Because of a petition that was submitted to the White House acquired more than the required number of signatures for action, the US Government is now required to act on building a Death Star.
The US White House website We the People was designed to give citizens a voice. Anyone can create a petition; anyone can sign one. The rule is that a petition has 30 days to collect 25,000 signatures; once a the petition hits that goal, the White House will respond by either acting on it — or giving a reasonable explanation for its inability or refusal to act.
The petition reads:
Those who sign here, petition the United States Government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.
By focusing our defence resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system, such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration and more, and strengthen our national defence.
It met the goal, coming in at 26,650 signatures by the designated time. And now, according to its own rules, the US Government has to either build the Death Star — or give a darned good reason why it won't.
Personally, we think that "a 100 per cent getting blown up rate" is quite a reasonable explanation, but they're probably going to go with something boring, like "there's no room in the budget". We'll have to wait until the White House has finished reviewing the petition to find out.