- Feb 8, 1999
- Real Name
The Empire stands for order and stability, but individual freedom is sacrificed.
Actually, within the confines of the movies, we are never told that the Empire ever restricts anyones freedom. The only people we have any exposure to are rebels (traitors) and smugglers. In the US, where we live and breathe in the name of freedom, we still will not allow people to smuggle in illegal goods or form rebel military groups.
In the Star Wars universe, people went along their day to day duties and we are never informed of any unfair taxes or hindering laws.
I wonder if the empire stopped all production of battle droids, since we don't see any in EP IV-VI.
The Empire(The Old Senate) never made battle droids the Trade Federation did. The Senate created the Clones and where called Stormtroopers after the senate disolved and became the empire. Im assumeing that in Episode III the Clones will lay the final smack down on the trade federation battle droides and begin to take over the universe.
As flawed as the republic was, it allowed for freedom of thought and expression, something that I'm pretty sure the Galactic Empire does not encourage
How do you know that the Empire didnt encourage freedom of thought and expression? The only freedoms of thought and expressions that the Empire clearly discouraged were that of illegal smuggling and treason, which any government would discourage. We dont know if the Empire has in place a "Government Complaints Department" or not, so we cant make any judgements on whether they encouraged or discouraged criticism.
On the other hand, we dont know what the Republic stood for or not since they were not organized enough to make any decisions. In fact, it seemed like if one member of the Senate wanted to persecute its people, the only thing the Senate could do was investigate.
I think its an interesting point of view...
A system of government that does not include elected officials to represent its citizens is by its very nature oppressive.
Are you suggesting that all monarchies (sp?) are and always have been evil? Were there no Kings or Pharos that ruled wisely and justly?