This thread is for discussing the differences between the two. To me, there are at least two significant differences 1. Open Evil While the Empire was basically the Republic Gone Bad, the First Order seems it was openly evil from it's inception. Palpatine reorganized the Republic into the Empire, corrupting it from the inside, while Snoke gathered the remnants of the Empire and empowered them (with the exception of Ben Solo, who he seduced), while presumably never presenting himself with a different face. 2. Viciousness While the Empire took prisoners, it seems that the First Order doesn't. I mean, Kylo captured Rey because he wanted something from her, but he seems to keep ordering the deaths of anyone from whom he doesn't need anything. Other than their deaths. In addition, now that Emo Kylo has taken over, I think the FO is going to have a much shorter life, like a fire that burns it's hottest before extinguishing. Any other apparent differences?