The Sepan Civil War

Sanjuro

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The Sepan Civil War has raged since before the Clone Wars. Only noticeably on hiatus for the Yuuzhan Vong war, it takes places in the Sepan System. Two neighboring factions, the Dimok and Ripoblus, have apparent ideological differences that cannot be resolved. Throughout the years, the fighting between the Sepan people grows violent enough to draw the attention of whatever the reigning government is. The Galactic Alliance sent forces to quell the conflict sometime in 40 ABY (fifteen years ago), and successfully installed a tenuous ceasefire and de-militarized zone inside the Sepan System.

My thinking is, since there is no canon information on the Sepan factions, the Dimok and Ripoblus, one of these groups is hoping to secede from the GA and go over to the Imperial Remnant. This plot should never be anything more than a microcosm of war inside a galactic cold-war state, and it should spawn lots of threads.

If the Sith characters here want to get involved all shadowy-style, it would be even better. But it should also escalate. Fringe/Independent characters that want to get involved can be covertly or not-so-covertly working for/backing one side or the other. Whether that is running cargo or special operations, is on an individual basis. The Mandalorians will have scouts there to watch the conflict, and remain the wild card. I plan to involve my Jedi in any negotiations.


BUT!! It all depends on the level of interest in this. If you don’t have any ideas, but still want to be involved hey that’s just fine! I can make a few writing prompts/thread primers. I’m more interested in YOUR ideas and YOUR thoughts so that we can make this plot OURS.


So, then, if you would please, post up here with your interest, your thoughts, what characters you want to involve so we can get our troops ON THE MARCH!
 

Salt

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I think the Jedi could take one of two possible routes here -
  1. They play it 'by the books' and send a few diplomats to check it out and look around with every intention of getting involved, or,
  2. They go more cloak-and-dagger and send a spy or two to see what's up, and then decide whether or not to do anything
I think they'd both be fun, but I'm interested in what other Jedi writers (and anyone considering joining the ranks) would rather do. :^)
 

Grom

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Have capital ship, will travel. Imperials have a strong precedent of ending the civil war and replacing it with a bigger war, which I feel ought be re-explored.
 

Sanjuro

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Okay, we have the bare-bones minimum interest to do this right now. I'm perfectly fine running it just the three of us and leaving it open for everyone else to come along later if they wish... I kinda hoped for everyone who hit up the activity check to post up here, thinking I will give everyone a few more days.

@Grom: Sure, I'm with that. Maybe the Empire is forcing either the Dimok or Ripoblus to secede so that they can instigate a war without actually instigating it. Just use those peoples' natural hatred for each other to spark off a conflict then the conflict fails to be contained to the Sepan system. The GA might or might not actually care or do something about just one single star system, it'll be up to the threads and participants I think. But yes, this could escalate into full-blown galactic war depending on how the threads shake out. Certainly if the Mandalorians involve themselves it will be open war between those two factions, and I doubt the GA will intervene between them.

@Salt: Why not both?
 

Grom

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More seriously, I realize that I will often play the villain in these scenarios. Perhaps against the spirit of SW, however, I will endeavor to do so in a more morally ambiguous manner (as opposed to flat out morally abhorrent) with a least some degree of logic (as much as I am able).
 

Salt

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I've never really been on board with the idea that the Empire and all Imperials are the 'bad guys', and I'm excited to see the Empire written with a bit more nuance than "fire the superweapon, cackle evily". :)
 

Grom

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To be fair, you guys haven't given me a superweapon to play with (hopefully yet?). Else I likely would be tempted to at least cackle. Heavy cruisers are cool and all, but don't get past dry chuckle.
 

Sanjuro

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As above, I'm not convinced the Empire are the bad guys---they're just another faction in the galaxy who, like all others, want more worlds in their fold. It's not so much that they're the villains, just that they've made the first move. Remember, all three major factions are just sitting there, uneasily watching each other and waiting. I wholeheartedly expect to have the Mandalorians cast as the villains more often than naught. But it's all relative and subjective. My terrorists are your freedom fighters and vice-versa. Especially considering their shared history pre-site canon. The Empire would say they brought decades of order to the Mandalorian people, and the Mandalorians would say they were enslaved and subjugated. Potato, potato.

So, let's think and talk a little about the Dimok and Ripoblus and who wants what. It's a long way from Mandalorian borders; they'd only care to stop the "Imperial Bullies" from gaining ground anywhere they could. But the GA has political control over the Sepan system anyway. Skullduggery and subterfuge have both occurred and been uncovered in the neutral zone between these two worlds, and it has been revealed that the Ripoblus wish to secede from the GA. Salt and I's Jedi Masters are sent to mediate between Dimok and Ripoblus representatives. Salt's Jedi is there to spy and (unbeknownst to her at the time) uncover the Imperial Moff(s)/Forces behind the plot.

And by plot I mean Grom's fleet. I'd suggest that they have in mind (and orders) that their target is the Dimok once the Ripoblus have negotiated their way over. I'd also suggest that the GA ignores the revelation of one Jedi Master. The Council advises them to stand down. Salt's Jedi contacts my Mandalorian Protector who orders his fleet to move in and engage the Imperials.


Open to suggestions/comments/concerns/alternatives, etc.
 

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