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    Who is financing the Rebellion?

    The Rebels sure do have a lot of fancy gear. Even rebels need to be paid so where is all this money coming from. They set up shop on Hoth with a big fancy shield generator strong enough to protect them from Star Destroyer bombardment as well as an Ion Cannon big enough to bring down a SD. Sure they haves some old Y-Wings but those X-Wings look pretty state of the art. Someone has to be paying for the R&D as well as manufacturing of these things. Some of the stuff could be a part of a civilizations standard space fleet but the logistics of running this type of war would be crazy and very, very expensive.

    The Empire probably is just pillaging each planet it comes across for materials and $$ just like the Nazi's did as they rolled across Europe. Do we really ever know who the big players are backing the Rebellion? What would they want as collaterial for there financial support? The US picked up a few strategic islands in the Pacific for example.
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    The gov't/people of Aldaraan (sp) probably helped out... I'd bet Naboo as well.

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    I think there was a lot of salvaging of old abandoned Republic ships like the ARC fighter. I mean, they had to have started out from scratch, and what better way to do that by reusing old vehicles?
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    Leia was one of the chief financial backers since she had access to all of Alderaan's money, being its surviving royal family member. If their government was centralized through the Empire in some way, the finances would have been on Coruscant. But please, let's have Lucas go back and add scenes about finances to scare off any more of the audience who grew bored with uncinematic tales of senatorial misconduct.
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    That was Episode 1. Blah

    The most effective way to shut down the rebellion would be to hit their supply chain. We aren't given an indication that the Empire is going after the Rebellion 100%. The first movie the Empire was the one being attacked. The second movie was more of Vader hunting down Luke so he was tracking the Rebels. The third movie was the Rebellion attacking the Empire again. Perhaps the Empire didn't see the Rebellion as that much of a threat or perhaps it's similar to our battle with the insurgence in Iraq. We fight them but we can't really go in and obliterate their supply change (food, water, roads, airports, etc.) as it would decimate the local civilian population. The Empire would need to keep the civilians around to help keep the Empire working and the war machine supported.

    Would Leia's financial support be obliterated with her home planet? You don't carry much weight when you are the Princess of an asteroid field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exhaust Port View Post
    Perhaps the Empire didn't see the Rebellion as that much of a threat...
    ROTJ: While on board the "armed and fully operational battle station", the Emperor refers to the rebellion as being "insignificant" while pushing Luke's buttons. I think your POV is correct, EP.
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    I forgot about that comment. Good memory.
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    I figured it was from people sympathetic to the cause. Kinda how Osama finances Al-Queda.
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