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Taxation Without Federation was a propaganda poster composed by Ganamey Davloterra, the art director of weekly newstack Chrono. The artwork was commissioned as a Core-edition insert in a weekend issue of HoloNet News,[1] a news agency,[2] but physical and digital unauthorized reproductions were spread throughout the Mid Rim Territories.[1]

The poster depicted[1] Lok Durd,[3] a fat Neimoidian, holding a Duros mask. In the image's foreground was a pile of credit chips superimposed by the red text "Taxation Without Federation" written in Aurebesh. In the poster's background was the golden-and-blue symbol of the Confederacy of Independent Systems, a union of systems that wanted to leave the Galactic Republic, patterned in a web. The poster also had an orange border.[1]

Taxation Without Federation was created as a response to the[1] trade and shipping conglomerate[4] Trade Federation's continued taxation of trade routes. Neimoidian spin doctors found the image offensive, claiming it was a blatantly racist campaign and a play on the fat Neimoidian stereotype.[1]

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Taxation Without Federation was created by Joe Corroney as one of several propaganda posters published in the 2016 reference book Star Wars Propaganda: A History of Persuasive Art in the Galaxy, written by Pablo Hidalgo.[1] The poster was inspired by the American revolutionary slogan "No taxation without representation."[5]

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