"Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design!" Or at least that's what Emperor Palpatine says to Luke Skywalker in Return Of The Jedi. We all know now after watching the Prequel Trilogy what a diabolical mastermind Palpatine (a.k.a. Darth Sidious) was, but how about after the events of the PT? Surely Palpatine had some inkling that some sort of insurrection or rebellion was waiting in the wings, and that his accumulation of more and more "emergency powers" probably started to look increasingly suspect over time. Did the Emperor anticipate something like the Rebellion created by Senators Bail Organa and Mon Mothma. Was there a slowly growing awareness of Bail's involvement in Imperial circles, and was this what ultimately led to the destruction of Alderaan in A New Hope? I'm starting to think that the Emperor had to be aware of a lot more things than he let on. For example, Bail's aiding in Yoda's getaway from Coruscant in Revenge Of The Sith could not possibly have gone completely unnoticed. Surely there were security cameras or something in the area! I'm starting to think that Palpatine's grand masterplan took into account the possibility of the Rebellion, and that he deliberately allowed this to happen. Why, you ask? So that when he sprang his ultimate trap on Endor, he would be able to crush the Rebellion so thoroughly that it would serve as a lesson to those who would be tempted to cross him or the Galactic Empire in the future! Of course, there were a couple of things that really threw a spanner into the works. First of all, the Ewoks helped the Rebels take out "an entire legion of his best troops!" Second, he was far too confident in his ability to tempt Luke to join the Dark Side just as easily as he did his father Anakin. Third, he never took into account the possibility of Anakin/Vader turning back to the Light, sneaking up behind him, and throwing him down the reactor shaft! I digress, however... The questions I wish to pose are: How much did the Emperor know about the Rebellion? At what point did he become aware that something was up? Did he take this into account, and devise the ultimate trap on Endor? And if so, was this in order to pre-emptively deal with the possible threat of future insurrections once and for all?