What exactly happens if the Jedi just leave the Force to the Sith?

I can think of plenty of political consequences - the Sith take political control of the galaxy, build an army, and have an empire of their own. In other words, the consequences have very little to do with Light/Dark balance of the force.

However, while that's happening, the Force is probably going to tilt more and more towards the dark. What I'm curious about is - what are the consequences of that?

Now, I am certainly imaginative enough to think of answers like "things start dying everywhere." But are there any canon examples/descriptions of Force imbalance consequences for which we can't directly blame some Sith and his/her hunger for power? Or is there at least any indication that the Jedi's obsession with balance is something more than dogma?

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    It explodes. Kaboom! – Valorum Dec 29 '15 at 23:57
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    @Richard If a universe explodes in a non-universe environment, and there is no external space within which to contain life forms that may register the detonation, does it make a sound? – Misha R Dec 30 '15 at 0:01
  • Yes, it makes this sound. – Valorum Dec 30 '15 at 0:08
  • @Richard Holy crap! You directed me to a specific time in a Youtube video! How might I too weave such witchcraft? – Misha R Dec 30 '15 at 0:15
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    Like this – Valorum Dec 30 '15 at 0:17

War would intensify and the Sith (and likely other dark-siders as well) would gain strength.

We know this from to the Star Wars: The Clones Wars episode Alter of Mortis.

On Mortis, there were three beings, The Son, who embodied the Dark Side, The Daughter, who embodied the Light Side and The Father, who embodied balance. Eventually, the Daughter died, and the Force became unbalanced. All of Mortis immediately became dark,

and The Father says this:

The balance has been broken... As the balance in this world crumbles, so shall war escalate in your galaxy. As my son has descended into the dark side, so have the Sith gained strength.


The Son is killed, and balance returns.

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  • Oof.. I asked two questions about the Jedi mythos in the last two days, and both so far only have answers that come from this weird cringe-worthy Garden of Eden parable in the cartoon series. Has the Star Wars canon really not touched on this outside of it? Plus, according to an answer to a related question on here - scifi.stackexchange.com/q/4292/31275 - George Lucas seemed to think that the Dark Side is just plain ol' bad, rather than part of the balance. Is there a disagreement between him and the cartoon? – Misha R Dec 30 '15 at 0:32
  • ...Also, war seems to be a direct consequence of the Sith doing bad stuff. Will war escalate because the Sith will have more power (something that has more to do with them, rather than with the Force), or it is that the increase in the Dark Side just makes everyone a jerk? – Misha R Dec 30 '15 at 0:37
  • @MishaRosnach It's purposely ambiguous, so I can't really answer that question. – Rogue Jedi Dec 30 '15 at 0:43
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    @MishaRosnach George Lucas' idea of balance at the end of RotJ is the defeat of the Sith. This is because he conceptualised and defined the Force not as divided between light and darkness (in which case balance would require both being equal in power), but as merely natural. The Jedi are simply practitioners of the Force in its natural state. The Sith practices the dark side, however, which is defined as an unnatural perversion and corruption of the natural Force. As such, eliminating the unnatural is the right way to restoring balance. – thegreatjedi Jan 9 '16 at 21:35
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    @MagnoC No. The Son had to be killed because he had killed the Daughter. While both were alive, there was balance. – Rogue Jedi May 11 '16 at 13:43

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