Okay, so I'm kinda lame. Between overtime at work and papers at school, I've gotten a grand total of one chapter finished at this time. However, I wanted to at least post something cause my contribution to date has been lacking. I'll try to get through the other chapters faster...I didn't realize how long this would take.
Feel free to give critiques thus far. It may be too much info I'm pulling out, I'm not sure. The actual quote line isn't how it's written in the book, I'm just trying to give a brief description of the following quotes to help people when scanning the material.
CHAPTER 1 - BIRTH OF THE REBELLION
Page 8 wrote:
To replace the mighty Death Star, infuriatingly lost due to the stupidity of its commanders at Yavin, the Emperor has ordered the assemblage of an unprecedentedly huge fleet, built around the newly-commissioned Super-class Star Destroyer Executor.
A brief historical perspective.
Page 8-Historical Alliance Figures wrote:
Even now it is unclear who is the true creator of the Rebel Alliance as it exists today. Clearly Mon Mothma played a major role, allying many disjointed resistance groups into larger, more organized units. The former leader of the planet Alderaan, Bail Organa, played a pivotal role as well.
Page 9-Ghorman Massacre and Tarkin wrote:
Ghorman is a small planet located in Sern Sector, just outside the Core Worlds. The citizens of Ghorman were staging a peaceful demonstration against new taxes; they staged a sit-in at the spaceport, blocking all of the port’s landing pads. A Republic warship, arriving at the planet to collect the taxes, landed in spite of the citizens, killing dozens and wounding hundreds more. The commander in charge of the warship, one Captain Tarkin, was not prosecuted for the murders; in fact, he was promoted.
Page 10-Alliance formation wrote:
The Corellian Treaty, written by her [Mon Mothma] and signed by the leaders of the three groups, signaled the true beginning of the Alliance.
Page 10-Alliance structure wrote:
The individual Resistance groups would maintain their existing structures and have limited autonomy in the areas in which they were based; strategic command of the Alliance was strictly in Mothma’s hands. She, with the help of the Alliance Advisory Council, had complete control over supply, recruitment and training, internally communication, intelligence, and all space operations.
Page 11-Imperial firepower wrote:
It was likely that the Emperor would use every means at his disposal to destroy the Rebels. Even before the Death Star, he has more than enough firepower to wipe out whole planets.
Page 11-voting and Alliance leadership wrote:
The Corellian Treaty contains one important clause – every two years, representatives from all of the Allies must meet to vote for a leader. The leader is chosen by a simple majority, and all pledge to support him or her to their utmost abilities.
Page 12-Alliance funding wrote:
Resources, mostly anonymous untraceable “donations” from wealthy families and corporations, were quietly and efficiently gathered. Ships were purchases through dummy corporations, or “stolen” from friendly governments. Recruitment and training organizations were placed on populated planets. Safe worlds were set up. Within a few short years, the Alliance was recognizably the same organization it is today.
Page 12 wrote:
The Declaration of Rebellion was written by Mothma herself and addressed directly the Emperor. Millions of holo-copies of the document were made and distributed by the Alliance’s growing intelligence network.
Page 14-Death Star destruction fallout wrote:
The destruction of the Death Star brought about a great deal of confusion and upheaval within the ranks of the Imperial armed forces. The highest ranking officers were summarily demoted (or worse), and a major shake-up of command hierarchy followed.
Page 14-Core World beliefs wrt the Alliance wrote:
Within the Empire’s Core systems, where Imperial presence is strong and the Imperial Propaganda Bureau is functioning a full power, there is still much skepticism concerning the Rebellion. The Alliance’s success at the Battle of Yavin is attributed to Imperial incompetence rather than Rebel strength.
Page 15-Mon Calamari wrote:
The Empire is fully aware of the help which the Alliance receives from the planet Calamari, but the Calamarians maintain a formidable defensive fleet in the system. The Empire has yet to be able to spare the ships from other, more important, duties to break through the Cals’ defenses and reduce the annoying planet to rubble.
Page 15-Alliance structure wrote:
There are two main organizations within the Alliance structure – the civil government and the military (which is underneath the Minister of War in the civil government). The civil government handles supply, transport, taxation, diplomatic relations, and so forth. Military is the largest portion of the Alliance government and controls the Alliance fleet and ground forces. Both are governed by Mon Mothma, though she tends to concentrate upon civil, leaving control of the military to those better suited to the work.
Page 17-Chief of State wrote:
The position of Chief of State was created to be an elected dictatorship. Mon Mothma, so far the first and only Chief of State, has virtually unlimited powers over the Civil Government. During her two-year term of office, her decisions can be overturned only if two-thirds of the Advisory Council vote her down, in which case she is ousted from office as well. In addition, every two years elections are held for Chief of State. Each Allied government has a single vote and the election is decided by a simple majority.
According to the Corellian Treaty, the position of Chief of State “will be abolished when the Emperor is deposed, killed, or resigns his position of power.” The Advisory Council will immediately assume Executive Power, and a Constitutional Convention will convene to decide the form of government of the Second Galactic Republic.
As Chief of State, she is responsible for planning overall military strategy, mobilizing the industrial might of the Allies into war industries, and keeping the Alliance fleet and armies supplied.
The Chief of State is also responsible for the Alliance’s relationships with non-Allied governments. She [Mon Mothma] is the final arbiter of disputes between Allied governments, as well.
Finally, the Chief of State is responsible for the well-being of every being in the galaxy whose life has been affected by the Rebellion.
The Corellian Treaty orders the Chief of State to “direct all resources not required in the war effort to alleviate the suffering of those whose lives have been disrupted by the Rebellion.”
Page 17&18-The Advisory Council wrote:
The Advisory Council is comprised of representatives of the seven Allied governments “who have given the most lives to the battle against the Emperor”. Obviously, this is not a position that the Allied governments strive for, but the system ensures that those Allies who have suffered the most have a say in the running of the Alliance.
The Council’s legal authority is limited to simple approval or disapproval of the actions of the Chief of State. They have the right to dismiss the Chief of State and call for new elections if two-thirds (five of the seven members) disapprove of her conduct.
In addition to their legal power, the Advisory Council wields a good deal of moral clout, as well. Mothma listens carefully to their advice, and is not likely to take any actions of which most of them disapprove.
The Cabinetmembers are chosen for their intelligence, drive, and ability to get things done. Mothma makes the policy decisions for the Alliance, and the Cabinetmembers are responsible for carrying out her decisions.
Page 18-Secretary of the Cabinet wrote:
The Secretary of the Cabinet is responsible for organizing and running the Cabinet’s meetings. The Secretary chairs the meetings when Mothma is unavailable; the Secretary also trains and provides security-cleared staff members for the various ministries.
Page 18-Minister of Finance wrote:
This ministry is in charge of the Alliance’s income and expenditures. The Finance Ministry is responsible for raising the money necessary to pay for the war.
To cover expenses, the Minister is empowered to levy taxes on Allied governments.
In addition, the Ministry issues “Alliance War Bonds”. These are low-yield, long term bonds redeemable five to 25 years after the war.
The Minister of Finance is also responsible for printing the Alliance’s money. The Alliance Credit (AC) is supposedly worth the same as the Imperial Credit. However, the actual rate on the open (black, that is) market is 25 Alliance Credits to one Imperial…
Page 18-Minister of Education wrote:
This Ministry has two primary functions: it is the Intelligence branch of the Civil Government and it is in charge of propaganda as well. (During the present crisis, education is left to the control of the Alliance governments.)
Civil Intelligence concentrates primarily on passive Intelligence-gathering: monitoring Imperial civil broadcasts, news-holos, and so forth.
Civil Intelligence also monitors the Civil Government for Imperial infiltration.
The Propaganda Bureau is charged with presenting the galaxy with a true picture of the Alliance. For the most part, they seek to counter Imperial propaganda, which portrays the Alliance as an organization of lunatics, brigands and anarchists.
Page 19-Minister of State wrote:
The Ministry of State and the subordinate Diplomatic Corps handles relations with non-Allied governments.
In the event of the Chief of State’s death or impeachment, the Minister of State takes charge of the government until a new Chief of State is elected.
Page 19-Minister of Industry wrote:
This Ministry controls the Alliance’s industrial production. The Alliance has almost no large factories under its direct control – one or two on safe worlds and a couple on planets which have openly declared for the Alliance (such as Mon Calamari).
Most other equipment such as small arms, clothing, medpacs, and so forth is manufactured in small cottage industries hidden on Rebel-sympathetic planets, purchased on the black market, or stolen from the Empire.
Page 19-Minister of Supply wrote:
This Minister is in charge of begging, borrowing, or stealing the food, clothing, and other supplies necessary to keep the Alliance Fleet and Armies in the field.
The Alliance has an abundance of food. The safe worlds and Outer Rim Territories produce a tremendous surplus of crops. However, the Alliance has a terrible time getting the foodstuffs to the places they are needed.
Transport of goods is handled by the Alliance Military’s Support Services.
Page 19-Minister of War wrote:
The Minister of War is responsible for directing the Alliance’s military forces, turning Mon Mothma’s general directives into concrete military strategy.
Page 19-Allied Commands wrote:
The Allied Commands are the governments of the individual Allies and the Sector Commands of those areas of space in which there are no Allies. Each, though answerable to Alliance High Command on most important issues, has limited autonomy within their own operational area.