A rendering of the villain Darth Vader from the Star Wars series. The design is part of a promotional poster for the museum exhibit "Star Wars: Identities." (Louis Hébert)

If you thought the blowback against the White House for its rejection of the petition to have the government build a Death Star was over, you are sorely mistaken.

The Galactic Empire via the official Star Wars blog has responded in a news release with the following statement reading, 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. 

The release goes on to call Earth “unimaginatively named,” and that its inhabitants had “refused to acknowledge the obvious cowardice of their choice.” Oh, and the estimate that a Death Star would cost $850 quadrillion dollars is “ridiculously overestimated,” said Adm. Conan Motti of the Imperial Starfleet via the release.

The Empire’s gauntlet has been thrown just days before the president is scheduled to commence his second term. We await a response from the White House as to whether this qualifies as enough of a threat for the administration to reconsider its decision. It seems, after all, that the mutually assured destruction threat is very, very real ... in a galaxy far, far away.

(Star Wars Blog via BuzzFeed)

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