This was refuted first by LarryG, who argued that the Empire did not turn evil, but rather, evil people took over unlawfully, much as they might any government; he put forward Jacen Solo’s seizure of power over the Galactic Alliance as an example. Ah, that's the problem because the Galactic Alliance is a shining example of corruption and inefficiency. Summer Dreamer provided a similar counterpoint, noting that if the Second Empire was evil, then the Old Republic was at least as evil, if not eviler. Yep, absolutely as responsible though I cut them more slack due to Palpatine being a trifle more subtle. Both also emphasised that it was the moffs who were responsible for any Sith dealings, which were opposed by the Emperor Roan, and the eventual coup; the Fel Dynasty, and consequently Jaina Solo, are thus further disassociated from any eventual down-the-line evilness. A Dynasty which still helped destroy the Jedi Knighthood and whose Moffs are the ruling power as a group of oligarchs in a non-Democratic society. Simply put, the standard by which you judge the Second Empire to be evil is unreasonably harsh. If the Second Empire is evil, then the Jedi Order of its time is about as evil, the Galactic Alliance far eviler, and the vast majority of the Imperial Era galactic population, including a number of very popular characters is eviler still. A viable argument but the Old Republic's populace is guilty for allowing the erosion of liberties to a certain extent as is the Galactic Alliance for supporting Daala as much as she did. The Empire has a greater degree of guilt, however, as does the Sith Empire for the fact both adopted the ideology of their Dark Lords as well as carried out their atrocities. The GAG is every bit as culpable for Darth Caedus' butchery of Kashyyyk as the Imperial military is for the massacre of Dac. Then again, I consider the Galactic Alliance an inferior government to the New Republic whose faults seem far less in retrospect. At the end of the day, the Empire under Roan Fel conquered vast swaths of the galaxy and waged war on the Jedi before allowing the kind of easy usurption by Darth Krayt that Palpatine required 13 years to usurp.