So I've been re-reading and re-re-reading the Bantam era for some fan project thing I'm doing and obviously nothing fits perfectly-- there's all kinds of inconsistencies, discontinuities, general weirdness, blah blah (although for all that it hangs together surprising well when you zoom out a bit). However there's one bit of Bantam that I can't really figure out how to make sense of, and it's the one that caps off the entire era-- the Hand of Thrawn duology. In classic Zahn fashion, most character development is ignored or handwaved, so we have stuff like Mara being Karrde's second in command again and Luke being Captain Useless and Leia isn't Chief of State (or President, as Zahn prefers) and the kids are sent off to kashyyyk for vacation and Wedge is Rogue Leader and on and on and on. So, yeah, whatever. I don't like Zahn's writing at all, obviously, but that's not the point here; the point is, WEG never got a chance to make sense of all this nonsense, and so far as I know nobody else did, and Zahn certainly didn't bother trying to explain anything, so now I'm asking you, dear litizens: help me figure this crap out. To keep this thread uncluttered I'm going to do one thing at a time, because there's just so many we'd be bouncing around otherwise. So, to start us off: Leia's leave-of-absence from being the Chief of State. This isn't totally without precedent-- she took off during the New Rebellion to avoid getting sacked (leaving Mon Mothma inexplicably in charge) and also to go rescue Luke and solve the Almania crisis because, why not I guess. But this was a brief thing, for a specific purpose-- not at all like the leave of absence in Hand of Thrawn, which seems semi-permanent and so she can... have more time with her kids? Or something? It definitely doesn't seem to be because she's in political danger, since she was fine just a year prior during the Corellian Trilogy and there's no mention of anything like that in the HoT. There's very little indication she's still the elected Chief at all, actually-- Gavrisom is just called the President, not Acting President or whatever, Leia's just Councilor Organa Solo and if you missed the mention at the very beginning of SotP you'd just assume she had stepped down entirely. So what in the world is going on? The best I can figure is it's some kind of semi-shady shenanigans where Leia doesn't want to be Chief of State right now (understandable, after the Corellian crisis) but doesn't trust anyone... actually okay I just answered my question here I think: she's stepped down for the remainder of the term and Gavrisom is keeping her seat warm until the next election (20 ABY, by my reckoning) because she wants time away but doesn't want to give up the Presidency entirely. Pretty sneaky, Leia. Right then! I uh, didn't expect to answer this myself, while typing this all out, but I'll leave it in case anyone finds it interesting or wants to comment or whatever. Um, ok, next one then: the Rogues. Wedge I can sort of explain-- in The New Rebellion he's chief of staff of Starfighter Command and kind of screws things up really badly with the whole X-wing upgrade program, so I can see him being back with the Rogues as a kind of like, pity assignment, because he's almost about to retire anyway and the Remnant is on the ropes and not a threat any more and why not let poor Wedge be rogue leader for just a little bit longer. (Also, to be entirely fair, Wedge did cameo as Rogue Leader in the Corellian Trilogy, so it's not totally Zahn's fault here.) What about the Tycho & Wes though? It's pretty bizarre that they're all pushing forty and still in the same role they were twenty years ago. Anyone got any ideas here? Did the original Rogues get together for some reason for one last hurrah?