Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, and the rest of the Galactic Empire make up one of the greatest villainous entities in the vast history of popular culture. Star Wars has seen four-plus decades of absolutely insane popularity and the Empire has been a pretty major part of the story - Palpatine's resurgence in The Rise of Skywalker only serves to underline this.
But have you ever stopped to think how much you actually know about the Empire? For example, did you know that a version of the infamous "Imperial March" from The Empire Strikes Back is used in-universe as an anthem for the Empire? Did you know Palpatine was based not only on legendary dictators, but on President Richard Nixon as well? Did you know the Jedi Temple on Coruscant was eventually converted into the Imperial Palace? All of these things and more are waiting for you, so get your voting fingers ready and scroll on down.
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The Jedi Temple On Coruscant Was Converted Into The Imperial PalacePhoto: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox
Darth Sidious was a conniving, Machiavellian, truly evil Sith Lord. There is no end to proof of this undeniable fact. The power-hungry dictator took control of the galaxy by playing both sides of the Clone Wars and mass-murdering the Jedi in the process. And the cherry on top of Palpatine's plan to turn the Republic into the Empire? The ultimate middle finger to the neutered Jedi Order? Transforming the Jedi Temple on Coruscant into the Imperial Palace, of course.
Think about it: Is there any greater insult to the memory of the group of people you've opposed for the majority of your adult life than taking the centuries-old temple they've called home for eons and turning it into the pillar of your empire? It really is just a boss move.Interesting fact?
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The Empire Created The Inquisitorius Program And Purge Troopers To Hunt Rogue JediPhoto: Electronic Arts
Order 66 was a pretty big deal for the Star Wars franchise when 2005's Revenge of the Sith hit theaters. That moment was the culmination of three films and served as the final nail in the coffin for the Jedi Order as a whole. And, all told, thousands of Jedi were massacred by their own clone forces as Palpatine labeled each and every Jedi a traitor to the Republic. Though that is a lot of deaths, Jedi like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano, and Kanan Jarrus all survived the mass killing.
In response to this, the Empire put together both the Inquisitorius and their special forces troops, the Purge Troopers, with their sole purpose being the hunting down and slaughtering of escaped Jedi. The Force-sensitive group of former Jedi turned to the dark side and their fancy Stormtroopers have proven to be a major thorn in the side of on-the-run Jedi in various Star Wars media like the Darth Vader comic book, Star Wars Rebels television series, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order video game. They may not be Jedi anymore, but they certainly are quite good at killing them.Interesting fact?
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The Empire Didn't Actually Come To An End Until The Battle Of JakkuPhoto: Marvel Comics
The end of Return of the Jedi was a triumphant moment for both the Rebels and Star Wars fans across the globe. Darth Vader returned to the light, Darth Sidious was killed, and the second Death Star was destroyed. It proved to be a major blow to the Empire and the Rebellion certainly celebrated as if they had won the war... but the Empire didn't immediately fall apart after the Battle of Endor.
No, the Empire continued to rule in Palpatine's absence, though things were clearly rocky from the start as infighting threatened to tear the Imperial forces apart before the Rebels even had a chance. All in all, the Empire didn't actually come to an end until the Battle of Jakku. It proved to be the last stand for the Empire and when they lost, Mas Amedda and Mon Mothma came together to sign the Galactic Concordance (a.k.a. galaxy-wide peace treaty) to end the Civil War.Interesting fact?
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The Empire Didn't Actually Rule Over The Whole GalaxyPhoto: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox
When one thinks of the Empire, one thinks of Palpatine twirling his metaphorical mustache and ruling over the entire galaxy with an iron fist. And, yeah, Darth Sidious was the kind of ruler who did whatever it took to keep his authority but the Galactic Empire wasn't exactly entirely galactic. While it was clear Palpatine wanted to rule over everything in the Galaxy, the Empire resorted to actual diplomacy with some of their foes.
For political reasons, there were some "independent protectorates" (code for occupied and not actually free) that weren't under the Empire's banner and the Empire brokered temporary alliances with groups like the Hutt Clan and Mandalorian Protectors as well. As it turns out, ruling over each and every inch of space in the entire galaxy is not only very difficult but highly impractical.Interesting fact?