So I watched The Empire Strikes Back yesterday for the first time in years. It's still a fantastic film and I had a blast, but one thing rose to my mind while watching it. Why is the Empire so bad?
I mean sure it's lead by a fanatical dictatorship (the Sith) and they assert power through military rule (the Death Star), but the films never really explain why all these people are willing to fight and die to oppose the Empire. Wouldn't it be more effective to just fight the Sith and aim to change the Empire towards a more democratic system rather than destroying it altogether? And the Rebellion has always seemed like a very small movement compared to the presumed size of the galaxy and its inhabitants. If there really was a huge public outcry against the Empire, shouldn't the forces of the rebels be much greater? I mean when it comes down to it all we see in the films is the Empire fighting against presumed terrorists.