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01.18.2013 , 05:06 PM | #1
To say that the iterations of the Empire - first Sith, second Sith, Galactic - have convoluted hierarchies is a large understatement. It's surprising because the Empire's major philosophical gripe with the Republic is the chaos exhibited by citizenry liberated to pursue their own goals as they see fit. The Empire has strict observance of the power structure, certainly for the military but also for the Sith. An apprentice heeds his Master, unless the apprentice is strong enough to overthrow the Master, in which case the Master no longer deserved the superior position anyway.

In practice, however, the power hierarchies make little sense. Take, for example, what I consider the most perplexing example of all: Darth Vader's apparent subordination to Grand Moff Tarkin. You will recall in Episode IV where Vader famously comments on an Imperial officer's skepticism of the Force while choking him with the Force, and Tarkin orders him to release the officer. This was not a request, but a direct command. Also, Tarkin appeared to in command of the entire Death Star even though the rank he holds is a political one, not a military rank. Grand Moff Tarkin appears to be second only to the Emperor. Conversely, Grand Admiral Thrawn was subordinate to Vader, even though he was the highest military rank at the time.

There are also many places in game where Grand Moff Kilran appears to be inordinately powerful, seeming to order military officers and Sith alike. He demands the player's character to mutiny against a lawful military officer in the Black Talon flashpoint, for example.

Lore from the Star Wars universe regards Governors, Moffs, and Grand Moffs as political offices, yet they seem more powerful than the most powerful people in the galaxy?
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