I actually like the idea of an independent system with their own sizable Navy. Under Tenel Ka, I always felt that they could be a solid check on the GFFA or Remnant from doing dumb things. I don't know enough about the earlier periods, but remember, Hapes didn't even exist until COPL! I'm not a fan of Ben. In my world, Tahiri would be the one to train Allana; the Chume'da would learn about the Force, Tahiri would learn how to love again.