Location: Coruscant Defense Force headquarters
Objective: Brief the force on the new direction
The vigilant sentries stood to attention as Max approached the grand front of the building, then both saluted in turn. Upon walking through the large double doors, a hall filled with CDF troops were lining the walls in formation. There was complete silence, apart from the echoing steps of a senior officer towards him.
Few had seen much action since the days of the Galactic Alliance, and the troublesome era of Coruscant First. Max had run against them at the time, but the politics became just that much too dirty. Nevertheless, there was no doubt that they were all ready to protect the bright jewel. Their allegiance would have to alter, however. Not just towards Coruscant, but for a Confederation greater than that, in the same way they had served the Galactic Alliance.
The officer halted, saluting "High Marshal. We are ready for your address."
Upon reaching the back of the hall, Max turned to face the lines of troops. A news crew was quietly ushered into the hall, and with a quick command, the troops turned about as well. "Thank you all for assembling here, and most of all for your continued dedication to the CDF. Coruscant has been through a wide array of changes in recent history, and you would all know the challenges this presents as well as anyone. I would like to also thank those who have put in an effort to strengthen Coruscant in government, despite the disagreements we may have had with them. Now, however, is a time to focus on where the Defense Force goes from here. Our part in the Galactic Alliance provided stability and safety, but that was in no small part due to our greater cooperation with other systems. I fear that the issue of forceful and harmful subjugation is becoming an ever closer threat, requiring action on our part." Max paused to take a better look around the hall.
"I believe that a Confederation founded on the values of equal system treatment, and respect of citizens will be vital to the future of this planet. Most of all, we need to learn to come back to the table and cooperate with others in the galaxy. What I am here to ask of you therefore is this: Think about who truly has our best interests at heart? Your duty is to protect Coruscant. But if the time comes, and another foreign power comes our way, think about who sent a messenger and who sent a soldier."