The Death Stars were always a major point of discussion among Star Wars fans. Were they being constructed together? If not, how did the second one get built so quickly? Why weren’t they better reinforced near their weak-spots? And so the questions keep coming. But their destruction was more than just a mark in time – as some of you might know, Star Wars time is divided as BBY (Before the battle of Yavin) and ABY (after the Battle of Yavin) – it was the beginning of imperial crises.

Professor Feinstein, Financial Engineering Doctor, recently published a paper (http://arxiv.org/pdf/1511.09054v1.pdf) about the economic consequences of the great imperial loss.

The results are so catastrophic that he even pondered if such an economic cataclysm was Palpatine’s contingency plan to guarantee his enemies would not prevail.

 The Galactic Economy

In a very smart move, Feinstein compared the Death Star projects to the Manhattan Project. Therefore, after establishing the cost of production of Death Star 1 as $193 QUINTILLION USD, and Death Star 2 as $ 419 QUINTILLION USD, Feinstein comes to the conclusion that the Star Wars Galactic GDP is about $4,6 SEXTILLION USD.

Also, he counts 17,501 banks in the galactic scenery. Of course there are many others, but this is the number of really influential ones to the galactic life.

Feinstein’s Hypothesis

Considering the short time frame between the destruction of both battle stations, the heavy participation of banks in galactic domestic product, and the fact that banks were all over such projects, the destruction of both Death Stars would throw the galactic economy to pieces.

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Palpatine probably thought to use this as an advantage against his foes: Even if they amassed the necessary firepower to face a Death Star, they would probably stop, considering how miserable life in the galaxy would be after their demise. But, since the Rebellion was lead by people who were never interested in the odds or general planning, they unleashed sheer destruction in ways not even the Sith planned.

So in order to really restore the Republic and keep the planets allied, the Rebels would need severe amounts of cash that maybe not even House Organa could supply.

Feinstein's grim last words on the paper are: “In this case study we found that the Rebel Alliance would need to prepare a bailout of at least 15%, and likely at least 20%, of GGP in order to mitigate the systemic risks and the sudden and catastrophic economic collapse. Without such funds at the ready, it likely the Galactic economy would enter an economic depression of astronomical proportions."

“The Force Awakens” economy

As we know, the upcoming Force Awakens movie will take place in the galaxy after the destruction of Death Star 2, and how it was not enough to crush Palpatine’s Galactic Empire.

Part of the new challenges will most certainly lie on the economic side of the matter, but to what extent, we do not know yet.

With this new information, we may even ponder how the galaxy would fare against the Yuuzhan Vong and if order would’ve been reestablished by the time of Darth Krayt. But none of these questions matter now, since the new movie will change everything.