Chapter 8 | A Galaxy United

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TARKIN REASSIGNED

Vader and I met up with Tarkin on the bridge of a new Venator-class Star Destroyer. We watched construction droids and other slaves workers assemble the massive superstructure of the Death Star. It would be the size of a small moon, and it would be glorious. At that point in time, I wasn't sure if Tarkin and Vader saw eye to eye, or if they liked each other for that matter, but it did not matter to me. They both served me now, and I had foreseen that together, they would ensure peace throughout the galaxy.

I put Tarkin in charge of the Death Star because his ruthless and calculating nature eliminates obstacles with skill and he always achieves his objectives. He understands the true nature and importance of the Death Star and its role in the pacification of the galaxy.

On a side note, Tarkin achieved this role after a series of unfortunate events that were clearly beneath his capacity as a leader. Shortly after the Empire was formed and the scourge of the Jedi eliminated, Tarkin blundered on Antar 4 in the Mid Rim. Tasked with the pacification of remnant Separatist planets, he decided to make an example of Antar 4 so that Separatists throughout the galaxy would stand down and learn from the example of the slaughtered Rebels. Tarkin arrested hundreds, conducted mass executions, and oversaw other public massacres and barbarity that unfortunately caught a negative light in the media's eyes. The Antar Atrocity—as the news media hyped it up—forced me to distance myself from Tarkin publicly for a while. I reassigned him to pacification operations in the Western Reaches of the galaxy, but when that proved troubling and rewarding at the same time, I decided to reassign him to a more critical leadership role: The construction of the Death Star over Geonosis.

With regard to Tarkin's reassignment, certain military and Senate members viewed his move as punitive and believed I exhibited a sign of weakness by simply relocating a threat that was more menacing than I was. Others thought I couldn't control him. They didn't live long enough to share their true feelings with the media. Vader saw to that.

In truth, Tarkin had proven himself a worthy opponent, a brilliant tactician, and his name instilled terror in the hearts and minds of many through the galaxy. With his reputation firmly rooted in fear, it was time for me to embrace his mind and free his brutish yet tastefully artistic side. In this case, the pen is mightier than the lightsaber.

As time marched on, Tarkin's well-spent time on Sentinel Base (the secret Imperial Facility that oversaw and supported the Death Star's construction) allowed him to shape (with me) the Imperial doctrines that embodied the Empire's governing principles and military might. These principles became known as the Tarkin Doctrine.

At a high level, the Tarkin Doctrine is simple: To rule the galaxy through fear of overwhelming force. Tarkin and I agreed that in order to prevent any resurgence of the CIS (or anything resembling the CIS) and its threat to split the galaxy in two, the galaxy needed to understand that any thoughts of rebellion would lead to intense and terrifying Imperial reprisal through the power of the Death Star.

At this point, I must give credit where credit is due. Until this entry, I have written and suggested that the Ultimate Weapon originated on Geonosis. This is true, but only from a certain point of view. The Death Star is the brainchild of master engineers Raith Sienar and Bevel Lemelisk who served the Republic well in its last years. Their advanced designs would become the iconic symbols of Imperial power you now love today.

So, long story short, Sienar shared his plans for an Expeditionary Battle Planetoid with Tarkin. They were friends, you see. Tarkin fell in love with it—and the idea behind it as the ultimate power in the universe (ultimate power for absolute rule)—and ordered Sienar and Lemelisk to pursue its construction. The Geonosians factored in when we needed their intellect to work through issues in the field of hyper matter sciences. The enormous cost and workforce required to build the Death Star needed additional funding beyond that of the Empire's military budget. The balance of funds came from Damask Holdings and taxpayers like you, who helped secure what was originally marketed as the Imperial Planetary Ore Extractor so as to protect its identity and construction location from remnant Separatists and other insurgents.

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