"And this is not my theory, it is a direct quote from Lucas that it was the Sith that caused the imbalance." I find it solidifies an argument when a direct quote is correctly referenced, citing both the source information and the quote, verbatim. So, PB, if you could, would you let us know where, when, and what was said by Uncle George in regards to the Sith? Thanks! I agree that the imbalance was due largely in part to the Sith and their increased activity surrounding the events of TPM, but I'm not certain Uncle George eliminates the possibility of other darksiders. These were dark times in general (or the beginning of dark times in the Republic, at any rate). Furthermore, I believe that Lucas set up Palpatine, not the Sith, as the ultimate villain, the one that must be defeated for the hero to be victorious. Now, this might be splitting hairs, and it is understandable that one would think that with the most powerful Sith Lord the Sith Order dies, too. However, again, I'm not so certain GL rules out the possibilities of other Sith being out there, un-affiliated with the Sith we see in the movies. Who knows. All I know is that it is a big galaxy (heck, it's a big Universe, as we're finding out in the NJO), and Lucas allowed others to tell stories in his fictional realm. He understands that there are so many possibilities in the GFFA, that the whole story can't be told in six films or by one man (see the foreword to Alan Dean Foster's Splinter of the Mind's Eye for the exact quote). Lucas allowed for these things to happen. He certainly has not approved every single story told, but he permitted their existence and I'm glad he did. When it comes down to it, as it has been said by many people over the years, the Saga is made up of the parts you the reader choose. Debating over who has chosen the "right" way to view the Saga has its good points, but it is not the end game. What is? you ask. Enjoyment of this wonderful epic tale.