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The March of Science!

Elbrop's Avatar

12.13.2011 , 12:58 PM | #1
There seems to have been very little advancement in technology between the old republic and the later Empire/Republic from the movies.

Even things like the Death Star seem to be more of a matter of scale than true advancement (basically if you're the dictator of all known space you can throw enough resources to build your own moon). So why has technological progress stagnated?

We know that more advanced technology is possible (there seems to be plenty of big dumb objects like the star forge floating around).

I'm not too familiar with the Star Wars setting outside the movies and the Kotor games so if this has been answered in a novel or something feel free to spoil it for me

Kettukun's Avatar

12.13.2011 , 01:15 PM | #2
I'd blame it on stormtrooper syndrome if that wasnt silly.

I know for a fact, however that blasters are a prime example of the advancement of technology.

It's easier to just link you to the page of the blaster.

So, there is 'an' advancement in technology, but I don't find it too big myself.

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Nanoling's Avatar

12.13.2011 , 01:50 PM | #3
Scientist 1: "Lightsabers, check. Hovercars, check. Holocrons, check. Interstellar hyperspace travel, check. Hot twi'lek holodancers, check. Three dimensional battle chess, check. Personal droid servants, check."

Scientist 2: "It's Miller time, forever!!!"
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Mechavomit's Avatar

12.13.2011 , 01:57 PM | #4
In my days we had to wear huge battery packs on our belts to power lightsabers! And we were grateful!

Ruan's Avatar

12.13.2011 , 01:59 PM | #5
Technology in Star Wars is stagnated because writers need to work around different timeframes while maintaining the Star Wars atmosphere.
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dracophoenix's Avatar

12.13.2011 , 02:08 PM | #6
This is actually from a post I put up on in regards to this question. It was a reply to a person asking this same thing, so don't be put off by it's wording.

"I thought about it and I think it is largely due to many of the factors already mentioned. From a lore standpoint:

1) The people and representatives of the republic have shown that they're not exactly super bright. They applauded Palpatine as he stole their freedom and liberty. If people are so quick and eager to turn over their freedom for a sense of security, then it speaks to their character. Generally, a population that is not vigilant or focused on responsibility (delegating their rights) is not inovating or pushing the boundaries of industry.

2) Constant conflict as has been mentioned prior. While conflict can produce great technological innovations if there is a clear and decisive winner, it can also lead to degredation , which is a devastating back and forth between two major alignments. If you want an example of war destroying tech, look at KotoR 1. The leveling of Taris and KotoR 2 focusing heavily on projects meant to rebuild planets that were devastated (such an importance was placed on bringing these planets back to LIVABLE conditions that it was implied that if they didn't, it would lead to a colapse of the Republic.) So, imagine, if they are having to import wild life from a planet where it is resiliant to revitalize planets, how much more damage was done to any research, industries, or planned developments? Now repeat this on a semi-regular basis, would make sense for tech to ebb and flow.

3) Tech is only as relevant as our need for it. As mentioned before, the cortosis weave. It was an aditional expense to the creation of armor and weapons. When lightsabers became less of a concern/focus due to reduction in force users, then why bother with the excess expense? Also, look at the personal cloaking technology. Could easily be explained away by an affordable counter being developed. Why produce or purchase cloaking technology when you buy a decloaking unit for cheap at the five and dime. One product eliminates the other, leading to less people bothering even purchasing or wearing a cloak generator, until they both fade due to reason 2 somewhere in the big galactic shuffle."

Htiffirg's Avatar

12.13.2011 , 02:35 PM | #7
Actually there is a lot of advancement, Not the Leaps and Bounds Made by Unique revelations. But there is a kind of slow but methodical march of progress.

Any major Leaps are turned immediately into Superweapons which seem plentful in the EU.

JSleeper's Avatar

12.13.2011 , 02:52 PM | #8
The tech stagnation over thousand-year timescales isn't easy to reconcile with what we know how tech advances, especially over the last century or so. The tech in KOTOR and TOR is definitely chunkier and less refined than in the movie era, but its function is pretty much the same. Hyperdrive, blasters, lightsabers, etc..

Advances do take place, however. And keep in mind that over thousands of years there could still be analogues to the "Dark Ages" where knowledge was lost.

Geladius's Avatar

12.13.2011 , 03:34 PM | #9
Massive wars that annihilate civilizations tend to have a negative effect on technology advancement. Look at the Dark Ages.

ScheurK's Avatar

12.13.2011 , 05:13 PM | #10
It's because the scientists found out about a game called Heroin Hero and are still trying to catch that stupid dragon