This thread was inspired by this tweet There are a lot of "What If's in Star Wars and with this thread I wanted to discuss the direction Star Wars would have gone if Palpatine was NOT a Sith Lord. As we all know one of the big influences of Palpatine was Richard Nixon since Star Wars made during that time (Or a bit after that) and in general the idea of corrupt politicians consodliating power and turning a republic into a Empire. In the A New Hope novelization this is a more direct parallel to the times with Palpatine being just that, a corrupt politician. HOWEVER instead of the genius machiavellian who is pulling all the strings, he is the ineffective politician who is being manipulated by the likes of Tarkin and military offices (And maybe Vader) So I guess what i wanna discuss is, what would Star Wars have been like if the Empire was not controlled by a evil Sith Lord What if the Empire as a entity wasn't so tied to the Evil Wizard bad guy and does making Palpatine NOT a Sith Lord and would that actually strengthen the Nixon allegory. What is sorta the political message then of Star Wars in terms of the evils of the Empire. How does that change the dynamics and the overall direction of Star Wars. Lets discuss it's a interesting "What If"