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The United States government has a site called We The People whereby the people of our country can start any petition they want. Once a petition receives 25,000 signatures within 30 days, the White House has to give a formal response.

A petition asking the White House to “Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016″ hit that signature quota, and the White House issued a formal and hilarious letter. “The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon,” they wrote along with several bullet-pointed reasons (“The Administration does not support blowing up planets” is one example).

Today, the official Star Wars blog issued a response to the White House’s response from the “Galactic Empire Public Relations” team. It read, in part, “The overwhelming military superiority of the Galactic Empire has been confirmed once again by the recent announcement by the President of the United States that his nation would not attempt to build a Death Star, despite the bellicose demands of the people of his tiny, aggressive planet. ‘It is doubtless that such a technological terror in the hands of so primitive a world would be used to upset the peace and sanctity of the citizens of the Galactic Empire,’ said Governor Wilhuff Tarkin of the Outer Rim Territories. ‘Such destructive power can only be wielded to protect and defend by so enlightened a leader as Emperor Palpatine.’”

The letters issued by the White House and the Galactic Empire Public Relations team are both hilarious and amazing. We’re glad the White House followed through with their promise of writing answers to petitions that gain over 25,000 signatures, and even more pleased by the Star Wars team’s clever response.

Check out all of the White House’s official responses to see that they do indeed take many petitions seriously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000635137736 Elissa Parsons

    HILARIOUS. I signed the petition a while back ago actually lol

  • http://www.hypable.com/ Kristin LeMunyon

    I’m glad the USG has witty people. This is amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    America. I love you, and I love living here, but get it together. Even if it was just for your own amusement.

  • Matthew Goldenberg

    Holy crap, I love this country.

  • Gary65

    Do you think they’ll build it if we tell them the Chinese have one already?

  • CliveRogan

    “The Administration does not support blowing up planets.”

    Beautiful. I’d read this news the other day but only just read the actual letter. It kind of gives me a fair amount of faith in the America government that they can respond to something that’s pretty much pointless and obviously a joke in a way that both embraces it and shoots it down at the same time.

    When I first heard about it the petition system seemed like it’d be a mess as people will ask for anything. Just a quick glance at the site now tells me there are dozens of petitons demanding gun control and dozens more demanding for there to be no weapon ban. The petitions themselves may not be really affecting policies but are at least providing a constructive place for the discussions to be had where the White House can see ( as opposed to be shouted at each other or into the abyss of the internet) and that is definitely a good thing.

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudioCatino CCMASTER_01

    Yeah, I saw this like last month. I thought this site was meant to be up to date?.

    • RabbitRabbit

      Clearly you did not.
      ” TODAY, the official Star Wars blog issued a response to the White House’s response”

      • http://twitter.com/ClaudioCatino CCMASTER_01

        Oh right, I thought it meant the petition about the Death Star.

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