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The Treaty of Coruscant

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BlastersOnStun
01.12.2012 , 07:49 PM | #1
This is an issue that has been bothering my friends and I as we play, and it seems more and more pronounced as we move through the story: isn't there supposed to be a treaty-enforced peace?

Probably the first thing we noticed was the space missions, where your character is hired by your faction to attack the fleet of the other faction. This is no biggie for the smuggler, bounty hunter, and even the imperial agent; I doubt the treaty addresses hiring mercenaries to attack the enemy, and the imperial agent can easily remain anonymous and independent. What about the Jedi/Sith and, worst of all, the Trooper? In that scenario, you are a soldier of your faction fighting soldiers of the other faction in what seems to me a clear violation of the treaty. The same applies to Warzones; the Voidstar I can justify, but Alderaan certainly qualifies in this category.

As we've moved through the story we've been finding more and more such events planet-side, as well. We've just finished Taris (as Imperial characters), which was covered in conflict. The starting base is under siege from some Republic turrets, and half of the side-quests, including the planet quest-line, are direct assaults on Republic troops/territory. Many of these start with talk of a squad of Imperials charging in to attack Republic troops and failing, so the PC's are being called in. How can Imperial troops assault a Republic settlement without breaking the treaty? And, though we see much less of it on the Imperial side, I'm sure the same is true of the Republic, attacking Imperials, which seems even worse. Why wouldn't one faction declare these attacks a violation of the treaty? Are both sides simply turning a blind eye to these events, despite the apparent lack of subtlety? Or is there something in the treaty that allows for such conflict?

I would like to note that I am not trying to point out a flaw, but rather seek an answer. I know a lot of people take pleasure in seeking out continuity errors and throwing them in BioWare's face. I feel confident that there is an answer to this, however, because I don't think BioWare would overlook something this large. As someone who enjoys the roleplay aspects of ToR and appreciates all of the work that BioWare has put into the story, I would like to know how I can justify my characters actions and those of the NPC's around him in the context of the time period.

Has anyone else out there been bothered by this or have a theory/explanation that is relevant?
*Whispers* Or maybe BioWare could come and explain... *Winks suggestively*

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scootacrazy
01.12.2012 , 07:53 PM | #2
at the moment i can tell you that atleast the warzone on allderan is set place back in the original battles there to my knowledge

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tausra
01.12.2012 , 07:56 PM | #3
The treaty is fraying, and each act comes closer and closer to all out, full blown war. Space skirmishes are fought with Jedi and Sith on both sides. By the time you get to the later missions you're higher in level (and further along in the story), and the Treaty is all but ended. At level 50 the treaty is cast aside in all but name.
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Kashaan
01.12.2012 , 08:01 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by tausra View Post
The treaty is fraying, and each act comes closer and closer to all out, full blown war. Space skirmishes are fought with Jedi and Sith on both sides. By the time you get to the later missions you're higher in level (and further along in the story), and the Treaty is all but ended. At level 50 the treaty is cast aside in all but name.

Pretty much this.

Even as early as chapter 1, there are occurrences in the story that indicate that the Treaty has lost any meaning.
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Hanscholo
01.12.2012 , 08:07 PM | #5
All of the comics, novels etc There are flashpoints where something breaks out. Both sides know the treaty is a sham and wont last, both sides are positioning themselves for when open war breaks out again.

I would discuss the peace in more detail but i dont want to upset the storyline. Lets just say there is a lot more going on than meets the eye. Like most things the Sith do, there are layers to it and there are grander schemes afoot. The novels, and comics in particular detail some of what is going on, i would recommend them to you for some light reading, they are an excellent companion to the game stories and explain why there is a peace, and why its essentially a scam from the emperor and the dark council.