Another thread inspired this thought, namely the "Hailfire Droid and Geonosian Fighter Revealed!".
The Geonosians are, by all appearances, a rather dirty and primitive species. Yet, they develop and build sophisticated and high tech weaponry, such as Battle Droids, Geonosian Fighters, and, most importantly, a little space station called the Death Star.
If the Geonosians are so high tech, and if they (likely) make so much money selling Battle Droid armies, why don't they live better? The only sign of affluence I see in AOTC in Poggle the Lesser's snazzy suit. Is Poggle the Lesser the Saddam Hussein of S.W.? Does he reap all the benefits of the Geonosian exports? Does anyone care? More importantly, should I?