The Collapse of the Galactic Economy and How the Empire Actually Won

The emperor may have had the last (evil) laugh.

It’s generally believed the original Star Wars trilogy ends on a positive note. The Rebel Alliance destroys the second Death Star, in what's most likely a death-blow for Emperor Palpatine's evil galactic empire. Fireworks are set off across the galaxy in celebration as the Rebels and Ewoks dance around a fire on the forest moon of Endor. Even the spirits of the deceased Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Anakin Skywalker smile lovingly at our hero, Luke. Happy ending, right? Not so fast.

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