Phantom Menace Minute 2: Civics Lessons From a Fictional Universe

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November 24th, 2015


Minute 2 of The Phantom Menace: Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute.





  • The Trade Federation was originally known by the much clunkier title "The Federation of Galactic Traders."
  • When viewed in episode number order, this minute has the first space ship (the Radiant VII).


  • Ken Burns documentary of the fall of the Republic or West Wing style drama might be more entertaining.

Meta Minute

  • 20:26 podcast episode length.
  • The closest real-world example to a single corporation with as much power as a state would be the British East India Company, which fielded a massive military force that at its height was twice the size of the British army and was responsible for much of the British conquest of India.


  • Alex: "It would be like if Walmart had a senator in the congress."
  • Pete: "Mostly it involves pretending Walmart is a state."


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