The Politics of Star Wars

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A long time ago in a galaxy far far away….those are the words that started the entrapment of a million imaginations. In 1977 George Lucas introduced us to a universe of wonders on a scale never before seen on the big screen. In this universe of wonder and excitement a complex back story of history and interwoven character arcs has led to the development of a whole mythos of Grecian proportions.

As this is first and foremost a political blog today I’m going to take a look at the political system that governs that galaxy far far away.

During the Old Republic the galaxy was governed by a United Nations like body called the Senate comprised of delegations from all member planets of the Galactic Republic and forms a nominal constitutional democracy with an elected chancellor as its head. Senators received one vote in all matters both procedural and substantive. The Chancellor was elected from within the Senate for a set term, with the Senate able to give the Chancellor emergency powers as well as remove him or her from office when necessary. The last elected chancellor was the former senator of Naboo senator Palpatine following the crisis that ensued by the Trade Federations illegal blockade and occupation of Naboo.

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Traditionally, the Chancellor could only serve a limited amount of time; however, Palpatine stayed in office much longer, due to the prolonged Separatist Crisis as well as the threat posed by the “Jedi Rebellion.” The crisis occurred when several of the Republic’s member Star Systems and organizations united in order to separate from the Republic. Thanks to representative Jar Jar Binks of Naboo (yes that Jar Jar Binks) the senate granted Chancellor Palpatine emergency powers which led to the creation of a clone army, the Death Star and managed to cement Palpatine as first Emperor of the Galactic Empire.


emperor Palpatine
Emperor Palpatine

With the help of his ally Grand Moff Tarkin and Padawan Darth Vader the newly crowned Emperor Palpatine dissolved the senate to the all but powerless advisory “Imperial Senate” before disbanding it completely, through the use of militaristic policies The Emperor crushed the separatist movement and the majority of the Jedi uprising.  Palpatine ruled with absolute authority until the battle of Yavin when the First Death Star was destroyed and the Rebel Alliance began recruiting in massive numbers until eventually when the second Death Star was destroyed following the battle of Endor leading to the restoration of democracy and the death of the Emperor.


I hope this fills you in on the political landscape of the galaxy far far away.