So to paraphrase a certain Christmas classic:The Romulan Republic wrote: ↑2018-08-17 10:56pmAs is often the case with arguments in favor of a "strong" (ie, despotic) leader as the only way to achieve stability and security, I'll point out that Thrawn didn't actually make the Galaxy more secure. Given that he, you know, lost to the New Republic.
Not to turn it into a real-world political debate, but to me, its like people who say things like "Assad should be leader of Syria because otherwise it'll turn into a Jihadi hell hole." Well... Assad was the leader of Syria. And under his watch, the country fell apart. And the only reason he didn't lose completely was because Putin pulled his ass out of the fire. Its a similar deal with Thrawn. His losing to the supposedly chaotic and incompetent democracy of the New Republic does not inspire me to think that he is a stronger and more stable alternative. Arguably, all he did was make the NR weaker and less able to fight off the Yuzhan Vong. Imagine if, instead, Thrawn had thrown his genius and resources behind the New Republic... but that would have required him to embrace a larger view of the Galaxy than peace through absolute power.
Also, I'll point out that the New Republic did ultimately beat the YV, albeit at a terrible price. Of course, all this is moot to the current canon.
"Well, on Honoghr they say that Grand Admiral Thrawn's heart grew three sizes that day. And then the true meaning of Life Day came through, and Thrawn found the strength of ten Chiss, plus two!"
Basically, Thrawn has a change of heart for... reasons, and decides following Palpatine's death that despotism is not the key to stability and security after all. Rather than try to rebuild the Empire with himself as Emperor/warlord, he dedicates all his abilities and resources to strengthening the NR and rebuilding the Jedi Order. He will try to gain a position of prominence in the NR if they permit him to (after turning over some of his Imperial secrets in exchange for clemency), but his priority is to aid the formation of a strong New Republic and New Jedi Order. He's still ruthless when he feels that its necessary- but he now sees a Jedi Order serving a New Republic as the key to galactic stability, and is willing to make some compromises in terms of allowing basic civil liberties and representative government.
As we currently have no real information on Thrawn post-Endor in canon, this will be an explicitly Legends thread.