Altho it’s obvious that Palpatine and the Sith used their powers to influence events leading to war to some degree, it seems that the galaxy was already a “tinder-box” as far as long-standing political, economic and social tensions between competing interests within the Republic. To my mind Palpatine just threw the match on the tinder-box. Sooner or later it would have ignited anyways. My rl study of history has told me that real material interests always have to been at the core of any conflict. War rarely (if ever) happens simply because of conspiracy or the actions of individual politicians - there has to be actual concrete motivating forces/interests at steak for the factions involved to go to war. Thoughts?