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Are The Empire The Bad Guys?

A Deeper Look at the Galactic Empire: Are They Really the Bad Guys? | Reflekt Sabers™

Is the Good vs. Evil Dichotomy in Star Wars So Simple After All?

When it comes to the Star Wars universe, it's easy to categorize the Galactic Empire as the "bad guys". After all, they rule the galaxy with an iron fist and their leader is none other than the Dark Lord of the Sith. But is the distinction between good and evil in Star Wars as clear cut as it seems? A closer examination of the Republic's shortcomings and the benefits brought about by the rise of the Empire may lead us to question the conventional wisdom.

Making a Case for the Empire as the "Good Guys"

No More Debating with Democracy

During Attack of the Clones, Padme laments how the war was caused by the Senate's inability to take action. While democratic systems give a greater voice to the people, the decision-making process can be slow and bogged down by debate. On the other hand, the Empire operates under a dictatorship, where everyone knows their place and what is expected of them. While this may seem oppressive, it does have its benefits. Palpatine's ultimate goal in taking control of the galaxy was to rid it of the Jedi, not to bring about a bleak existence for ordinary people.

The Jedi Were Not Without Their Flaws

Palpatine's desire to wipe out the Jedi may have actually been for the good of the galaxy. The Jedi may not be the pure heroes that they are made out to be. They are set in their ways and often refuse to engage in confrontations that would violate their code. Count Dooku left the Jedi Council because of this, frustrated by the Jedi's unwillingness to help with a growing crisis on his home planet of Serenno.

In the face of a new threat, who do you think would be more likely to act swiftly: the Jedi or the Sith? The Sith, who are threatened by the emergence of a new power, would likely hunt it down immediately. On the other hand, the Jedi would act cautiously, relying on their instincts. While this approach may be suitable for them, it may not be in the best interests of the galaxy as a whole. The quick actions of the Sith may be better received in a crisis situation.

Employment Opportunities Abound

The Death Star was a symbol of the Empire's rule. While it is primarily known for its planet-destroying capabilities, the sheer size of the vessel also created countless new employment opportunities. People could become Tie-Fighter pilots, Grand Admirals, and engineers. While their careers would support the dictatorship, from a personal perspective, the Empire offered job security.

It's worth considering how many lives Luke Skywalker took when he destroyed the Death Star. The death toll is likely to be much higher than the number of lives taken by Darth Vader over a much longer period. Moreover, rebels such as Cassian Andor and Saw Guerrera are not above getting their hands dirty and sacrificing innocent lives to achieve their objectives. They could even be seen as terrorists.

Final Thoughts

So, what do you think? Are the Empire really the bad guys in Star Wars? Share your thoughts below or contact us to continue the discussion.

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