Everyone and their mother in the Star Wars community is exposed to the infamous Kylo Ren theories. I'm not here to do that, though he is involved in my theory about the story so far. Let's get started!
Remember the Special Additions? (Bah-dum-tsss. See what I did there? Ok, you're not laughing.)
George Lucas had decided to add in Coruscant, Naboo and Tatooine into the end of Return of the Jedi to present a World War 2-esque celebration scene. Every planet celebrated the so-called end of the war and the end of tyranny. However, we then see in the Force Awakens that...the Empire is still around.
Didn't the Rebels win though? Well let me put it like this, the Battle of Endor was not the end of the Galactic Civil War. More or less, the Battle of Endor is equivalent to the Battle of Gettysburg.
The American Civil War didn't end at the Battle of Gettysburg, though it was a climatic and memorable battle historians talk about and study to this day. The Battle of Gettysburg wasn't the end of all of battles, but it was the battle to insure Confederate defeat.
However, like in the Legends continuity of Star Wars, Grand Moffs and war lords made grabs for power. However, unlike a certain Chiss Grand Moff, nobody succeeded and rerouting a successful counter-attack against the Rebellion.
In this moment of the Empire's shock and awe, everything became chaotic. Remember the celebration scene on Coruscant during Return of the Jedi, my theory is that the celebration was short-lived and the Empire maintained its presence on the capital...but just barely.
In the Empire's fight for Coruscant, it became a symbolic battle that would be a lose-lose situation for the Empire. If the Empire lost, the Rebellion was successful in capturing another capital. If the Empire won, they still failed to maintain their capital, thus deeming the Empire an unjust government to rule. Not unjust in the fact it's a tyrannical dictatorship, but unjust that it was just incapable of maintaining order among the citizens.
This symbolic battle is covered by the media because why wouldn't the media want to cover a juicy story such as a civil war happening in Coruscant? Though the Empire might have shut down every station it has under control. As I mentioned, the Empire barely maintained its control over Coruscant. Coruscant is a big planet, so the only portion the Empire probably controlled is the Government Sector while the rest of the planet remains under anarchy being the Rebel Alliance probably didn't have an official presence there. It's even official in Star Wars Legends that Coruscant wasn't actually captured until 3 years after the Battle of Endor.
In this moment of the Empire's weakness, the Rebel Alliance is able to officially establish the New Republic like when America ratified itself in 1789 while the War for American Independence actually ended in 1783.
However, the New Republic would not be able to establish their capital in Coruscant due to the chaos ensuing. So most likely they would choose a Mid Rim planet due to the Empire controlling most of the Inner Rim. Bespin or Naboo would be their best bet. I would say Bespin because its further away from another Imperial loyalist planet, Eriadu. Eriadu is the birthplace of Tarkin and according to the book of the same name, the Tarkin family maintains a strong influence. In the game, Empire at War, long after Grand Moff Tarkin's death the planet still remains loyal to the Empire regardless.
In this, Luke also has to take time to master his own ability of the Force before he can actually start a Jedi Order. Jedi is very similar to Buddhism, it is the practice of finding inner peace. Regardless of the whole celebration scene where Luke joins his friends on Endor, he's still going to feel psychological scars from the Civil War. Yes, he lost his father. Yes, his father is now one with the Force. However, that still doesn't account for the lives taken by the Second Death Star blast on Admiral Ackbar's ship. That doesn't account for the dead Rebel soldiers in result of the trap the Empire laid out. Notice Luke's insecurity around 3 minutes of the video.
Luke feels he endangered the mission by going after his father. That insecurity is also going to effect his take on the outcome of the war. He has to come to terms that he couldn't have done anything about the Emperor's plan. Even when the Emperor revealed that he laid out a path for the Rebels to take, Luke will still feel it was his fault for biting onto the bait under the intention of meeting his father once more. Once Luke comes to terms with his role in the war and his inner peace, then he would start a New Jedi Order. (We have yet to see the movie to see if Luke officially started a Jedi Order or if Finn will be his first apprentice.)
While the New Republic restores what was taken by the Empire, there are those fanatics that remain loyal to the Empire. You ever see Neo-Nazi and wonder why they truly believe in "Mein Kampf" and Hitler's Final Solution?
"You may kill a few individuals, but you cannot kill an idea. An idea is immortal."- Nicholas Patrick Wiseman; 1845
So in this, you'll have your fanatics loyal to the Empire. Did you see the poster in the beginning? The Empire is a legitimate threat.
I mean look at the beginning! There's a massive army assembled! Tie Fighters are chasing the Millenium Falcon around like they're the dominant power!
But I say that because of Kylo Ren? Where did he come from? This is my Kylo Ren theory. (He's part of the story, so you can't get away from this) Kylo Ren is most likely a victim of the Galactic Civil War. As evil and tyrannical as the Empire is, the Rebellion was also conducting a war. In war, there's atrocities inflicted by either side. Perhaps he's a native Alderannian...
Think about it: would the Empire broadcast to the public that it blew up a planet? No. Wait a minute, didn't Tarkin say something about ruling by fear? Fear of the battle station?
Yes but let's also take this into consideration, the Empire needs the people to be concerned about their safety in order to garner support for the Empire and animosity towards the Rebels. If the Empire brags to civilians about building a planet destroying super-weapon, they may want to question their government. The United States has an arsenal of nuclear weapons, but what's their defense for maintaining their arms? They point out the fact that Russia also has Nuclear weapons. They even launched a war against Iraq under the accusation of having weapons of mass destruction.
So what would the Empire say to distract people from the fact that Alderaan just blew up? They would accuse the Rebellion. If the Rebellion was portrayed in propaganda as having capabilities of destroying, wouldn't that raise concern? If the Empire is shown to be taking action against the Rebellion, that influences other citizens to join the Empire for the sake of defending their home. Remember Alderaan, your planet could be next.
With the rise of Fallout's popularity you'll notice a lot of the world's decoration is very reminiscent of the Cold War in the 50s. In New Vegas, you'll notice some propaganda posters.
A lot of propaganda was under the influence of the Cold War. The Soviet Union had nukes, so the United States had some kind of war to keep its citizens on edge. On the same boat of the Soviet Union, the United States also had nukes that the Russian citizens were to worry about.
So who's to say that the Empire wouldn't distract the citizens by pointing out the fact that the Rebellion is a legitimate threat? At first, the Empire would want to discredit the Rebels, but when they find citizens are feeling sympathetic, it's time to villainize.
Notice something about that picture above? It's menacing, it looks like a horror movie, something Alfred Hitchcock would have a field day with. People living in the Empire are not likely to go toward the planet destroying terrorists.
Kylo Ren would be a loyal Imperial Citizen who's home was destroyed by the Rebellion according to Imperial Propaganda. So now he wants vengeance and justice for his home.
Let's think about this from a civilian's perspective who wasn't involved in the Battle of Endor. Suddenly, Darth Vader is killed and the Emperor would more than said to have been assassinated. Remember when Mace Windu tried to "assassinate" Chancellor Palpatine.
Emperor Palpatine carries the cane around to portray himself as a weak old man with a strong will against chaos and corruption. Little does the public eye know that he's really a powerful Sith Lord who thrives all of chaos and corruption. In the book, 1984, it's revealed that the rebellious faction and the so-called war is non-existent. The war is orchestrated so that Big Brother will remain as the protective figure of the nation. Like Big Brother, Palpatine thrives off of rebellious factions in order to gain power. It's revealed in the Prequel Trilogy that Palpatine has orchestrated the Clone Wars the whole time.
People get used to things. Did you know that there's still a war being conducted in Afghanistan? Nobody else did either, except soldiers still being deployed there in 2015. The war began in 2001. Even if the news is constantly reminding people about the war, they'll get used to the noise. Suddenly, ISIS comes out of nowhere and everyone is concerned. Same for the Civil War, the citizens who don't see the war get used to the fact that the Rebellion is out there in the Galaxy. When its "revealed" that the Rebellion is blowing up planets, the citizens will be worried. When the Death Star claims the lives of many Imperial troops, the Empire would most likely label it a tremendous battle that resulted in Imperial Victory. The Empire has finally found the secret Rebel technology of blowing up planets and many lives were lost in destroying the technology. The war was not over though, the Rebellion still existed and they could possibly develop another device to conjure such tragedies. The Empire still had its war and now people to support it.
So back to Kylo Ren, who might also discover he's Force Sensitive. Years later we come to the Empire being divided in many factions. Darth Vader is killed by a Jedi named Luke Skywalker, the Rebels rise victorious and establish their New Republic.
People aren't strangers to history and they'll conduct their research. They'll find that all the signs of Darth Vader reveals himself to be a Sith. Darth is a common Sith title and Darth would not just be a casual name you legally change your former name to in the Star Wars Universe. So archaeologists whether Imperial or Freelance, Kylo Ren found a way to attain Vader's helmet from Endor. Then the group Kylo was with realizes they come across a loyal Force Sensitive Imperial citizen. With this new found power, they establish the First Order. When the Sith had an organization back in the day, it was the the Sith Empire. Then Darth Bane establishes the Rule of Two which doesn't really constitute for an order like the Jedi had.
So this indicates that the First Order might actually do away with the Rule of Two. They'll find that if they can find several Force Sensitives like Darth Vader, they can rule the galaxy, thus ignoring Darth Bane's theory on how Sith power works: the more concentrated a poison, the more deadly. The more spread out a poison, the less effective.
Let's think of this though...Darth is an official title. Darth Vader was seen being given his Sith name by Darth Sidious. The equivalent of knighting someone so that you may officially call them Sir...such as Sir Patrick Stewart or Sir Ian McKellan. So which is Kylo Ren...the master or the apprentice? He has no official title and why is he trying to finish what Darth Vader started? Does he truly believe in the legacy Darth Vader left behind? Is this is a personal goal or is that the mission of the First Order? We have yet to find out on December 18th. Already, we have a story arc of the villain to follow.
So why suddenly is the Republic on the run? Because with the acquisition of Force Sensitive being, the Republic with its lack of Jedi is peeled back. Only Luke remains. But that begs the question, was Kylo Ren Luke Skywalker's first apprentice or will Finn be Luke Skywalker's first apprentice?
But hey, those are just theories, my friends. Enjoy your time at the movies and may the Force be with you!