Most of the appeal behind the rebellion comes from the idea that it is fighting a long term tyrannical opressor; the impression is surely that that despite the Emperor’s dissolution of the senate in Episode IV, the Empire has been in brutal effect for many many years. Hence the championing values of LIBERTY and FREEDOM by mothma & chums. The rebellion loses its bouyancy considerably, in my view, if it’s merely a fight to restore a status quo after an empire which has been going on for only about twenty years. I mean… twenty years… that’s just not an empire. Why did the prequels have to tie up the Skywalker family with Palpatine’s rise? Their storyline would have been far more compelling, as those of the earlier trilogy are, against a background of flourishing opression, not dying freedom!