I thought the reason they went to war with Seperatists was the Trade Federation invaded Naboo 10 yrs. before and they wanted retaliation. One thing led to another, a domino effect, and just like WW1, they fought a pointless war, because of the domino effect. WW1 happened because 1 country went to war over an assasination, for revenge. Think about it. If Archduke Franz Ferdinand was never shot, Hitler never would've risen to power because WW1 and the Treaty of Versailles never would've have happened. Therefore WW2 never happens, and 40-60 million lives never would've been lost.