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Many of your examples are military. In real life military, many vehicles do not require a key to start. They rely on the security of the base to prevent unauthorized usage. I'll try and find a link later but I read about an incident last year where a man somehow got into a military base and took a tank for a joy ride using the push button start. Other ...


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Some viewed the Republic as a corrupt bureaucratic nightmare where nothing could be accomplished. The Galactic Empire was a chance to make a government that worked. But perhaps it was enough to know that law and order had finally triumphed over corruption and indulgence, which had been the hallmarks of the Republic. - Tarkin: Star Wars, ch. 6 Did they ...


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Canonicity in the Star Wars universe is, as of April 2014 determined by a working group comprised of representatives of Disney and LucasFilm known as the Lucasfilm Story Group. The primary change made is that the old canon system (G-Canon, T-Canon, etc) has been nuked from orbit and only the original six feature films (the Original Trilogy and the Prequel ...


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TL;DR: In general, the perspective of the Imperial leadership can be broken down into a few broad categories. In order of how common each of these attitudes were, from most common to least, the categories are: "We're not evil. We're committed to establishing law and order, and a more equitable social structure than the Republic ever managed to create. ...


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The canon explanation is given in the novel Tarkin. The Empire used a combination of secluded and inhospitable bases which each supported only part of the project. This made sure no single person (except the Emperor and Tarkin) knew about the project as a whole. The Death Star was constructed in orbit over the planet Geonosis, and the planet's irradiated ...


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Let's start with a real-world analogy... From what I can recall of my experience learning to fly, all of the school's aircraft were parked unlocked with keys in. I never had to pick up a key to enter or start one up. I have to assume the area had sufficient control over access that securing the aircraft by locking them up and removing the keys would be ...


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You are overthinking this. He just means Leia, who he has correctly inferred stopped him from getting the plans when he captured the ship. Vader evidently did not reckon on the possibility of a droid having possession of the plans, and expects them to be simply there for the taking on the planet below.


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There's no evidence within the main film and TV canon of a clone trooper disobeying Order 66 (due to the fact that they were implanted with an "inhibitor chip" guaranteeing their loyalty). Probably the closest we get is in the Clone Wars TV series where we meet a deserting Clone named Cut Lawquane. Since he's hiding from the Empire and supports the Jedi, I ...


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It's probably the other way around - TIE-Fighters being expendable is a general conclusion that leaked into EU works. The earliest mentions I can think of are the Official Nintendo Star Wars Rogue Leader Rogue Squadron II Player's Guide (1999), in which TIE-Fighter pilots are literally called "suicidal" for flying these machines, and Thrawn's Trilogy books ...


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10. Wrote shocking tell-all book, 'Behind the Council, Secrets Revealed'. 9. Told Council answer to Prophecy was: '42' 8. Refused to get a haircut. 7. Fly fishing in Yoda's dinner. 6. Insisted on keeping 'pathetic life forms'. 5. Insisted on wearing kilt instead of pants. 4. When they got their lightsaber shipment he took the only green one. 3. Introduced an ...


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In Legends continuity, A-Wing were designed and fielded after the Battle of Yavin, which is why you don't see them before Endor. Disney did a semi-retcon by having them show up in Rebels around 5 years before their former conception. About them being the "newer" craft, you are comparing oranges to apple, though. What's the better vehicle : a motorcycle, a ...


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Update: In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we see a sign labeled "LATRINE" in a bar, with symbols representing various races. From that, we can assume that bathrooms provided options for at least a few different physiques. Old Answer: In the Legends continuity, it seems human toilets were essentially the same as our own. I can find no reference to the ...


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My assumption was always that he meant the senate; his later conversation with Tarkin is that the senate had been dissolved, giving total power to the Moffs. Given that Leia and her (adopted) father Bail, as well as others in the senate (Mon Mothma, etc) had presumably caused problems for the empire the past, I figured his line about being “stopped” related ...


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In the new canon book "Battlefront: Twilight Company" - we follow the story of a female volunteer Stormtrooper on Sullust named Thara Nyende. In Chapter 3 we see: She'd joined with the intention of serving one tour of duty, making more money than she possibly could elsewhere We later see her distributing extra credits, supplies, and rations to her ...


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C-3PO learnt the Ewok language through observation. A few points from Legends have to be made to come to this conclusion: The 3PO-series protocol droids are equipped with a TranLang III communications module. It comes with up to six million galactic languages - common and obscure, organic and inorganic - at purchase. It also possessed phonetic pattern ...


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This is going to start sounding like a lecture, but bear with me: First of all, we're approaching this subject with an (understandably) preconceived notion that the Empire is evil. Throughout Episode IV, V and VI, we view the Rebel Alliance as a force for good, the little guys fighting the super bad Imperial baddies. Every story has to have a protagonist ...


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In the original John Berkey painting, it appears that Vader is holding his lightsaber, stylized in a similar manner to Luke's lightsaber. (In fact, it almost looks like a solid metal blade with light glinting off it to me, but I think that's just stylization.) Berkey's illustrations from early in the history of Star Wars were done with minimal access to ...


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It clearly states in the factbook Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know that Wookiees cannot speak Basic (e.g. English) for physiological reasons. "Strange but true: Wookiees cannot speak Basic because of their strange vocal chords - but they can understand it. Barking, growling, moaning and roaring are typical features of the Wookiees' ...


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Cutting tool In Episode V, Han Solo used Luke's lightsaber to cut open a tauntaun on Hoth. Image taken from a Youtube video Han's tauntaun had just died from the extreme cold, so Han cut it open to put the injured Luke inside for warmth. The canon Star Wars Rebels episode "The Wynkahthu Job" (S03E07) includes an instance in which Ezra Bridger cut ...


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No... but it almost is. If we are to take some Legends material into account, Order 66 was buried in a set of Contingency Orders for the Grand Army of the Republic that outlined protocol for a series of "what if" scenarios. Order 66 states: "In the event of Jedi officers acting against the interests of the Republic, and after receiving ...


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Based on what 3PO tells Han, it sounds like he doesn't explicitly know the Ewok language, and that he's extrapolating based on what he does know. He notes that they're using a "primitive dialect" and that he's not 100% sure of what he's saying to them. HAN What are you telling them? THREEPIO Hello, I think... I could be mistaken. They're using a ...


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Luke I accepted, and an afternoon of trading stories about the desert extended into a dinner of room-service pahzik meat, which was in my opinion tastier than nerf and a significant point in Kupoh’s favor. Heir to the Jedi Leia “I don’t think Ransolm’s starting a trend,” she said drily as she tried to eat her dinner without getting it all over ...


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The impression I've always gotten is that Vader is saying this in an ironic (storytelling) way. Send troopers down, grab the droids, and come back. This should be a piece of cake for Storm Troopers. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?


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On careful examination, the Droideka's gun turrets appear to extend outside of the defensive shield. When they fire, they either do so with the muzzle precisely aligned with the front of the shield or simply with the gun sticking right outside. The recoil obviously brings the blaster arm back inside the shield, presumably this also prevents their opponents ...


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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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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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The nice thing about e-Books: searches. The phrase "Uncle Ben" does not appear in the Star Wars novelization. There are 55 instances of "uncle" and all of them refer to Uncle Owen. Thanks to Valorum, we know the phrase "Uncle Ben" doesn't appear in any of the 17 official novelisations, nor in any of the new "Journey to the Force Awakens" novels, nor ...


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He's dead, Jim. The script confirms his death. Clutching desperately at his throat, Captain Needa slumps down, then falls over on his back, at the feet of Darth Vader. Two stormtroopers pick up the lifeless body and carry it quickly away as Admiral Piett and two of his captains hurry up to the Dark Lord. Additionally, the 25th anniversary novelization ...


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In the Last Jedi, The odds of such a plan succeeding is logically very low, since security is a vital part of any military operation. It must have been statistically inconceivable that people could just fly over and sneak into a warship without detection. Likewise, the chances that some unauthorised person could successfully break into a specially secured ...


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This answer is from a Legends perspective; I haven't seen Rebels and I don't know much about the Canon incarnation of Thrawn. Unmarked spoilers ahead for the Thrawn trilogy and the first three or four chapters of Specter of the Past. In addition to Thrawn's own actions, I'm also going to talk about Grodin Tierce, one of the antagonists of the Hand of Thrawn ...


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