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Senior Leadership Change
Office of the Viceroy

TFNN - Taanab, Zeemacht Cluster

In an unprecedented moment in Trade Federation history, Trade Federation Viceroy Jacob Jansen announced today the appointment of Duceroy Olwin Froon as Regent, succeeding the retired Bub`ba Lou. Speaking of Regent Froon, "There is no other man who deserves this appointment more. His work and leadership of the Federation is invaluable," said the Viceroy, flanked by his entire Cabinet in a live address to the entire Federation.

After Regent Froon thanked the Viceroy and stepped down off the dais, Viceroy Jansen announced that Nohv Schiller will replace Regent Froon as Duceroy of the Trade Federation, allowing the newly appointed Regent to assist the Viceroy with overall strategy and direction of the colossal government of trade. The newly appointed Duceroy Schiller will focus on the day to day management of the government. These positions differ from one another in both daily duties and as they fit into the line of succession. Although the Regent is second to the Viceroy in prestige and is the first successor should the Viceroy resign or fall, the Regent is not the official second-in-command. The Duceroy is the second-in-command while the Regent is in more of a supporting role to the Viceroy. Still, the position holds enormous authority and respect within the Federation, as the sentient holding the title is likely to be the next Viceroy.

As he shook hands with the Viceroy, Duceroy Schiller took the podium announcing yet another shift in command, this time relating to the Ministry of the Interior. "My appointment to Duceroy naturally leaves the position of Minister of the Interior open. The Cabinet was quick to appoint my successor. I am honored to promote Director Metyl Onyx to the position of Minister of the Interior."

Minister Onyx previously served as Director of Industry and Advisor to the Cabinet. His appointment is no shock as he has been the leading contender for a ministerial promotion for some time now, given the long list of distinguished accomplishments in both the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Production. Lord Onyx was previously pulled from his role as Director of Manufacturing by the Viceroy himself after seeing his command potential.

The Duceroy finished his conference with the promotions of Marcus Justinian and Marco Salo. Marcus Justinian, who serves as Director of Logistics, will support Lord Onyx as Deputy Minister of the Interior. Marco Salo was promoted from his current position as the Deputy Director of Logistics to Director of Logistics. Both are well deserved promotions to men who command the trust and loyalty of the Logistics Corps, the largest department of the Trade Federation.

Viceroy Jansen finished the ceremony by pinning updated rank insignia on the newly promoted sentients to the raucous applause of the assembled crowd.
· Jacob Jansen on March 17 2013 10:44:33 · Print
Retirement of Regent Bub`ba Lou
Office of the Viceroy

TFNN - Taanab, Zeemacht Cluster

In a short, low-key announcement today, Trade Federation Viceroy Jacob Jansen has announced the retirement of longtime Regent Bub`ba Lou. "It is a sad day for me to announce the retirement of my good friend of many years. Our paths intertwined back at the creation of the Confederate Mining Corporation where Buba'Lou was quickly appointed to CEO. I was quick to pick up on his command potential and in no time, he was leading the Federation at my side. I can easily credit the current structure we dominate with today to his design. His retirement is well deserved, yet I await the day he returns."

Lou was named Regent on Day 187 of Year 11, less than a week after he stepped down from the position of Duceroy due to increasing family obligations and two months after previous Regent Centauri Tyridius stepped down for similar reasons. Bub`ba Lou's first leadership position was as second-in-command of Confederate Mining Corporation during Marco Salo's tenure as CEO. Lou was promoted to CEO and later Minister of the Interior before being nominated to the position of Duceroy, a capacity in which he served with distinction for years.

Lou was unavailable for comment regarding the end of his official service to the Trade Federation. In a short conference Duceroy Olwin Froon commented. "He has fulfilled his duty to the Viceroy and the Trade Federation, that's for sure. He looked tired, worn out... old. Hell, even the joints of his armor were squeaking."

An informal, anonymous poll of Trade Federation government officials revealed an overwhelming amount of support for the outgoing Regent, reflected in this comment from a member of the Ministry of the Interior: "After all he's done for the Trade Federation, the guy has more than earned a peaceful retirement."
· Jacob Jansen on March 02 2013 11:49:20 · Print
Federation Ledger Volume 4 Issue 1
Trade Federation
· Marcus Justinian on January 30 2013 18:19:44 · Print
Viceroy Aims To Strengthen Trading Community
Trade Federation

TFNN - Taanab, Zeemacht Cluster

In a short broadcast earlier today from the Trade Federation Capitol Building in the city of Forsetti, Federation Viceroy Jacob Jansen announced a new endeavor to strengthen ties among the galaxy's fragmented trading groups, known as the Trade Federation Citizen Program. The Viceroy described the Federation's new plan in the following statement:

"The Trade Federation strives to be an open government standing for free trade and the basic freedom to operate a business and prosper in an increasingly complex galactic economy. Through our new program, we will recognize honorable traders of the galaxy by offering the support of the powerful economic engine of the Trade Federation. In doing so, the Federation Cabinet has elected to grant citizen status to galactic residents who fit the higher standards set to traders by the Trade Federation."

A press release from the Office of the Viceroy issued after Viceroy Jansen's address fleshed out further details of the Program. The Program will contain three distinct levels: an entry level for people just getting to know the Trade Federation, full citizenship, and a separate honorary citizenship for unparalleled contributors to the greatness of the Trade Federation. The entry level grants greater access to Trade Federation civilian communications networks and offers a 5% discount on products publicly sold by Trade Federation businesses. The full citizenship level, granted to those with "a long and trustworthy relationship with the Trade Federation, includes the full government employee discount on public sale goods as well as access to the internal Intergalactic Relay Chat room frequented by many Federation government members in their off-duty hours. The highest level is reserved for honored citizens who are pillars of Trade Federation society. Honorary citizenships are only granted by the Trade Federation Cabinet. All other citizenship applications are handled by the five-member Citizenship Approval Board, which is responsible for running the program.

This new program boasts the potential to bring more people, relationships, business networking opportunities, and revenue to the Trade Federation and its citizens. Citizenship Approval Board member and Director of Resources, Pat Rulla, said that "the Approval Board has had several requests mentioning that it's a good thing that a galactic trader can have a TF citizenship, related to our neutrality and the ability to trade with all parties in the galaxy." Even after only being officially neutral for a short time, Citizenship in the Trade Federation has begun to take on a certain prestige that is attractive to previously unaffiliated entities.

Another government official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, was quoted as saying: "We are all very excited for the potential that the Citizenship Program will have. We have already received a flurry of applications from various well-known galactic entrepreneurs, such as Dac Kain, and former Trade Federation government officials who wish to maintain close ties with us without rejoining the government itself, including former Viceroys Horley Cyan and Bren Morgarr. Our policy is to welcome anyone who believes in honorable, profitable free enterprise, as befits our neutral political stance. The popularity of the Citizenship Program so far is impressive and has everyone involved very excited for the future."

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Citizenship Program or who would like to fill out an application form should visit the Trade Federation Holosite.
· Jacob Jansen on January 20 2013 14:38:47 · Print
Happy Holidays!
Trade FederationHappy Holidays from the Trade Federation!
· Jacob Jansen on December 26 2012 20:36:32
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Honor, Integrity and Profit
Trade Federation

TFNN - Taanab, Zeemacht Cluster

The Trade Federation logo is visible for a short time on the holoprojector screen, then slowly fades. Captions appear, revealing the source of the transmission as the Media Room in the Capitol Building in the city of Forsetti, the seat of power for the Trade Federation.

A consecutive series of indiscernible, randomly-blinking red dots eventually becomes apparent as the uniquely distinct function lights of Super Battle Droids on perimeter guard in the brightly lit room. As the holocamera focuses on the dais, the Trade Federation Cabinet is seated in front of a large window looking out upon the capital city.

All murmurs and utterances from the invited press gallery subside in anticipation as Trade Federation Viceroy Jacob Jansen steps forward, datapad of notes in hand, and activates a microphone. After a small pause, he begins.

"I thank you all for your attendance this morning. I would like to make a brief announcement regarding a decision that my Cabinet and I have reached regarding the political direction that the Trade Federation will be taking henceforth. Obviously this decision will have some fairly...significant ramifications in political arenas directly involved with the Trade Federation Government and consequently extends beyond those boundaries due to the nature of such a decision. Therefore I felt it was appropriate to invite all the associated press to cover what could only be described as a turning point in the history of the Federation.

First off, I would like to say that by no means has this decision been taken lightly, this issue has been the subject of a considerable amount of quite lengthy debate for some time now within the Cabinet.

We, the Trade Federation, through the legislative power granted to the Cabinet through the Articles of Federacy, have chosen to follow a Neutral political stance to further enhance the ability of the Federation to uphold our fundamental ideology of Honor, Integrity and Profit; and subsequently, endeavor to enhance the ability of the Federation to distance itself from galactic conflict through increased multilateral economic and diplomatic relations.

The Trade Federation has undoubtedly enjoyed membership within the Imperial Union. It has been a positive and economically prosperous experience since our induction into the Union late in Year 9 and we will hold many fond memories of the friendship that was extended towards us, and the security granted as a major participant within the Union. We hope that the Trade Federation had a reciprocal effect towards our former Union allies and thank them for the experience. This Imperial Union era was historic in itself and will always remain a significant time for the Trade Federation as we look forward to continued mutual respect towards our galactic neighbors.

Briefly I would like to reinforce the main reason behind this landmark decision. While there has been some turbulence within the Imperial Union, it also acted as the evidential catalyst that allowed us to redeem our heritage and address our future aspirations. In essence it comes down to our basic fundamentals and perhaps the best explanation can be given by simply quoting an extract of the original Trade Federation Articles of Confederation, which existed well before my reign as Viceroy and the amended Articles of Federacy.

'We, the traders of the galaxy come together to form a Federation that protects the rights of traders and provide a safe haven for the honest traders and peoples of the galaxy. We form this Federation with a great spirit of tenacity in order to become a sovereign government within this galaxy. Furthermore we reserve the right to be a free standing government without any external influence, free of persecution and coercion and remain a neutral force in any war, offering all participants, equal opportunities to take advantage of Trade Federation services.'

For those that may wish to dissect any parts of that statement as contradictory for the purpose of sensationalism, I would like to point out that we in fact have always reserved the right to neutrality, it was never revoked nor forfeited, merely not enacted by our own free will. At this juncture we now feel that the best economic and political growth for the Trade Federation will be through a once-again neutral stance and seek to establish enhanced diplomatic and trade relations with all governments and factions across the galaxy, expanding beyond the focus that self-imposed Imperialism entailed.

Any relevant inquiries regarding this decision or interest in our invitation may be pursued through the usual diplomatic channels. Thank you for this opportunity to clarify the situation to those interested parties."

Viceroy Jansen smiles as he approaches his Cabinet, shaking hands as they are extended from each now standing Ministers, then turns around to face the assembly as the image fades.
· Jacob Jansen on October 09 2012 21:44:47 · Print
Order of the Viceroy Awarded!
Office of the Viceroy

Today I am honored and privileged to bestow the rarest of medals. So rare, only one other has received this reward since its creation.

The Order of the Viceroy is awarded to any person who has distinguished himself or herself by extraordinary achievement. The performance must be evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty. The extraordinary achievement must have resulted in an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the individual apart from his or her comrades or from other persons in similar circumstances. The Order of the Viceroy Confers Lordship, However only Members of the Trade Federation are eligible for this award. Only the Trade Federation Viceroy can award this honor.

Our Director of Industry, Metyl Onyx has done so much for the Trade Federation a list would be far too long to post. But some of his more notable accomplishments would be management of our territory development. Metyl has been the primary architect for pretty much every planet side construction for the last few years as well as our current raw material footwork. He has and continues to manages the search for new territory which has already had success. I am speaking of the addition of New Apsolon to our empire. He spends many hours assisting with whatever needs to be done. Some of his work is very time consuming and I won't lie. Some of it is pretty boring. Yet he gets it done without complaint nor delay. He participates in many departments and sections of the Empire. Always doing his best. There is nothing else I could ask .

The list is endless and his contribution to the Federation is essential and irreplaceable.

For this, I Viceroy of the Trade Federation award Director Metyl Onyx The Order of the Viceroy. From this moment forward, you shall be addressed as Lord Metyl Onyx!

Congratulations Lord Onyx!
· Jacob Jansen on September 24 2012 21:10:28 · Print
New Deputy Director of Naval Production
Ministry of Production

Greetings Fellow Traders,

It is with great honor that I got the privilege to announce today the new Deputy Director Of Naval Production. The appointment is a natural progression, he has been the very effective and hard working second officer of KDY for the past many months, Ted has proved himself highly capable and worthy of this position in High Command.

May I present to you Deputy Director Ted Winner.

I am sure Ted will continue and even improve his outstanding work for Kuat Drive Yards as one of the largest Shipyards in the Galaxy.

*Garon shakes Ted`s hand -- as the flashes from the retinal imaging chips light the room, recording the event for posterity
· Jacob Jansen on September 23 2012 08:56:24
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New Protectorate: Katana Fleet
Trade Federation

On Day 259 of the Year 13, after numerous diplomatic missions and a long-standing partnership, a Protectorate Act was signed between the Katana Fleet's leader and owner Draith Shadux and the Trade Federation Cabinet. This act is a military as well as an economical partnership, and is only granted to a select few factions, who have proven themselves as allies of the Federation.

Draith Shadux, Hierarch of the Katana Fleet, former member of the Trade Federation's Ministry of Defense and also a Lord of the Evocati, has always been very loyal to the Federation. The Cabinet is pleased to be able to expand our relations with the Katana Fleet through this act.

Given its status as a protectorate, the Katana Fleet is granted access to the Trade Federation holonetwork and its members are able to participate in all activities on it. The faction itself is allowed to request funds from the treasury as well as assistance from the Federation and its numerous departments. Anything from starships, droids and equipment to purchasing raw materials from the Department of Resources (Commerce Guild). Through this Act the Trade Federation military pledges to protect the Katana Fleet, should the need arise.
In return the Fleet may assist the Trade Federation in a number of activities, as they come up and as are agreed on between the two factions.
In the end, this is all about expanding relations and helping out friends.

The Katana Fleet is the third faction to sign a Protectorate Act with the Trade Federation. Joining the ranks with MedTech Industries and the Corporate Alliance - our first and second protectorates respectively.
I would like to welcome the Katana Fleet to our family and hope much good is to come between us.
· Jacob Jansen on September 01 2012 09:40:58 · Print
New Apsolon joins the Trade Federation
Trade Federation

TFNN - New Apsolon, Terr'skiar

New Apsolon Planetary Government Approves Trade Federation Annexation Treaty, Infrastructure Improvement Begins

The latest reports from New Apsolon have confirmed that the New Apsolon World Parliament, the collective legislative body for all 8 major and 37 minor regional polities on the planet, has ratified the New Apsolon Annexation Treaty, making the planet the newest member of the Trade Federation. Sources say that the citizens of the planet are excited to rejoin the galactic political stage and opposition to the treaty was almost nonexistent.

After the Apsolonian Spring of Year -40 that saw dozens of dictators peacefully cede power to democratic movements, outspoken proponents of democracy on the Holonet cheered even as most people ignored the planet, likely due to the galaxy's seemingly inexorable slide towards the Clone Wars. Despite its location on the Ootmian Pabol hyperlane, New Apsolon was not regarded as a particularly exciting tourist destination or a waypoint for the major trading houses working out of Hutt Space. As such, the planet was untouched by either side during the Clone Wars and rapidly became somewhat of a forgotten backwater, known only to independent traders who preferred working out of neutral ports and the handful of people who developed a fondness for the pungent local brews.
· Jacob Jansen on July 01 2012 15:19:50
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Pengalan IV Construction Completed
Office of the Viceroy

::Your holonet screen fades into the logo of the Trade Federation Viceroy. After a few seconds the logo is replaced by a live broadcast from the press room of the Capital Building in the city of Forssetti, on the capital planet of Taanab. The seat of power for the Trade Federation. Standing at a podium is the Viceroy himself, Jacob Jansen.::

"Greetings my fellow citizens and servants of the Trade Federation. I have the pleasure to announce our latest medal awards. A lot of hard work has gone into a great many projects over the past few months. Most notably would be the completion of the planet city of Pengalan IV. This planet alone has given billions of citizens residence within our territory and added millions of credits to our treasury. Allowing us to fund more projects of this magnitude."
· Jacob Jansen on February 19 2012 21:31:11
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