Food for thought:What if the old republic had survived?
Purly for the sake of arugment:
Lets say the empire never existed.
How would the galaxie look then?
Remember all thing's are purly speculation.
I would say the galaxy would be full of whiners and no one around to kill them, I mean put them out of their misery. The Empire actually brought strength to the republic or those who would eventually join the republic against the empire. Without the empire no would would get any balls or do challenging things. The empire molded and caused humans to evolve in a way because the weak and the pathetic were shed from the galaxy. Only the strong should survive.