Damn, seems the defense of the Empire has gotten stronger in this thread ... However, the Empire had their shot at taking down the Thalmor and failed. Not only failed but played into their hands perfectly by signing the WGC, which, I would assume, was a clever plot to enrage some of the devout Talos worshippers (natives of Skyrim/Nords/SC's) hopefully causing waves amongst the people and it did exactly that. All the problems brought to Skyrim were due to the affairs of the A.D. and the Empire. I for one can't argue against the people of which the land that these two 'respected' parties have come in and basically tried to regulate and control, are standing up for whats theirs and bringing the fight to both the A.D. and the mighty Empire. Do I agree thats the best option to taking down the Thalmor? No. Do I think its a more just cause than the Imperials and their grand city and fat bellies? Yes. Maybe in Oblivion the Empire was where its at but not in Skyrim.