Star Wars: A Wayward Eye
Galactic Federation of Free Alliances
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The Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, also known as the Federal Galactic Republic, but most commonly the Galactic Alliance, was the galactic government directly following the New Republic. Incorporating most of the known galaxy, the Galactic Alliance was the first government to achieve this since the Galactic Empire. Between 40 and 41 ABY, the term New Order had applied to the Alliance for a short period of time. The rest of the time it was the Old Order. Following the restoration of the Galactic Empire as the Fel Empire, the Alliance and Empire coexisted in relative peace, but after the beginning of the Sith–Imperial War in 127 ABY, the Alliance lost the fight against the Empire and exiled itself as the Galactic Alliance Remnant.
Founding, 28 ABY
Following the New Republic’s decisive victory at the Battle of Ebaq 9, Chief of State Cal Omas realized that a new government was needed if the galaxy was to survive the horrors of the Yuuzhan Vong War. During the invasion, political infighting and weak leadership led the New Republic to a great number of defeats. Omas realized that the cumbersome organization of the New Republic could not withstand the pressures of the galactic war. As a result, Omas instituted a massive reorganization and streamlining of the government. Named the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, or Galactic Alliance for short, it began the long task of bringing the galaxy back together. Another name thought of by Omas for the reorganization of the New Republic was the Federal Galactic Republic.
Making the Alliance galactic
The new government would not be composed of just the old members of the New Republic. Bringing their former adversary, the Imperial Remnant, as well as the Hapes Consortium into the new government, the Alliance achieved what previous governments had long hoped for—a unified government of the known galaxy. This was further achieved with the cooperation of the Chiss Ascendancy, an insular civilization from the Unknown Regions on the edge of the galaxy.
Galactic reconstruction 30 ABY–35 ABY
Following the defeat of the Yuuzhan Vong, a capital closer to the center of the galaxy was needed. With Coruscant devastated and “Vong-formed” beyond recognition, the government of the Galactic Alliance planned to relocate to Denon, a world in the Inner Rim that had escaped bombardment and occupation by the Yuuzhan Vong. The Alliance began massive reconstruction efforts on Coruscant, in the form of the Reconstruction Authority. The new government devoted itself to rebuilding and repairing the galaxy, left in disorder following the war. By 30 ABY, the Galactic Alliance had relocated its government to Coruscant, though some viewed this as a public relations move, as there was still much work to be done, however the Alliance had officially taken authority of the galaxy. While the problems with repairing Coruscant were great, there were some bright spots, like the construction of the new Jedi Temple and the new Senate and Executive Buildings five years later. Other major construction projects included the massive Defense Force Command Compound, giving the Alliance’s military a new command center to coordinate their forces across the galaxy.
The Galactic Alliance faced its first major crisis following the Yuuzhan Vong War, in 35 ABY, when the Killiks were rediscovered. Following the discovery of a Dark Nest of Killiks led by Dark Jedi Lomi Plo, war broke out between the Chiss Ascendancy and the Killik hives. Relations between the Killiks and the Alliance quickly soured, as their addictive black membrosia began to ruin the lives of various insect members of the government. This was further exacerbated by the death of Supreme Commander Sien Sovv, who was killed when a spacecraft piloted by a Vratix drunk on the membrosia collided with the admiral’s private transport, killing him and his entire staff. War broke out when Dark Nest hives staged a coup on the Alliance world of Thyferra and tried a similar attack on the Verpine. Fortunately, the efforts of the New Jedi Order and the Galactic Alliance Defense Force ended the conflict before it turned into a full-scale galactic war.
Second Galactic Civil War
In the years following the end of the Swarm War, the Alliance became increasingly controlling of local governments, demanding member states pay taxes to help with reconstruction and pool their military resources for the fleet. Some more independent worlds, especially those with strong industries and patriotic streaks saw themselves as above the legal requirements, began viewing the government as a resurrected Galactic Empire. By 40 ABY, relationships between the Alliance and several local governments had deteriorated to the point that the Alliance decided to show a preemptive display of military might at Corellia. When the Corellians launched a counterstrike at the show of force, full scale galactic war once again loomed. As both sides struggled to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis, mysterious acts of treachery and sabotage threatened to derail peace efforts. To combat the mounting terrorism on Coruscant, Chief of State Omas was forced to institute the Galactic Alliance Guard as a secret police force under Colonel Jacen Solo. This resulted in the resignation of Supreme Commander Gilad Pellaeon, as well as growing discontent over the increasingly draconian system of government, with the most common chant at political protests being ‘The Empire is back’. During a confrontation over Hapes, the spiral towards galactic war was temporarily halted.
However, the Sith Lady Lumiya’s manipulations of President Fyor Rodan of Commenor and the Bothans led to the formation of the Confederation when the Alliance Blockade of Corellia was defeated by the combined fleet. Omas declared a state of war on Corellia, Bothawui, and Commenor. The Alliance faced a growing crisis as Adumar, Fondor, Bespin, and the remnants of the Hapan Heritage Council separated from the Galactic Alliance to join the rebels. The Hutts and the Imperial Remnant were also encouraged to join, but did not do so. Many other lesser worlds continued to voice their support and the Confederation, already possessing many of the leading shipyards in the galaxy, raised ship production to epic levels and led attacks on Alliance shipyards such as those at Gyndine and Sluis Van with its very own Confederation Fleet. At a confrontation in the Gilatter VIII system, former Imperial Turr Phennir was named Supreme Commander of the Confederation military. As more worlds flocked to the banner of the Confederation, freeing themselves of what they saw as Alliance tyranny, old conflicts broke out. Soon, militarily, the two forces were at similar strengths, and a dangerous GA reliance on Hapes had arisen. When Jacen Solo and Supreme Commander Cha Niathal moved against Omas and deposed him, many saw the action as illegal.
The Confederation pushed towards the Core, and at a major battle over Kuat the Jedi Order withdrew its support from the Galactic Alliance following the assassination of the deposed Cal Omas, believed to have been ordered by Solo and carried out by one of their own. However although the pressure on the Core was relieved when Confederation forces arrived over Kashyyyk to save the Wookiee homeworld from Alliance oppression, the resulting battle saw the Hapes Consortium, comprising over twenty percent of the Alliance military, withdraw its support under the direction of Queen Mother Tenel Ka Djo. Joint Chief of State Solo had earned himself too many enemies for much of the Alliance to view his rule as legal any longer.
The Alliance then fought numerous battles against the Confederation and the Jedi, including the Firing of Centerpoint Station when Centerpoint Station’s main weapon destroyed the Second Fleet) and the Battle of Centerpoint Station. At the Battle of Centerpoint, the ancient space station was destroyed by its own beam misfiring into itself, devastating both the Confederation and Alliance fleets present.
During the Second Battle of Fondor, Admiral Niathal attempted to relieve Jacen Solo from his position of Co-Chief of State after refusing to accept the Fondorian’s surrender. Solo, refusing to recognize Niathal’s authority, fought against Admiral Daala’s Maw Irregular Fleet, resulting in two-thirds of the GA Fleet remaining loyal to Solo and Coruscant and the other third joining Niathal and setting up a Alliance-in-exile on Fondor. After the battle, Jacen revealed that he was responsible for the death of Mara Jade Skywalker and that he was the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Caedus. The galaxy was once again under the rule of the Sith.
Caedus allied the GA with the Moff Council, and attacked the Verpine, hoping to gain control of the valuable munitions facility. During the battle, he dueled his sister, Jaina, and lost his arm, resulting with his blood being splattered on her face, allowing him to make a blood trail and find the Jedi base, Shedu Maad. The GA then attacked the planet without success, leading to the death of Caedus, the capture of his apprentice, Tahiri Veila, and the end of the war. The Jedi, along with Jagged Fel, were able to have the Moff Council join them, and brought the Confederation to the bargaining table. They reformed the GA, and named former Imperial Natasi Daala Chief of State. Daala was able to create an order of stability, and Solo’s dream of peace in the galaxy was realized.
Conflict with the Jedi Order
Two years after the end of the war, the three major galactic powers, the GA, the Confederation and the Imperial Remnant; gathered on Coruscant for a summit that was meant to start a political galactic unification. The three Heads of State, former Imperials Natasi Daala, Turr Phennir and Jagged Fel, were all supportive of the summit and met to discuss it.
However, since the end of the war and Jacen Solo’s fall to the dark side, the Jedi were seen by many in the galaxy as troublemakers who were merely trying to gain more power. Daala, who was a staunch anti-Jedi, started a policy to take over control of the Jedi Order. To this end, she arrested and had Luke Skywalker tried for dereliction of duty. Luke was exiled from the Order and the GA and left Coruscant with his son Ben.
Daala forced Kenth Hamner, the acting Grand Master of the Jedi Order, to assign observers to each Jedi so as to keep an eye on them. However, Nawara Ven, the attorney representing the Order’s interests had the law revoked in the courts.
At this time, due to the actions of the underground movement named Freedom Flight, public opinion started to turn against slavery in the galaxy with revolts erupting on worlds such as Klatooine and Blaudu Sextus. Daala chose to repress these movements and hired a company of Mandalorian Supercommandos to brutally crush the revolt on Blaudu Sextus. Upon witnessing the massacre, the Jedi decided to move against Daala and stand by the slaves in their bid for freedom. They overthrew Grand Master Hamner whose policies were too aligned with Daala’s and launched a fleet of ships to support the slaves.
At the same time, the Head of State of the Imperial Remnant, Jagged Fel, decided that he didn’t want to align his government with Daala’s after she asked him to assign troops to her to help crush the revolts around the galaxy. He withdrew from the unification talks and left Coruscant.
Some time later, the Jedi organized a plot to overthrow Daala at the same time as Senator Haydnat Treen and General Merratt Jaxton launched their own coup. Daala was succesfully removed from power and arrested. So as to keep control of the Alliance, a Triumvirate was formed composed of Saba Sebatyne, acting Grand Master of the Jedi Order, Treen and Jaxton. Decisions were made by having a two-thirds majority in the Triumvirate.
Under the Triumvirate, Luke Skywalker’s exile was ended. On his return to Coruscant, the Triumvirate was disbanded, and the entire Jedi Order departed the capital. In their absence, the Lost Tribe of the Sith manipulated the Senate into electing the dark-side entity Abeloth to the post of Chief of State, though the Senate believed she was Senator Rokari Kem of Qaras.