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Yeah, I won't let it keep me from enjoying the TOR era. Smile
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Reepicheep wrote:
That's a valid point. I would like to see more originality though- there's really nothing we haven't seen before and some of the implications are questionable (i.e. the Republic basing designs on the Sith Empire).


It's more like the Sith Empire basing their designs on the Republic.

People complained about this Sith Empire using the title of Moff and then Essential Atlas made it an old Republic title from it's earliest days that survived until the end of the New Sith Wars in Republic. It's a good retcon.
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I didn't know that. That's interesting.

It still doesn't explain the uniforms and heraldry though.
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Hold on a second. Uniforms? Just the uniforms, or are you including armour in that, too? The uniforms I don't have a problem with, because who, exactly, remembers a uniform for non frontline officers (ie, not in the public eye) 3,000 years ago?

And, let me just point out, the armour. The Sith armour is completely different. Taking a closer look at the Hope trailer, the Sith trooper armour is some weird black Mando/underwater suit amalgamation. It's the republic that has armour reminiscent of the Clone armour of the Clone War era.
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To speak to the question of people embracing a 'new' sith empire 1000 years later, its quite possible that the vast majority of the population has no idea about what the similarities were.

Please, ask the average person on the street what the big deal was about The Battle of Agincourt, Siege of Harfleur or Battle of Patay was.

Blank stares? Ok, lets try this again. Lets ask them what the Hundred Years War was. Or who was involved?

Still nothing? Ask them what the French Flag looked like. Any of them draw this?




Didn't think so.


Try this. That was about 600 years ago.


But that wasn't my country you say? All right, for you Americans, how many of you could remember what a Red Coat wore during the War for Independence. And you need to be more specific than 'a red jacket'.

How many of you could describe it without looking it up?


I'm going to go with not very many.

Now, add 1000 years, multiply by thousands of species with hundreds of different languages, their own petty wars and squabbles to worry about, the fact that most of them probably didn't know what government they had even been under 1000 years ago, and you're left with the point that probably less than 1/100,000 (or fewer) individuals had any idea that there was a connection.

Palpatine, being who he was, would have just carefully...removed...anyone who tried to speak out publically about the similarities, and destroy all mention of it. It wouldn't be that hard at all to obscure the similarities.

ESPECIALLY since the perverted Imperial symbol was similar to one of the GAR that had just spent the last 3 years saving everyone's lives.



Deception and no one noticing similarities would actually be a really easy thing to accomplish. [/img]


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Brilliant examples, Henning. That really puts things in perspective. Althought I must admit my own historical interests are in Germany or ancient medieval societies. But even then, I don't think I could point out a Spartan helmet from a Greek helmet. I just know what the Corinthian and Thracian styles look like Wink
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
But even then, I don't think I could point out a Spartan helmet from a Greek helmet. I just know what the Corinthian and Thracian styles look like Wink


This still puts you ahead of...everyone I know. Except my Greek and Roman Studies professer.




Its a sad fact that even though a lot of people study 'history' it doesn't really stretch back that far for most people. Not even as far as writing does. Not even as far as public English records do.

Pretty much everyone has read/heard at least a couple of Shakespere's plays. And despite the fact he's one of the most famous people from his era, we don't even know if he was literate or wrote ANY of them. Just like 1000 years from now, no one will have any idea what the big deal was with Pitt/Jolie (I hope).

Government's fare no better.

Another case in point (because it came to mind and I love this example). You know those great blank white alabaster/marble statues that the Greeks and Romans loved? Everyone knows what they looked like. Must have looked amazing having all those solid white buildings and statues everywhere back in the day. So clean, so orderly.

Guess what? The one on the left is what you think of. The one on the right is what it would actually have looked like at the time:






That's how our collective memories work on most of history.


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Good points, Henning! (Welcome by the way)

A couple things to consider though...

There are such things as historians. Even if the masses weren't familiar with ancient Sith symbols, the historians would be. And I'm sure they would've brought it to attention. And honestly, it wouyldn't even take historians. You said to dscribe a redcoats uniform without looking it up, but the thing is people in the GFFA can look it up.

With your French flag you used, I'll admit I had no idea that was what their flag looked like. However the fleur-de-lis, a commonly known French symbol, is prominently featured on it. I expect the ancient Sith logo (is that what you would call it?) would be much the same. The exact flag? No. The symbols? Yes.

Palpatine removing the opposition makes it slightly more credible, but I'm still not buying it. Imagine trying to eliminate the memory of a well-known culture. Think about all the sources (books, newspapers, magazines, movies, documentaries, encyclopedias, databases etc) that have information about this culture. And in Star Wars, we're not just dealing with one world, but an entire galaxy.
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Reepicheep wrote:
Good points, Henning! (Welcome by the way)



Thank you. And Thank you.



Reepicheep wrote:
And honestly, it wouyldn't even take historians. You said to dscribe a redcoats uniform without looking it up, but the thing is people in the GFFA can look it up.


This is where we enter the wonderful world of censorship. Also, you have to have them make the connection first and then know WHAT to look for.

Keep in mind that Palps has also had the last 30+ years to scrub this from the holonet (where most people would do their research). While it can probably still be accessed elsewhere its not as easy. If you couldn't google it, would you really take the trouble to?

But the key thing here is in order for them to look it up, they have to make the connection first, and know what to look for. Not just - this looks familiar...what does it remind me of?

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With your French flag you used, I'll admit I had no idea that was what their flag looked like. However the fleur-de-lis, a commonly known French symbol, is prominently featured on it. I expect the ancient Sith logo (is that what you would call it?) would be much the same. The exact flag? No. The symbols? Yes.


Ask any New Orleans Saints fan what the symbol on the helmet is (I'm actually tempted to try this if I ever visit), and I would bet half or less recognize it, and its one of the world's most famous emblems.


Also, you mention that the fleur-de-lis is French. Well at the same time (100 years war) look what appears on the British coat of arms:




Who were at war with the French. The populace (to my limited historical knowledge) didn't overly panic over that, even though England did not possess any territorial holdings in France (possibly Gibralter, not sure). But certainly not enough to justify half the shield.

This isn't to even start on the whole Swastika thing.

Besides, who knows what other corporate symbols may also have had similar designs.



Reepicheep wrote:
A couple things to consider though...

There are such things as historians. Even if the masses weren't familiar with ancient Sith symbols, the historians would be. And I'm sure they would've brought it to attention.



As for the historian thing , that's where the real sticking point comes in. And other than forcible removal, I can't really explain that one away. Other than that perhaps that symbol was forgotten over the next 2000 years of warfare and supplanted with another...

Perhaps the one they always use for the 'sith era' became the most common? Yeah. this is where even I run into justification problems.


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For your first point, I refer you to what I said about historians and just how hard it would be to erase information about a particular culture.

And for the second point, I think I'll have to say point taken. It always struck me as a French symbol, but that might not be the case for everyone.

As for the third: gotcha! Wink
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Reepicheep wrote:
For your first point, I refer you to what I said about historians and just how hard it would be to erase information about a particular culture.

And for the second point, I think I'll have to say point taken. It always struck me as a French symbol, but that might not be the case for everyone.


Point taken? What does this mean? I've never seen such a response on the interwebs before in my life! There must be a counterpoint, or some sort of debate! You're doing it wrong, Reep. Razz


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Reepicheep wrote:
For your first point, I refer you to what I said about historians and just how hard it would be to erase information about a particular culture.


Yeah, the historian thing is a toe-stubber. I don't really have a workable answer to that one.


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Oh am I? Embarassed

Well you know what I mean. I can't argue further on that particular point because Henning has pretty much shot my argument to pieces (in a gracious way I might add!). Wink

EDIT: This was meant to be a response to OMB...^^
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Reepicheep wrote:
Oh am I? Embarassed

Well you know what I mean. I can't argue further on that particular point because Henning has pretty much shot my argument to pieces (in a gracious way I might add!). Wink


No point in being mean about it, its just a friendly logical debate. (now, if you start arguing with me about my taste in women we have trouble Razz) You hamstrung me on the historians so I think we're even.


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We should speak like characters in a Zahn novel and say "Point."


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