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[Palace Plaza in the capital city of Theed on Naboo 3 (conventionally: Naboo), Naboo System, Chommell Sector, Mid Rim. Holocamera faces the palace steps. Facial recognition: Padmé Amidala, Queen of Naboo, President of the Confederacy of Independent Systems (human female); Obi-Wan Kenobi, Captain of the Queen’s Guard, former Jedi Padawan (human male); Palpatine, Naboo Senator in the CIS Senate, former Supreme Chancellor of the Galactic Republic (human male); Panaka, Commander of the Royal Naboo Security Forces (human male); others...(read more)]

[Amidala is seated on a portable throne on the first landing on the palace steps, accompanied by Kenobi, who stands beside her with one hand on the back of the throne. Behind her are arrayed her handmaidens and the members of the Royal Advisory Council. Members of the Naboo Royal Security Forces line the steps to the landing, arrayed around the plaza to hold back a gathered crowd.]

AMIDALA: As you know, the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic are currently engaged in hostilities as we fight for our independence. Until now, these actions have been confined to distant systems and deep space battles. Today marks a turning point in the war, my people. This very morning, the Galactic Republic sent two Jedi assassins to take me prisoner or, if unable to do so, to kill me.

[Shouts from the audience. Amidala raises a hand.]

AMIDALA: I am unharmed, thanks to my Queen’s Guard. Though we are at war, the Jedi have always conducted themselves with honor. But no longer! By this act, they have proven that they are no more than the hands of the Senate, which left us to suffer beneath the yoke of the Trade Federation thirteen years ago. Already the Supreme Chancellor has asked for mercy for these would-be assassins.

AUDIENCE MEMBER [identity unknown]: No! Kill ‘em! Republic scum!

AMIDALA: I told him that this time the Republic has gone too far. There shall be no mercy!

[Shouts from the audience.]

AMIDALA: Bring out the prisoners.

[Four Naboo guards escort two beings in Jedi robes onto the landing. Facial recognition: Eeth Koth, Jedi Master (Zabrak male); Luminara Unduli, Jedi Master (Mirialan female). Unduli limps heavily. The guards push them to their knees, facing the Queen.]

KOTH: You are making a grave mistake, your majesty.

AMIDALA: The Republic made a grave mistake when he sent you to kill us. Captain Kenobi, execute the sentence.

[Kenobi walks forward, taking the lightsaber hilt off his belt and igniting it. Note: the color of his blade is white.]

UNDULI: Traitor. You used to be a Jedi, Obi-Wan.

KENOBI: That was a long time ago.

[He swings his lightsaber. Both Koth and Unduli are beheaded instantly. Kenobi deactivates his lightsaber and clips it to his belt, leaning down to lift a head in each hand. He turns to display them to the crowd.]

KENOBI: Behold the heads of the enemies of the Confederacy of Independent Systems! Long live the Queen!

AUDIENCE: [cheers] Long live the Queen!

[Kenobi drops the heads near the bodies and returns to the Queen. Amidala rises from her throne, resting a hand on Kenobi’s arm.]

AMIDALA: Supreme Chancellor Dooku. Next time, either send better assassins or don’t bother.

[Laughter from the audience.]

[Amidala turns away, accompanied by Kenobi and followed by her handmaidens, and vanishes behind a line of Naboo guards.]

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LONG LIVE THE QUEEN