Its not so much the Imperials that are evil as it is the Sith. Most Imperials you meet are pretty decent (if strict and disciplined) people who seem to often care for the Empire's citizens and men under their commands. Its when you meet Sith that the arseholes and psychopaths who kick puppies "because we can" appear.
The Republic is extremely corrupt and layered with bureaucracy, whilst the Empire functions pretty damn well, its just that your bosses are usually dicks. The Republic sees their military as a 'necessary evil' and discards it when it doesn't need it any more (see the Trooper storyline) whilst the Empire celebrate it. They both have bad points and good points its just the Republic self-righteously paints itself as a beacon of peace and love whilst it rots from within unlike the Empire who make no qualms they're the good guys but actually if it wasn't for the Sith would function pretty damn well... apart from maybe the whole slavery thing.
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Death Star Politics
Whether a Jedi is aware he is being influenced or not is another matter entirely.BEN
Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force
flowing through him.
You mean it controls your actions?
Partially. But it also obeys your
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Similarly, I believe that was the case in the Star Wars universe after Palpatine's death.