WESTPORT, CORUSCANT -- Freespan Starlanes Transport has announced plans to double the number of scheduled liner departures for Ando, predicting increased travel from Andoan expatriates wishing to return. Other major starlines, including Romodi Interstellar and Galaxy Tours are expected to announce similar increases.
An Andoan family awaits departure from Westport.
Already, within hours of the secession, over 500 Aqualish have booked passage off Coruscant. Westport, which handles the bulk of Coruscant's emigrant departures, has experienced a 6,000 percent increase in traffic since the separatist crisis began.
"It's clear where home is now," said a harried Unga Torr, an Aqualish formerly employed as a Senate clerk. He and his family are just one of hundreds at the Westport ticketing stations today.
According to official census records, there are an estimated 145 million Aqualish living on Coruscant right now, most in the Taung Heights region of the city. The local Heights economy, much of it run by -- or catering to -- Aqualish, is expected to crumble.
Similar repercussions aren't likely to be as hard-hitting in the Sy Myrthian population, which also declared secession today. There are only an estimated 15 million Sy Myrthians, widely distributed among the various municipalities of Coruscant.
While Westport deals with a mass Aqualish exodus, Eastport continues to take in a non-stop flood of refugees from seceded worlds. "You think this is bad now, wait until those Aqualish who still want to be part of the Republic start spilling in," said an Eastport security officer who did not want to be identified.