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I have watched the movies and the Clone Wars TV shows and I can't help but wonder if the Separatists are the real good guys.

Their other name is the Confederacy of Independent Systems, implying they wanted independence. Is that so evil or is it just the Republic defining this as bad as they want to keep them under control?

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    There is no good and evil. There is only POWER! UNLIMITED POOOOWER! and those too weak to seek it. – Adamant May 11 '16 at 10:03
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    North Korea is also known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea... they must be huge fans of democracy and their people! – Skooba May 11 '16 at 11:44
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    The fact that they want to be independent isn't the main issue. The fact that they keep invading planets that don't want to is. – Rogue Jedi May 11 '16 at 14:00
  • (Cough. US Civil War. Cough.) – Harry Johnston May 4 '18 at 23:00
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No

The Confederacy of Independent Systems was created by the Sith Lord Darth Sidious under the guise of Chancellor Palpatine and his apprentice Darth Tyranus under the name of Count Dooku, as a reason for the republic to go to war.

Palpatine was granted emergency powers during the conflict allowing him for all intents and purposes to be a dictator.

The war also allowed the Jedi to be stretched and thinned until Order 66 was given effectively ending the Jedi as a threat to the Sith's plans and enabling Palpatine to start the Galactic Empire.

The CIS were nothing more than a tool, and a tool wielded to accomplish an evil purpose cannot by definition be the "good guys".

Once its purpose was finished the tool was discarded, by the new Sith Lord Darth Vader when he killed the CIS leaders on Mustafar. This also would have prevented the CIS from forming an actual independence movement against the newly formed Galactic Empire.

The methods used to manipulate the leaders of the various factions within the CIS were mostly greed, lies or fear based. Nothing altruistic on the part of the leaders. Various systems that joined may have been swayed by Dooku's speeches on removing the evil at the heart of the republic, similar to his speech to Obi-wan but that is conjecture & wouldn't make CIS as a whole good.

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    One of the few things I thought was really brilliant about the Star Wars prequels was that the whole war was a ploy. Darth Sidious controlled both sides and just used the fighting as a way to gain power. – Buzz May 11 '16 at 12:02
  • But the did have a cases to go by there for were only pinupulated – user64421 May 12 '16 at 7:02
  • @user64421 updated answer with a bit more on this... – Cearon O'Flynn May 12 '16 at 7:47
  • @Kevinlike when Leia refers to Obi-wan serving in the clone wars? ;) – Cearon O'Flynn May 12 '16 at 7:58

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