I believe that the Empire, on average is pretty good.
First off, let's address the arguments against. Alderaan was destroyed by the Empire; thing is, it was destroyed by a very, very small part of it. In Rogue One, they say the senate (the Empire is still a Republic) was not informed that a moon-sized Imperial super weapon destroyed the City of Jakku. The people in the Empire that destroyed Jakku and Alderaan (enslaved Wookies, committed genocide and more) where truly evil and power hungry. I've learned that the Empire (as a whole) brought happiness and prosperity to people not only in the Core Worlds, but in the entire galaxy. In the book "Thrawn", I've learned that the Empire fights pirates, slavers and any other threat to society! The Empire really did bring (to a point) peace and prosperity to the galaxy!
Also, the vast majority of the Imperial Navy honestly believed that their cause was truly good (so did the Rebels).
The one thing Palpatine, being a Sith, wanted more than anything else, was power. To achieve that power he would do anything (including commit mass genocide multiple times). That, of course, is pretty darn evil. So yeah, he would commit said atrocities but only if something threatened his power. If the Rebellion hadn't been so violent and aggressive, maybe there would still be an Alderaan... or Jakku... or stable Wookie population.... So, like said before, Palpatine brought peace and prosperity to the galaxy until the Rebellion showed up trying to bring back a past corrupt democracy. So maybe you're wondering, "But wouldn't Palpatine eventually become a brutal, soulless dictator?" Well no. I say that because if he did, there would be good reason for Rebellion, thus threatening his beloved power.
A few more points to add:
-The Empire replaced a corrupt government heavily controlled by megacorporations.
-Palpatine (evil, but did some good stuff) ended the bloodiest war the galaxy had ever seen (The Clone Wars) and strived to end corruption.
-The Empire was, ironically, still a republic. The Senate was intact until Palpatine dissolved it. Before that, Palpatine wasn't that much of an Emperor, more of a powerful and glorified President.
So these are just my thoughts on this topic, chill out, it's just an opinion.
One last thing, the Empire was pretty Xenophobic, but hey, most of the try alright?!
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