"It is clear to me now that the Republic no longer functions." - Queen Amidala, Episode I We know the Republic was corrupt, even before Palpatine came to power. In my opinion, Dooku had good intentions on cleansing the Republic, I think Dooku deserves a lot more respect than people give him. Dooku wanted to destroy the Sith, I think his intentions to cleanse the Republic were sincere. He even asked Obi-Wan to join him so they could destroy the Sith. That was all Dooku wanted, and if it meant teaming up with the Sith to do so, then he was willing to make that sacrifice. I think once the Republic fell, he would have at least made an attempt to destroy Sidious and vanqui####he Sith, but that's not the topic here. What I'm getting at is I think the Republic needed to go, needed to be destroyed, and start all over again. I think towards the end of Episode III Senators will start to see that, but it will be too late. Anakin knew it in AOTC, and I think many more will come to this realization in Revenge of the Sith. The Separatists under Dooku wanted a fresh start, a government that wasn't corrupt and dysfunctional. Is that so bad? Remember now, it is the Republic that strikes first against the Separatists, with really little to no reasoning. The Republic had no army, how do you govern such a huge amount of space and a vast amount of people with no army? It wasn't functioning, it was too big. So, post your thoughts. Did the Republic need to go? Did this need to happen? Were the Separatists intentions really so bad? What side would you choose?