A hush fell over the amassed crowd of ministers, prefects, overseers, and governors as the podium rose from the ground in the centre of the Grand Convocation Chamber, revealing the High Chancellor flanked by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly. Graf looked over those present for the joint session of the Parliament, the man had called all of the representatives of the fledgeling Federation to Coruscant for an emergency conference.
"Prefects, and governors, I have the distinguished honour of presenting the High Chancellor of the Imperial Confederation." The sergeant-at-arms bellowed from the lower pod, being met with thunderous applause from the gathered politicians. Tanomas waited for the ovation to pass, his augmented hearing allowing the sounds to leave a dim ringing in his ears after the fact. "Mister President, Mister Speaker, members of the Senate and the Assembly."
He paused for a moment, his words echoing out into the chamber, his dark brown eyes following Holonet droids that were recording him. "Yesterday, according to numerous reports from eyewitnesses and the Imperial Security Bureau itself," he announced, gripping the edge of the podium, "the Confederacy of Independent Systems was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and ground forces of the New Republic over the Core World of Kuat."
Tanomas allowed hushed whispers to pierce through his speech, the corner of his mouth curling inward to form a sly smirk. "The Confederacy was at peace with that nation and, at the provocation of the Republic, was investigating the destruction of an affiliated civilian starship in the region, allegedly cause by the Republic itself." Graf bellowed, a stirring of anger from the present audience.
"Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger from a nation that has the gall to deny humanitarian aid for its citizen populace. With a promise to uphold our defensive alliance with the Confederacy, and the utmost confidence in our armed forces as its commander-in-chief…"
Another pause before he continued, and sealed the fate of the months to come.
"...I ask that Parliament declare that, since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by the Republic on the Confederacy over Kuat, a state of war has existed between the Imperial Federation and the New Republic."