Thanks so much for that, I'm glad you felt I was able to capture the oh-so-sinister way that the Emperor always delivered his lines.
Thanks for your really kind review, I'm touched that you feel I've been able to handle both the twists and turns and the story behind it in a good enough way to keep you interested.
I don't know whether I would have described the Empire as being pedestrian in their violence, but I certainly see what you mean about them not having a facade of legitimacy. However, I think that you'll be getting a slightly different view of the Empire in the next chapter, as Vidius begins to work on Luke...
Yeah, Han is always best as a reluctant hero, that isn't something that was going to change in this A/U.
Not sure what you have in mind for the Force block, but I hope that I won't disappoint.
See above for commentary on Han.
Glad I was able to convey the Emperor's creepiness!