For real, if I was the leader of the Empire or whatever, I would scrap most of the Star Destroyers, reduce the military to a specialized, quick strike task force and invest most of my resources into make cheap, sustainable goods for the planet worlds I want to conquer and give them favorable terms to use said goods initially and then just creep over time until the become dependent on the machine.
Same result, just a lot less waste, useless conflict and massaging ego.
A boring conquest.
I would be the most boring tyrant ever. My weapons wouldn't be star ships and lasers, but bureaucracy and mediocre goods.
The policy I would author would be about increasing dependency on my goods. Hell, I would even have a GREAT employment package so I could get he best minds to maintain and produce my goods.
Not to improve anyone's life, because I am EVIL after all, but to maintain my stranglehold on what people need to live.
And I would be as low-key as possible. Almost no profile.
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