I have to state first and foremost I am not familiar with the EU aside from the KOTOR games so please forgive my ignorance. I am wondering what all the big fuzz about rebelling against the Galactic Empire. When I was still a Star Wars fan years ago, I was also a history buff. When I watched the Rebels int he OT fight the empire, as much I LOVED Star Wars, I thought Princess Leia were stupid and naive for fighting in the name of "freedom". In fact I thought the Empire wasn't that bad and was actually a lesser evil compared to some of the chaotic parts of the Galaxy I seen in KOTOR (namely Korriban the home planet of the Sith). That the Empire overall was better than the Republic because it succeeded and bringing order. Sure there was executions but it was no worse than what I read of the Roman Empire during Pax Romana. Specifically what crossed my mind was that if the Empire was so evil why didn't they use RAPE as a form of torture for Princess Leia when she was captured? Leia and the Rebels (except for Luke because it was his duty as the first new Jedi in years) seemed like children who thought democracy was the key to bringing peace adn if they replaced the Empire with a new democratic style (or in this case, Republican style) government, all corruption would go away and wars would stop just as we frequently see in the 3rd world when new democracies emerged. And I already was expecting the new Republic to face near collapse in its early years and facing problems just as much as the Empire did so reading the recent EU stuff after Episode 6 did not surprise me. A bunch of naive idiot idealists I thought. I already stated I am new to EU, bt based on what I've seen in the movies there is nothing to indicate Palpatine was anything close to as bad as Hitler or even Saddam Hussein. I mentioned if the Empire was evil they would have Leia raped? Many fans are already horrified by what little is shown when a robot is sent to interrogate Leia. If this was the Imperial Japanese Army of World War II, they would have locked Leia in a brothel building and gangraped her. This is just the start, she'd probably be forced to service 50 or even hundreds of soldiers daily and in addition to brutal successive rapes almost immediately after another, would be beaten hard daily with permanent injuries. The Imperial Japanese Army would probably have had Lando beheaded and let on a game of killing spree where Japanese grunts bayonet inhabitants of Lando's facility to death by the hundreds and thats the start. I apologize if I am breaking rules by posting some really nasty stuff, but after having recently returned to Star Wars and being a huge history buff (especially World War II), for all the talk of the Empire being evil, it doesn't strike me that much. Even their use of the Death Star to destroy Alderan was by Mongol standards not even close to the average horrors the Mongol Horde did to cities they conquer. The only difference was the size and population of Alderan. But if it was the Mongols, they wouldn't destroy it with the Death Star they would have sent an army into Alderan and ravaged the land themselves,mass raping the millions of women the planet and murdering children for fun. The Mongols would have sold anyone in Alderan who survived the brutal massacres to brutal slavery where they'd get whipped daily and raped. Does the EU make the Empire more terrifying than they were onscreen that Leia and rebels really had no choice but to fight? I mean for example did Stormtroopers rounded up women to be sent to prostitution and ravaged local stores to steal hardworking storeowners property? Did they ever round up a specific group and did experiments of them much like the Nazi Josef Mengele did on thousands of Jews? Did Palpatine ever advocate a "Final Solution" much like Hitler did? I mean going by the movies, the Empires were not so much evil in the traditional sense. It seemed more like pragmatic evil much like the Mongols-who were pretty NICE GUYS by history's standards despite what I said to what they would do to Alderan? I mean the Mongols could be negotiated with to avoid attacking your city and leave you in peace. Assuming you surrender, the Mongols would just leave your country to be provided you pay a tax (which was pretty light compared to say what Stalin forced on the various states of the USSR). In fact the Mongols would even send their own resources and armies to help you quell local problems as long as you serve as a loyal vessel to the Mongol Empire. The Galactic Empire seems no difference (even though the Mongol and it are evil compared to a genuine Republic like Canada).