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Wajeb Deb Kaadeb
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 12:57 am    Post subject: The Galactic Congress Reply with quote

Isn't always the Senate?

There's a Congress--as in, more than just the Senate? I've never seen that mentioned to any extent in any book or comic.

As Episode I starts, the title crawl speaks of the "Congress of the Republic". I'm guessing the word "Congress" is used as a synonym with "Senate"?

Or am I wrong?

Is this expanded upon in the TPM novelization?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a good question. That's the only reference to a "Congress" that I've ever seen. Aside from several references to "Representative (Jar Jar) Binks", I haven't seen anything hinting that the Galactic (or Imperial) Senate had anything approaching a bicameral legislature.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always assumed it was just another way of saying "Galactic senate".
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congress can also be used for any meeting of delegates. Therefore, they can be the same things.

I much prefer the term Mofference.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, as stated above, congress means legislative but not necessarily bicameral. In Star Wars, congress refers to the one legislative branch it has, the Senate. Representatives aren't from another branch. They are 'junior senators' that can serve in the senator's absence as Jar Jar did for Padme. And instead of a vice president (or vice chancellor) serving as the president of the senate like in the American senate, the top official of the executive branch (Chancellor) directly presides over the Galactic Senate.
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