...I think something really is wrong with my worldview. I just can't help but see, in light of the later EU, the Empire losing as one of the worst thing to happen to the galaxy, and the Empire rising again as potentially one of the best. Aside from the racism, and definitely the Sith, the Empire actually did seem to offer a greater stability and structure to the galaxy than the Republic. I see their various 'evil' actions as played up, due to the main characters and 'good guys' being the Rebels. However, the Empire as it was in the films was controlled by an evil being, and aside from that there were a few moments that showed the brutality. Its mostly the EU that turned the various Moffs and Grand Admirals into saturday morning cartoon villains, and cemented the Empire as a whole as evil. The biggest problem of the Empire were the Sith, or the Emperor to be more acurate, and the people he gave power. I think with less psychotic and more moderate leadership, the Empire had a chance to be a very good thing for the galaxy. It certainly would have stopped the Vong in their tracks, and many of the threats in the post-RotJ era wouldn't have existed, because they were generally about fighting the Empire. Anyone else share these thoughts? Or more fitting the title of the thread, what would it have taken for the Empire to simply settle into being a stable one, with a lack of evil or demented people in charge? Did it ever even have a chance? The Fel Empire seems to be very much this, until the Sith get hold of it again.