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The Hapes Consortium is an absolute monarchy holding dominion over a relatively small sector of space known as the Hapes Clustersituated in the Inner Rim. The Consortium maintained strict isolationism as a core principle for several millennia, shunning contact with outsiders since it was first founded by the female descendants of the Lorell Raiders.

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A black man went from protector of his local community to a central hero in the fight to free all beings from oppression. Genre storytelling has to be a little rough around the edges because it reflects the realities of the world the audience lives in.

When historians look back on this era, undoubtedly its fiction will expose the biases and conflicts that defined us.

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Nonfiction studies such as Jennifer K. Ultimately, that fiction may have the power to change us as a people more than anything else. After reading Fate of the Jedi: ApocalypseI kept coming back to a particular couple — minor players in the unfolding drama — who, through the craftsmanship of a talented writer, were used to express the realities of gender bias and yet simultaneously show how sometimes it is the war steps taken in interpersonal relationships that can help bring about change.

So I decided to bring in some of my fellow fangirls to talk about the potential we see in using Hapes Hapan culture in future Star Wars novels. It only le him to evil. Racheal: Through the eyes of Han Solo in The Courtship of Princess Leiathe Hapans appear star an excessively rich culture with a need to display their personal wealth. Their riches are both frivolous rainbow gems from Gallinore and honorable thought puzzle. How many times is the male hand given up?

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The descriptions of the Hapans and behavior in various books remind me of Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra. The servants are there to serve the Queen and no one else. To do otherwise equals death. Cleopatra confronts the woman and forces her to drink it and the servant is poisoned.

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I can see this happening in the Hapan court. There are times that I want to cheer at the matriarchal society. The Hapans tend to take the treatment of men too far though in making them nothing. This viewpoint provides a clearer view of the adverse effects of male-dominated society. If it were a male-led society, would the treatment of the opposite sex seem as bizarre?

The of coups alone tells enough about that. The Hapans are human, yet seem almost alien. Any time the Hapans come into play, the story feels a little broader culture-wise.

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Their different society allows for a new perspective in the EU. Kay: I agree with Rachael that the Hapans have a Cleopatra -feel to them — both in displays of wealth and the goddess-like treatment of their ruler. It also means they bring no shortage of confident female characters.

These women are all over the place and they rely on structure and hierarchy to get stuff done.

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For hundreds of years they stalked the trade routes of the Old Republic, seizing ships, stealing cargo. And when they found a beautiful woman, some raider would take her as a prize to the hidden worlds of Hapes.

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Tricia: I think the honor of the culture works with the principles of pirate lore from non-genre storytelling. Pirates are thieves and bad guys, but they are usually represented as having a code, much like the bounty hunters have been protrayed in The Clone Wars this past season. These Lorrell Raiders took their sons, leaving the women behind, as they ventured beyond Hapan space, and most of them were killed by the Jedi. This left a power vacuum in their culture that the women stepped up and claimed, ultimately forming the matriarchy we see in the post- Return of the Jedi stories.

Yet the Jedi who created the opportunity for women to become the dominant gender within their culture.

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What do you think of this dynamic as it relates to the storytelling and culture building within the Expanded Universe? Racheal: Given how the Hapans started, their trust issues make sense.

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The Hapans focus on their Cluster. When it comes to national pride, Hapans seem to have more of it than Corellians.

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Perhaps the Jedi did not help the woman after defeating the Lorell Raiders. Maybe the Jedi killed too many sons. The writers forced the Hapans to adapt to Jedi — gradually. Logically, Tenel Ka would face challenges from those in her court because she is a Jedi. With all the Sith versus Jedi conflict or government versus Jedi, it seems as if the Powers That Be are ignoring plot opportunities.

Because the Hapan culture is so different compared to the rest, it forces a new look at whatever is going on. He was just a boy.

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It could be seen as culture shock, which usually adds something to a story. As much of what we know of Hapan culture and how it differs from other prominent cultures in the EU, we usually get such a shallow perspective of Hapan reaction to events. As with many other cultures when the mistrust of another group has existed for so many generations, some members of the current generation may not grasp why the other group makes them uneasy outside of that is just the way it is.

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Would those who ly disliked her for being a Jedi be pleased with the change? Tenel Ka had just lost Jacen Solo on the Myrkr mission. His supposed death had also sent her best friend Jaina Solo tumbling along a dark path. Then her mother is poisoned, and Tenel Ka did what she felt was necessary to save her people. Stepping forward to take the throne is a very noble, selfless act, especially since she knew that would mean leaving behind her life as a Jedi.

Do you see her as evil, or as clawing by any means possible to keep her position of power and her life? All of her reasons go back to her.

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She wanted Teneniel dead. She chose to try to kill off most of her family. She could keep her position of power without doing what she did. Whatever her motivation, her actions were far too calculated to call clawing.

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There appears to be no line she was unwilling to cross. The farther she gets from power though the more she seems willing to do anything to maintain it. She justifies her action in the name of Hapes, which if you look around our own history usually is the excuse wacky despots use to rationalize martial law, genocide, and all sorts of reprehensible acts.

Racheal: Given that the Hapans consider the Dathomirians degenerates, it seems as if they are in denial about their similarities.

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Hapans thrive on being better than everyone is. Being compared to a group that hunts for their own food probably seems like an insult. Kay: I agree. The Dathomirians are way too rough and tumble for fancy-pants Hapans to consider them similar. Beyond any dominant gender group though, both cultures feature strong, resilient women who like to get things done efficiently.

Tricia: Personally I find the parallels fascinating, yet the two societies are still vastly different. When the Hapan matriarchy came into rule, they were much farther along the technological evolutionary chain. Dathomir is a wilder, harsher planet.

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The tribal, nomadic culture there reminds me of what I saw in Tanzania, where the climate and terrain are brutal. Obviously reversed in that women are the physically dominant gender. Those were the Katie Lucas written episodes. Expanded Universe quotes for this discussion were pulled from the Wookieepedia on Hapans. Racheal spent her childhood wishing to be like Princess Leia. Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. Currently a photographer who also specializes in communications and marketing, Kay spends her free time reading, cooking, writing, learning and, of course, making pew pew noises.

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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.

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