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The Force is strong with Odessa, Ukraine. Overhauling a long-standing statue of Vladimir Lenin, artist Alexander Milov has created what he calls the first real-life monument to the Sith Lord, Darth Vader.

As part of a new law passed, statues and monuments of Ukraine's past communist affiliations must be torn down. Seeing an opportunity within this, Milov went to work on an already-standing statue of Lenin, and created molds to replace him with the man who was once the Chosen One.

Volokin Yevgeny/Reuters
Volokin Yevgeny/Reuters

What's more, the statue will function as a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing free internet for nearby Force-users (and, really, anyone with a device that can connect to the internet).

Of course, this isn't the first time Ukraine has expressed it's love for that galaxy far, far away. Last year, Ukraine's Internet Party nominated Vader himself for prime minister alongside Yoda, Chewbacca, and Padme Amidala. Given that the final choice—Padme—is probably the most politically-minded, I'd have to say that Vader would have made for a great First Gentleman of Ukraine. The kids would love him!

See what Vader's legacy has come to this December, when [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) releases on the 18th.

(Source: The Guardian)


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