1. "RE: Random Musings RE Palpatine's Goals"
In response to message #0
You've left some rather large gaps here, foremost among them that he might not be acting alone. We know Akio is involved to some extent, and a relatively small logical jump ties the abductions seen in Shepard's 11 into the equation (which would fix the whole infrastructure problem quite nicely).
I'm not going to be foolish enough to suggest that I even have an inkling of what's really going down, but there are plenty of ways Palpatine could be supplementing his forces. And that's without even beginning to think about how Surtur could be influencing things.