In my conspiracy theory, Mordechai was very interested in the politics of the Persian empire, and sought ways to influence it. He got in contact with Haman, a close childhood friend of the King, and gave him a lot of advice for how to run the empire, which Haman delivered to the king by proxy. The king was so impressed by Haman's good advice that he appointed him as prime minister (or in Hebrew "second/vice to the king."). Mordechai also had proposed his cousin, Hadasah (afterwards renamed Esther) as the wife of the king as a way to further influence the king (or it is possible that Esther delivered Mordechai's advice to Haman).
However, Mordechai, Esther and Haman got tired of all the proxying and so sought a way to make Mordechai second to the king instead of Haman. So they staged the rest of what happened. Then, after the night the king could not sleep and requested that the royal records be read to him and then told Haman that Mordechai should be honoured, was indicative that he also came to understand what was going on and agreed to play along.
Meir Shalev in תנ"ך עכשיו (= "the Bible Now" in Hebrew) presents Mordechai as the master mind behind the scenes of the plot, but acknowledged that there are many remaining co-incidences. On the other hand, I go a step further, and make Esther and Haman his co-conspirators, and so get rid of most of the remaining co-incidences there.
Happy Purim, though it seems like it's a particularly rainy one this year.
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