Thank you Adjensen and Moderators for arranging this persuasion match.
Were victims of the Death Star’s destruction innocent or guilty? A good question for sure.
[color=gold]The Death Star
The most powerful weapon ever conceived. While some books would envision “multiple Death Stars” as civilian accommodating facilities such as
taverns aboard, shopping malls and recreational areas, Lucas’ perception was different. The Death Star was a Military Weapon, ran by the military,
built by the military and for the military.
To better understand the origins of the Death Star, we must have a closer look at the Galactic Empire’s motives and ambitions.
The Empire became a Totalitarian Regime (Palpatine and Skywalker having taken the reigns as The Emperor and Darth Vader) after dissolving the Senate
and controlling the sector governors (also called Moffs) throughout the galaxy. Their motive was to conquer the Universe, through force and fear.
The original Death Star was conceived and supervised by Grand Moff Tarkin, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin, a military strategist and possibly the greatest
villain in Star Wars history. The second Death Star followed the designs of what has been called the Tarkin Project.
As such, two possibilities remain as to who the construction workers were ...
Construction Workers Could Not Have Been innocent Workers
Possibility # 1 : Skills for Hire
Much like the mercenaries that were bought by Vader himself (Boba Fett is a good example), those workers – if they ever existed or a very few of
them – were well aware of the risks they were taking but were driven by power and money incentives. There is also the fact that Tarkin himself
thought the Death Star indestructible and this was surely promoted as such, luring the greedy ones. These workers would have been under the impression
that it gave them a status with the Empire, much like the Trade Federation officials that is, before the Emperor took full command and Vader wiped
them off the map.
Bearing that in mind, those workers would not have been innocent at all but, as willing participants, guilty of helping the Empire achieve its goal,
the construction of a dreadful weapon.
Possibility # 2 : Clones/Stormtroopers
Let me show you why I believe they built it :
Originally, the Stormtroopers were cloned, on the image, cerebral achievements and originality of one man only, the infamous bounty hunter Jango Fett.
They were super soldiers, who would follow orders without hesitation. Eventually, as they became more specialized, we start seeing Sandtroopers,
Shadowtroopers, Snowtroppers , each programmed with specific tasks and skills. The execution of the “Order 66” is a good example of programming,
as they instantly turn from peaceful rebel companions to Imperial killing machines.
The Stormtroopers were the very best military achievement. They could have easily been programmed to build the Death Stars. They could have easily
been programmed to take tasks of plumbing, electricity, carpentry, welding and so on.
The only question that remains is “Was there enough of them to accomplish such a task?”
In Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Lama Su tells Obi-Wan Kenobi that the Kaminoans have created 200,000 "units," with a million more on the
There could have been hundreds of thousands of troopers building the moon sized weapon but even if the numbers were not so great, the fact remains
that Smith overlooked a small detail when writing his conversation between Dante and Randall. Lucas has the answer right there, in the storyline.
In the final episode, as Vader steps foot on the Death Star, a pre requisite to the Emperor’s arrival, this crucial warning takes place :
Moff Jerjerrod: Lord Vader, this is an unexpected pleasure. We are honored by your presence...
Darth Vader: You may dispense with the pleasantries, Commander. I'm here to put you back on schedule.
Moff Jerjerrod: I assure you, Lord Vader. My men are working as fast as they can.
Darth Vader: Perhaps I can find new ways to motivate them.
Let me point that out again: I assure you, Lord Vader. My men
are working as fast as they can.
There you have it. Admiral Jerjerrod’s men, the military, the stormtroopers. Not innocent bystanders but military stormtroopers, on duty, that
perished under the command of the Supreme Galactic Empire.
Thank you reading.