The Empire: Palpatine’s Mistake.
You have to wonder about some people. I mean, who thinks that first co-opting the Senate, then dissolving the Senate -a symbolic element of the Old Republic, is a good idea? Then again, this is the same person who threw pieces of it at Yoda, so it seems like the seeds of doom for the Empire were sown at about the same time that it was created.
Proof of This Can be Found in How Long it Lasted.
Luke Skywalker (and Leia Organa (neé Skywalker) were born at about the same time that the Empire was created, more or less. They were both young adults who were present (and helped cause) at its collapse. That’s what, 25 years? 26? 30, tops? And they had troubles almost from the start, which all things considered is no surprise. What would eventually become the Rebellion was, from the start, very well-armed and well-equipped. Historically speaking, most rebellions are small, under-equipped bands of fighters who aren’t in any kind of shape to take on something the size of the Empire in a stand-up fight.
Not These Guys, the Rebellion was Stronger.
From the start, the Rebellion was able to hand out punishing attacks on any Imperial asset it laid eyes on, and usually one. In fact, the only time we get to see the Empire give as good as it gets is when they attack Hoth, and even then someone’s ham-handedness when assigning orbits to blockading Imperial forces allows the bulk of the Rebel outpost on Hoth get away, along with most of the Rebel fleet. That the Rebels had a fleet is also testament to how a certain wacko somebody with too much dark side for his own good let lust for power override his good judgement.
Then of course there were the two successful attacks on two separate Death Stars. The first of which was nothing but a colossal embarrassment to the Empire. No wonder they came after the rebels hard on Hoth. The other attack ended even worse for the Empire, ending the Empire in fact. All of which says, louder than anything else, that someone was not thinking clearly.
Then again, maybe this shouldn’t be all that surprising. The dark side impairs your judgement, that’s plain. That being the case, it’s probably not a shock that someone drunk with the dark side thought that ruling the galaxy would be a good idea, without making any effort beforehand to snuff out anyone who might not take kindly to the idea.
Written by Stuart Lee Abrams
Would you let the dark side cloud your judgement, or would you take the risk?