By now, most of us have seen the gns headline of change of leadership.
Year 14 Day 56:: Cheda Quche, the leader of New Republic was replaced today by Director Wedge Achilles.
Update: A full GNS article by NR has been aired.
A New Era, A New Republic
Following rumours of the death of the New Republic Chief of State, Cheda Quche, a statement from High Ambassador Andrew Harris of the New Republic has been released.
"I wish that we were able to deny the rumours that are spreading regarding the fate of our Chief of State. It is with much sadness, however, that I must confirm that Cheda Quche is missing, presumed dead at the hands of the petty criminal Fleur`De Rouge. The last transmission received from him indicated his intention to take his own life rather than allow himself to be interrogated by the enemies of freedom.
Feelings within the New Republic are summed up in the words of interim CoS Wedge Achilles: "The loss of the Chief of State is a source of sadness to the New Republic. But the real tragedy is always the loss of life, not the loss of an official. Cheda Quche was a living being first and it will be the person that is missed most by people who were close to him. All lives have the same value and they are the most valuable thing in the galaxy. That is why the New Republic is in mourning. But the people will be strong. They will stand united and they will keep their ideals, the same ones for which Cheda Quche died. The Chief of State is just one person - a single public servant. The New Republic will always be bigger than him, even if the Chief of State is sometimes a larger than life figure. Freedom, democracy, equality and security are the defining qualities of the New Republic, not the will and decisions of a leader.
Cheda Quche will be missed, but his memory will live on."
Chief of State Quche had been a fighter pilot in Starfighter Command for a number of years prior to his election as Chief of State. He had always shown a willingness to put his own life on the line in the pursuit of the Republic's ideals, which he held so dear. This situation was no different, with Cheda leading from the front. Whilst doing so, he took a daring risk that resulted in his capture. It was well known that Cheda never doubted his ability to remain active in the field, amongst his friends and citizens. He never opted to remain in the safety of a Home One Cruiser hidden behind a line of guardsmen. No, our Chief of State was a man of courage and that has ultimately led to his capture. Cheda Quche will be remembered as an active, caring leader for the whole New Republic. Whilst a period of mourning has been declared the Republic is holding emergency elections to ensure the continuity of the NR. Director Wedge Achilles has temporarily taken over command, as Cheda's chosen deputy.
It is believed that the Imperial Remnant is already planning to string the body of the Chief of State up in a barbaric show of force. Probably to further terrorise their citizens as to the futility of the "rebel" cause. My message now turns to you, citizens of the Empire. Do not let them deceive you. Our cause is just and your leaders would have you believe we are weak. This is not true. The Republic is not made up of just one man. We are a collective body; a team; a family. And we will win this war.
As sad as this situation may be the New Republic will keep fighting tyranny. Every New Republican knows the danger of being at war for the betterment of galactic freedom. Cheda was not the first to die for the cause and sadly will not be the last. Each and every one of those deaths will be remembered.
Long Live The New Republic."