EoTE: Thieving Backstabbing Two-Faced Bastards..... IN SPAAAACE!
The fearsome Empire dominates the galaxy politically, socially, and militarily. The Emperor maintains absolute control; he skillfully plays political games, using both the military and the dreaded Darth Vader to keep his choke-hold on the galaxy. The Imperial military is unmatched when deployed en masse. Imperial agencies monitor the actions of opponents and allies alike. The feared Imperial Security Bureau (ISB) digs into any suspected corruption or rebel activity. Government-sanctioned political groups like the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order (COMPNOR) promote Imperial ideals and harshly counter rebel propaganda and anti-imperial sentiment.
Dominant though the Empire is, it is hardly monolithic or omnipresent, and the rebels, criminal organizations, corporations, and many others exploit that fact.