Sorry, but the central government in the Evil Galactic Empire is founded on a philosophy that is fundamentally disproven by the existence of a society like the Federation. You get into a culture war with a civilization like the Federation, you end up like the Ferengi. You remember what happened to them, right?
If the Empire and the Federation don't get into military conflict and instead coexist alongside one another, the Federation's ideas will spread to the Empire because they're fundamentally better ideas.
The Emperor won't let the Federation's ideas spread, and will force military conflict because he's an evil wizard serving a religion that's all about being evil, but under any other leader, contact between the two powers would eventually result in a golden age for both galaxies.
That's why the US always takes the better ideas from Europe and the rest of the world right? They full embraced the wonders of more vacation time and stronger broader social safety nets from countries that have long been voted to have higher standards of living. Wait that didn't happen let's try this again...
When the US didn't adapt and become more like the nations voted as better places to live people started scrambling for the exits and mass uprisings started... No, damn I really thought you were onto something there!
The reality is the people in charge already live in a fair deal of luxury and social inertia will keep things from changing. The smaller population base of the Federation may or may not make some waves and small scale changes might take place. However as a whole there will be too many people asking how much it will cost them in tax increases to get the ball rolling, too many people won't want to risk their status quo to help people worse off than themselves, the people badly off are already marginalized and beaten down to the point of just accepting it. If you look at the US as the Empire and Scandinavia as the UFP you'll see the issues.
I'm looking, but I'm not seeing what you're seeing. I'm seeing a lot of people (including yourself) who've noticed the better quality of life, and doing some agitating for changes along those lines. You don't need mass uprisings to make progress.
Asside from the fact that Section 31 was the product of one man's delusions based on watching a crappy holoprogram, even that delusion wasn't posited as doing jack shit to the people in the Federation, just undermining the Federation's external enemies.
A Utopia with large scale external threats that commonly walk through the periphery and end up parked on the doorstep of important worlds is hardly a real Utopia.
You're not getting that this is about domestic policy, not military.
But you will note that I did mention both galaxies as entering a golden age as a result of peaceful contact, not just your poor Empire.
Okay, what's the wager? I'm interested to see how many paradise worlds you can come up with for Wars. I've not delved deeply into the EU, but I haven't run across any myself.
There are hundreds of planets mentioned throughout the EU and I'm not sure I care to sift through that to see what percentage look to be equal to most of what you find in Star Trek. However if we go with a million systems then only a fraction of 1% would need to be as good as what Trek has to offer for me to be right.
Quite frankly, I was more interested to see if there was anything along the same pattern, given the major thematic differences between the two universes. Wars isn't exactly written for utopianism.
I will also see if I can find any wealthy worlds that are said to be great places to live in just the A section of Wookiepedia's planet listings:
-Aargau: Wealthy well defended banking world. "Better poor on Aargau than wealthy anywhere else."
Wealthy doesn't mean much on its own, and being well defended is somewhat beside the point.
-Adarlon: A vacation world known for holographic entertainment and exquisite music.
Holographic entertainment, you say?
-Ahakista: "It's a sleepy little backwater. Edge of the galaxy. Not important. Idyllic. Quiet little place."
I'd like to hear more. Being at the edge of the galaxy leaves some question as to whether it is even a part of the evil galactic empire at all, but maybe it's got something close to the quality of life we're discussing here. We'll need more information to be sure, since the description is a tad bit vague.
-Alassa Major: A resort world located along the Enarc Run, known as a major tourist destination for people dwelling in the wealthy core regions.
How do the townies view it?
-Aleen: Peaceful world, noted for being a stop on the podracing circuit.
You mean that bloodsport from the Phantom Menice?
-Amfar: Vacation world. Suffered a depression during the days of the Empire but was still staying afloat through it all.
Say what you will about abandoning currency-based economics, but no reported depressions on earth after they made that change.
That's six and I'm only halfway through the A's (130+ planets). There were more places that the war didn't touch that seemed pretty averagely nice, but not perfect and thus weren't included on this list.
Wait, those were the best you could find out of 130 entries?
Sorry, 65 entries?
If we assume that even half this ratio is true that means 3-in-130 worlds are as nice to live on as the UFP.
I'm no sure any of them made it up to that standard just from your description. What're the schools like? How's the weather? What do people with no money experience on these planets?
If we take the million worlds line to be accurate that means the Empire controlled roughly 23,000 worlds of this quality of life and many times that more that were still pretty nice.
Pretty nice isn't what we were discussing in our little wager.
Now please do show us what living conditions are like for worlds in the UFP that aren't Earth of Vulcan or colonies.
You want to know about Andoria?
What has the speed of Warp travel to do with anything? The Wars Galaxy isn't shitty because it's being neglected. It's shitty because it's being actively oppressed by an evil wizard.
What percentage of the people living in the Empire were actually effected by the war in a serious way? Likely not as many as you'd like to think given how under militarized the galaxy as a whole is. The average person heard about new policies they may or may not have liked and saw holonet clips of things going on far away from them.
Given how random moisture farmers in the ass end of nowhere were pissed enough at the Empire's policies to take up arms even before their families were murdered, I should think that percentage might be a bit higher than you might imagine.
Earth has been threatened with certain terrifying doom how many times under the watch of the UFP?
Zero. Can't have been certain doom if it was averted.