As the Taris Civil Authority continues to make impressions among the city of Taris, it seems that some change in leadership has occurred in the Senate. Vice Chancellor, and Chief of TCA, Kamrodius Vance has stepped up from his role as Vice Chancellor to become the new Chancellor. When we asked how he came in to this position, he stated that the previous Chancellor simply stepped down from the role for personal reasons. And thusly, he has been elevated to the role of Chancellor henceforth.
Chancellor Vance, who prefers to be called Kam Vance for short, was born on Coruscant and is fourty four years old. His educational history includes business courses on Coruscant and experience at the well known Helios Industries and Metellos eventually becoming the COO before pushing to make a second headquarters on Taris, where he now lives. When asked if he had any significant others to speak of, Chancellor Vance replied that the Republic is his significant other, and acknowledged “At least that’s how it has to be in order to see it thrive as the beacon of hope for those across the galaxy.”
When asked what he saw as the immediate concerns of the populous on Taris, Chancellor Vance advised, “My focus on Taris is to bring peace and order to the Lower city. Currently it is chaotic with different factions holding small pieces of power. This is causing our citizens to be subjugated to varying crimes. Through mobilizing the TCA and understanding what the criminal elements exist within the Lower city we should be able to arrest those needed and garner peace. This is just the first of the many things I plan on doing for Taris, another of note is providing jobs through a shipyard to be constructed in orbit through contracts with Helios Industries.” … “As for the Republic. Peace throughout the galaxy has always been our top priority. There are many Imperial elements working against us whether in public or in the shadows. We shall however do what we must to combat them and bring more of these fringe systems into the Republic fold.”
We also asked about the former alliance with the First Order, and if there were any plans to reaffirm that relationship, to which the Chancellor had no comment and stated that he had not been briefed on any activities of the First Order. At that point we moved to ask about other alliances that he may wish to strengthen with his new position. The Chancellor stated, “My focus has been on building our relations and armies with our standing allies. For example Ryloth has offered their warriors to bolster the ranks of TCA to assist in gaining control of our Capitol planet. ”
If first impressions are any indicator, Chancellor Vance seems to have a strong head on his shoulders, and ideas about how to make an impact using both of his positions as leverage to affect change. We look forward to seeing how this new change in leadership will impact Taris as a whole, and hopefully better the community.
Galactic News Watch was honored to be invited to the most exclusive and exquisite Casino in the Upper City of Taris for the Royale’s grand opening. Even waiting outside in line to get in seemed elegant with photographers ready to snap photos of guests arriving in front of a branded wall in front of the location, and an elegantly dressed Hostess greeting and instructing guests as they prepare to go through a tight, but brief, security check intended to insure that all weapons are left off premises. Just inside the doors of the casino the halls were lined with Casino Security Droids, but also lavish decor including balloons, confetti, and other various embellishments throughout. Within the main hall of the Casino were gaming tables including Backgammon, Dice, Roulette Wheels, and much more. Atop the staircase within the main hall was a bar area serving fantastic drinks throughout the duration of the event, staffed with a knowledgeable and skilled bartender.
Many big names for the Republic showed up for the event including several senators and the Chancellor, Riyo Vashti, herself. The event as a whole was an amazing night to remember, but it was not without upheaval. At one point during The Empress H’ta arrived and caused a stir for the Hapan guests in attendance. The Hapans went head on for a confrontation with The Empress, citing orders but sounding to this reporter like a vendetta. Jeers from the crowd varied from motivating the conflict to escalate, to calls to take the brawl outside. The confrontation was however fairly quickly diffused upon the very prompt arrival of the Taris Civil Authority who escorted the Hapan guests off premises at the behest of the Hostess. Upon exiting Relina Zahn ordered over comms that by 2200 of the same eve, “…All assets levied to Republic space will be withdrawn”. The evening went on and several friendly compliments regarding Empress H’ta by Senator Koda and talk of possible diplomatic solutions to mutual problems. Since the ending of the event, it has been confirmed that Hapan assets have indeed been removed from republic space.
Despite the dramatic mishap during the event, the Royale should be pleased to consider the overall affair a huge success. All of the guests seemed to be very entertained, interested, and willing to part with credits for a little fun in their elegant environment. We look forward to following this business closely in Taris, and to see the overall impact that it will have on the economy, and variety of entertainment that tourists and denizens alike can enjoy.
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.”
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