There's a whole bunch of speculation of what would've happened if Anakin hadn't been burnt to a crisp on Mustafar. Well, I guess it's not really up for speculation---he would've slaughtered Palps whenever he felt up to it. But why is it that everyone assumes that Vader would've become the next emperor? Even if Vader somehow managed to come out on top following a bloody power struggle and claimed the throne of this new empire, I don't see how he would've kept it for more than a month. From what I've seen in the films, Vader doesn't have an ounce of tact in him. And while the threat of a swift force-choking might be enough to keep a few Imperial officers in line aboard the Executor, it would not really keep the thousands of star systems in check. So what do you guys think: if Vader, the almighty Chosen One, had killed Palpatine after Mustafar, would he have become the new Galactic Emperor? And if so, how would the Empire have done with him at the helm?