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A recent poll was floated to Republican voters that showed a majority would be in favor of postponing the 2020 Presidential Election. I don't think this will happen, but I also thought Hillary Clinton was going to win in 2016, so let's assume the worst and play out the darkest timeline...
Let's assume the 2018 midterms are a repeat of 2016, and the Democrats can't get their shit together to win an outright majority in the House and/or Senate. Republicans are holding on by the skin of their teeth and know they're going to get creamed in 2020, and Trump pulls a Frank Underwood claiming some random terrorist attack, or situation in Korea or Iran so close to election day means the elections aren't safe and have to be postponed. The House of Representatives agrees, and Democrats and moderates scream bloody murder.
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Several states ignore the President's orders (presumably to the FEC) and hold the election anyway, as the actual voting is carried out state-by-state. Trump los
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Utapau. Obi-Wan's battle with General Grievous has brought the two combatants onto the landing platform where Grievous's starfighter rests. Grievous picks up the Jedi and bodily hurls him toward the edge of the cliff. Kenobi makes a desperate grab for the cliff's edge, calling on the Force for assistance, but he has just a little too much momentum. His hand missing the edge by mere millimeters, Obi-Wan falls off the platform and into the water at the bottom of the sinkhole far below. Grievous boards his fighter and soars off toward space. With Boga's aid, Obi-Wan extracts himself from the sinkhole and notifies Cody, hoping that the fleet above Utapau can intercept Grievous before he enters hyperspace. Unfortunately, the cyborg general blows past the hastily formed blockade and makes his escape.

 

Because Kenobi has been delayed by his fall, back on Coruscant Mace Windu is still waiting in the Jedi comm center for word from Utapau about Grievous when Anakin bursts in to inform Windu of Palpatine's true identity. Mace tells Anakin to remain in the Temple and promptly takes Kit Fisto, Saesee Tiin, and Agen Kolar with him to arrest the Chancellor. Having failed in his mission, Obi-Wan attempts to contact Windu to inform him of Grievous's escape. Instead, he finds a distraught Anakin in the comm center and tries to console him and find out what's wrong. Naturally, Obi-Wan is shocked beyond words to hear that Palpatine is likely the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. But Anakin's distress indicates that something more is troubling him, so Obi-Wan probes Anakin for more.

 

Anakin's pride and desire to keep secret his forbidden love had previously prevented him from telling his former Master of his relationship with Padmé. (Obi-Wan is not dense, of course, and knows, or at least suspects, their involvement with one another.) However, Anakin, in his fragile state, finally reveals to Obi-Wan his relationship with Padmé, his fear for her death during childbirth as in his vision, and his belief that Palpatine's Sith knowledge may be her only savior. Obi-Wan tells Anakin that the Sith are nothing but treachery and lies, and that Palpatine is manipulating Anakin, most likely using his fear of Padmé's death to lure him to the dark side. This plants a seed of doubt in Anakin, who, however reluctantly, begins to recognize the possibility of Obi-Wan's claim. Still unsure whether to trust his friend Palpatine or Obi-Wan and the Jedi, Anakin tears off after Windu to either help or stop him, leaving Obi-Wan contemplating how to take the fact that Palpatine in the Sith Lord.

 

Anakin arrives at the Chancellor's Office to find three Jedi Masters down and Mace alone clashing swords with Palpatine. When Mace appears to have Palpatine on the ropes, with his saber at the Sith Lord's throat, Anakin realizes there is a choice he must make. Obi-Wan's words echo in his head, and, as he ignites his lightsaber, Anakin asks Palpatine silently: "You can't really help her, can you?" The Sith Lord, suddenly realizing Anakin has chosen the Jedi (something he least expected), issues forth a tremendous burst of Force lightning, knocking Mace and Anakin back into the office. Both Jedi partially block the attack with their swords, and then combine their powers, using the Force to shove Palpatine away. The Chancellor sails through the open window and plummets into the darkness below.

 

Anakin is too dazed and stunned to do much of anything at this point. Mace calls for medical aid for the fallen Jedi Masters and informs security of Palpatine's fall. Mace and Anakin are willingly taken into custody as the search begins for Palpatine's body in the streets beneath the building. With Republic security unsure of whom to trust, Vice Chair Mas Amedda is also taken into custody until things can be sorted out. This leaves him unable to issue Order 66, if indeed Amedda even knew of the Chancellor's identity as a Sith and his plan to decimate the Jedi Order. The Jedi cooperate fully with authorities and make no move to seize the apparatus of government. A long and thorough sweep of the surrounding area turns up not a trace of the Chancellor, leaving all in doubt as to his whereabouts.

 

The fallout from the battle in the Chancellor's Office has only just begun....

 

~~~~~​

 

With the disappearance of Palpatine (who many believe could not have survived the fall) and with his cronies in the high levels of government under great suspicion, the Senate provisionally takes over the helm of the Republic until a new Chancellor can be elected. Naturally, Palpatine's large contingent of loyal Senators deny any wrongdoing by the Chancellor and claim the Jedi assassinated him in an attempted coup. Without Palpatine to guide their hands behind the scenes, these Senators lack leadership and fail to present a fully united front. The Senators who opposed Palpatine's authoritarianism, led by Mon Mothma and Bail Organa, defend the Jedi as having done what was necessary to protect the Republic from the vile and treacherous Sith Lord at its head.

 

The "Jedi Trials," as the media portrays them, drag on over two standard years. The odds initially seem stacked against the Jedi, but several holo-recordings from outside 500 Republica verify that a battle took place and provide compelling evidence for the claim that Chancellor Palpatine and Sith Lord Darth Sidious were one and the same. Prior to the trials, in the public sphere, the righteousness of the Jedi had been cast into doubt, with some even suspecting the Jedi were responsible for perpetuating the war. The truth would become clearer as the trials proceeded, with damning testimony coming forth from key government officials (such as Sly Moore) supporting the Jedi's position.

 

The Jedi Trials ended with the vindication of the Jedi and the stunned acceptance (at least by the majority of beings) that the once-beloved Palpatine was in fact playing both the Republic and the CIS against one another in a war for his own gain. This revelation, as well as the discovery of the implications of contingency order 66, helps spur massive reform in the Republic government, cleaning up much of the corruption and leading to the election of Bail Organa as the new Chancellor. Mas Amedda and Sly Moore, among several other officials and advisers closest to Palpatine, are executed for treason not long after the Jedi Trials end.

 

In the meantime, shortly after Palpatine's disappearance, Anakin, still fearing the realization of his vision of Padmé dying in childbirth, gathers the best Force healers and conventional medical aid available on Coruscant as she goes into labor. With Anakin by her side, she successfully gives birth to their twins, Luke and Leia. Since Padmé didn't die, Anakin recognizes that not all his visions necessarily come true. As his fragile psyche begins to recover, his trust in the Jedi and their loyalty to the Republic and the forces of good is largely restored. However, the fact that a Sith Lord could serve as Chancellor for so long, right under the Jedi's collective nose, leaves Anakin cynical and tells him that the strict doctrine under which the Jedi live needs to be changed.

 

Along with some more progressive Jedi, Anakin starts a peaceful movement within the Order to rethink and revise Jedi doctrine. He recognizes the far-thinking tendencies of influential Jedi such as Yoda were a big part what permitted Sidious's rise. If the Jedi had placed their focus more in the moment and fully sensed their surroundings, perhaps Sidious could have been rooted out before he did so much damage. Anakin researches the philosophy of Obi-Wan's master Qui-Gon Jinn, an unconventional Jedi who thought along the same lines as Anakin is thinking now. He even manages to make contact with Qui-Gon's Force presence. Anakin also researches the Sith to better know the enemy and to ascertain if any of their techniques could be modified and incorporated into a better-balanced Jedi code.

 

Anakin becomes convinced that the dark side of the Force represents a reflection of the darkness in a Force user's heart. Negative emotions like anger, hate, fear, and jealousy are natural for all living beings to have (including Force users) and so are not inherently evil. Feelings cannot harm anyone else; only actions can. Sith fundamentally differ from Jedi not in their use of different sides of the Force but rather in their intent when using the Force. A Jedi's intent is benevolent, while a Sith's is malicious. Therefore, any Force user with good intent could theoretically harness the dark side without being corrupted by the power. For instance, if a Jedi were to use Force lightning, an almost exclusively Sith technique, in order to save innocent lives, the Jedi has not "fallen to the dark side."

 

The reform platform supported by Anakin also asserts that positive emotions relating to familial and romantic love are only natural and do not indicate weakness in a Jedi, so they should not be discouraged. Furthermore, independent thought is not to be frowned upon, as it is the fodder for new ideas. The traditional Jedi code, which runs contrary to these beliefs, has mostly served the Jedi well over the past millennia. Conservative Old Guard Jedi like Yoda and Obi-Wan are embarrassed by the Sidious debacle, but are not eager to alter the ways in which the Jedi have operated for thousands of years. But to Anakin, the failure to detect the Chancellor's Sith identity is the most compelling evidence supporting his belief that the doctrine needs to change so that the Jedi are better able to maintain their roles as peacekeepers of the galaxy.

 

Yoda and Anakin are frequently at odds over how the Jedi should be taught, while Obi-Wan is caught in the middle and serves effectively in his role as "The Negotiator." Besides his research into Sith knowledge, Anakin's support for allowing Jedi to develop emotional relationships with others is a particular area of contention between Yoda and Skywalker. However, the Council has not seen fit to drum the Chosen One out of the Order for his now well-known marriage to Padmé. In fact, he is given a permanent seat in the High Council so that his viewpoints, which are garnering more and more support among younger Jedi, can at least be formally discussed. With his Jedi-appointed seat in the Council comes his long-awaited promotion to Jedi Master. This permits him greater access to the Jedi archives, which aids in his formulation of a new Jedi doctrine.

 

The Jedi High Council three years after the disappearance of Palpatine consists of Yoda, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Plo Koon, Shaak Ti, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Stass Allie, Kit Fisto, Aayla Secura, Luminara Unduli, and Bultar Swan. Masters Secura and Unduli replace Saesee Tiin and Agen Kolar, both of whom died of injuries inflicted by Palpatine. Thanks to the timely intervention of the medics who Mace summoned, Kit Fisto recovers from his wounds and rejoins the Council. Bultar Swan (promoted from Knight to Master) replaces Coleman Kcaj, who was killed in battle not long after Palpatine's disappearance. The Council members run the gamut from conservative to radical on the issue of Jedi doctrine reform.

 

Ahsoka Tano, Anakin's Padawan since the early days of the war, is well on her way toward becoming a full-fledged Jedi Knight. She left the Order and went into exile after she was falsely accused of bombing the Jedi Temple (which she was soon acquitted of after it was revealed she was innocent), but decided to return after learning of Palpatine’s treachery. She had returned to Coruscant not long after Palpatine vanished, and had felt bad about not being there to help. Though Anakin is not disappointed in her for this, as she really did nothing wrong, Ahsoka is determined not to let Anakin down again. As her personality is already quite similar to her master's, she becomes an outspoken proponent (perhaps too outspoken, at least for her own good) of Anakin's reform movement.

 

~~~~~​

 

Despite being partially overshadowed by the events on Coruscant, the war between the Republic and the CIS continues at full tilt. General Grievous, commanding the ever-growing droid armies in the Outer Rim, refuses repeated calls by the Republic to surrender and presses Coreward mercilessly. Compounding the problem is that a significant minority of clones are disillusioned by the news that the Chancellor was playing them from the start, resulting in some instances of outright refusals to fight. Additionally, the Jedi are having difficulty maintaining leadership in the GAR, as they are distracted by the trials on Coruscant and undergoing doctrinal reform all the while. The chaos amongst the Republic war machine gives Separatist forces an advantage, allowing them to make substantial territorial gains. The CIS is not without its own difficulties. The loss of Dooku leaves the CIS without a strong political leader, leading to endless disputes between the quick-tempered Grievous and incompetent Separatist Council members, most notably Nute Gunray.

 

Unbeknownst to the galaxy, Palpatine/Sidious survives the fall from his office, cushioning his landing with the aid of the Force. Realizing the jig is up, that he's lost his hold on Anakin, and that he can no longer claim to be the legitimate head of the government, Sidious flees Coruscant to plot again. Operating from a top-secret base on Mustafar, Sidious contacts his former apprentice Darth Maul. He was supposedly killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi, but managed to survive. Though he was the one who casted Maul aside in the first place, Sidious knows that he is his best hope as an apprentice for the time being. Maul, while holding on to hatred of Sidious for killing his brother Savage Oppress, decides that he is his only path to power, and clandestinely meets with him to resume his training as a Sith. Sidious manages to train him to use his negative emotions effectively, honing his dark side skills and eventually shaping him into a powerful Sith Lord once more.

 

During the early part of his renewed service to Palpatine, Maul is sent on a mission to rendezvous with a lone defector from the Republic, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin. Sidious had previously contacted the governor with the offer of a high place in the CIS power structure. Tarkin is disgusted with the reforms taking place in the Republic government and with the exoneration of the Jedi, whom he despises for their power and their righteousness. He also has known Sidious (as Palpatine) for years, and remains loyal to the former Chancellor over the Republic.

 

Maul appears before Grievous with Tarkin in tow and a message from Sidious, whom Grievous had assumed dead, confirming that he and Tarkin are his new direct superiors (under Sidious, of course). Sidious's unspoken desire is that together, Tarkin and Maul can compensate for the loss of Dooku. Tarkin's political savvy will be backed up by Maul's powerful command of the Force. Thus, Tarkin represents Dooku's bark, while Maul represents Dooku's bite. Tarkin will serve as the nominal Head of State of the CIS and act as liaison between the Separatist Council and its other superiors. Maul's role is more physical than political, serving in the field as Sidious's private assassin and enforcer. Grievous remains in command of the droid armies, but can be overridden by Maul as necessary. Maul's connection with the CIS is kept secret from the public for the time being.

 

Grievous calls a meeting of the Separatist Council members (Gunray, Poggle, Wat Tambor, San Hill, Shu Mai, and Passel Argente) who haven't abandoned the CIS or been killed out of hand by an enraged and impatient droid general. Grievous presents Maul and Tarkin to the Council, explaining their new roles. Having gone a month without word from Sidious, the Council is skeptical of Grievous's claims until Sidious contacts the Council directly by holo-transmission. Sidious informs them that his now useless alter ego Palpatine is dead and ever so gently convinces them he is fully behind the CIS cause. Cowed into submission, the Council accepts Maul and Tarkin as their superiors.

 

Tarkin will soon become famous (or infamous) as the new face of the Separatist movement, his own defection serving as an example for those who despise the authority of the Republic. His charisma and ruthlessness will serve the CIS well, aiding in the secession of more and more systems from the Republic. Sidious also places Tarkin in command of the construction of the Death Star. Republic intelligence is still unaware of the existence of the space station, and Sidious plans to put his pet project to good use once it is completed.

 

Understandably bitter at having lost his hard-earned position as Chancellor, Sidious has no reason to hold the CIS back now, as he had when playing both sides. His new goal is the wholesale destruction of the Republic, so that he may yet rule the galaxy. Sidious remains concealed from the public, preserving the perception many have that he is dead; only Maul, Tarkin, Grievous, and the Separatist Council know of his continued existence. Sidious's in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of the Republic and his network of spies remaining on Coruscant allow the Separatists to exploit numerous weaknesses in the Republic government and military and gain a considerable edge in the war. This proves to be a confounding factor which the Republic leadership attributes to Tarkin instead of Sidious.

 

After approximately three years of training, Sidious believes that Maul has improved significantly in his mastery of the dark side of the Force. He thinks he has as good a chance as ever of taking out a powerful Jedi such as Anakin in combat. Thus, Sidious accepts him back into the ranks of the Sith. As he felt with Dooku, Sidious is still not satisfied with Maul as his apprentice, and still yearns for a more powerful Sith apprentice to be his heir.

 

To that end, he has the Sith Lord lead a special force of commando droids on Naboo, where Anakin, Padmé, and their children are on a brief vacation. After silently dispatching the clones guarding them, Maul manages to abscond with the 3-year-old Luke and Leia. An incensed Anakin, along with a squadron of elite clone troopers, is hot on his trail.


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Utapau. Obi-Wan's battle with General Grievous has brought the two combatants onto the landing platform where Grievous's starfighter rests. Grievous picks up the Jedi and bodily hurls him toward the edge of the cliff. Kenobi makes a desperate grab for the cliff's edge, calling on the Force for assistance, but he has just a little too much momentum. His hand missing the edge by mere millimeters, Obi-Wan falls off the platform and into the water at the bottom of the sinkhole far below. Grievous boards his fighter and soars off toward space. With Boga's aid, Obi-Wan extracts himself from the sinkhole and notifies Cody, hoping that the fleet above Utapau can intercept Grievous before he enters hyperspace. Unfortunately, the cyborg general blows past the hastily formed blockade and makes his escape.

 

Because Kenobi has been delayed by his fall, back on Coruscant Mace Windu is still waiting in the Jedi comm center for word from Utapau about Grievous when Anakin bursts in to inform Windu of Palpatine's true identity. Mace tells Anakin to remain in the Temple and promptly takes Kit Fisto, Saesee Tiin, and Agen Kolar with him to arrest the Chancellor. Having failed in his mission, Obi-Wan attempts to contact Windu to inform him of Grievous's escape. Instead, he finds a distraught Anakin in the comm center and tries to console him and find out what's wrong. Naturally, Obi-Wan is shocked beyond words to hear that Palpatine is likely the Sith Lord Darth Sidious. But Anakin's distress indicates that something more is troubling him, so Obi-Wan probes Anakin for more.

 

Anakin's pride and desire to keep secret his forbidden love had previously prevented him from telling his former Master of his relationship with Padmé. (Obi-Wan is not dense, of course, and knows, or at least suspects, their involvement with one another.) However, Anakin, in his fragile state, finally reveals to Obi-Wan his relationship with Padmé, his fear for her death during childbirth as in his vision, and his belief that Palpatine's Sith knowledge may be her only savior. Obi-Wan tells Anakin that the Sith are nothing but treachery and lies, and that Palpatine is manipulating Anakin, most likely using his fear of Padmé's death to lure him to the dark side. This plants a seed of doubt in Anakin, who, however reluctantly, begins to recognize the possibility of Obi-Wan's claim. Still unsure whether to trust his friend Palpatine or Obi-Wan and the Jedi, Anakin tears off after Windu to either help or stop him, leaving Obi-Wan contemplating how to take the fact that Palpatine in the Sith Lord.

 

Anakin arrives at the Chancellor's Office to find three Jedi Masters down and Mace alone clashing swords with Palpatine. When Mace appears to have Palpatine on the ropes, with his saber at the Sith Lord's throat, Anakin realizes there is a choice he must make. Obi-Wan's words echo in his head, and, as he ignites his lightsaber, Anakin asks Palpatine silently: "You can't really help her, can you?" The Sith Lord, suddenly realizing Anakin has chosen the Jedi (something he least expected), issues forth a tremendous burst of Force lightning, knocking Mace and Anakin back into the office. Both Jedi partially block the attack with their swords, and then combine their powers, using the Force to shove Palpatine away. The Chancellor sails through the open window and plummets into the darkness below.

 

Anakin is too dazed and stunned to do much of anything at this point. Mace calls for medical aid for the fallen Jedi Masters and informs security of Palpatine's fall. Mace and Anakin are willingly taken into custody as the search begins for Palpatine's body in the streets beneath the building. With Republic security unsure of whom to trust, Vice Chair Mas Amedda is also taken into custody until things can be sorted out. This leaves him unable to issue Order 66, if indeed Amedda even knew of the Chancellor's identity as a Sith and his plan to decimate the Jedi Order. The Jedi cooperate fully with authorities and make no move to seize the apparatus of government. A long and thorough sweep of the surrounding area turns up not a trace of the Chancellor, leaving all in doubt as to his whereabouts.

 

The fallout from the battle in the Chancellor's Office has only just begun....

 

~~~~~​

 

With the disappearance of Palpatine (who many believe could not have survived the fall) and with his cronies in the high levels of government under great suspicion, the Senate provisionally takes over the helm of the Republic until a new Chancellor can be elected. Naturally, Palpatine's large contingent of loyal Senators deny any wrongdoing by the Chancellor and claim the Jedi assassinated him in an attempted coup. Without Palpatine to guide their hands behind the scenes, these Senators lack leadership and fail to present a fully united front. The Senators who opposed Palpatine's authoritarianism, led by Mon Mothma and Bail Organa, defend the Jedi as having done what was necessary to protect the Republic from the vile and treacherous Sith Lord at its head.

 

The "Jedi Trials," as the media portrays them, drag on over two standard years. The odds initially seem stacked against the Jedi, but several holo-recordings from outside 500 Republica verify that a battle took place and provide compelling evidence for the claim that Chancellor Palpatine and Sith Lord Darth Sidious were one and the same. Prior to the trials, in the public sphere, the righteousness of the Jedi had been cast into doubt, with some even suspecting the Jedi were responsible for perpetuating the war. The truth would become clearer as the trials proceeded, with damning testimony coming forth from key government officials (such as Sly Moore) supporting the Jedi's position.

 

The Jedi Trials ended with the vindication of the Jedi and the stunned acceptance (at least by the majority of beings) that the once-beloved Palpatine was in fact playing both the Republic and the CIS against one another in a war for his own gain. This revelation, as well as the discovery of the implications of contingency order 66, helps spur massive reform in the Republic government, cleaning up much of the corruption and leading to the election of Bail Organa as the new Chancellor. Mas Amedda and Sly Moore, among several other officials and advisers closest to Palpatine, are executed for treason not long after the Jedi Trials end.

 

In the meantime, shortly after Palpatine's disappearance, Anakin, still fearing the realization of his vision of Padmé dying in childbirth, gathers the best Force healers and conventional medical aid available on Coruscant as she goes into labor. With Anakin by her side, she successfully gives birth to their twins, Luke and Leia. Since Padmé didn't die, Anakin recognizes that not all his visions necessarily come true. As his fragile psyche begins to recover, his trust in the Jedi and their loyalty to the Republic and the forces of good is largely restored. However, the fact that a Sith Lord could serve as Chancellor for so long, right under the Jedi's collective nose, leaves Anakin cynical and tells him that the strict doctrine under which the Jedi live needs to be changed.

 

Along with some more progressive Jedi, Anakin starts a peaceful movement within the Order to rethink and revise Jedi doctrine. He recognizes the far-thinking tendencies of influential Jedi such as Yoda were a big part what permitted Sidious's rise. If the Jedi had placed their focus more in the moment and fully sensed their surroundings, perhaps Sidious could have been rooted out before he did so much damage. Anakin researches the philosophy of Obi-Wan's master Qui-Gon Jinn, an unconventional Jedi who thought along the same lines as Anakin is thinking now. He even manages to make contact with Qui-Gon's Force presence. Anakin also researches the Sith to better know the enemy and to ascertain if any of their techniques could be modified and incorporated into a better-balanced Jedi code.

 

Anakin becomes convinced that the dark side of the Force represents a reflection of the darkness in a Force user's heart. Negative emotions like anger, hate, fear, and jealousy are natural for all living beings to have (including Force users) and so are not inherently evil. Feelings cannot harm anyone else; only actions can. Sith fundamentally differ from Jedi not in their use of different sides of the Force but rather in their intent when using the Force. A Jedi's intent is benevolent, while a Sith's is malicious. Therefore, any Force user with good intent could theoretically harness the dark side without being corrupted by the power. For instance, if a Jedi were to use Force lightning, an almost exclusively Sith technique, in order to save innocent lives, the Jedi has not "fallen to the dark side."

 

The reform platform supported by Anakin also asserts that positive emotions relating to familial and romantic love are only natural and do not indicate weakness in a Jedi, so they should not be discouraged. Furthermore, independent thought is not to be frowned upon, as it is the fodder for new ideas. The traditional Jedi code, which runs contrary to these beliefs, has mostly served the Jedi well over the past millennia. Conservative Old Guard Jedi like Yoda and Obi-Wan are embarrassed by the Sidious debacle, but are not eager to alter the ways in which the Jedi have operated for thousands of years. But to Anakin, the failure to detect the Chancellor's Sith identity is the most compelling evidence supporting his belief that the doctrine needs to change so that the Jedi are better able to maintain their roles as peacekeepers of the galaxy.

 

Yoda and Anakin are frequently at odds over how the Jedi should be taught, while Obi-Wan is caught in the middle and serves effectively in his role as "The Negotiator." Besides his research into Sith knowledge, Anakin's support for allowing Jedi to develop emotional relationships with others is a particular area of contention between Yoda and Skywalker. However, the Council has not seen fit to drum the Chosen One out of the Order for his now well-known marriage to Padmé. In fact, he is given a permanent seat in the High Council so that his viewpoints, which are garnering more and more support among younger Jedi, can at least be formally discussed. With his Jedi-appointed seat in the Council comes his long-awaited promotion to Jedi Master. This permits him greater access to the Jedi archives, which aids in his formulation of a new Jedi doctrine.

 

The Jedi High Council three years after the disappearance of Palpatine consists of Yoda, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan, Anakin, Plo Koon, Shaak Ti, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Stass Allie, Kit Fisto, Aayla Secura, Luminara Unduli, and Bultar Swan. Masters Secura and Unduli replace Saesee Tiin and Agen Kolar, both of whom died of injuries inflicted by Palpatine. Thanks to the timely intervention of the medics who Mace summoned, Kit Fisto recovers from his wounds and rejoins the Council. Bultar Swan (promoted from Knight to Master) replaces Coleman Kcaj, who was killed in battle not long after Palpatine's disappearance. The Council members run the gamut from conservative to radical on the issue of Jedi doctrine reform.

 

Ahsoka Tano, Anakin's Padawan since the early days of the war, is well on her way toward becoming a full-fledged Jedi Knight. She left the Order and went into exile after she was falsely accused of bombing the Jedi Temple (which she was soon acquitted of after it was revealed she was innocent), but decided to return after learning of Palpatine’s treachery. She had returned to Coruscant not long after Palpatine vanished, and had felt bad about not being there to help. Though Anakin is not disappointed in her for this, as she really did nothing wrong, Ahsoka is determined not to let Anakin down again. As her personality is already quite similar to her master's, she becomes an outspoken proponent (perhaps too outspoken, at least for her own good) of Anakin's reform movement.

 

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Despite being partially overshadowed by the events on Coruscant, the war between the Republic and the CIS continues at full tilt. General Grievous, commanding the ever-growing droid armies in the Outer Rim, refuses repeated calls by the Republic to surrender and presses Coreward mercilessly. Compounding the problem is that a significant minority of clones are disillusioned by the news that the Chancellor was playing them from the start, resulting in some instances of outright refusals to fight. Additionally, the Jedi are having difficulty maintaining leadership in the GAR, as they are distracted by the trials on Coruscant and undergoing doctrinal reform all the while. The chaos amongst the Republic war machine gives Separatist forces an advantage, allowing them to make substantial territorial gains. The CIS is not without its own difficulties. The loss of Dooku leaves the CIS without a strong political leader, leading to endless disputes between the quick-tempered Grievous and incompetent Separatist Council members, most notably Nute Gunray.

 

Unbeknownst to the galaxy, Palpatine/Sidious survives the fall from his office, cushioning his landing with the aid of the Force. Realizing the jig is up, that he's lost his hold on Anakin, and that he can no longer claim to be the legitimate head of the government, Sidious flees Coruscant to plot again. Operating from a top-secret base on Mustafar, Sidious contacts his former apprentice Darth Maul. He was supposedly killed by Obi-Wan Kenobi, but managed to survive. Though he was the one who casted Maul aside in the first place, Sidious knows that he is his best hope as an apprentice for the time being. Maul, while holding on to hatred of Sidious for killing his brother Savage Oppress, decides that he is his only path to power, and clandestinely meets with him to resume his training as a Sith. Sidious manages to train him to use his negative emotions effectively, honing his dark side skills and eventually shaping him into a powerful Sith Lord once more.

 

During the early part of his renewed service to Palpatine, Maul is sent on a mission to rendezvous with a lone defector from the Republic, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin. Sidious had previously contacted the governor with the offer of a high place in the CIS power structure. Tarkin is disgusted with the reforms taking place in the Republic government and with the exoneration of the Jedi, whom he despises for their power and their righteousness. He also has known Sidious (as Palpatine) for years, and remains loyal to the former Chancellor over the Republic.

 

Maul appears before Grievous with Tarkin in tow and a message from Sidious, whom Grievous had assumed dead, confirming that he and Tarkin are his new direct superiors (under Sidious, of course). Sidious's unspoken desire is that together, Tarkin and Maul can compensate for the loss of Dooku. Tarkin's political savvy will be backed up by Maul's powerful command of the Force. Thus, Tarkin represents Dooku's bark, while Maul represents Dooku's bite. Tarkin will serve as the nominal Head of State of the CIS and act as liaison between the Separatist Council and its other superiors. Maul's role is more physical than political, serving in the field as Sidious's private assassin and enforcer. Grievous remains in command of the droid armies, but can be overridden by Maul as necessary. Maul's connection with the CIS is kept secret from the public for the time being.

 

Grievous calls a meeting of the Separatist Council members (Gunray, Poggle, Wat Tambor, San Hill, Shu Mai, and Passel Argente) who haven't abandoned the CIS or been killed out of hand by an enraged and impatient droid general. Grievous presents Maul and Tarkin to the Council, explaining their new roles. Having gone a month without word from Sidious, the Council is skeptical of Grievous's claims until Sidious contacts the Council directly by holo-transmission. Sidious informs them that his now useless alter ego Palpatine is dead and ever so gently convinces them he is fully behind the CIS cause. Cowed into submission, the Council accepts Maul and Tarkin as their superiors.

 

Tarkin will soon become famous (or infamous) as the new face of the Separatist movement, his own defection serving as an example for those who despise the authority of the Republic. His charisma and ruthlessness will serve the CIS well, aiding in the secession of more and more systems from the Republic. Sidious also places Tarkin in command of the construction of the Death Star. Republic intelligence is still unaware of the existence of the space station, and Sidious plans to put his pet project to good use once it is completed.

 

Understandably bitter at having lost his hard-earned position as Chancellor, Sidious has no reason to hold the CIS back now, as he had when playing both sides. His new goal is the wholesale destruction of the Republic, so that he may yet rule the galaxy. Sidious remains concealed from the public, preserving the perception many have that he is dead; only Maul, Tarkin, Grievous, and the Separatist Council know of his continued existence. Sidious's in-depth knowledge of the inner workings of the Republic and his network of spies remaining on Coruscant allow the Separatists to exploit numerous weaknesses in the Republic government and military and gain a considerable edge in the war. This proves to be a confounding factor which the Republic leadership attributes to Tarkin instead of Sidious.

 

After approximately three years of training, Sidious believes that Maul has improved significantly in his mastery of the dark side of the Force. He thinks he has as good a chance as ever of taking out a powerful Jedi such as Anakin in combat. Thus, Sidious accepts him back into the ranks of the Sith. As he felt with Dooku, Sidious is still not satisfied with Maul as his apprentice, and still yearns for a more powerful Sith apprentice to be his heir.

 

To that end, he has the Sith Lord lead a special force of commando droids on Naboo, where Anakin, Padmé, and their children are on a brief vacation. After silently dispatching the clones guarding them, Maul manages to abscond with the 3-year-old Luke and Leia. An incensed Anakin, along with a squadron of elite clone troopers, is hot on his trail.


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Thank you for the wave of favs. :D
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I think you should see this: geopoliticalfutures.com/letter…

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Freedim Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2017
In my mind honestly, I see this as basically being confirmation that everything depicted in the Second Renaissance is going to happen, or the main elements of it will anyway. I think it's been long established that we're an empire, but now we're starting to embrace that, while being a benevolent empire that will learn from the mistakes of previous empires. You should share it with Sean, and he'll probably say the same thing or something like that. 
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