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Kashin

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  1. My own Republic is a Superhighway to **** paved with the Greater Good. Ultimately, the republic's goals were stability and peace through the galaxy, by any means necessary. From a macro scale, they managed fairly well, but had to hide innumerable small evils under their shiny robes until anyone who peaked under would see a feted swamp of corruption and amorality. They achieved their goal of minimizing chaos in the galaxy, but did so by gradually eroding its own foundations Now, going into less flowery language, it suffered four critical problems: 1. Lack of national identity. The people of the Galactic Republic considered themselves members of their own worlds first, leading to rampant sectionalism, where worlds would push for policy to benefit their own constituency, even at the cost of their less influential people, neighbors and the republic as a whole. 2. Simultaneously too centralized and too independent. The Republic ruled over a vast territory, but mostly as an absentee parent, setting regulations, taxes and laws, but simultaneously lacking the centralized power to enforce its edicts and not permitting the member worlds enough autonomy to handle it themselves. This resulted in situations like Naboo, where a world would be infringed upon, but lack the ability to effectively defend itself, then needing to crawl to the senate, beg for them to honor their duty to defend their client world and hope its foe was not sufficiently important or influential to ignore or buy the government. 3. The Greater Good considered more important that simple Good. In situations like the above, stability of the galaxy was often considered before principles. Should one party be more powerful or represent a greater risk to the galactic economy, the greater good would win out. "Is there a race taking slaves from their neighbors? Hmm, those neighbors are primitives and the slavers are the driving force behind their sector's economy. We will ask them nicely to stop and maybe send a representative to insure humane treatment, but, even though grossly illegal and amoral, we will not make the entire sector suffer for it, so no further action will be taken." 4. No monopoly of force. The Republic held back its neighbors through sheer mass. Each world may generally posses a token militia, if genuinely threatened by an external force, it could bring millions of worlds worth of militia down on its foe, in theory, inevitably drowning lesser powers in bodies. The threat of this martial wave was utterly useless for internal struggles, making the Republic ultimately toothless to enforce policy, beyond the Jedi and a glorified police force. Due to the fear of Imperial style totalitarianism and the advantage a weak central authority presented to the more martial member worlds made it very hard, if not impossible to officially correct the issue. As a result of all these, less valuable, usually rim worlds would find themselves taxed into oblivion, predated upon by their stronger neighbors and when they came to the Republic, they would either be met by deaf ears or become the a target of disciplinary actions should they dare to strike back as their aggressor in kind. Ten billion have been beaten, broken and reduced to all but slaves in their own homes, so Ten trillion can flourish across the galaxy. The Republic is doing its job.
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