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Conquering Coruscant (in Episode 1) wouldn't have been the decapitating move you think it is. The planet has excellent planetary defences and should be all but impregnable to the sort of attack you're suggesting. It's not until later in the war when the Trade Federation joins forces with all the other malcontents on the Outer Rim that they're powerful ...


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It's unclear, since in the novelisation we only have the scene from Anakin's perspective; however, it's likely that in this, as in most things, Palpatine was playing what TV Tropes calls a Xanatos Gambit - a plan where any outcome is to the player's benefit. After revealing himself to Anakin, if Anakin exposed him to the Jedi the Jedi would certainly come ...


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The Rule of Two doesn't mean there can't be only one - this has frequently happened, usually because the Master has killed an Apprentice (or he has died in some other fashion) or when the Apprentice has become the Master. In Palpatine's opinion, killing Dooku in cold blood was an important step in turning Anakin to the dark side. He lost an Apprentice, ...


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I reread the passage in the novel "The Revenge of the Sith". It's really hard to tell whether Sidious lost on purpose as you suggested or is genuinely defeated by Mace Windu. I will try to elaborate on this a little and you can choose whether you agree with my interpretations or not. For this I will first quote some important passages from the book. Setting ...


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Palpatine's name was first given in the prologue to Alan Dean Foster's novelization of Star Wars (it was credited to Lucas, but he didn't write it), which came out in November 1976, six months before the May 25, 1977 release of the actual film. So Palpatine being the Emperor was literally known before the public ever saw a Star Wars movie. It was, in fact, ...


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Per the Matthew Stover novelization, the name "Vader" was plucked from the Force itself (emphasis mine): Darth Sidious laid a pale hand on Anakin's brow. "Then it is done. You are now one with the Order of the Dark Lords of the Sith. From this day forward, the truth of you, my apprentice, now and forevermore, will be Darth ..." A pause; a questioning ...


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Vader must have known either before or immediately after he killed the Separatist leaders on Mustafar. Nute Gunray welcomes him as "Lord Vader" when he arrives in the Mustafar control room: Welcome, Lord Vader. We've been expecting you. Gunray would only know to use Vader's Sith name and would only be expecting him if he had been dealing with Sidious. ...


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Vader COMMANDER: He was armed only with this. VADER: Good work, Commander. Leave us. Conduct your search and bring his companions to me. Return of the Jedi Emperor VADER: The Death Star will be completed on schedule. EMPEROR: You have done well, Lord Vader. And now I sense you wish to continue your search for young Skywalker. ...


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The galaxy is a big place. Even the Empire can't overturn each stone, shake each bush, and question each person. The search DID continue, but the Emperor knew better than to think it would succeed: Yoda is ancient, wise, and powerful with the Force. He's one of the few Jedi who escaped Order 66 by dealing with the clone troops instead of not being near ...


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The (fully canon) factbooks Star Wars in 100 Scenes and Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know identify it as a graceful aquatic ballet performed by a Mon Calamari troupe at the swanky Galaxies Opera House. Anakin meets Palpatine at the Galaxies Opera House, where Mon Calamari dancers perform a ballet called "Squid Lake" The name 'Squid Lake'...


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The Emperor never intended to die: I'm looking forward to completing your training. In time you will call me Master. He taunts Luke in order to get Luke to give in to his anger and turn to the dark side: Good. I can feel your anger. I am defenseless. Take your weapon! Strike me down with all your hatred, and your journey towards the dark ...


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Vader knew that Palpatine is not only A Sith Lord but THE Sith Lord. The one they'd spent years looking for. The one they knew was behind the Separatist movement. In fact, he says as much to Mace Windu before deciding to betray the Jedi Order. Anakin Skywalker: He won't give up his power. I just learned the terrible truth. I think Chancellor Palpatine is ...


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There is a recently published book, Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, that supposedly answer this question. From the Anakin Skywalker Wookieepedia article In addition, although Darth Plagueis did attempt to influence the midichlorians to create the ultimate Sith weapon alongside Darth Sidious, the experiment was ultimately a failure, and the midichlorians, ...


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I think the answer to this changes depending on when you ask it. If you're asking the question in the prequel trilogy Sidious wants Anakin to be his apprentice because he's on track to become one of the most powerful Jedi ever. If he can corrupt him and seduce him then he would have that power serving the dark side. Sure, it's a risk but if he can ...


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While Star Wars revolves around The Force and its users, not everything is about the Force and its users. If my department is having problems with schedule and word is spread that we are going to be visited by the CEO, my managers are going to get very nervous, despite the fact our CEO isn't a Force user, nor a Sith. If the commander of a Nazi installation ...


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His name was mentioned in : Alan Dean Foster's ANH novelization in 1976: Aided and abetted by restless, power-hungry individuals within the government, and the massive organs of commerce, the ambitious Senator Palpatine caused himself to be elected President of the Republic. He promised to reunite the disaffected among the people and to restore the ...


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It is never made clear how Luke's ability to destroy the Emperor has been foreseen (if in fact Vader did not simply make this up in order to persuade Luke to join the dark side). It is, however, clear that the Emperor needs Luke. Vader has long ago been rendered an inferior pupil to the Emperor - he is growing old, his body has been replaced with ...


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As Wookieepedia's article on Palpatine notes, the original conception of the Emperor was that he was not a Force-user (and thus not a Sith) and that he was weak-willed and controlled by the Imperial bureaucracy. This version of the Emperor was included in the Episode IV novelization. DVK's answer to another question quotes the novelization depicting the ...


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The Trade Federation knows Sidious is a Sith Lord. For example: Nute: This is getting out of hand...now there are two of them. Rune: We should not have made this bargain. What will happen when the Jedi become aware of these Sith Lords? Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace script They also know he has influence over the Senate, as implied ...


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I've looked through the recent canon novels Tarkin and Lords of the Sith, which should provide us with a view of the Empire as seen by high-ranking Imperials who might know something about the Imperial economy and the state of various Imperial systems. The Emperor himself thinks life for ordinary citizens isn't great, but not much different than the ...


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A lot of politics is perception hiding what is really going on. Yes, those close knew well that Palpatine was a Sith, but to much of the general public, those were just stories and rumors of a far away place that had very little to do with them. What happens in the capital isn't their problem or their concern. And people say all kinds of different things ...


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What the Emperor tells Luke is actually: Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design. The difference may seem irrelevant (especially since the Emperor does tell Vader, earlier in the movie, "Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.") However, combined with other statements that the Emperor makes, what he says to Luke strongly ...


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Two solutions come to my mind An in-universe explanation would be, as Obi-Wan uses it, that Anakin "died" in a metaphorical sense when he became Darth Vader: he is no longer Anakin. Both Obi-Wan and the Emperor were wrong, as we can see in the end of Return of the Jedi: some of the "old" Anakin still remained in him, leading to his redemption. An out-of-...


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In the current canon, many of the Imperial Senior officers have confusion where Vader fits into the hierarchy. After many blunders that occur due to them not recognizing him, and to a few assassination attempts, the Emperor had to address the officer corp to tell them where he fits in, saying that Vader is the Emperor's Voice, and a command from Vader is a ...


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Force prescience is a tricky thing (as an example, see Luke seeing someone's death the wrong way in Spectre of the Past/Vision of the Future): (spoiler alert): ... It's quite possible to see one possibility shown to you by the Force, and to interpret it WAY, WAY incorrectly. Clouded the future is, young Padawan. Always in motion.


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Palpatine convinced Queen Amidala to call for a vote of no confidence in the existing Supreme Chancellor, Finis Valorum, due to the Republic's inability to act quickly against the Trade Federation. PALPATINE: If I may say so, Your Majesty, the Chancellor has little real power...he is mired down by baseless accusations of corruption. A manufactured ...


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Vader tells Luke in Empire Strikes Back VADER: Luke. You can destroy the Emperor. He has foreseen this. It is your destiny. Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son. Come with me. It is the only way. See also here If Palpatine had foreseen his destruction at the hands of ...


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It's because Sidious was not aware of the existence of any Skywalker child shortly before this conversation with Vader. Yoda and Obi-Wan made it clear that Vader and Sidious must be unaware of theirs existence. If they were aware of that before, they would had done everything to get those fabulous prospects by theirs side. YODA: Pregnant, she must still ...


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