Subject: It's perfectly reasonably weak.
Posted on: 2021-03-06 20:29:10 UTC

History is full of 'unbeatable' weapons and strongholds which fell because of weaknesses nobody thought of. There's a famous story that the impregnable Chateau Gaillard fell to the French - and King John of England lost Normandy - because French soldiers snuck in through the toilets. A thousand years more recently, a certain 'unsinkable' ship turned out not only to be sinkable, but I understand the design actually made it sink faster once it was holed.

Of course, even more common is the inside job. The Fall of Constantinople happened in part because someone opened a gate for the besieging Ottomans, and by and large, 'get someone to open the gates' is a much better strategy than 'attack stones with swords'. So I think it's entirely plausible that, of the millions of people involved in the 'what if we made a giant ball that kills planets?' project, someone was going to be at least mildly opposed.

Come to think of it, DS1 was already an inside job before Rogue One - Tarkin's belief that the station could take out snubfighters without its own fighter support let the Rebels get far closer than they should have. Wookiepedia says there were seven thousand TIE fighters on the battlestation - but Tarkin and Vader refused to use them. Incompetence is also a form of betrayal...

As to making a second one: there's a great quote from Han Solo in one of the later New Jedi Order books:

"That's not what the Empire would have done, Commander. What the Empire would have done was build a super-colossal Yuuzhan Vong-killing battle machine. They would have called it the Nova Colossus or the Galaxy Destructor or the Nostril of Palpatine or something equally grandiose. They would have spent billions of credits, employed thousands of contractors and subcontractors, and equipped it with the latest in death-dealing technology. And you know what would have happened? It wouldn't have worked. They'd forget to bolt down a metal plate over an access hatch leading to the main reactors, or some other mistake, and a hotshot enemy pilot would drop a bomb down there and blow the whole thing up. Now that's what the Empire would have done."

And yeah, he makes the exact same point in The Force Awakens... the Empire is so predictable that Han Solo can see what's what. I mean, eesh.


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