How would a galactic republic as seen in Star Wars function?

Assuming each world had a representative senator, what would they vote on?

How could they enforce or make laws for such a wide array of worlds outside of trade deals?

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    Sounds a bit broad. You might want to consider asking this on chat. – HNL Feb 14 '12 at 9:27
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    Poorly. VERY poorly. Until an efficient ruler arises above all and restores Order to the Galaxy. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Feb 14 '12 at 15:13
  • This is a question about speculative politics that is unrelated to a specific work of fiction (not “How does the Galactic Republic function?” but “How would a galactic republic really function?”) – Adamant Oct 28 '16 at 0:07

Simple: have a look at how European Union works!

Plenty of expensive bureaucrats detached from the problems of normal people, a wide Senate with ever changing majorities and weak powers, states vetoing everything in turn, de facto paralyzing whatever initiative, petty fights, over-complex voting / representation systems, very very very slow responses to urgent problems, lots of talk and no facts, etc.

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    Great analogy, but who's Palpatine?! – Wikis Feb 14 '12 at 9:30
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    Oh no! let's leave the this level of politics (who's Palpatine and similar) out of this place..;-) – Yaztromo Feb 14 '12 at 11:34
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    They had instant communication within the galaxy. It was called the HoloNet, as it could send holograms as well as 2-d images. We see the holograms several times over the course of the movies. – Kevin Feb 14 '12 at 12:59
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    I guess UN is a better candidate for comparison – Elzo Valugi Feb 14 '12 at 18:03
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    @DVK Except there doesn't seem to be an analogue of the Security Council in the Republic where a handful of states can veto a majority vote of the rest of the senate. – Tyson of the Northwest Feb 16 '12 at 4:43

You see it in the movie. One senator or the other, or the Chancellor, bring an issue they care about to a vote. More likely than not (though not in G-canon), most stuff, as in the typical human parlament, first gets discussed in some Committee. Then the Senate votes on it (after lots of speeches).

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