A few questions in one thread, now that it's been some time since TFA and some worldbuilding has been fleshed out. We know that in Legends, the Imperial Remnant made peace with the New Republic after many more years of war after Endor, then rebuilt and allied with their former enemies. The military oligarchy of the Imperial Remnant (the Moffs) eventually had a new Emperor imposed on them in Jag Fel, and his son and eventually grandson and great-granddaughter would succeed him, forming the Fel Dynasty. The Imperial Mission was founded, to help rebuild planets and lift people out of poverty (like the Peace Corps combined with the Marshall Plan). Similar programs fell under the Fel Empire's "Victory Without War" initiative. Jag Fel (who also happened to marry the daughter of Leia and Han Solo) also oversaw the creation of the Imperial Knights... basically Jedi Knights who obeyed the Emperor like how the PT-Jedi obeyed the Senate and Jedi Council. Since Fel II, Roan Fel, and Marasiah Fel were trained Imperial Knights, you could even say the Fel Empire was a Jedi Empire, and what it would be like if a Jedi had become Emperor. The Imperial Knights were sworn to obey the Emperor (or Empress), seeing them as the best embodiment of the will of the Force... but if an Emperor/Empress were ever to be seduced to the dark side, it was also the sworn duty of all Imperial Knights to either redeem or kill the monarch, since their highest allegiance was always to the Force. The Fel Dynasty also gradually fought for and won more inclusion and equality for non-humans and women in their Empire. There was a time in the Fel Empire when their military oligarchy, which always had the authority to check the power of the Emperor (preventing the Fel Dynasty from becoming absolute monarchs) outright rebelled after making new outside sinister allies, and overthrew the Fel's in a coup, but Fel rule was restored 8 years later. In NU Canon, the Empire was quickly defeated after Endor. Remaining Imperial territory made peace and was gradually absorbed by the New Republic in waves of peaceful annexation. A secret splinter force apparently survived undetected and rebuilt in the Unknown Regions for decades. In the New Republic, one of the two main political parties in a very gridlocked political environment was the Centrists, advocating for greater galactic government centralization and control. Some Centrists were former Imperial true-believers or Imperial sympathizers in the new generation, and some of those Centrists world seceded from the New Republic and apparently joined forced with the secret military force and secret bases in the Unknown Regions, becoming the First Order. Led by Supreme Leader Snoke, the First Order seems much more ideological, purist, and fanatical, with hints that it might be a military totalitarian state. They are trying to be taking the strongest/best elements of the Empire (in their view) while weeding out the rest. It does seem to have achieved complete inclusion and equality of at least humans, though it's not entirely clear.. Soldiers are trained from birth. Their military is eager to destroy worlds to achieve their goals. The Supreme Leader, and one of his chief enforcers, are both affiliated with the dark side of the Force. The First Order has just launched a devastating first strike that destroyed the capital of the New Republic and most of its fleet, but the responsible weapon and a very valuable hidden base of theirs was soon destroyed too by the Republic-affiliated military organization known as the Resistance. 1. Which of these two paths seems to legitimately be the most likely future for the Galactic Empire, post-Endor: the First Order (NU Canon) or the Fel Dynasty and Imperial Knights (Legends)? (I know that it's arguable if either is technically a direct and legitimate continuation of Palpatine's Empire, but let's overlook that for now) 2. Which do you personally prefer for storytelling purposes for the future of the Empire and Galaxy: the First Order or the Fel Empire? 3. Which is the greater threat to the heroes: the First Order or the Fel Empire? 4. Which is the more interesting and thought-provoking enemy: the First Order or the Fel Empire? 5. Which would you rather take over the galaxy, and you personally live under their rule: the First Order or the Fel Empire? 6. Overall, which one are you a bigger fan of? I know those are some rather direct questions to get us started, but I hope this thread can be more of a debate and discussion.