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Republic Sees New Chancellor Installed

It can be dizzying to try and keep up with news on Taris, but among the highlights in our week we came to find out that Taris has recently had a new Chancellor installed, after the previous Chancellor Bianti has stepped down. We got the opportunity to interview Chancellor Vashti on several topics. Here is what she had to say:

To start with, for our viewers, could you please tell us who you are, where you’re from, a little about yourself, and your current position?

“My name is Riyo Vashti, though my friends call me Ri….or Rice.” She added that last bit with a small chuckle. “It comes from my habit as a child of sticking rice in my nose….I must have gotten it confused for my mouth.” She lofted her brow bone, conveying her thought of ‘crazy kid’. “I was born and raised on Shili, my uncle being the senator of Shili. I tutored under him, went to school for law, became his assistant, and eventually his senior aide. I ran for his senatorial office at twenty-one years old, got it the next year. When I came to Chandrila for the first time, I became fast …acquaintances with former Chancellor Bianti, perhaps even friends. She trained me for this, I became her vice chancellor after some time of hard work….and I took over for her when she stepped down. I am very grateful to be serving the people.”


It is always good to see situations where hard work and dedication pay off. And with that, we wish you a sincere congratulations on recently being named Chancellor, how do you feel about inheriting this great responsibility that has befallen you?

“Thank you very much. It’s very new, but I am excited to be where I am. When Chancellor Bianti took me into her office and told me she was stepping down, I must admit I was utterly terrified….at the end of the day, I am quite young, it is rather daunting, but I knew it was my duty to uphold the laws of the Republic. The fear is still there, but it is a new fear, for every one of the citizens at stake in the universe.”


I cannot imagine the weight of that responsibility, I do not envy you there. How long do you foresee your term as Chancellor being? Is there any time limit set given the circumstances?

“I will serve however long I am needed, however long I am able. Our Republic is unstable in these hard times; they, the senate, may decide to keep me in this position for years to come, but we shall see in good time.”

The Republic seems to want leadership who can identify with their needs. What do you feel that the greatest needs or areas of impact where you hope to make a difference?

“I want people to feel safe in their homes again, and more importantly, I want to clean up the violent streets of the Undercity. The people there believe we have forgotten them, but I have not. The senate has approved the construction of a homeless shelter in the Undercity, where people will relieve medical care and warm food. Finding a location is a priority at the moment.”


That sounds like a fantastic way to make a good start, Chancellor. How do you feel that your skills and experience uniquely qualify you to be effective in these areas?

“I come from a people of hunters and warriors, who fight for the needs of the many rather than the few. You contribute or you die. This way of life has taught me the value of your neighbor, of your….tribe. You do not abandon your people, you provide for them, blood relation or no. The Republic is my tribe now. I also know what it means to come from a humble life, my family certainly wasn’t rich, but I still made it here, so anyone can. Resilience is my greatest strength. I am hoping these facts will allow me to be a leader people feel connected to.”


You kind of alluded to some of this already, but if you don’t mind indulging me: There are so many under cities and struggling populations throughout the Republic. What do you say to those out there who don’t think they have a reason to care about what’s going on with the Republic? In addition to homeless shelters, do you have any other specific plans or ideas of how to help those people in addition to benefiting the greater cities and metropolis areas?

“I can understand why they do not care, or have interest to…why would they, when they’ve been ignored for so long? This can only change when they witness the betterment themselves. I can say anything I like, but actions are louder than words. I would want them to know that I am not perfect, but I will submit my perfectly imperfect self to ensuring a brighter future for them, bit by bit” … “At this last senate meeting, we approved the Taris Civil Authority, or TCA, they will be the people’s protectorate. So what I urge is for people to volunteer – sign up – be involved, and help us bring peace to this world, and then help bring it to others.”


The Republic, under the previous chancellor, had an alliance with the First Order. How is that alliance holding up, and is it still serving it’s purpose?

“Unfortunately, the situation is rather….unstable….and at this time, I am unable to reveal our current course of action. However, I will admit it’s not going…as originally intended.”


Do you seek to make any other alliances to aid in the Republic’s current struggles? Is there any group or faction that you would like to bring into the fold, so to speak?

“We are always seeking new alliances, though at the moment we have none in serious consideration. As for a group…” She seemed to hesitate on this, but finally relented. “The Madalorians are an enigma on Taris, they seem to have an ongoing conflict and adhere to their own set of rules and guidelines….this has proved to be……problematic. There is not much else I can say on this front as it is a delicate situation, one that requires care, but I am sincerely hoping to work out an alliance with them, if at all possible.”


Endor Day of Weeks of Peace

main-qimg-38463695e8c5f768771fb49992d10a5fEndor day of weeks of peace is a celebration that is celebrated by GRAE. It lasts for two months and it is celebrated with food and drinks among friends.

It has been 20 years since GRAE has been founded since the destruction of the second death star. Making their enclave one the oldest enclave in the galaxy. GRAE has a lot to celebrate this year. with their alliance with Mandalorian Prudii clan. they are two mutual friends who have a common enemy. The Shade Regime and their Hutt ally.

The festival started once Mary Jane Rexsus arrived. The table was widespread with food and drinks. GNW learned while there thatewok celebration GRAE and Prudii Mandalorian clan plan to merge group with no name changes.

Arbitras Rexsus II sighed “we’ve tried many to make alliances with but it seems Prudii knows what’s what and we’ve decided to merge with them”

Vod Prudii grunts stepping in ” No name change though GRAE has space already in their terms Elite forces in the none force-sensitive side ” he grumbles “BUT I have my services vowed with the one called Elder Vyres here “

grae celebration3_001Before GNW went on our way, we asked GRAE if there was anything they wish to tell our viewers. This is what the Grandmaster of GRAE had to say. Arbitras Rexsus II nods ” It was 15 days this next month twenty-fifth of May these Galatia basic years we destroyed Death star II we accomplished imperials as rebels then we will now ” he’d say as quote ” Ewoks as many republic citizens don’t see know what they’ve been through those years and beyond ..I intend to educate that my fellow furries friends are not always primitive “




Galactic News Watch is very pleased to be announcing the opening of a new branch location in the Upper City of Taris. GNW Expands to TarisOur new office is easily found not far from the Senate Chambers, and news terminals are being placed throughout the city so that all citizens will have at-will access to the news being reported. Our central GNW Headquarters will continue to remain on Yavin IV in addition to this new branch office. Along with this new location for us comes a new reporter, Xavaier Epstein, who is undertaking this post as his first assignment. We are confident that he will do a stellar job, and will help to continue growth for GNW going forward. We are also looking to on-board new reporters for this location, interested applicants may contact Xavaier Epstein.

The fact is: no matter how many offices and locations we have, we cannot bring you the news without great sources and interested citizens giving us the leads and information to report. So, for that, we offer our most sincere thanks. We look forward to partnering with the citizens  and businesses of Taris, and we look forward to being the number one provider for your news.

Shade Regime Takes Prudii Stronghold

We arrived on the scene on Tattooine at the former site of the Prudii Clan stronghold, now the site of fire and fury as the Shade Regime has conquered and taken it for it’s own. A pile of a half-dozen bodies laid strewn upon the floor as I exited the shuttle that was sent for my arrival, and I met with Darth Toruk, the  Supreme Leader of the Shade Regime.arrival_004

For those unfamiliar, The Prudii Clan is a Mandalorian clan lead by Vod Prudii, formerly housed on Tattoine before these attacks. Darth Toruk informed us that he wiped out the Prudii many long years ago in his apprentice years. And stated that their leader survived Carbonite freezing after his family was killed by Darth Toruk. “My Troops are hunting down every supporter of Prudii as we speak and thanks to my Hutt business partner it will be a easy process”, Said Toruk.arrival_008” I presume Vod Prudii and his second lead have scurried back to their Rebel allies on Endor while his scouts stay hidden like cowards… Since they made ties with GRAE it’s made them top of my threat list” he continued on. He went on to indicated that his Hutt partner mentioned was Slurm, Toruk’s reported best friend.

This story then took me to the Forest Moon of Endor, where I was fortunate enough to speak with Vod Prudii himself, and with Elder Yodan, the second lead of GRAE. When asked for a quote, Prudii had this to say: “Blood will be made for blood or a swift justice will be made”. When asked if GRAE would continue to stay aligned with Clan Prudii, Elder Yodan stated, “”We will see this outcome to the bitter end ..GRAE will stand by side our Mandalorian friends this dire times. They have lost many this cold blooded attack against them but gained any family in GRAE since this… The Resistance has their back”.Endor_001

New Ships Bring Security to the Republic

Today marks another great landmark for the Republic as construction was finalized just minutes before our tour of the Thranta Mk 2 Class ship that is currently stationed at Bespin. After nearly three weeks of construction, we finally got the opportunity to not only have a good look around, but also to get some of the details about this creative design from it’s designer, Rhialto Tereshechenko who is also the Baron Administrator of new Tibannopolis Bespin, Shipwright, and member of the Republic. 

Thranta Class Mk 2 on Bespin

Thranta Class Mk 2 on Bespin

First we visited the main Bridge. With consoles ready to fly, this ship features two seats in the cockpit and other auxiliary consoles along the rear wall as well. Thranta Class Mk 2 BridgeNext, we visited the Medical bay. This ship is equipped with a full hospital suite including bacta tanks, surgical beds, and more, so that it can dually serve as a Hospital ship if needed.



The Cargo bay was quite spacious and while it already had some cargo in it, it seemed to be far from reaching its capacity. Cargo Bay_001 “The photos may not describe the functionality of the ship. It is made for extremely prolonged periods of time in transit, not needed to dock at port for 2 standard years if fully stocked. It can serve as a relief ship if need be due to its large cargo carrying capacity and to some extent can be used as a medical ship.”, said Rhialto Tereshechenko. 


Crew quarters and Captain’s quarters are also available and feature beds, an Autochef, shower, and toilet. Also featured was Engineering, where the ship’s drives are maintained and utilized, and the Comm / Conference room. When asked if the ship had yet been named, Rhialto indicated that it had not yet been named, but stated “the model is a Thranta MK 2…more advanced version of the older Thranta class, sharing a bit more in common with the older Hammerhead.”


Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, Pjaysiv Panteer

Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, Pjaysiv Panteer

Pjaysiv Panteer, Supreme Chancellor of the Great Galactic Republic said, “The Ships  means safe boarders for the citizens of the Republic. It also gives hope that the Republic is ready to protect our citizens and our allies. As of late there has been news of attacks by  Sith on Taris and Mandalorian space. We want our allies and our enemies to know that the Republic is ready to defend and end oppression by our adversaries abroad…  now that we have new ships, the Galactic Republic is looking for good  man and woman to Join The Galactic Republic  Interplanetary Military (GRIM)  Flier Division. There will be great opportunity for those who join with  (ILM) credit pay based on mission given to you by this Great Government.” She went on to say that interested parties can contact  “Vice Chancellor ZannahBlue or any members of the Senate which are  Rhialto Tereshchenko of bespin,  Alita Steampunk of Republic of Balmorra and  Fel empire and LME, Mustafaaab Connoisseur of Naboo Space Sector, Pelora Panteer ( LydiaTaraMoon) of New Alderaan and Tiplaria ( AbigailClemencaeu)  of Yavin IV.”


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