Originally Posted by HowardStark
The Trade Federation could still be around because they were evil yes but also were pawns and still could be used as pawns
On the subject of Vader. Its possible that Darth Vader had an Apprentice but he dismissed him when found out he had a son and this pupil could have had his face damaged in a final conflict with Anakin and he is a New Vader or rather is posing as Vader to rebuild the Empire and is leader of some Dark Jedi.
Vader DID have an Apprentice, but he turned to the Light Side.