Well, I do not really want to talk about the origins of the Galactic Empire, but about how Palpatine incorporated symbols and designs which were originally used by other factions. For example, the symbol of the Galactic Empire is clearly based on the symbol of the Sith Empire (TOR). The uniforms and tanks used by the Clones and Stormtroopers ressemble those used by the Republic during the TOR time period. The armor can be traced back to the Mandies as well. The Sith Emperor created the rank 'Moff' and 'Grand Moff". Palpatine later used them as well. The Imp Star Destroyers not only ressemble the Venators, but also the Sith Warships. Palpatine's Crimson Guards originally were Senate Guards or Sun Guards. Discuss!