"Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those others that have been tried." - Winston Churchill Pretty early on in the NJO, I knew this was inevitably where we would end up at. "Democracy is a failure and the power to govern can only be trusted to the few Elites wise enough to rule," seems to be the order of the day in the EU. It makes me kind of sad to even see this question posted let alone given serious weight. In the original trilogy at least there was no question that our heroes were fighting for the restoration of democracy and freedom. Democracy may lead to corruption, but there is always next election to kick the bastards out and elect some reformers. Every election cycle you can have a revolution, everybody has their say, and nobody gets killed. Autocracy or even an oligarchy inevitably invites tyranny. Maybe this dictator really is a selfless individual who will lead your nation to a brighter age, but what happens when he's gone? Who do you get stuck with when he's dead? You don't have a say. Yes democracy can be ugly. But those who serve democracy and freedom, and uphold its ideals, are heroes. That is where the really story of Star Wars lies. Not in corrupt politicians and ruminating on the merits of an empire, but in the selfless acts of those who fight to protect the freedoms of safety of others.