I’ve been re-playing X-wing after getting the Collectors series(the Win 95/98 one with the enhanced graphics).
I’m enjoying it a lot more then before, but one thing came to mind that bothers me about the nature of the Rebellion and might be a bit of a plot hole
Okay, unlike many rebellions, the star wars rebels have very good equipment. Top of the line military grade stuff. I understand well enough that the Galaxy in a dangerous place and that there’s a civilian market for weapons(X-wings, Z-95’s, Corvettes). All of these are ideal anti-pirate protection, I would imagine.
However, the cap ships are going to be a bit harder to justify as part of a civilian arms market. Particulary the big Mon Calamari Crusiers. The problemswith those I can see are:
1.) They’re pretty damn big. You can’t just build those out of spare parts in a junkyard. You need full blown shipyards to manufacture those, and those aren’t easy to hide.
2.) As far as I know, only the Rebellion actually uses those. Probably because they’re very expensive and nobody else(other then the empire) can afford them.
3.) I’d be hard pressed how one buys a Calamri Crusier with civilian purposes in mind(other then converting them to cargo haulers in like Heir to the Empire, but it’d probably be cheaper just to purchase bulk freightors for that purpose).
Add of these up, and it would seem a no-brainer that the Empire could probably track the rebellion fairly easily by finding the locations these crusiers are being built, going to the Mon Calmaris and saying “We know the Rebels are buying your cap ships. We demand you check backgrounds throughly before selling them to people. We’d also like you to help us track buyers we suspect are selling to the rebellion. We’ll be leaving a garrison or two to make sure you comply” If the Mon Calmaris are part of the Alliance, it would be easy enough to Seize their shipyards and arrest those in charge of making the ships with the jusitifcation “You’re giving material aid to terrorists.”(and they’d be right).
The market for Mon Calamari Crusiers can’t be that big, particulary with the Empire as the Sole Military Superpower in the galaxy. And on Earth, it would be like Terrorists buying Aircraft Carriers. It isn’t going to be hard to track them and it sure as hell isn’t going to be hard figuring out who sold it to them.
I don’t know much of the expanded universe stuff, so maybe I’m wrong. And I know “It’s not that kind of movie” but when you have the rebels with such big ships, you’ve got to deal with such things.