What does the Saga tell us about the best way for this galaxy to be governed? The OT was about restoring what was lost (Republic and Jedi), and hoping to make the new better than the old. Get the old car running again by replacing a few parts, and repaint it. The PT showed how they were lost, but also how flawed they (Republic and Jedi) were. The old car doesn't just need a repaint, it needs to be replaced completely, and didn't work well with the owners living in Manhattan anyways. The ST shows a perfect storm absolutely destroyed the restored, somewhat improved system (Republic and Jedi), with talk about how it was already flawed even after just being restored. The old, repainted car has broken down again. We don't know yet if the ST will end with simply restoring it again with maybe some more small improvements but still flawed, or if it's about completely remaking the system. Redoing the car, replacing a few parts, or deciding to just buy a subway pass since they live in Manhattan, to conclude that metaphor. If the saga is telling us a more radical change is needed: Maybe it's moving towards a multi-state galaxy split between 200+ truly-independent powers in an alliance, with about 50 being equally the most powerful of these new states... something like that. Maybe it's moving towards a direct democracy via hyperspace voting. That kind of "thinking outside the box," for an example of real drastic changes. What other huge changes for the galaxy could there be? It's hard to even imagine, for me, but it doesn't seem unlikely that the saga might be trying to tell us that there's some fatal flaw with the galactic republics we've seen so far, that it's not supposed to be restored, that there might be a better option. If the saga is telling us the Republic just needs a few reforms are needed: OR is the saga trying to tell us that only a "soft" reboot of the (New) Republic is needed? If so, what kinds of minor changes, to find a happy medium that avoids the flaws of both the Old Republic and the New Republic? These are reforms the New Republic already made after ROTJ, to be better than the Old Republic of the PT. These reforms were for both the idealistic loyalists who became Rebel Alliance founders (people like Mon Mothma, Bail Organa, Padme Amidala) as well as to draw in the idealistic former Separatists who wanted a more decentralized government. *direct, democratic elections for every Senator (no more appointments) *worlds were temporarily elected as the capital of the Republic, from Chandrila to Hosnian Prime and likely more (no longer Coruscant-centric) *a weakened Chancellorship (and no longer called "Supeme") *equal votes/Senators for worlds *worlds were given more power, having their own local starfleets and defense forces, with the blessing of the Senate *a reduced galactic military, passing Military Disarmament Act about a year after ROTJ But for the obvious flaws of the New Republic: *there was a hyper-partisan split between the Centrist party (who wanted a stronger central government, with weaker planetary governments, like the ~1800 Hamilton-led faction in the early USA) and the Populist party (who wanted a weaker central government, with stronger planetary governments, like the ~1800 Jefferson-led faction in the early USA) *the hyper-partisan split, combined with a powerless ceremonial Chancellor for an executive, and with each side controlling less than half of the Senate (with the rest being neutral/swing votes) meant hardly anything ever got done... part of the reason why Leia quit as Senator in frustration, even though she was a Populist she learned that the Centrists had a point... the New Republic Senate might have even been do hard to agree that they didn't even have a Chancellor at all for a few years *some of the Centrists later become separatists and peacefully seceded and declared independence from the New Republic, and tricked into joining the First Order (thought at the time to just be a puny force that came out of hiding in the Unknown Regions) *after the First Order worlds peacefully declared independence from the New Republic, it seems they elected Chancellor Villecham (presumably a Populist, who would then have a majority), and he ignored the threat of them joining with the military force in the Unknown Regions (likely because he was a populist and didn't believe in a strong government or military, to prevent the New Republic from becoming another Empire) *Leia was so unpopular back on Hosnian Prime, even among former Populist allies, and the Senate was so corrupt, that she feared she'd be assassinated if she went back *some New Republic Senators were so corrupt they were still secretly on the First Order's side, getting paid off by them through corporate connections *there were also arms dealers and military corporations who were secretly funding the First Order (as well as the Republic and Resistance) without being caught or stopped by the New Republic (now seen in film too, on Canto Bight) *Lor San Tekka says there is a lot of despair in the galaxy. *And after TFA: Hosnian Prime is destroyed, its Senate is wiped out, its galactic Starfleet is wiped out... Rey in TLJ says the major systems might only hold off for a few weeks, even with Starkiller Base destroyed (though before the Supremacy's destruction and the Snoke-Ren transition of power) *it allowed separatist worlds to peacefully secede, and didn't try to force worlds to join either (and was therefore smaller than the Old Republic and the Old Empire) So if we do return to the New Republic (Newer Republic? Third Republic? ), after the survivors on the Millennium Falcon rally the others (including hopefully some systems with strong planetary defense forces pooling their forces together, able to withstand the siege in-between TLJ and IX), some reforms we might see: 1. Some way to crackdown on the military corporations and arms dealers (like the ones we saw on Canto Bight, first alluded to in the TFA VD). But how?? 2. Some way to crackdown on Senate corruption. But how?? 3. A stronger (and more widespread) executive than what the New Republic had, still can't become another Palpatine. But how?? 4. A stronger (and more widespread) Republic Fleet, without playing right into the arms dealers' hands. But how?? And more for my own personal tastes... 5. officially eliminate the "Elder Houses"/titles of nobility from having any special political status, and make all planetary/system/sector governors democratically-elected just like their Senators are in theory. 6. keep the rotating capital (but make it more regular, if it wasn't already)... or just have a mobile Capital (like the FO's Supremacy... just give it hyperspace shields ) 7. maybe balance a stronger executive by also introducing a population-based House of Representatives/Parliament... or just have the second legislative chamber be direct democracy/referenda 8. don't sign a treaty with any remnant of the mass-murdering and tyrannical First Order unless it's total surrender, to prevent a repeat So, based on the PT and OT and ST and Anthology films, which way is the Saga trying to say is the best way for the governance of this galaxy?