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JLazarillo
12.04.2012 , 07:14 PM | #2
The simple answer is that those who choose to follow the path of the Dark Side in the movies are not such puppets to their power as to always choose the most evil path. You can be a Sith with a few Light Side "points" here and there. Certainly, taking the most evil option without concern for the ramifications might make one more powerful simply in terms of the use of the Dark Side (see also: "Go murder children" from Ep. III), but sometimes, it's about more than just one form of power.

With regards to why the choice in particular is set up the way it is, it's a matter of the Chiss being an "alien". By promoting his inept commander instead, it advances the Empire's manifesto of oppressing non-humans, while still forcing the Chiss captain to service his Imperial masters.