Since it appears we have a bit of Force-Users going on at the moment I guess this means I need to post about what is going on with the Jedi Order at the moment.
THE JEDI ORDER AND OTHER FORCE-TRADITIONS
The Jedi Order has suffered many losses, from the devastation at Ossus, the Hidden Temple being well, not hidden, and the loss of most of the Jedi Council, the Order right now is rebuilding just as much as the Alliance and the Empire are.
With only Master K'Kruhk and Tili Qua being the only two surviving members of the Jedi Council, there were to be major revisions to what would happen to the Jedi Council and the Order as a whole.
With K'Kruhk nearing the end of his own long life and Tili Qua being what would be next of the Council, it was agreed upon to allow leaders of other Force-Using Sects that are not openly allied with the Alliance or the Empire to join the Council. Afterall to paraphrase Luke Skywalker, to welcome these other traditions into the greater Jedi tradition of service so that all of their ways, woven together, will make the Order so strong we can never again be torn apart. And this was the perfect opportunity to allow these traditions greater recognition and to expand upon the knowledge of the Force so long as it did not consist teachings of the Dark Side.
Due to the different hierarchies of these different orders, and how things were different in how one progressed in these different different traditions it was also decided to allow these different traditions to keep their hierarchies the same with the one caveat is if their tradition joined the Jedi Order wholly that each member would have to pass two tests in order to be able to serve in the Jedi Order as peacekeepers of the Galactic Triumvirate. These two tests are the Knighthood and Master Tests. While these tests do represent the hierarchy of the Jedi Order itself, these tests were made to be generalized in terms of skills, wisdom, and their walk in the Light-side of the Force. While there is a written portion the main portion of each test is an observation test from three other Knights or Masters with one of them being from the tradition that the applicant is from in order to provide the other two observers insight into the applicant's world of view. Those who pass each test are recognized by the Order and the affiliated traditions as Knights or Masters and are given the respect wholesale by each tradition that is deserved for an equivalent place in their tradition respectfully. While it has flaws, so far the system has been running smoothly and those traditions who have joined the Jedi Order have integrated relatively easily into this system. The main reason for these tests is to provide some semblance of order and stability in the Jedi Order and a sense of accountability in their role as peacekeepers.
The first tradition to be wholly accepted into the Jedi Order were the Jensaarai. Their teachings being nearly parallel to the Jedi Order made adapting the armored defenders of the Suarbi system an easy transition, with the current and unnamed Saarai-kar holding a seat on the new Jedi Council.
The next in line to join were the Iron Knights of Dweem, being another offshoot of the Jedi Order from long ago, the droid/crystal symbiosis that is an Iron Knight were another easy choice for the Order to adapt into their own.
Other traditions that joined the Order were the the the Matukai Monks, Jal Shey Scholars the Baran Do Sages, and the Killian Rangers
There are others that have not joined the Order wholesale but are in the discussions of joining are the Keetael Hunters, the Luka Sene, the Order of Shasa, the Wardens of the Sky, the Tyia, the Fallanassi and the Zeison Sha are to name a few. Each of these traditions are having varying degrees of success in discussions. For example the Jedi Order has approached the Zeison Sha, but have been turned down due to the still longstanding embitterment the Zeison Sha have towards the Jedi.
The biggest group being discussed at the moment are the Witches of Dathomir, their primitive culture and clan like structure has prevented the Jedi Order from working with the Witches heavily and only gaining the support of a few clans. To make matters worse the Imperial Knights who are not happy about the Jedi Order being the big boys at the moment are trying to bolster their own ranks and see the Force enriched natives of Dathomir as prospective candidates as well. In addition with Marasiah Fel holding the throne as a strong female leader, this appeals to the matriarchal society of Dathomir greatly. There are a few Witches who have joined the Jedi Order and have earned the rank of Knighthood, but there are no Masters at the moment.
The ideas presented were actually proposed by a Jedi Knight now turned Master from Serenno, by the name of Isandril Dooku. Just like his ancestor, Dooku had a way with words but unlike his ancestor he shined in the Light brightly and earned a reputation as an inspirational leader during the latter days of the Sith-Imperial War. This accepted idea put Dooku on the new Jedi Council that would have nine seats based upon the merits and wisdom gained by each seat holder.
Dooku proposed nine seats as it allowed an odd number of seatings to prevent any even splits in the Council should there be any issue that would cause the Council divided and require a vote to decide which direction to go to. As of now, there are only five members on the Council while the other four seats are open with prospective candidates being looked to join their ranks.
THE JEDI ORDER AND THE ANTARIAN RANGERS
The Antarian Rangers during the days of the Old Republic was used as a means to assist the Jedi in matters and manners that they may or may not excel in. These-usually-non Force-Sensitive members would provide a multitude of roles for the Jedi Order such as piloting ships for Jedi who may not excel as pilots, extra fire support, being a guide in areas unfamiliar to Jedi going to a region they are not familiar with, to even being something as simple as a translator. The Rangers were there to support the Jedi Order and are now doing so again in the days of the Triumvirate. The Rangers main base is the same as the Jedi Order that being on Ossus and sharing bases with the Jedi Order spread across Triumvirate borders and stationed at the home of the traditions that have joined the Order wholly as a sign of goodwill and support.
Joining the Rangers is not an easy decision to make, as per the rulings of the Triumvirate, those who do join the Rangers are afforded the same privileges of the Jedi Order as peacekeepers but they have to forego any prior allegiances just like the Jedi Order. Additionally to prevent anyone from just wearing a blue bomber jacket that the Rangers wear and pretending they are a Ranger and to prevent vigilante justice, the Jedi Order is held responsible for anything the Rangers do.
The Rangers are led by Ranger General Boris Navesk, a human hailing from Ord Mantell.