By: Dominic Jones
One of the most frequently asked questions about the sequel trilogy is what will the state of the Galaxy be? Some are hoping for a peaceful galaxy at the start and things go crazy midway through the film. Others think the film will open with the galaxy already at war. According to JoBlo, it will be the latter. JoBlo has heard from their sources that,
"- In general the setting looks kind of post-apocalyptic with a lot of leftover vestige from the empire. It seems much more dark and rough than the prequels. The feeling was that it has not been easy in the last 30 years since RETURN OF THE JEDI, probably with a very long war to truly "end" the empire.
- There are still white storm troopers in action. The empire is probably not completely dead."
This sounds very similar to what we heard earlier this week in the rumor about Sith Inquisitors being the villains in Episode VII. It makes sense that the empire didn't completely fall after the death of the Emperor and the war between the Rebels and the Empire dragged on for 30 years. The Empire troops could be easily convinced to team up with some new dark forces to bring down the Rebels as well as Luke Skywalker and his new Jedi.
As always this is just a rumor until confirmed or denied by Lucasfilm or Disney.