By now, almost everyone has watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and if you haven't, I would advise you to stop reading this article right now.
This being the first Star Wars movie released in thirty-three years (the prequels don't count, because they were fucking shit), the story takes place roughly three decades from where we left off after the Rebel Alliance's victory over the Galactic Empire in Return of the Jedi, and it's a little confusing at first glance.
So, to briefly summarize, after the Empire was destroyed, the Rebels reformed as the New Republic, restored the Senate, and attempted to outlaw all military weaponry. Remnants of the Empire, agitated by reparations they were forced to pay and the way they were treated, formed the First Order to restore the Empire, which led to the Resistance regrouping with the New Republic's blessing, setting the stage for this movie to make sense, plot wise.
Okay, so got it?
Well, I'm sorry, but I have to further confuse you, because this movie's main factions are representative of twentieth century European politics, and who doesn't want to examine the similarities between the two? Oh, no one does... Well, fuck off.
Anyway, the First Order is representative of German Nazism and Italian Fascism, while the Resistance is representative of European Democracy and Monarchy. Think about it - after the Empire (Germany) was defeated by the Rebels (Europe), the remnants were forced to pay reparations and lose their military might, which prompted the surviving elements to become bitter and embrace a radical ideology (Nazism) in order to regain their lost pride and position - sound oddly familiar, eh?
Still not convinced? Watch this speech from First Order General Hux right before he orders the destruction of the New Republic's host planet and neighboring systems (with the exception of the Resistance's planet, for some reason...probably for the plot):
Hux is ginger space Hitler.
I know this doesn't really enhance the movie, but the historical similarities are fascinating. Hell, you can even make the case that the First Order's quest to eliminate the Light Side of the Force, is kind of like the Nazi's anti-religious fanaticism. Wait, what the fuck am I talking about? It's exactly like that... They are trying to either eliminate or turn every Jedi (Jew) to their side, or just exterminate them... Holy fuck.
Well, now I really want to see those goosestepping motherfuckers die in the eighth episode. I sure do hope they don't try to redeem Han Solo's asshole son now, since he's the fucking Star Wars equivalent of Heinrich Himmler.