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Title:

Między stronami mocy. Przyczynek do analizy ustrojowej uniwersów fantastycznych

Alternative title:

Between Two Sides of Power: a Contribution to Constitutional Analysis of Science-Fiction Universa

Creator:

Stec, Piotr

ORCID:

0000-0003-3797-1321

Subject and Keywords:

Star Wars ; law and literature ; right to rebel

Description:

Stanowi kontynuację: Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis. Studia nad Faszyzmem i Zbrodniami Hitlerowskimi ; 1 (1974)-33 (2011) ; ISSN 0137-1126

Abstract:

In popular parlance the Star Wars universe often serves as an example of a binary division between good Rebels and evil Empire. However, a detailed legal analysis of the turbulent political and legal history of the good old Republic and its transformation into the Empire casts doubts on this popular opinion.The Republic seems to be a degenerate system, based on exploitation of the weak, slavery and dominance of the military order the Jedi, exercising power without any democratic control. Surprisingly, the transformation of the Republic into the Empire was formally admissible, and backed up by republican constitutional principles. Moreover, it has been purported here that the political system of the galaxy had very strong feudal relics and allowed both for vendettas and the right to rebel against the goverment. The Rebellion was in fact a counterrevolutionary movement whose main goal was to re-establish the ancient regime and anihilate the last two representatives of the schismatic Jedi sect the Siths, while the Empire was trying to establish a ruthless, but effective system of government. Thus, what we have here is not a battle of Good against Evil but simply a civil war between conservative terrorists and authoritarian reformers. Surprisingly, a short-lived victory of the Rebellion leads to a social and economic crisis, while the restoration of the Empire by the New Order guarantees stability of the economic and political system. Moreover, imperial feuds and vendettas impact only the major players, while the commoners are not directly affected.

Place of publishing:

Wrocław

Publisher:

Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

Contributor:

Maciejewski, Marek. Red. ; Scheffler, Tomasz. Red.

Date issued:

2018

Identifier:

ISSN 0239-6661 ; ISSN 2300-7249

DOI:

10.19195/2300-7249.40.4.6

Source:

PAd P 101182 II

Language:

eng ; pol

Relation:

Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis, 0239-6661, no 3886, Studia na Autorytaryzmem i Totalitaryzmem. 2018, 40, nr 4, s. 97-115

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Czasopisma Naukowe w Sieci (CNS)

Rights holder:

© Copyright by Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego Sp. z o.o., Wrocław 2018