Confrontation Looms as Peace Talks Break Down
By Kavar Ogranden
Since the destruction of the planet Corellia, and the ascension of former Jedi Grand Master Obi-Wan Kenobi to the chair of Supreme Chancellor, the galaxy has been balancing on a precipice’s edge. Reports of brutality in the Outer Rim, coupled with acts of war by the Corellian Fleet created a firestorm that ended in Mon Mothma’s destruction of one of the Republic’s founding worlds. Chancellor Kenobi has used the last year to consolidate his cabinet, and continue his role as peacekeeper in trying to keep the galaxy from plunging into what some are calling a Second Clone War.
Since taking office, Chancellor Kenobi has attempted to reach out to the new Corellian System Council. Made up of representatives from the surviving Corellian worlds, and the Corellian Exiles now living aboard Centerpoint Station; peace negotiations between the Council and the Republic have been stagnant at best, and deteriorating at worst. Among the points of contention are restitution charges the Council wants the Republic to pay for the destruction of Corellia, an amount that would bankrupt the Republic coffers. The Republic wants a complete disarmament of the Corellian Defense Fleet, and incorporation of those naval assets back into the Republic Fleet.
Another sore-spot in the negotiation is the continued attacks by the “Corellian Rebellion”. Made up of former Republic troopers, many of them from the Corellian system, the Rebel forces have been attacking Republic military targets. Unlike the Corellian Terror Fleet that bombed Bothawui and Alderaan, this fleet is restricting its attacks to military convoys and assets. The biggest threat comes from the fact that Rebel forces have significant resources, thanks to the defection of Captain Gilad Pellaeon and his Star Destroyer, Chimera. With a fully armed Impervious-class Star Destroyer as the centerpiece, the Rebel fleet is able to stage successful raids on military outposts and depots.
Captain Pellaeon is not the only orphaned son of Corellia to join the Rebellion. Commander Soontir Fel of the Republic’s 12th Fighter Squadron defected to the Rebel fleet with most of his flight group. This infused the Rebel forces with a significant amount of experience and skill, two traits that Captain Pellaeon utilizes to their fullest.
The Rebellion even has the support of a group of former Jedi known as the “Revenants”. Total numbers are unknown, but the leader of the Revenants is Corran Horn, a Corellian Jedi Knight who left the Jedi Order after Kenobi took office as Chancellor. The group usually operates alongside Rebellion ground forces, but separate of it, acting as a sort-of special forces unit for the Rebellion. They have been quite effective in their work.
It has been revealed that Horn’s former master, Corellian Jedi Valin Halcyon, was also his father, which is certain to have influenced Horn’s support for the Rebellion against the Republic. It also is likley to have caused Horn to leave the order, since in the Jedi’s eyes he was illegitimately inducted into the Jedi. Jedi are forbidden from familial relationships, and from having children. This scandal diminished the Corellian Jedi Master, and his son, in the eyes of the Jedi. As a note, Master Halcyon was killed on Corellia when it was destroyed.
Smuggling is also making a come-back with the Corellian Rebellion. Reports are that any supplies the Rebels seize that are not useful to their operations are transported to the Corellian System and dispersed among the surviving population of Corellia. Republic Patrol ships have been attempting to put an end to this practice, will little luck.
With the Corellian Rebellion attacking Republic holdings, and the negotiations with the Corellian Council on the brink of failure, Republic forces are mobilizing to prepare for a second Corellian Crisis. Analysts are predicting that unless something changes, soon and dramatically, we will see open warfare in the Corellian system and its neighbors within three to six months. Chancellor Kenobi has been meeting with his cabinet and the Senate Security Council for the past two days, discussing the options the Republic has in this matter. It is expected that the Chancellor will announce an increase in Defense spedning, including a commission of another five million Clone Troopers from the factories on Kamino, in a press confrence later this week.