CORUSCANT -- Presiding over a memorial service commemorating
the victims of the attack on the Death Star, the Emperor declared
that while recent victories over the Rebel Alliance were "encouraging;
the War on Terror is not over yet."
"We will continue to fight these terrorists, and the rogue
governments who harbor them, until the galaxy is safe, once
and for all, and the security of the New Order ensured."
It was three years ago today that the Death Star, perhaps the greatest
symbol of the Empire's might, was destroyed in an attack by fanatic
Rebels, who used small, single-person crafts to infiltrate seemingly
impenetrable defenses. Thousands of mourners were on hand to remember
and pay tribute to the victims and their families.
"We lost our innocence that day," reflected one mourner.
"I guess we thought we were immune from the kind of violence
that happens in other galaxies. We were wrong."
"I lost hundreds of buddies that day," said one teary-eyed
stormtrooper, who declined to give his TK-ID number. "Guys whose only crime was trying make the
galaxy a safer place."
Although the day was colored by sadness, the mourners found some
relief in the news of a decisive victory over the Rebels. In an
attack led by Darth Vader and General Maximilian Veers, Imperial forces were able to rout thousands
of Rebels from a network of caves underneath the surface of the
ice planet Hoth.
"We're not sure we got them all," said
a Lord Vader spokesman. "There are a lot of places to hide in
those caves. But we've delivered a powerful blow to the terrorist's
infrastructure, that's for sure. Today, the Empire has struck
Initial reports are unclear as to the fate of Luke Skywalker,
a hero among the Rebels, who is rumored to have delivered the
fatal blow to the Death Star. Skywalker, a former desert-dweller
from the planet Tattooine, became a part of the Rebellion after
family members were killed by a band of Tuskan Raiders disguised as
Skywalker was trained by a militant
wing of the Rebels, known as "Jedi Knights." Fanatical
in their religious beliefs, the Jedi Knights claim to derive their
power from the mystical "Force."
It's believed that Skywalker was specifically trained by infamous
terrorist Obi-Wan Kanobi. Kanobi, occasionally called "Ben"
and easily recognized by his bearded visage and long, flowing
robes, achieved near-martyr status among the Rebels after his
death last year during a spy mission. His more fervent followers
believe that Kanobi lives on within them today, some even claiming
to hear his voice during times of duress.
The attack on the Death Star came shortly after the Empire's
destruction of Alderaan, a planet whose government was known
to harbor terrorists.
Responding to criticism over the total annihilation
of the planet, Lord Vader stated, "There is no middle ground
in the War on Terror. Those who harbor terrorists are terrorists
themselves. Alderaan was issued ample warning in the past. The fight for continuing
freedom is often burdened by a terrible cost."
The cost of this war can still be seen today in the continuing
efforts to build a coalition government on Tattooine. Longstanding
animosities among the planets various ethnic groups, including
the Jawas, Tusken Raiders and scattered human settlers, have been
an impediment to the peace process. The Empire continues to maintain
a small peace-keeping force until a provisional government is
finally in place.
Much of the difficulty in fighting the Rebel forces stems from
their lack of a central organizing structure.
play by the traditional rules of war," complained one Imperial miltary spokesman.
"They come in all shapes and sizes, united only by their
single-minded desire to destroy the Empire before it destroys
The Emperor closed his comments today by stating that "the
cowardly attack on the Death Star left a deep scar on the Empire.
However, we will not stop fighting until every last evildoer has
been brought to justice." His Excellency paused for several moments,
wiping away a tear and then added with determination, "We
will never forget."
"I wish we could all just get along," said the widow of one of the
officers who perished aboard the battlestation. "But it's hard to offer an olive branch to a cult
of religious fanatics whose main tool is violence and who insist
on calling us the Dark Side.'
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