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February 15th, 2012, 15:58
Originally Posted by pox67 View Post
When choosing to be an Imperial you have made a moral choice to be on the side of oppression and villainy.
It doesn't need to be like that.

Just look at the original cinematic series. The troops were not always evil.
First there were the honest Republic Clone Soldiers.
Then there were the later Republic Clone Soldiers.
And during their "use" came the Empire. The Clones were merely used as tools which did not ask questions. Look at Order 66.
The Stormtroopers were - in principle - still those soldiers which had been brought up to keep the order within the Empire.
The corruption was subtle. Slightly shifting, slightly nudging them and their superiors into directions of more and more violence against others. Controlling rather more and more through fear than through honesty. I once read that George Lucas was inspired by the Nazi troops for this. It's not by chance that the Star Wars Imperial officers wear clothes which resemble - from a distance - officer's clothes of Nazi officers. And the Nazis used fear as a means to contrrol people, too.

but in the beginning they were honest soldiers dedicated to bringing order and justice into the Galaxy. And of course that both are the FIRST things that become corrupted and later destroyed in ANY war. Ask war journalists. They could tell you stories about that …

As a sidenote, DDO is not much better than BG in that respect : The only "choice" you have there is fighting. No diplomacy, nothing. Only fighting.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (E.F.Schumacher, Economist, Source)
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