After the end of the game, you almost think that the Empire is the force of good. The game doesn't spend its time moralizing you, telling you that what you are doing is evil or bad for the galaxy. It tells you that you're an Imperial Ace, doing your job for the Empire, no more, no less. And it works. The magic works. Everything about this game is amazing. I cannot find a flaw in it.
Exactly. But another big part, I think, is that you're actually doing good in the game. You force two warring people to make peace and you stop piracy. You don't go about blowing up refugee camps or terraforming planets into desert rocks like in Force Commander
. This departure from the Evil Empire Archetype is one of the greatest things about the game.