(Padmé's speech to senate...)
Padmé Amidala: Teckla Minnau. Teckla is one of my aides. Like so many of the people that we tell ourselves we're here to serve, Teckla lives in a district that rarely has electricity and running water as a result of the war. Her children can now only bathe every two weeks, and they have no light in which to read or study at night. The Republic has always funded these basic services, but now, there are those who would divert the money to the war, with no thought for what the people need to survive. If not for people like Teckla and her children, who are we fighting for? My people, your people, all of our people. This war is meant to save them from suffering, not increase it. I support our brave soldiers, whether they come from the clone factories, or from any of the thousands of systems loyal to the Republic, but if we continue to impoverish our people, it is not on the battlefield where Dooku will defeat us, but in our own homes. Therefore, it is our duty and our responsibility to preserve the lives of those around us by defeating this bill.
Padmé Amidala: I am certain if you could convince your representatives to extend an olive branch of peace towards the Republic, there might be enough sympathy in the senate to finally open negotiations.
Miina Bonteri: I admire your spirit, Padmé. I can at least put the motion on the floor.
Padmé Amidala: Thank you, Miina. That's all I ask.
Miina Bonteri: To peace, then.
Padmé Amidala: To hope.
Padmé Amidala: You just gave me an idea. You're a Jedi, which gives you special clearance.
Ahsoka Tano: Right.
Padmé Amidala: And Jedi are allowed to travel to neutral worlds like Mandalore, where we could then board a cargo ship to a Separatist system.
Ahsoka Tano: Are you suggesting I use my status as a Jedi, to smuggle you behind enemy lines?
Padmé Amidala: It's just that you could get us through to meet with her, and I haven't seen her or her family, in so long.
Ahsoka Tano: Relax, I'll help you.
Ahsoka Tano: Truthfully, I don't understand any of it. I know the Separatists are evil, but all anyone argued about was banking deregulation, interest rates and, well, almost nothing about why we're fighting in the first place.
Anakin Skywalker: War's complicated, Ahsoka, but let me simplify it. The Separatists believe the Republic is corrupt, but they're wrong, and we have to restore order.
Padmé Amidala: Maybe talking to the Jedi council isn't the role for you, after all. Thanks for your help. Come on, Ahsoka.
Anakin Skywalker: Hey!
Padmé Amidala: You told me to teach her about politics. So I'm going to.
Padmé Amidala: I must say, when I came to visit, hadn't pictured us in such an informal setting.
Duchess Satine: Yes, well, from what master Kenobi tells me, during your tenure as queen, you became quite familiar with such excursions.
Padmé Amidala: One can only survive the rigors of courtly formalities for so long.
Duchess Satine: We are of the same mind.
Padmé Amidala: After all that, we lost.
Chancellor Palpatine: I know this decision was most unexpected. I myself don't support it, but democracy must stand.
Padmé Amidala: Of course. You are right, Chancellor.
Chancellor Palpatine: Hmm. Actually, given recent events, perhaps it is for the best. For how can we justify fortifying our security here in the Senate if we don't also provide reinforcements on the front lines? You see, the victory of the clone army, for now, is the only thing that can lead us to peace.
Padmé Amidala: The creation of more warriors will not end this war. The financial costs alone will bankrupt and cripple the Republic. By adding more clones to the conflict, we are only escalating destruction, not winning the war. Which is why we must vote for this resolution, to promote more diplomacy and to bring an end to this killing and hatred.
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