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Accountants Uncover the Secrets Behind Death Star Funding

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Following the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi UK finance firm Russell Smith Chartered Accountants, have been looking into the finances of the Imperial Empire.

LEEDS, England - Jan. 11, 2018 - EntSun -- The Death Star, first introduced in Star Wars: A New Hope, is believed to have had a price tag of $852 quadrillion. The small-moon sized structure was an impressive 160 km in diameter, housed over a million Imperials and was capable of destroying entire planets. But was it affordable? At 90 trillion, the GDP of planet Earth is 0.01% of the Death Star's total bill. Even while ruling an entire galaxy, could the Empire really have raised that much cash?

While many have guessed at the cost of the Death Star, nobody has stopped to consider if the Imperial Empire actually had the assets to pay for it. Until now. Russell Smith Chartered Accountants took a deeper look into the lore of the Star Wars universe, hoping to uncover the true-to-life buying power of the galaxies tyrannical rulers.

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"It's fascinating to explore the real economics of a fictional world like that of Star Wars," comments Director Russell Smith. "In the Star Wars movies, they put an emphasis on trying to make what happens believable within the context of the Universe. Our team wanted to find out if the Death Star was one of those believable elements, or if it was a work of sheer fantasy".

The Russell Smith team used a collection of data, taken from the Star Wars galaxy and our own economy, to crunch the numbers behind the iconic Death Star (https://twohonestguys.co/5-most-powerful-weapons-sci-fi-history/). They were able to discover that, yes, the Imperial Empire could afford the Death Star. Although, it was not as easily paid for as you might have once thought.

In their Star Wars infographic, the team reveal that the superweapon cost more than double the annual tax revenue of the Empire. Over the course of its two-decade construction period, it would cost the Empire around 8% of their total tax income. Compare this to the cost of the World War II for the United States, coming in at a cost of 5% of their annual tax income, and you start to understand the scale of the build, even for a galactic dictatorship such as the Empire.

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Discussing the results, Russell Smith said: "Our research shows that the Imperial Empire was capable of funding the Death Star, but it was a much bigger and more costly job than we ever thought".

See the infographic at: https://rsaccountancy.co.uk/2017/10/09/accountants-from-leeds-death-star-finances/

James Speyer

Source: Russell Smith Chartered Accountants
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