So like 12 thousand years before the OT the Republic voted a guy named Contispex I into the office of Supreme Chancellor who was part of a then-prominent, popular religious order called Pius Dea. Both he and the religious order he adhered to were super xenophobic, and through him the Republic started a series of crusades against a wide variety of non-Humans and non-Human sympathizers, initially beginning by an invasion into Hutt Space (which was easily fueled by a popular hatred towards the species). After he stepped down, his successors continued the crusades for, oh, nearly a thousand fucking years.
It took the Jedi Order 32 years after the start of these crusades to decide they didn’t want to have anything to do with this (good job guys), so they decided to retreat to Ossus. (Side note: Ossus is the strategically-important world that, earlier in galactic history, the Jedi used as a fortress and base for launching reconnaissance/attacks into the Tion Cluster and Hutt Space. Interesting.)
They stayed on Ossus for the remainder of that thousand-ish years while the Republic continued to wage its xenophobic wars and conduct purges over the course of nineteen Supreme Chancellors’ terms. It took the Caamasi coming to the Jedi and asking them to intervene before they decided to get involved yet again in galactic affairs (of course it had to be a long-time closely-associated culture like the Caamasi to get their attention, lol).
So the Jedi spent the next few years in planning their coup. They recruited the Bureau of Ships and Services, who implanted a rogue code into the Republic’s fleet so that when the Jedi gathered their forces and the Republic ships jumped into hyperspace to engage them, it scrambled their trajectory and spat them out into deep space with blank navicomputers and useless hyperdrives, leaving them to drift between the stars and starve to death. (This seems to be a recurring Jedi trick, doesn’t it?)
So anyway, the Jedi formed a strike team, forcibly removed the Supreme Chancellor from power, suspended the Galactic Senate, and just for good measure also rooted out every single adherent to the Pius Dea religious order from any political office.
They installed one of their own, Jedi Master Biel Ductavis, as Supreme Chancellor who, totally coincidentally right guys, also ended up being the Grand Master of the entire Jedi Order.
We have zero information on how long he was in power and what his rule was like, which has me raising eyebrows because you’d think that since the Jedi Order has such influence on how Republic history is recorded, they’d be all “and his tenure was a time of peace and prosperity, etc etc” but there’s nothing.
Which is particularly odd because the next Supreme Chancellor we have any information on is one of my favourites, and he definitely has that “ushered in a time of renowned peace and prosperity across the whole galaxy” thing down. To the point where the GFFA historians go ape-shit over him in the praise department.
So with all that previous fuckery said, can we just take a moment to appreciate that one of the greatest figures in Old Republic history wasn’t the self-installed Jedi Master, but instead was (actually voted in like his predecessor should have been) Supreme Chancellor Blotus the Hutt. He served in that capacity for 275 years, was beloved by Senate and citizen alike, and ushered in an era of largely-unparalleled peace and prosperity - even the Jedi and the Sith didn’t have any quarrels while he was in power.
…I honestly forgot why I decided to write about this. It isn’t really even meta so much as a history lesson. I’m totally tagging it as meta though because it’s my blog and I’ll post if I want to. ||D