In AOTC Palpatine states that he will not let the "Republic that has stood for 1,000 years be split in two." While Ki-Adi-Mundi has noted in TPM that "the Sith have been extinct for a millenium." So I was under the assumption that the formation of the republic coincided with the overthrowing of the Sith. Unless the archaic Sith were all for democracy, why does Sidious proclaim the Republic will become "the FIRST Galactic Empire." On the one hand I'd imagine that calling it the "Second" or "Third" Galactic Empire and associating his regime with the Sith regimes of old would be a terrible thing to do while trying to appeal to the people, but then again with the Jedi now considered traitors and the image of an Empire as being a powerful force, why not? That's pretty much what Hitler did. Unless the Empire's of old were too small or localized to warrant the name "Galactic Empire" (more along the lines of localized absolutist monarchies) what makes Sidious' empire the FIRST?