Excerpt from Alliance Intelligence Recruiting Division Interview Subject: Ander Sonalex, Defecting Imperial Pilot QUESTIONER: What is your relationship with technology like? SUBJECT: I grew up in a home with Imperial-level tech. I was raised by a nanny droid, educated by a tutor droid, and annoyed a protocol droid my parents owned as a butler. I never left Ukio until I was with the Cadets, but my father had a shuttle that I learned how to fix alongside everything from speeders to moisture vaporators from the hub’s tech chief. I could also fly a speeder from a young age. One of the hub supervisors even taught me to shoot a blaster. My relationship with technology is fairly close. QUESTIONER: Did you grow up with high or low tech surroundings, or somewhere in-between? SUBJECT: I was raised in a high tech environment on a low tech world. I understand that not everyone in the Rebels has the same background that I do. At the same time, I know how to live without it because of my life on the agro planet. I know how a repulsor-combine works, but I can also plow a field with an animal and manual plow. I know how an auto-chef works, but I can also cook food with just a fire and a stick. Don’t get me wrong, Ukio is just an agro planet. The Ukians didn’t even have a unified government before the Republic found them. Technologically speaking, it’s rather low tech. But, I never spent any real time anywhere else on the planet except for the Hub and the Imperial Cadet Facility. As I said before, both of those facilities were top of the line, with the hub actually being a bit better than the Imperial facility just because the military works by the lowest bidder. QUESTIONER: How do you feel about the technology, or lack thereof, that you have to work with in daily life? SUBJECT: That’s the question of the millennium. Imperial tech is the best there is within the galaxy military industrial complex. It’s simple to maintain, it’s easy to use, and it generally doesn’t fail. I know that TIE fighters are mass produced and when they do fail, they fail spectacularly, but they are simple to understand. In the maintenance curriculum that I took as an elective for a term at the Corellian Academy, we broke a full TIE fighter down to its component parts and reassembled it. The class didn’t do just one, but we were split off into six-man teams to work on our own fighters. That’s how easy they are to maintain. QUESTIONER: Are you more comfortable with some kinds of technology than others? SUBJECT: Well, sure. I think everyone has their personal comforts when it comes to tech. This one girl at the academy hated droids to the point of purposefully bumping into them whenever she had to walk past one. One guy in command track almost failed out because he wouldn’t go near anything that had to do with radiation. A girl in the room next to mine was drummed out because he refused to accept a prosthetic hand after a maintenance accident. I break it up into three categories. Things I love, things I am comfortable with, and things I tolerate. If I can control it, then I love it. If I can understand it, then I am comfortable with it. If I can’t understand it or control it, then I tolerate it. I guess that’s why I’m a pilot. I can control what I’m behind the stick of. It’s not just starfighters, though. Repulsorlift vehicles, space transports, capital ships, even walkers and turrets are the same in my book. One twitch and it moves the way I want it to. Blasters are the same way. I control them and thus love them. The things I understand cover a broader scope. Droids are the number one thing that falls into this category. I may not understand their programing or personalities, but I know how to take them apart and put them back together well enough to be comfortable around them. Most alien species also fall into this category. I’m sorry if this sounds bigoted, but it’s the way I feel. Hell, most of the people I know fall into this category, so I guess it’s not really that racist. Finally, there are the things that I can’t control or understand. There aren’t many of these things, but they do exist. I felt this way about the Empire until I learned they would let me be a pilot. I felt the same way about lightsabers, even though I remembered them through the holodramas. Then again, I still do since the only one I ever saw up close didn’t have anything inside to hold it together, but still held together. Then there’s that Force thing, but it’s not really technology. QUESTIONER: Is this due to your culture, experiences, or just personal preference? SUBJECT: My culture? I was raised as a loyal member of the First Galactic Empire. My dad was head of a major agro hub and designed the system that is the standard for every agro planet the Empire controls. I went to the best Imperial academies and my service was on their greatest starships. Trust me, it isn’t cultural. If I were to claim it as anything, it would be my experiences and preferences. I know I’m a control freak, most pilots are. However, I also like to know how things work to better use them. The Academy taught me to really take things apart and put them together, so that experience taught me a great deal. At the same time, I’ve been taking things apart since I got my first tool kit. So, yeah; I’d definitely say it was experiences and preferences, but more personal preference over experience.