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Jul-13-13, 04:54 PM (EDT)|
6. "RE: Random Musings RE Palpatine's Goals"|
In response to message #5
>Good point, but again, a cautious man would chose as his first target |
>some little planet at which no one would come looking for him. Not
>the planet he had been elected to the Federation Senate from.
Just before he crashes, Len notes to himself that Naboo typically supplies the Federation Senator from the Outer Rim Territories. In that case, going there does make sense. Remember that Palpatine isn't hiding. He's claiming to be the 'legitimate' Federation government and, as someone pointed out, everybody still has a decent enough opinion of him at this point. Naboo is enough out of the way of the heavily settled parts of the galaxy that it gives them a decent home base in a way that doesn't involve declaring war on one of the major powers. Palpatine could also claim that, as the remnant of the 'legitimate' Federation government, they're just moving shop to a more stable location while they wait for the turmoil following Clark's demise to blow over, and he probably thought he could persuade the current Queen to allow them in peacefully. With Interdictors, subspace jamming, and a heavy military presence, Palpatine probably figures that the risk of anyone being able to creditably contradict his version of How It Went Down is small enough that it's worth taking the planet regardless, and even then he can claim it was necessary during the crisis. Then he can easily throw Clark under the bus as being responsible for all the problems since that's what the IPO believes anyways, and then pressure the IPO to let them come back to Earth as the legitimate Federation government once things calm down. If Len hadn't crashed there, pulling in Corwin, Nall, Ifurita, and influencing the timing of Vader's decision to turn on Palpatine, it probably would have worked, too.
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