Ternian: "There was NO suffering. The Sith and the Trade Federation were using this to bluff Amidala in signing the treaty." I've heard this good argument before. It does work, but it's not well-portrayed in the film. Besides, what about the hunger strike? Gunray also threatens Bibble. I think there was suffering. You're right about the TF not being pure villains. They're more like pawns. That's maybe why their hats make them look like chess pieces.