The fully armored Mandalorian typically knew how to draw attention and often times was the center of it. Today, however, there was the resounding chorus of democracy being performed in the forum and to Voden, it was sickening. He chuckled at the political demagoguery and recalled something riduur had told him, ‘Capitalism is the exploitation of men by men, and socialism is the exact opposite’. The Mandalorians were inherently skeptical of politics and the people it bred, and rightly so considering their culture. Today though, Voden planned to amend that.
Standing tall he shouted, “Oi, aruetii! I got something to say and I demand silence while I say it!”
He glanced around the assembly upon each individual face, scrutinizing their feelings towards him with that brand of intuition specific to Voden himself. When it was completely quiet and it seemed some were growing impatient as their own thoughts on the matter surfaced, he raised a hand, sighed, and began the only way he could think of, “I have always thought that all of us should be free; but if any must be slaves then I believe first it should be the ones who desire it for themselves and secondly, those who desire it for others.”
He heard some chuckles and felt an oppression amusement emanating from his audience. Voden, his Mandalorians on New Tython, were going to be a part of this world and grow with it from a solid foundation of honor and principles. These tedious processions were merely a small part of that. He raised his hand once more, drawing back the bemused expressions into stoic stares of curiosity at the Mandalorian Jedi before them.
“Most people might have not realized the importance of what I am trying to say, unless they or their family members have a special kind of understanding with slavery: experience. However, I am strongly going for a complete restriction of slavery due to the increase of crimes, intolerable abuses to women and children, and how morally unacceptable it is. It might not be obvious that human trafficking occurs if you just see children as beggars beside the street or on the pathway, but who knows whether those children are actually begging and asking for money for their own living, or are forced by the higher authorities. As a result, there must be something done to stop the process behind that. Slavery is an abomination with more consequences than benefits. Therefore, all forms of slavery should be prohibited and like all of our other laws. they need to be strictly controlled.”
Voden glanced down as his eyes grew damp. “That’s all I have to say about that. Thank you, I guess.”
For you see, on his birth planet of Dantooine, shortly after being effectively orphaned, Voden had himself served as a servant for a rich, powerful Baron on the planet. You could almost say he had a stake in such a tedious matter. He would never admit this though, as honor and strength were the backbone of his beliefs and he would bristle upon receiving the pity of another, or using such pity to his own advantage while pushing an agenda. When he glanced back up, he saw approving looks and subtle nods being directed towards him.
We may all have evil in us, but deep down, everyone all wants the same thing.