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Oh my goodness! Someone has killed the king! Quickly, somebody stop him!
—A bystander after witnessing the assassination

The Assassination of King Daniel IV was an event which happened in 28 BBY on the planet Earth. The King of the Zarkan Kingdom and the Emperor of the Zarkan Empire, Daniel Zarkan IV, was assassinated in Parliament Square, located in Zarkan City, the capital of the Zarkan Kingdom, whilst he was on his way to witness a session of the Zarkanian Parliament.

Whilst he was walking through Parliament Square a lone gunman came up behind him and shot him in the back multiple times, the gunman was Samuel Sutton, he was insane and delusional, and had already unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Daniel Zarkan IV three years previously whilst Daniel was on his way to see his new granddaughter which had failed when Daniel's motorcade turned out of his line of fire, mere moments before Sutton had got within effective range.

He was known to have been insane and delusion, but nobody suspected him of being regicidal, an unsuspecting asylum allowed him day release on the day of his assassination of Daniel IV, as soon as he had been allowed out of the asylum he went to the place he had hidden his handgun three years previously, and after headed for Parliament Square, after overhearing from some bystanders that the king was there.

After he got there he noticed the king leisurely strolling through the gardens, the Royal Guard were slightly complacent, no danger had directly threatened a monarch of the Zarkan Kingdom for centuries, and they were completely unaware of Sutton's previous attempt three years before, taking advantage of the situation Sutton came up behind the king and shot him four times in the back whilst shouting "Freedom for the Colonies!".

Sutton attempted to escape, but was swiftly subdued, the witnesses wanted to lynch him but they were stopped by the Royal Guard, he took him away for imprisonment.

The king hadn't been killed immediately, he survived a further two days before dying of his wounds, he was buried in the family's personal cemetery in the gardens behind Castle Zarkan. Samuel Sutton was charged with regicide and high treason, and was publicly hung in Parliament Square, his last words were "I did what I had to do for liberty!".

Tony Lonsdale, an admirer of Samuel Sutton who would later go on to raid the Zarkan Arms Factory in an attempt to gather firearms with which to raid the home of Jane Zarkan and force her to grant independence to the colonies two years later, was present at the execution of Samuel Sutton.

Following the assassination the security of the royal family was greatly increased. For the next week the nation mourned for Daniel IV, after the week of mourning ended Daniel IV's 33-year old daughter, Jane Zarkan, had her coronation and was crowned Queen Jane I.

The Senate of the Union of Earth States, of which the Zarkan Kingdom was a member, expressed its displeasure at the public execution of Samuel Sutton, particularly due to the fact that Sutton had attempted to claim Prisoner of War status prior to his execution, which Jane Zarkan had turned down without a second thought, to the Union's expression of displeasure Jane Zarkan politely demanded that the Union not get involved in the affairs of the Zarkan Kingdom, and added that Sutton was a terrorist, a murderer and a traitor, nothing more.

The people of the Zarkan Kingdom felt that the Union cared more about Samuel Sutton than of the murdered Daniel IV, and was trying to get involved in affairs not concerning them, which further fuelled their loss faith in the Union, setting the stage for the secession of the Zarkan Kingdom and 58 other nations to form the Confederate States of Earth in 21 BBY.

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