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Star Wars: 4 Reasons The Galactic Republic Was Worse Than The Empire

Star Wars is a pop culture phenomenon containing many elements of society, such as war and battle, as well as conflicts. While there are many opposing forces in the Galaxy against this, it’s also important that we acknowledge that there are times when these conflicts become necessary. For example, there has been an ongoing struggle between the Jedi and Sith Lords.

Throughout the years, the Sith were establishing themselves as a powerful force in the Galaxy thanks to Palpatine – but with the invasion of Naboo and the formation of a new Jedi Order, the balance was restored once again. As governing bodies of both The Republic and later The Empire, the Jedi used their powers to ensure peace throughout all systems within the Galaxy, but would it be fair to say that this meant that there was more than one central government? Or should more power have been given over to the head honchos at the Temple?

With that being said, these are the 4 reasons why the Galactic Republic was worse than the Empire –

The Empire Brought The Change

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Star Wars

As the established Galactic Republic fell under the Sith Empire’s rule, many people took much delight in the resulting change. Many others however were eager to get back to life under a government system backed by Jedi Knights and leaders – who, as Lord Vader so aptly put it, all too often abused their power. A new Republic served as a fresh start for a civilization that had struggled for so long with its governing institution! While there have been multiple empires since then – like the current one ruled by Emperor Palpatine (formerly known as Chancellor Palpatine) – each of them brought beneficial changes that made everyone in that galaxy far, far better off than they ever could have been under any other old order.

The Empire Got The Natural Chain Of Succession

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Star Wars

The Rule of Two is a philosophy that has been very popular in Sith culture. It stems from the mind of Darth Bane, the last surviving member of what was known as the Jedi-Sith war. The rule states that there can be no more than two Sith at any given time. One master, and one apprentice. By allowing for an apprentice to fill in after the master eventually dies or “retires” from their position, the Sith Lord will never have to worry about leading without their trusty second-in-command.

Unlike Republic; The Empire Will Do Anything To Retain Power

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Star Wars

The Sith enjoys the power they have over others. They exist to rule and to control, and they go out of their way to keep their power, whether it is through killing employees (which has happened), undermining competing interests (whether playing nice would do better), or plotting break-ins (to ensure no one gets ahead of them). While this is certainly not good for the Galaxy, it does provide stability. The Republic has its limitations but the Sith have no such restrictions and so they try to preserve the order they’ve created by locking things down or keeping them in check – inadvertently preserving some things in the process and giving it a stable leadership.

The Republic Is Considerably Weak

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Star Wars

The prequel trilogy does not do a great job depicting the Republic as an institution that can get things done. There’s a lot of talk and debate, but little action and movement. The solution to the problems involved forming a committee to look after the ineffectiveness of the Senate politically. Throughout all three movies, it becomes clear that running a galaxy-wide government is no easy task; too many interests, too much bureaucracy, too many individuals working against one another instead of together to accomplish anything.

Prateek Chatterjee
Prateek Chatterjee

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