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Juliana Charles

Staff Attorney, Terran National Police Agency

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Ylanne

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Originally formed after the Tripartite Occupation of Terra, the TNG once controlled all of Terra. Currently, the TNG's jurisdiction includes most of Terra's territory, but not the entire world.
Registered citizen of the Terran National Government

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Photo Credit: QPicture, of artist Juliana Dever. (I know; I often Google image search using the first name of the character just to see what appears.)

History

Born in 1985, Juliana Charles was raised in College Park, Maryland. She attended Boston College Law School, graduating in 2010. Following the dissolution of the United States, Juliana applied for a position within the Terran Ministry of Justice, and was appointed a Prosecutor General. The first time Juliana appeared in public life was when she was assigned to second-seat the older, more experienced Prosecutor General Ramin Fereydoun in People v. Fazekas, aka Guatrau. She was one of twenty Terrans taken hostage by the Hadantites during Guatrau's escape from the planet. She made a lateral transfer a few months later to a position as staff attorney in the National Police Agency.

So begins...

Juliana Charles's Story

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Juliana Charles whimpered, unable to defend herself from the lashes. "Oh god, god, god," she sobbed, squeezing her eyes shut. "I'm not even twenty-six; my parents aren't even fifty; and I was supposed to be married next month. Why me?" Her voice was marked with a terrible, innocent quality that did not seem quite fitting with the ornate, gilded room and the cold, cruel intent of Netan and his soldiers.

"If you wanted me, General," said Drulović from the next room in a heavy voice, "then why did you take them too?"

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Juliana Charles at first was certain she was delusional, almost ready to step from the world of the living into the world beyond. Then the stinging slap brought her back to reality, and she stared into a faceless visor, the dark figure she thought she had seen earlier now standing by her. And the Intelligence Director was gone now, completely out of sight. "Who -- are you?" she managed to produce words through her frozen lips, eyes sliding haltingly upward at the woman.

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The older, graying Black man, and the young, frail blond woman made quite the contrast, even in the blinding snowfall under cover of night on Hadante. Lebrun did not have the energy to speak. Juliana struggled to make sense of what was happening. "Did -- did Ranida send you?" she managed to whisper, partially in awe and partially in wonder.

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The slight woman pushed open the door to the bar. She’d changed from her stiff, formal suit into a gray sweater and comfortable chinos. The transformation from work to casual attire never happened quite quickly enough. Well, that was all right. Juliana didn’t want to take her work out of the office, like many of her colleagues did. Like -- well, like many in her profession did. She saw them come into the office each morning with bleary eyes and permanent migraines, subsisting on a combination of coffee and take-out. Sometimes, she found some of her colleagues sleeping at their desks after all-nighters.

Slim and of average height, with soft eyes and blond hair falling loosely about her shoulders, Juliana gave the impression of a university student -- and she liked it that way. Under the bar’s dim light, she might have passed for a student in her final year of high school, and to counter that, Juliana had been sure to check that her ID was safely tucked inside the green alligator-skin purse she carried. She closed the door behind her, approaching the counter.

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“She’s on the fourth floor, in the east wing,” responded the receptionist, still decidedly fearing for his life. He looked at the Marines. “Can you just show ID and sign in, and then you can all head upstairs. It’ll just take a moment. Uh, procedure.”

Downstairs, a slender young woman with blond hair tied into a neat, professional-looking bun stepped into the hospital lobby behind Raphael and the Marines. Dressed in a pinstriped gray pantsuit, she carried a leather briefcase, and wore a photo ID clipped to her breast pocket, bearing the NPA’s seal behind the photograph.

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Juliana stiffened ever so slightly at Raphael’s decidedly hostile manner of address, choosing for the moment not to comment on it. “I have a notice that Special Agent Marlene Angel is hereby relieved of all official duties and on paid leave effective immediately, pending completion of an internal affairs investigation and successful completion of a neuropsychological evaluation to be conducted when Agent Angel is deemed competent to submit to an assessment.” She reached inside her briefcase for the official letters of notice. These were copies, with additional copies to go to Marlene later, when the woman would be conscious and alert.

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Having heard that Marlene was out of her coma, Juliana headed to the hospital again with the other copies of her documents, the ones intended for Marlene to receive in order for her to be given official notice of her status. Protocol, after all. She took a deep breath, running her fingers through her hair, and pressed her lips tightly together. She had heard rumors about this woman, and Juliana didn’t particularly want to get on her bad side. She headed into the hospital, presented her ID, and made for the elevators. “You can do this, Jules,” she whispered to herself. But catching a glimpse of her blurred reflection through the heads and arms of the other people in the car, she wasn’t so sure.

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“Mm -- not exactly,” Juliana confessed. “I’m not her supervisor, if that’s what you’re asking, but I am from the NPA’s Office of Legal Services, and I need to deliver a few perfunctory notices to Agent Angel. May I?”

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The two women headed up the walkway couldn’t have been stronger contrasts to each other. One was slender and pale-faced, so fragile in appearance that one could not help but wonder if she would break at a gentle touch. Her dark-skinned companion was taller, broad-shouldered, and muscular, wearing her thickly braided hair in plaits falling to her waist. She moved with a strength and confidence that broadcast her law enforcement background.

Both women approached the house on the bluff, their shoes crunching on the path to the door. They moved in silence, the blond -- Juliana -- clutching a file folder with the seal of the NPA. Her companion, Marie, matched her steps, her grim, business-like expression a contrast to the vulnerability revealed in the hollows in Juliana’s face.

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Marie showed her badge and credentials, and Juliana nodded to the door. “We’re here to speak to Ms. Angel,” said the younger woman. “We won’t be that long.” Her soft eyes betrayed her uncertainty.

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Neither Marie nor Juliana tried to find a seat. The taller, Black woman stood stoically behind the lawyer as Juliana approached Marlene. “My name is Juliana Charles,” she said softly, and for a moment, Marie wondered how Juliana had ever passed her public speaking classes in law school. “I’m with the NPA’s legal office.”

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“Special Agent Marie Damas, special investigations,” the taller woman introduced herself with a curt nod. She maintained an impassive expression. She was only here as an observer and escort.

“Thanks, but no thanks,” said Juliana, with a nod toward the chips. She paused again, breathing deeply before launching into a clearly rehearsed speech. “I’m here to inform you that pursuant to the closure of an internal affairs investigation and personnel review conducted by your Supervisory Special Agent, you have been dismissed from your position with the National Police Agency effective immediately. Your existing security clearance has been revoked, and we’ll need to retrieve your credentials.”

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Marie waited silently for Juliana to turn, not willing to move until the attorney did. Instead, the younger woman flushed, her gaze lowering, and the hand with the folder moving to keep it close at her side. “I’m sorry,” she stammered. “This isn’t a decision I made. I -- I was just sent with the papers.”

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Juliana stooped, lifting the folder between her fingers and flipping it open. “What is this?” she asked, more out of habit than anything else. After all, she was reading the papers inside, her face growing more and more concerned as she read further. “I can’t speak for the administration except what I’m instructed to say, but it is my job to provide legal services for NPA employees -- or recently terminated employees.”

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“That’s good. It’ll show initiative and commitment.” Juliana fell into an awkward silence, her gaze following the direction in which Marlene was looking, watching the screen with clear lack of understanding of the context -- or indeed of any of what was happening. Behind her, Marie stood so still that for several moments Juliana had forgotten that the other woman was standing there.

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“As you are a Terran citizen, you could be indicted for treason,” responded Juliana, who then provided the legal definition. “Treason is providing material aid or comfort during a time of war, or sensitive or classified information to a foreign power as a defector to that government’s service, either military or civilian.”

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Juliana flinched at that. “Don’t hurt yourself, Marlene.” She shifted her weight on her feet, but was not brave enough to reach for the needle and snatch it away herself. “You’re a Terran citizen. That means you’re entitled to certain rights and protections under Terran law, including the right not to be charged with a crime in the absence of sufficient evidence. You also have the right to return to Terra at any time and to reside there indefinitely. You have the right to appeal your dismissal, and the right to seek employment anywhere on Terra with any employer. We didn’t make you leave the planet; you chose to come here.”

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“I wouldn’t know,” said Juliana, her discomfort visible in the stiffness of her posture and how she did not know quite what to do with her hands. Her gaze drifted for several long moments, taking in the appearance of the walls of the room where they were, the three of them. “I just know that I think I know how you feel. I was one of the twenty Terrans taken to Hadante. Before that, I worked for the courts as a prosecutor. When I came back, people stared all the time in the office. They stopped talking when I walked into the room. I didn’t want to deal with it anymore. So I left.”

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“You’ll have to file a formal appeal with the Office of Personnel Management within the NPA,” responded Juliana, sinking somewhat cautiously into a chair on the other side of the living room. Marie remained standing by the door, and had hardly moved more than an idle twitch of the muscle in well over ten minutes. The agent was good at that. “You have thirty days to do that, and that gets your foot in the door and automatically opens a case.” She ran her fingers -- which were trembling a little -- through her hair. “I suppose they didn’t know how to handle the situation. How to talk to me. After I came back, you know.”

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Marie gave Juliana a withering look. “I vote we should have left sooner,” she muttered before heading to the door and thrusting it open with her ID and visa papers in hand. Juliana set the LDA’s folder on the table and produced her own official identification and visa papers.

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“What fun,” Marie muttered, closing the door behind the agents and returning to her same position. Her eyes shot daggers at Juliana, who didn’t seem to notice.

“I don’t think that could ever happen on Terra,” said Juliana. “Not with the Lib-Cons in power. The thought of government having that much power is like the thought of skinny-dipping into lava.”

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“Well. I don’t know Drulović all that well -- only met her once -- but I suspect she’d be proud of that.” Juliana allowed a small smirk to appear on her face at that. “If you did provide the sorts of information you haven’t provided before, I also suspect that there could be good prospects there.” She looked left and right and lowered her voice. “Of course, I wouldn’t know for sure, and I’m certainly not trying to suggest creating trouble. I’m just saying that it’s a possibility.”

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“What act?” asked Juliana. “You said the Confederation has passed new laws. What exactly did they do?” After all, she was a lawyer, and fascinated with the inner workings of the law. She was pretty sure she wouldn’t have survived law school had that not been the case.

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“That’s -- awful,” said Juliana, struggling to wrap her mind around the entire idea. Oh, she certainly knew that such things did happen -- had happened repeatedly in Terra’s history under various regimes and governments, but it was not the sort of thing one spoke about in light conversation or dinner, or even in some government and politics class. The idea of the law allowing such things was such a horrifying spectre to the majority of Terrans, many of whom had experienced various forms of repression, oppression, or human rights abuses at various times in their lives. “They did that all because of Drulović?” She shook her head in disbelief.

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“I’ve been a bit busy with Terran affairs -- they kind of suck up a lot of time you know,” said Juliana, “and haven’t had much time to study other nations or worlds. But that’s okay, I guess. That’s the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’s job, them, the military, and the TIB.” She shrugged, idly brushing her hair away from her face. “So -- are you going to come back to Terra?”