I suggest that it may have also been an attempt to not have to think about boring things like bureaucracy and maintaining alliances.
In any case, this may suggest a reason for the Death Star having that single point of failure which is so necessary for a satisfying eucatastrophe-- it was designed on the cheap. The contracts were written by people who didn't think out what they wanted. And I'd like to think that there was deliberate sabotage involved.
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