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    There's some of the Marvel comics where the Empire is continuing to mine Kyber with what's left of Jedha.

    It's a bit unclear what the Kyber does, a lot of SW media seems to infer it's mainly needed as some kind of focusing crystal, but in Rogue One Cassian calls it "fuel" for the weapon.
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    Curiously the last Mandalorian episode sort of dropped a hint that the New Republic (or the Core worlds, at least) are not taking the threat of remnants seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisIII View Post
    Curiously the last Mandalorian episode sort of dropped a hint that the New Republic (or the Core worlds, at least) are not taking the threat of remnants seriously.
    I think this was touched on in the Leia novel as well, which is why Leia joined the Resistance.

    It was part of why the First Order was able to build up their power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisIII View Post
    Curiously the last Mandalorian episode sort of dropped a hint that the New Republic (or the Core worlds, at least) are not taking the threat of remnants seriously.
    That would be consistent with the rest of the franchise's world-building.
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    Chandrila-the capital at this point-was also name dropped as was Coruscant. (The NR has shifting capital planets; hence why Hosnian Prime is it in TFA).
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    The failure of the New Republic’s political apparatus isn’t really that abnormal an idea, or is the idea of the FO managing a near-crippling first strike with a super weapon.

    The stupid part is the insistence across the entire ST that only the Resistance would mount up as an insurgency to it once SKB fired, and that the entirety of the New Republic’s navy was located in one place, just so they could replicate the Imperial vs Rebel theme of the OT, but in a less interesting way.

    And that was a group project for that particular failure; it's arguably the one area where I’d say that Rian Johnson may have shown himself more conventional and repetitive than Johnson, rather Han trying to subvert things for shock value. I think he decided to try christening the Resistance “Rebellion” again because he thought the pretense of something different was a waste of time, similar to his decision to depict the FO’s military as strong enough and Galatcic Resistance weak enough that he could argue the entire GFFA would fall in a matter of weeks, which was insane.

    Not that Abrams escapes this, mind you; it was his idea to have SKB fire on and “destroy” the New Republic and wipe out its main fleet. And he was the one leaning hard into those archetypes and imagery first. It’s just he also seemed to think that maybe TLJ went a bit too far, since he had TROS show the FO worried enough about logistics months later to be willing to take Palpatine’s deal, and eventually had the rest of the GFFA show up for the final fight... but that was too little, too late.

    The key mistake of the ST with regards to the military conflict was trying to ape the OT set-up and not do anything different, even when logic would have dictated some differentiation.

    There were about 30 years between the OT and ST, with the vast majority of the Galaxy outside of the FO’s control. Losing your government and your first-rate naval ships is a critical blow... but logistically and politically speaking, there should have still been a massive amount of manpower and lower-rate ships rising against the FO, and the FO should have had their logistical issues specified and used for dramatic effect earlier.

    I mean, France was fighting pretty much everyone during the middle of the most chaotic part of its revolution, and that was including a Royalist insurgency. The ST would have benefitted much more from having the FO resisted by numerous factions in the New Republic remnant beside Leia’s own, and from having the FO have to maintain some of the TFA-depicted competence in taking them on.

    The overall problem of the boring, uninspiring, and lore-wise depressing repetition is shared by everyone; I may accuse Johnson of being more banal and less imaginative than Abrams in his take on it, but I also think he was just struggling with the scale of the horrors in TFA in his film, and had a somewhat abstract and juvenile view of the “Wars” part of Star Wars, not too dissimilar from Abrams’s adolescent adrenaline junkie view.
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