Sort of cobbled together from a few posts I made in the Lit forum about issue #4 of Rogue One comic adaptation but this did pop into my head upon viewing Rogue One. Which is, as Anakin puts it, I don't think the system works. When I first watched Rogue One, I do like that the Rebel Council is still sorta in Republic / Imperial Senate mode, endlessly debating and not getting anything done so Jyn and Co. have to actually do something. you can take the senators out of the senate and make them a Rebel Council but they're still bickering senators, dangit. Democracy in Star Wars kinda stinks, doesn't it? They do make with the squabbling a lot. the Old Republic had so much bickering it led to a Separatist succession movement. Even when faced with something called a freakin' "Death Star", the Senators (soon to be former Senators) and higher up muckity mucks of The Council (who are still in Senator mode) can't agree on a course of action and it takes "Rogue One" (and, y'know, Admiral Raddus taking off with all the booms) to get them going. The New Republic has it's own internal divisions and they don't clamp down on the First Order so they get blown up. Anakin spewing authoritarian dogma to Padme on Naboo actually started to sound sensible considering what happens to democratic debate in a galaxy far far away ANAKIN: I don't think the system works. PADME: How would you have it work? ANAKIN: We need a system where the politicians sit down and discuss the problems, agree what's in the best interests of all the people, and then do it. PADME: That is exactly what we do. The trouble is that people don't always agree. In fact, they hardly ever do. ANAKIN: Then they should be made to. PADME: By whom? Who's going to make them? ANAKIN: I don't know. Someone. PADME: You? ANAKIN: Of course not me. PADME: But someone. ANAKIN: Someone wise. PADME: That sounds an awful lot like a dictatorship to me. ANAKIN: Well, if it works... It's possible the war probably wouldn't have happened without Sith Lord intervention. But the Senate was bogged down in procedure and endless debates and planetary conflict even before Palpatine was elected Chancellor. The fact that the democracy isn't working is a reason it becomes the Empire in the first place. I think Sidious accelerated the collapse of the Republic but I don't quite believe that the Republic actually works, as Anakin mentions, they spend a lot of time bickering and nothing gets done. Same with the Rebel Council, same with the New Republic. All 3 situations it takes a strong move of someone outside the system, Sidious, Jyn and Cassian, and General Organa, to get things moving from the Republic senatorial stalemate. (Yes, I know I just compared Sidious to Jyn and Leia but kinda roll with it. he DID get things done, wicked and evil they may be.) Star Wars is a story where a single individual can change the fate of the galaxy, that is baked into the very first movie itself. But the reason that happens is because the galaxy is a cold, uncaring place that only a few individuals can change because the power holders don't seem to care.