Now, it would make Palpatine's character so much more of an evil-genius if he was controlling the senate under the name Palpatine and the Seperatists under the name Sidious, therefore being the only person aware of his dual-identity and single handedly rising to power in the Galaxy. However, Dooku's line in AOTC about Sidious controling the Galactic Senate leads us to believe otherwise. This line could have been along different terms, though. Such as Dooku believeing Sidious has spies or different agents on the inside. Personally, I also think that it would make Episode III a lot better if Sidious was the only one that knew of the dual-identity and it was a suprise to both sides of the Clone Wars that their leader was living a double-life and the entire galaxy had been seamingly "duped" into giving supreme power to one man. This, still, raises another question. How will his revelation not force both the Republic and Seperatists to band together to destroy Sidious? I was always under the impression the Galaxy would be turned against the Jedi and willingly put Palpatine into power as Emperor. But, as he is a known Sith in the Original Trilogy, the Republic must know of his being a two-face. How would they ever allow someone that in secret was fighting a war against the republic become their leader? Even if he was found out AFTER being given power, how would he put all the stormtroopers and people under his control. Fear of one man? I don't think so. Sidious must use the Sepratist forces to help secure and oppress the galaxy initially, which means to me that atleast some of the leading members of the Confederacy are totally aware of Sidous' plot and willing to help and he is not one single evil doer. This also means that the Sepratists do not become the Rebellion. The Republic will initially be winning/win the Clone Wars, put Palpatine into higher power, and in come the seperatists to take over the Galaxy. Agree that the Seperatists are all in on the plot? Disagree with that or anything else I said? EDIT--In the "fear of one man" part, I may have been a bit off. Anakin will also be alongside Palpatine with an additional handful of, corrupt, top-ranking members of the republic promised power by them. But it's still the same deal. An entire galaxy and army with fear of about 20 men?