>>64491364 Sheev can look into the future and just went through a bunch of different scenarios in his head and it just so happens that was the way that would lead him to becoming Emperor. Don't try to think about it logically.
>>64492673 They constantly question their actions and say things like "we should never have made this deal" as well as calling out Sidious' plan. They don't act like direct puppets even though he's using them. They had enough volition to back out if they wanted to.
>>64492448 -Republic is trying to start taxing Trade Federation routes to outlying systems
- TF doesn't want this
- They blockade and invade Naboo for 2 reasons
- 1) The blockade stage is to make a symbolic protest to influence the republic to stop with its legislation to tax the routes. This works as simple blackmail "we will disrupt all your shit until you give us our way". TF hopes the republic will appease them and drop the taxes. Also similar systems to Naboo might vote against the taxes to make the issue go away and avoid a similar fate
- 2) The invasion stage aims to make Naboo sign a treaty which makes Naboo a protectorate of the Trade Federation. This means that the Trade Federation can dictate how Naboo uses its vote in the Senate, and use the extra votes to support TF agendas. Lots of weak outlying systems like Naboo have recently been admitted to the senate and given equal votes, so if the TF makes enough of these worlds protectorates, they will have enough votes to dominate the democratic Senate. The public example of the invasion - if it succeeded - would probably make hundreds of other planets like Naboo voluntarily sign protectorate treaties with the TF to avoid suffering the same fate, and because the Republic clearly could not protect them
So either TF gets the tax repealed, or it gets to grow its power bloc to increase its control in the senate
>>64493371 Presumably they had none, maybe a small symbolic peace keeping force made up of transplants from constituant planets militaries, like the United Nations. In fact the Empire is a lot like if the U.N. somehow got itself enough power to roll all the member militaries into one global army. Damn, that'd suck shit.
>>64493621 I watched this movie when I was a kid, and I wasn't thinking "wow these trade federation politics are convoluted and ruining the movie for me and I bet nobody here could describe Qui-Gonn Jinn outside of how he dresses and what he does for a living."
My least favourite one as a kid was Empire Strikes Back. The plot structure is very unsatisfying for a standalone movie.
>"The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute. Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo."
I guess this implies they are trying to get the taxes repealed
There should have maybe been more explanation of what the treaty was
You don't need to set it all out though - ANH did it best by just hinting at the wider geo-politics without explaining everything
Most of the background comes from Darth Plageius (the only bit of EU i've ever read)
It's a shame though, they only needed a couple of extra lines. The broad idea of an expanding republic and the problems it creates is an interesting backdrop that makes a lot of other stuff make sense:
So it seems like the right thing to include these outer systems and give them a vote like everyone else but then a) The republic needs to expand its own services to provide for them (i.e. a proper army, civil service, universal laws - like no slavery on Tatooine) b) If it doesn't and they are weak planets, they can easily be dominated by corrupt big business etc. By trying to expand democracy to them, you end up subverting it
why didnt sheeve just force the cloners to make him an army and use it to form an empire and just take over the republic? why even bother wasting all that time and effort of hiding who he was? he could have just stormed the jedi temple, murdered them all and said to the republic "the jedi are dead, join me or die."
the republic had no military to speak of and he wouldn't have wasted all those soldiers fighting a stupid droid army, obviously he could have manipulated them fairly easily into joining the empire and just gradually take away all their power.
I'm more interested in the clone's equipment actually, if the republic had no army where did they get start destroyers and massive ground vehicles? Was all of that included in the clones package? How did nobody notice that?
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