I'd give the election theory more support if Marasiah was shown as having been elected. Instead she is treated as the heir and Empress-to-be and subsequently becomes Empress without an election in sight. At least that we are shown. I'll back this up with the following from the Fel Empire wookieepedia page: "In Star Wars Insider 87, John Ostrander describes the Fel Empire as "not as inherently evil [as the earlier Empire], but still not a republic, not a democracy. It's the rule of the few, or the one, over the many. It has a lot of strengths; it has a substantial amount of weaknesses. It values power more than anything else." " By my measure, The Fel Empire is skirting the line of 'totalitarian', even with the benevolent dictators we have seen in the Legacy series. It isn't a question of whether or not there are real life countries today that persist. The Empire equates to space nazis... Even with the toning down the Remnant received over the years in stories. I do agree the Empire just going away isn't as plausible as it remaining. That is why the A vs B in my own post. My situation A is the more plausible of the two, with B being my way of dotting-the-I's, crossing-the-T's, and ending the Star Wars Saga with something resembling a happy ending. Even if it was a contrived one.