In an unparalleled display of devotion to service, Senator Padmé Amidala, believed killed in a terrorist strike this morning, emerged alive and well in time for the day's Military Creation Act vote, though the Vote was postponed pending security reviews.
"Wake up, Senators! You must wake up!" - Senator Amidala (Naboo).
Amidala made her dramatic entrance in the middle of words of mourning by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, who delayed the vote to grieve the Senator's demise.
"Her death is a great loss to us all," the Supreme Chancellor said. "We will all mourn her as a relentless champion of freedom. And as a dear friend."
The Senate then broke into partisan bickering as the vote was motioned to be to be deferred by Senator Orn Free Taa (Ryloth). The arguments subsided into gasps of surprise as Senator Amidala interrupted the fray with strong words of protest against the Military Creation Act.
"An assassination attempt was made upon my life," the Senator said. "One of my bodyguards and six others were ruthlessly and senselessly murdered. I was the target, but more importantly, the security measure before you was the target. I have led the opposition to building this army, and someone will stop at nothing to assure its passage."
The Senate vote, which was to be completed within the 0800 hour, was instead deferred to a later session sometime tomorrow. Pro-military Senators have wasted no time accusing Supreme Chancellor Palpatine of overstepping his authority in stalling the vote.
"Palpatine has never been behind the Military Creation Act, and was ready to stall it when the leader of the opposition appeared to be dead," said Senator Candabrine Bu (Lansono). "Would he have done so if it was a pro-military Senator who was killed? And when she showed up alive, he postpones the vote anyway. I seriously doubt whether he had intended for the vote to pass today at all."
Prior to the session's adjournment, Amidala cautioned about the consequences of the Military Creation Act. "Wake up, Senators! You must wake up! If you offer the Separatists violence, they can only show violence in return. Many will lose their lives, all will lose their freedoms. I pray you do not let fear push you into disaster. Vote down this security measure, which is nothing less than a declaration of war. Does anyone here want that? I cannot believe they do."
BREAKING NEWS: Amidala Attacked
Senator Believed Dead in Massive Explosion
Naboo Cruiser torn to Shreds
GALACTIC CITY, CORUSCANT - The skies over the Naboo embassy were filled with flames, debris and tragedy when Senator Padmé Amidala's cruiser was destroyed in a massive explosion.
The Naboo Senatorial cruiser is engulfed in flames.
According to satcam footage, as the Naboo cruiser touched down on its hovering multi-lobed landing pad, escorted by three Naboo N-1 starfighters, an explosion tore through the gleaming silvery craft. Hurling debris destroyed an accompanying fighter. At least seven people were believed killed in the blast.
Security and medical workers from the nearby Naboo embassy are rushing to the scene to investigate. It is currently believed that Senator Padmé Amidala is among the dead.
As per safety protocols, the cruiser avoided the more heavily trafficked skyroutes as it flew from orbital space into Galactic City. The explosion does not appear to be the result of malfunction, but rather a deliberate bombing. It is too early to conclusively tell, but the explosion appears to have originated from the cruiser and not the landing platform, suggesting sabotage originating from offworld.
Senator Amidala, 24, was arriving on Coruscant to cast her vote in the Military Creation Act. The leader of the opposition against Republic militarization, Amidala had no shortage of enemies wishing to silence her.
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Senator Padmé Amidala - A Life of Service cut Tragically Short
Born to humble parents in a small mountain village on Naboo, Padmé Naberrie was raised for a life of public service. Like all Naboo, she was instilled with a strong sense of civic duty at a young age, and schooled in both local politics and foreign affairs.
While still a child, young Padmé served in the Refugee Relief Movement's efforts during the Shadda-Bi-Boran exodus. At the age of 8, she joined the Apprentice Legislators, formally announcing her intent to follow a career in politics. She was then appointed Senatorial Advisor, and then became Princess of Theed at age 12.
Padmé earned the title Queen Amidala in a planet-wide election that lasted less than four seconds. A combination of exceptional scores on her education certificate and her conviction of reform following the scandalous reign of King Veruna secured her position.
Amidala came to galactic prominence a decade ago following the blockading of Naboo by the Trade Federation. She helped unite the disparate populaces of Naboo, including the normally isolationist Gungan natives, into a resistance movement that forcibly overturned the Federation occupation.
Having served to her term limitations, Amidala stepped down as Queen despite an enormously popular following. The people of Naboo would have gladly amended the constitutionally entrenched limitations to keep Amidala serving longer. Though she had every right to retire to a quiet life of family, she accepted the new Queen Jamillia's request to serve as Senator of Naboo.
Since the start of the Separatist crisis two years ago, Amidala had been a strong proponent of peace and negotiation. She headed the Campaign against Republic Militarization and traveled throughout the Mid Rim espousing her beliefs of peaceful reconciliation with the disaffected worlds of the Republic.