How possible is Star Wars: How’s that empire work again?

This is part four of a four-part series of columns written to mark Star Wars’ 41st Anniversary. Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Man, government in the Star Wars universe is confusing.

Until the late 1990s it was pretty simple. The oppressive Galactic Empire, led by the Emperor and his righthand cyborg Darth Vader, controlled the majority of…