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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*Branden sits at his desk in his private quarters when the tone comes through for a holo call. It appeared to be coming from the Republic capitol, Branden knew it had to be from a Republic higher up and answered the call. A holo image of the new Republic Chancellor appears in front of him, and an image of him showed up the same way on her end.

"Chancellor, it is nice to finally meet you. I had been planning on something like this for a long time now. I'm glad you were the one to contact me, save me the hassle." Branden jibed, laughing slightly.

He takes a sip of his drink and awaits her response. He knew that this signaled that the Republic may finally be ready for peace talks.*

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AK151 Author
AK151

Talietha resists the urge to roll her eyes at the jest. The Emperor is smug. Such a trait is dangerous when speaking with the impatient. "Emperor Magister. I am pleased to finally meet you." She notes the motion of what seems to be him taking a drink. Fascinating. His confidence is startling, given his precarious position. "How is your family?" Might as well start with the formalities.

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*Branden smiles and nods, knowing full well that the birth of his kids had spread to all corners of the galaxy.

"Very well! In fact the little ones are already crawling around, almost walking. Thanks for asking though, how are you settling into your new job as chancellor? I was honestly quite surprised to hear that someone with your.. approach to diplomacy was elected. After so many years of hardball policies towards the Empire, it is nice to formally be talking with the Republic on this level." Branden replied, smiling a little while discussing his kids.

He took another sip and set his glass down, he had no idea where this was headed but he knew that he had to do anything he could to secure peace for the Empire and the Galaxy.*

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The chancellor inclines her head. "War is a cycle that persists and yields nothing. Just look at history. Almost fifteen years ago, there was no Republic. There was simply the Empire. The Republic had been eradicated. Yet here it is again. Cast your mind back further. There was no Empire. It had been eradicated. Yet here it is again. Every few decades one side strives to destroy the other and succeeds, but that other simply recedes to the shadows and waits to make a move that will destroy their attacker." She looks up, meeting his eyes. "It is time for that cycle to break."

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*Brandon listens and ponders over what she had said for a brief time, remembering the history of the Galaxy and it's almost non stop warfare..

"What do you propose then, Chancellor? I have asked and sued for peace already, with no success. My predecessor thought destroying the republic was the best thing for the empire and it only succeeding in loosing us territory. War is not the answer any longer, too much of this galaxy has been ravaged by warfare. I am willing to listen to any idea you may have, but my peers may find fault in them." Branden replied leaning back in his chair.*

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lord_of_pain Creator
lord_of_pain

OOC: Huh, that's not how I remember it

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

OOC: in character the emperor ordered the attack, Branden did not beg for it or plead. That was all OOC, when it comes to IC the emperor blundered by ordering a blind attack on the republic, something for which we paid dearly for.

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lord_of_pain Creator
lord_of_pain

OOC: Really now, i felt like it was IC the other way as well, Branden was the one who proposed the idea

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AK151 Author
AK151

OOC: Ima have to back Pain up on this one. I could've sworn Branden put on some pressure for an attack.

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

I believe it was over private message OOC and over steam, could be wrong.

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"The Republic and Empire as they are are incompatible. I am sure you have heard that before. I happen to agree with that sentiment. Our ideologies are far too different for us to stand side by side."

"I am sure you have also heard that my ultimate goal is to use political clout and pressure to dismantle the Empire. This analysis, while hyperbolic, is to a certain extent accurate. I believe that the Empire is fully capable of changing in at least some capacity over time, and it is my wish to see that happen. However, do not be afraid that I will insist on outrageous terms that the Empire in its current state would be unable to meet. Change takes time, after all."

She leans forward. "This will be simple: we will negotiate and discuss here how the Empire will change in minute ways to better itself. For my part, I will advocate strongly against any use of military force against the Empire whatsoever. Should the Empire follow through with what we have determined here, I will propose to the Senate a tentative peace treaty between us."

"It's far from an ideal bargain, but change in the Empire is the only way to convince those in the Republic that peace is worth pursuing." She pauses to let Emperor Magister respond.

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*Branden contemplates and thinks, running his hand through his hair.

"Continue then with your grand plans, and we can discuss." Branden finally replied after much thought.*

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AK151 Author
AK151

"Very well," the Chancellor replies. "Firstly, it is hardly a secret that voices in the Empire who speak out against it fade very quickly. I wish for that to change. Not all at once, but gradually. I want your intelligence bureau to cease its attempts to quell dissenting voices - or at least curb those attempts incrementally. Is this disagreeable?"

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*Branden raises his eyebrows, he had heard no such thing. At least he didnt recall, but then again he deals not with the bureau.

"There is such quelling in the empire, all who wish to speak out against the Empire are free to do so." Branden replied curtly.*

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The chancellor resists the urge to chuckle, as if she were not familiar with the Imperial Charter and the obscene amount of power it provides the Imperial Security Bureau, as well as the thirty-eighth article, which deftly allows the Empire to pre-approve any sort of media release. "Of course, Emperor. Regardless, one of the first steps towards establishing peace is the elimination of the Imperial Bureau of Media; evidence and verification speak for themselves, and the people are capable of determining for themselves what is true and what is false. The Empire need not determine that for them."

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*Branden leans in close towards the projection.

"You know as well as I do that I have no power over any of that, even as Emperor. I know you have sources within as to why I don't.." Branden trailed off.*

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"Then perhaps you should look within your own government and reclaim that power," the Chancellor suggests. "Your position is weak, Emperor. Your Empire runs of its own accord as if you were unaware of its happenings, and it itself is affable to the fact that it is in a precarious position. You have power, yet you refuse to use it. It is time for that to change. Before I consider peace, I must know whether I should be negotiating with the Emperor, or some other shadowy figure."

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*Branden sits back and ponders what the chancellor just said.

"Give me time to reassert my position within the empire, and then we can discuss what is to come." Branden replied.*

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AK151

"Time is a luxury you have very little of, Emperor," the chancellor replies. "If you are truly in such a precarious position, simply waiting will not solve anything. It seems as if you need allies."

"I do not expect the changes I wish for to be carried out in an instant. They take time. I understand this. All I wish for is an assurance that these changes will happen." It's a naive thought, extracting a promise rather than hard results, but the wording of the treaty she has in mind will rectify that and make such promises binding. The Empire will change, and if that change has to be brought upon by a few dirty tricks, then so be it. She is not above such tactics. "If I am assured of such, then we can take the next step."

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Talietha Veril closes her eyes and takes a breath, steeling herself. What she's about to do goes against years of policies set forth by Voren Tarkin. But this is a different era. And it's about time they started treating it as such. She is alone in her office, the holographic systems set up. Only a minute remains until the meeting is to begin - a meeting that may very well shape galactic politics for a long time to come. Strangely enough, she doesn't even feel the pressure.

The holographic system activates, and she knows that her appearance is now being transmitted to a similarly desolate office on Coruscant, where the Emperor will be sitting. Hopefully this was not a petty ruse; the Empire should recognize as well as the Republic the importance of attempting to establish a lasting peace.

She waits patiently for the Emperor to make the next move and activate his side of the projector. It is time to begin.

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