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Author: John Jackson Miller
Medium: Short story
Publication Date: September 2008 on StarWars.com (republished on Unbound Worlds)
Timeline Placement: 3,963 BBY
This short is formatted as a series of propaganda transmissions in the vein of those broadcast by Tokyo Rose during World War II, sent by unseen spokesmen for the Republic called “Captain Goodvalor” and “Commander True.” Goodvalor attempts to demoralize the Mandalorian troops with descriptions of the Republic’s massive warships and the inhospitable worlds the Mandalorians are set to invade. The story also contains broadcasts made by Mandalorian warrior Koblus Sornell as she reassures her uneasy troops and fails to wrap her head around Goodvalor’s offer of peace in exchange for tribute in the form of planetary taxation, illustrating the impenetrable cultural divide between the Mandalorians and the Republic.
This is a cool premise for a story but it’s too brief and self-contained to do much justice to the idea of psychological propaganda broadcasting in Star Wars. The point of the story, that there is no way for the war to end peacefully because the Mandalorians and the Republic are too different ever to come to terms, is an important one, but anyone familiar with any stories featuring the Mandalorians already knows how they’re going to respond to Goodvalor’s peace offer.
Pretty much non-essential in every way. 1/5 Death Stars.