My belief is that Darth Sidious just wanted Darth Maul to reveal himself to the Jedi by killing Qui-gon and Obi-wan, so the Jedi would know that the Sith were in the Trade Federation, which just conquered Naboo, so the Republic must go to war with the Trade Federation, and should start immediately building their own Droid Army. The fall of Naboo would have sympathy for Palpatine, he'd become Chancellor, and would gain his emergency powers right away because of the war. And eventually the Republic would be victorious, Palpatine would be Emperor, the Jedi would be dead, and Darth MAUL would be his enforcer. BUT Anakin was discovered and brought to Coruscant, and Senator Palpatine soon sensed his Anakin's Force-potential. He decided to have Amidala get rid of Valorum for him. He willingly sent Darth Maul to his death on Naboo. And when she won on Naboo he decided he would need a better army for the Republic, and a stronger oppostion. So he recruited Count Dooku who just left the Jedi because of his former padawan's death. Count Dooku imposed as Syfo-Dyas to represent the Republic, and ordered the Clone Army after meeting Jango Fett. Count Dooku got the Trade Federation AND all the Commerce Guilds, AND over a thousand systems unahppy with the corrupt Senate to secede. And we know what happens in Episode 2. And all this time Chancellor Palpatine has been guiding Anakin closer to the darkside. And we know what happens in Episode 3. Palpatine never predicted only FOUR things. 1.) DISCOVERY of the Chosen One--(Episode I) ^Qui-gon Jinn caused. 2.) DEFEAT of the Chosen One--(Episode III) ^Obi-wan Kenobi caused. 3.) FAILURE of the Chosen One--(Episode IV) ^Luke Skywalker caused. 4.) REDEMPTION of the Chosen One--(Episode IV) ^Anakin Skywalker, the Chosen One himself, caused. Do you think this is accurate? OR do you think that everything was in Palpatine's plan up to his death? Do you think he failed to see the future more times than this? What do you think, how many times did the Phantom Menace of the saga fail, fail seeing the future, or his plan failed so he had to change it?