The Declaration of Rebellion was crafted by Mon Mothma, addressed directly to Emperor Palpatine and ratified by the resistance representatives at the Corellian System Meetings to counteract the Galactic Empire's propaganda that labeled rebel fighters as terrorists, pirates, and thieves, and was the main cause for Palpatine's dissolution of the Imperial Senate.
The Declaration was released approximately two years prior to the Battle of Yavin. The newly formed Alliance distributed millions of copies of the Declaration. In the Declaration, the principles and grievances of the Alliance were laid out, and it concluded with an open vow to overthrow Palpatine's regime.
|Source: Rebel Alliance Sourcebook||Attribution: Formal Declaration of Rebellion from the Alliance to Restore the Republic|
We, the beings of the Rebel Alliance, do this day send forth this Declaration to His Majesty, the Emperor, and to all sentient beings in the Galaxy, to make clear to all the Purposes and Goals of this Rebellion.
We firmly acknowledge the importance and necessity of the institution of Galactic Government. We accept that all must subjugate themselves to that Government, giving up certain rights and freedoms, in return for peace, prosperity and happiness for all.
We believe that the Galactic Empire has willfully and malignantly usurped the rights of the free beings of the Galaxy and therefore, it is our unalienable right to abolish it from the Galaxy.
The history of the present Galactic Empire is of repeated injuries upon its members, with the direct objective of establishing you, Emperor Palpatine, as absolute tyrant over the Galaxy:
We, the Rebel Alliance, do therefore in the name—and by the authority—of the free beings of the Galaxy, solemnly publish and declare our intentions:
To these ends, we pledge our property, our honor, and our lives.
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