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Is there any indication why the old capital of the Republic is not the capital of the New Republic?

(at least in the film I saw nothing there so I hope that the novelization has something there?)

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Yes.

Visual Dictionary says it's because it was, to put it short, more democratic.

"To demonstrate that the New Republic was not doomed to repeat the errors of the past, one of Chancellor Mon Mothma's first edits was the restoration of the Galactic Senate, to create a forum where the Republic would define its very nature. It was decided that all worlds would have an equal say in the shaping of government. This change resulted in the campital of galactic politics moving from Coruscant, its home for millennia. Member worlds would now host the Senate on a rotating basis. At this time, it is the cosmopolitan world of Hosnian Prime where the Senate convenes."
("Hosnian Prime" insert on the "Peace Interrupted" page with Galactic map)

This tradition started right after the fall of the Empire. In Wendig's "Aftermath" book, we see the Senate convening on Chandrila (it was partly chosen because Mon Mothma was from there, presumably, but as we can see, rotated further):

“Oh!” Olia says, thrusting up a finger. “You’re going to get a shot of what’s behind us, right? Hanna City reflects the Senate’s humble new beginnings—we’re here for the people of the galaxy, all the hardworking people. And Mon Mothma is from here, so—”

Just for completeness, the novelization does NOT address the reason.

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    uhm what? (sry I think I'm not getting what you mean? Was there a vote and taht was how coruscant was no longer teh seat? – Thomas Dec 25 '15 at 21:06
  • @Thomas - see the canon quote in the update – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 25 '15 at 21:31
  • Tnx dvk that is better at explaining it. Sounds almost like what the EU (Real life EU I mean NOT extended universe....thus the european EU) does use there. – Thomas Dec 25 '15 at 21:32
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    “Member worlds would now host the Senate on a rotating basis.” Oops. That backfired eh. – Paul D. Waite Dec 25 '15 at 23:30
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    @PaulD.Waite - Well, I would say a decision to pass Demilitarization Act was far more of a blunder. After all, picking ANY world for the Senate would be irrelevant, First Order would know which one to blow up – DVK-on-Ahch-To Dec 25 '15 at 23:32

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