No, Tarkin is the best in Rogue Planet. It's not outright stated that he's aware of Palpatine as having a plan to create an Empire, but Tarkin has the wonderful vibe that he's in on something big. There's some kind of cabal around the centers of power and a new order is coming. It's not necessarily anything more than thinking he'll get the Militarist Republic that he wants, but it's wonderful to have that creepy sense of conspiracy, of something on the horizon, which is missing too often from PT works, which play with blatant foreshadowing without anchoring it in the universe. It's not even clear if Tarkin is linked in with the Palpatine administration or with Sidious -- or, as is likely, with both -- but I love the sense that Palpatine is stringing along more than just the Confederacy behind the scenes. He's also stringing along the Militarists, the people who will make up the core of the Empire's New Order ideology. That can't just spring up overnight, and the idea that Palpatine has been stringing these guys along, using them as his agents, putting them in power, letting them know in a vague sense that something is going to come, as he plans to vault them to power with the Clone War and let them form the backbone of his Empire -- it's great. It's exactly the kind of extensive behind-the-scenes dealings that Palpatine needs to be making. It's especially appropriate with Tarkin, the man who was the great intellectual font of Imperial ideology and one of the most powerful men in the Empire. It's way better than him just being some jerk who's floating around the scene.