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at the end of episode 3, we see palpatine and vader, staring out of an star destroyer at what appears to be the death star in prduction.
this death star took approximatly 19 years to build.
however the death star II seemed to only take 4 years to build, even though it was bigger and more powerful (i know it wasnt completed, but the majority of it was)
does anyone have any theories about this?
Presumably some of this will be covered in the upcoming Death Star novel. I heard a reasonable theory somewhere that it was a lot faster the second time because they already knew what to do (and what not to do). Gonk(Gonk!) 14:44, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
There are already a variety of explanations for why the first one took so long. See Death Star I#Imperial construction. There are all sorts of logical reasons why things take longer than they should to build; the Washington Monument took 36 years to build. If construction gets disrupted for a decade or so, the construction time is gonna go way up.-LtNOWIS 04:21, 27 September 2007 (UTC)
Have you seen a house being built? The building is quick to rise but the innards take far longer. Karohalva 17:05, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
Palpatine liked his toys. Why not build two at the same time, or at least get the bigger, better version in the works while the original was being completed. Then he'd have double the ultimate power in the universe. Eniad(Boring conversation anyway.) 08:11, 2 October 2007 (UTC)
The Death Star Technical Journal states that the effective construction took about two years, where massive resources were aimed towards finishing the station. The remaining 20 or 19 years (it got started in 21 BBY by the CIS) were spent on other things, I reckon. VT-16 20:12, 6 October 2007 (UTC)