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Galactic Republic (Star Wars)

The Galactic Republic was the name of the interplanetary government used in the fictional Star Wars universe prior to the establishment of the Galactic Empire.

The Republic, as it was commonly known, had a highly democratic government that was able to sustain itself for over one thousand years.

The main organ of the Republic was a Galactic Senate which featured several appointed senators from each member planet. The senators would then elect a Supreme Chancellor from amongst their ranks who would serve as the Republic's head of government and chief diplomat. Based on the films, we can see that the Senate follows psudo-parliamentary rules. In Episode One[?] Supreme Chancellor Valorum is forced out of office by the Senate in a non confidence vote[?].

Reigonal government in the Republic was in the hands of elected monarchs[?] for each planet who had the power to appointed senators to the Senate. There were also small elected assemblies to assist the monarch. The monarchs apparently also had the power to vote in the Senate and introduce legislation. It was Queen Amadelia[?] of Naboo in Epsiode One who introduced the non-confidence motion mentioned above.

The Republic's greatest failing was its lack of formal organization. Much of its operation was based on non-binding constitutional conventions, which were often ignored and undermined by corrupt and power-hungry politicians.

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