In the Does a moral empire have a place thread, things became somewhat sidetracked comparing and contrasting the two empires of Canon and legends-their personnel, ideology, and history post Endor. I think this warrants a thread by itself. I'll start off the thread my giving my own take and opinion. The empire of legends had personnel that were far more self serving and ambitious than in canon, warlords fought to carve out their domains, scheming courtiers and officials vied for power on coruscant, and occasionally the empire in the legends civil war would have periods of resurgence against the NR. It seems that COMPNOR and other such programs of indoctrination were not particularly successful at least with the imperial elite. And likely not the soldiery or general population. In canon the empire remained mostly cohesive and largely perished in the year after Endor. With the FO being founded by exiled hardliners and fanatics. The FO seems very revanchist or Neo imperial in its ideology, while the remnant was always more pragmatic and only really advertised order as an ideological appeal. Eventually the legends empire evolved into the monarchy of the Felpire a far more benovelent institution than the empire in the days of palpatine. I prefer this story to canon but that's just my preference. Anyway the aim of this thread is to compare and contrast the two empires-their histories, personnel, ideologies, evolutions, and internal politics.