There's actually a huge discussion about authority in RP on another thread, and it's nuanced and complex to say the least.
I'm more of the opinion that if you play a Lieutenant and another player who you don't know plays a Moff, it's to your credit if your respect the rank, regardless if you agree with it. If you don't like it, the universe is large, and you chose the rank. Likewise, if you don't like a bartender being in charge, you can go to another bar. Standing around, disrespecting the order of things, serves no purpose.
Suffice that we can agree to disagree here.
I think we're talking about two different things, and you're right that its an issue better discussed on that other thread. I'll be happy to concede for the sake of keeping the thread relevant, but I welcome your thoughts in private if you so choose.