of senator that needed to be convinced. After Jira's words finished Ethan placed his finger over his pod's button once more but hesitated. Thinking deeply over whether to debate openly with more neutral on the subject. This thought, however, would be interrupted by the grating voice of the Neimodian, Senator Mith Pamda.

    Ethan's eyes instantly opened whilst using all his effort to hold in an internal groan. Ethan had often heard the Senator for Cato Neimodia's voice on the opposing side of Ethan's arguments.

    Ethan's hand was now held, by the aide that sat next to him. The aide was physically stopping Ethan from pressing the button, as it would cause his pod to detach and interrupt the speech by Mith. Whilst against protocols of the senate, Ethan felt it was vital to interrupt Mith before he could get deeper into his point. Ethan's aide, however, did not agree with this assessment.

    Ethan pulled back his hand and crossed his arms in his chest. He waited with pursed lips for the Neimodian senator to finish.

    As the Neimodian wrapped up Ethan's aide whispered something about restraint to Ethan but he was far too busy in thought to listen. Ethan clicked his button and no sooner has Mith finished his last word the Tinonese sector's pod was floating in the Rotunda. This caused some disruption to the sounds of the rotunda as the next in line to speak was just interrupted. The reception to this was mixed with some jeering and cheering among the senate.

    Ethan stood, stating with a loud and determined voice

    "I apologize to this senate for the interruption, however the honorable senator for Cato Neimodia has directly questioned my own points to this debate. I must directly be able to respond to such a rebuttal."


    The rotunda begins to quiet as it is quickly realized that Ethan will not be willing remove himself willingly from his current position.

    "As the Senator for Cato Neimodia has said, he is not calling for the republic to centralize as a whole, just the military. I would like to point out to this assembly that the military is a branch of this republic. Any centralization of a branch of the republic is a centralization as a whole. Any bill put forth that permanently reduces the powers of its member worlds in favor of more power for this central government is a centralization of the republic as a whole. As the Honorable Senator for Bakura has pointed out, this is very much a debate on the powers of the member worlds opposed to the power of the central government."

    Ethan paused allowing his pod to travel close to that of Senator Pamda's pod. Ethan was now facing Mith and pointed to him.

    "I ask the senator, perhaps tomorrow you should argue that we just centralize all law enforcement?! Perhaps that too is not a centralization of the republic as a whole?"

    The last accusatory question had truly created an unruly rotunda. Sounds from all sides had now taken over causing even Ethan to fall to silence. Ethan waited as his pod once more began floating around the center of the rotunda once more. His attention brought again to the senate as a whole. Order was slowly forced upon the members of the senate allowing Ethan to continue further.

    "This bill, my fellow members, is not a temporary solution, to solve temporary problems as some suggest. This bill permanently signs away the rights of member worlds not only to defend themselves from, not only, external threats, but also from that of internal ones. This bill, in its current permanent state, cannot be supported!"

    With that the senator sits and presses his button once more to take his pod back to its position. The senate was once again in uproar over Ethan's interruption of proceedings and rather provocative tone. Ethan ignored these noises however, instead focusing on his own internal thoughts. If he cannot prevent the bill from passing, perhaps he can at least get some changes made to it.
     
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  6. Aeaolen Kicka

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    The Neimodian was pragmatic, his business acumen was second to none...at least he believed. Mith was the Chief Settlement Officer of the Trade Guild, an ever expansive "new" Trade Federation that had started with the remnants of the Trade Federation joining shortly after the Battle of Endor. Following the Empire rather dramatic "Retreat to the Core" as it was known, many businesses started to privatize and the Neimodians were keen on getting their hand back in the shipping business, something that the Trade Guild, as it was to be temporarily called, had sought to end disputes and the like. Mith smiled as the Senate was in uproar over the Tionese human had so caused a ruckus in their peaceful Senate.

    Mith smiled and nodded. "Senator Garcia, I cannot say that I disagree with you. Fortunately for you, myself alongside Senator Eldo Atar of New Alderaan are pragmatic and understand the wishes of the people." Mith paused and nodded over to Senator Atar, the independent Senator from new Alderaan who had helped Mith write the bill and helped garner support for it. "I believe that we can come to a compromise--" Mith paused and then nodded his head slightly. "--No I don't want to centralize law enforcement in the New Republic, that's something we'll definitely discuss later. No I simply want to make sure that we have enough forces for the push onto Coruscant!" Mith had dropped some knowledge on the Senator from the Tion Cluster. Applause rang out from the Senate Rotunda where the Senate was in session. Coruscant was the inevitable goal for the New Republic, it was just something that had to be done.

    "I believe that we can comprise however...we allow the various sectors, systems and areas of space...such as your own, to maintain their planetary defense forces--" Mith paused and internally, he was smiling. What a great idea he had just hatched. "--we only ask our member states to contribute a...tithe let's call it. This tithe will either be in terms of material support, monetary support or actual combat support." Mith knew that it was favorable to most New Republic member states. "We also ask for an increase to the New Republic Defense Force budget, I believe that our fighting men and women across the galaxy deserve updated equipment and all other aspects of the bill, with the exception of article 1 which disbands local planetary defense forces and centralizes them being changed to the aforementioned compromise."
     
  7. Ethan Garcia

    Ethan Garcia Senator for Tionese Sector
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    Ethan nodded whilst listening to Senator Mith, he had calmed down again and, once more, had his eyes closed whilst listening. As much as Mith and Than did come to odds over many debates, one things Ethan could count on, was Mith understood how to play the game. It was, in Ethan's mind, Senators like Mith and Ethan that was the reason anything got done in the Rotunda outside of grandstanding.

    As Mith finished his speech another pod was quick to take his place in the rotunda. Ethan had put this new speech out of his mind as he was, now, bringing files up on his terminal in front of him. His eyes now fixated on the writing in front of him.

    He stopped, body and terminal frozen, as he stared at the screen. Finally he nods slowly, sitting back while his eyes were still fixated on the screen. Ethan's arm unfreezes as he clicks the large button to the right of the terminal. The terminal flashes for a moment and everything once there is quickly replaced with a "Message Sent"

    Ethan glances over at Mith's pod as quickly as the message that Ethan just sent arrived in Mith's pod.

    "Senator,
    I propose the following amendments replace the second paragraph of the bill to the following:
    For support in these proposed changes, I will gladly support even further funding for the military of the new republic to modernise and expand. Also I would be open to further powers held by the Committee to purchase and acquire new technologies."
     
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