Anakin Starkiller said:
The First Order and the Resistance work just fine if you change one small detail: they’re both funded by the Republic. Now it becomes a proxy war between two rival parties within the system. Snoke could be some rich senator.
I got one better
The resistance is funded by the republic
While the First order is funded by the Fel Imperium
This is just one of their countless millions of proxy wars that are waging all across the Galaxy simultaneously