Remember when Clerks brought up the idea of innocent contractors dying during the destruction of the second Death Star? This started the fun notion of implementing real life politics into the Star Wars universe. Many people have wondered if Emperor Palpatine introduced conscription for his Galactic Empire, or if Jedi's were paid for defending the galaxy. While these theories are for fun to discuss, Zachary Feinstein, an engineering professor at Washington University, has worked out how much both Death Stars cost to manufacture!
Feinstein published a thesis on Tuesday titled “It’s a Trap: Emperor Palpatine’s Poison Pill.” Not only does it have a very cool title, but the thesis goes on to state that both Death Stars cost $419 quintillion! To put this into perspective it would look like this in digits; 419,000,000,000,000,000,000! That is crazy! This is accounting for steel to construct the space station and other peripherals.
He then explains that the aftermath of The Battle of Endor had major ramifications for the Galaxy's economy. Due to the Empire falling at the Battle of Jakku, the market would theoretically drop 20 percent. 15–20 percent of the galactic gross product would be required to become financially stable once again. With an estimated $4.6 sextillion (4,600,000,000,000,000,000,000) galactic budget, the 15-20 percent would be worth around $690-$920 quintillion.
I have to wonder if this is accounting for more than just two Death Stars. The Galactic Empire had countless star destroyers, tie fighters, AT-AT's and AT-ST's at their disposal, not to mention their 40 year cloning programme!
All the money they blew and it all could have been avoided if they covered up that womp-rat-sized exhaust port!
What would you rather own?
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