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.
Isn’t that exactly what it is according to canon like the Bloodlines novel?
Leia and former rebels are members of a party called the Populists and ex-imperials and loyalists are organizing in a party called the Centrists, though both parties include people of all origins.
A large portion of the galaxy opts to be independent and not part of the Republic due to the chaos of the past decades.
Centrist senators help funding the First Order while Leia at some point leaves the political scene to organize her own Antifa with the money of her Populist senator contacts.
TOO BAD THIS ISN’T IN THE MOVIES
I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point Snoke gets retconned into having been a New Republic politician acting openly within the system at least for a short time. Barely anything about him was defined enough in the movies, nor in books and comics to explicitly rule out that option.
It would actually explain his first appearance timeline-wise in the Kylo Ren 4 part comic series where he isn’t portrayed as obviously evil as elsewhere. Or that Han and Leia know his name in Episode 7 when otherwise it seems like Snoke only ever talked with Kylo and just maybe with Luke who both disappeared from Han and Leias lives without a notice.
Snoke should really be a kind of public figure at least from the point onward that the galaxy is introduced to the First Order. Especially since the First Order is so hierarchy focused, you can’t really have that with a permanently secret supreme leader, though the same comic has Kylo unaware of Snoke being a supreme leader and the First Order entirely, the story set 4 years before Episode 7.
But all that is not really important since even less people actually care about non-movie stories now, in public and within Lucasfilm.
Also reminds me of Snokes and Hux’s backwards reasoning that the New Republic should be starkilled because otherwise they could help Luke rejuvenate the Jedi Order, when Luke and the Jedi should be protectors of the republic. The writing process for the trilogy was stunted from the beginning because the writers wanted the audience to understand everything by using terms the audience understands immediately when that was never how Star Wars worked (You fought in the Clone Wars?). This is downright schizophrenic when at the same time they introduce new elements like the three major factions with merely one sentence each in the title crawl but leave out all details that would help to understand the real, more complex situation.
The issue with the prequels wasn’t the political background but rather how it was presented which frankly is incomprehensible without knowing AND understanding the backstory details before even watching the movie. So they swung too far in the other direction by making the story so simple that each characters actions don’t make sense within the confines of their own reality.