Imperial Legion -Seeks to maintain unity of Tamriel to include Skyrim -Follows the White-Gold concordant/ bans worship of Talos -Is submissive to the will of the Altmeri Dominion
Stormcloaks -Seek to govern themselves -Are indifferent at best towards other non-nord races, occasionally semi-racist. (See grey quarter) -Value their honor, traditions, and perceived freedom above all other merits.
I've read several debates on which side seems to be in the "right". I have to believe that overall, the Imperial Legion is the most "morally correct" of the opposing forces. The Stormcloaks are not wrong in their desire to worship talos freely, but they are going about it the wrong way. Ulfric manipulated the feelings of the more die-hard nords to stir up resentment towards the empire, both because it brought him into a position of power, and the nords true enemy, the Altmeri Dominion, has too firm a grip on Tamriel to be targeted. Ulfric picked the next best thing, succeeding from the empire. Stormcloaks are at heart a terrorist organization. The humans more or less lost the war, but stormcloaks just can't deal with the reality of what that entails. They should have united with the empire, then one day been able to attempt a strike at the Dominion again. Views? --- I think deja vu is when you just died and respawn'd from your last checkpoint.
Everyone could worship freely in Skyrim before Ulfric had a fit, and most Imperials still worship in secret.
But really, why make another of these? These never end well, and rarely come out productive. --- After time adrift among open stars, along tides of light and to shoals of dust, I will return to where I began.
EMPIRE Pros-- -Controls a decent portion of the continent -Controls a professional standing Army -System of government is organized
Cons-- -Government is corrupt -Outlawed worship of Talos, the founder of the Empire and the 9th Divine -Allows the Thalmor to kidnap and torture citizens of the Empire -Hammerfell... They abandoned an ENTIRE province to the Thalmor, but its O.K. because Hammerfell didn't need the Empire to beat the Thalmor
STORMCLOAKS Pros-- -Fighting for the liberation from a crumbling Empire -Fighting for freedom of worship.
Cons-- -Racism (Although if you played Morrowind, you realized the Elves were racist against Nords so its not just a "The Elves are victims"... they are just as guilty) -Disorganized in comparison to the Empire -Ulfric is on a quest for Dictatorship --- Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.