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Star Wars theory resolves a huge Palpatine plot hole in ‘Rise of Skywalker’

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Palpatine had quite a bit of money due to his status as the heir to a minor royal family, but it’s doubtful that inheritance would last the dozens of years between then and the events of Rise of Skywalker.

Palpatine’s final plan in The Rise of Skywalker doesn’t seem very well thought out, especially when compared to his best-ever evil scheme, Order 66. He’s barely hanging on to life in Exegol, but somehow has assembled the greatest fleet in Star Wars history to take over the universe, renewed body permitting. So how did those logistics come together? This theory suggests a tried and true method: a wealthy investor.

The details of the financial and economic aspects of the Star Wars are a little bit murky. We know bounty hunters and smugglers work for credits, but they’re inconsistently used in the shows and films. As Watto says at one point in The Phantom Menace, “Republic credits are no good out here.” Palpatine had quite a bit of money due to his status as the heir to a minor royal family, but it’s doubtful that inheritance would last the dozens of years between then and the events of Rise of Skywalker.

The solution lies in the Czerka Corporation, otherwise known as , who manufactured weapons for the Sith. Considering their close business associations, wouldn’t it make sense for Palpatine to ask them for assistance, knowing that if he takes over it will be a whole bunch of new business for them. Somebody has to make the blasters for the stormtroopers to miss with.

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