History Literature / Foundation

14th Feb '18 10:50:21 PM Sniper_Maxter
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* InventedLinguisticDistinction: The planets of the Galaxy have different dialects, sometimes barely intelligible to one another. Magnifico, for example, speaks with the accent of the galactic core, conveniently rendered as FloweryElizabethanEnglish.
30th Dec '17 4:17:14 AM Omeganian
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* CrimeConcealingHobby: Magnifico has playing a Visi-Sonor as a hobby, giving numerous concerts to the Foundation elite. In the end, it turned out he is the BigBad, and the instrument served as an AmplifierArtifact for his EmotionControl powers, allowing him to demoralize the Foundation leaders.

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* CrimeConcealingHobby: Magnifico [[spoiler:Magnifico has playing a Visi-Sonor as a hobby, giving numerous concerts to the Foundation elite. elite.]] In the end, it turned out he is the BigBad, and the [[spoiler:the instrument served as an AmplifierArtifact for his EmotionControl powers, allowing him to demoralize the Foundation leaders.]]
30th Dec '17 3:55:25 AM Omeganian
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* MortonsFork: How the Empire is defeated. [[spoiler: A weak general of the Empire could never conquer the Foundation. If a general was strong, but the Emperor was weak, then the general wouldn't be targeting the Foundation, he'd be going after the hot seat at home, and if he succeeded, he'd be too busy running the Empire to worry about conquest. So only a strong general under a strong Emperor could be a threat to the Foundation. But as is made clear, a strong Emperor is only strong because he makes sure that he has no strong subjects. The Empire is doomed.]]

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* MortonsFork: How the Empire is defeated. [[spoiler: A weak general The internal situation of the Empire could never conquer is such, that any Emperor who will try to go against the Foundation himself will have to either return home or lose the throne to a rebel. Therefore, only an Imperial general can threaten the Foundation. If a general was strong, but the Emperor was weak, then However, if the general wouldn't be targeting is strong enough to challenge the Foundation, he'd be going after the hot seat at home, and if he succeeded, he'd be too busy running yet didn't take over the Empire to worry about conquest. So only a strong general under a strong Emperor could be a threat to himself, that means the Foundation. But as is made clear, a strong Emperor is only one who knows how to remain in power... which includes removing any underling who might grow strong because he makes sure that he has no strong subjects. The Empire is doomed.and popular enough to challenge him - like, for example, by becoming a conqueror.]]
15th Dec '17 12:21:44 AM Chabal2
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* CrimeConcealingHobby: Magnifico has playing a Visi-Sonor as a hobby, giving numerous concerts to the Foundation elite. In the end, it turned out he is the BigBad, and the instrument served as an AmplifierArtifact for his EmotionControl powers, allowing him to demoralize the Foundation leaders.
30th Nov '17 1:41:30 PM Theriocephalus
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As the decades pass and their power grows, the leaders of "the" Foundation time and again find themselves facing a major crisis, usually having to do with their relationships with the semi-barbarous star systems which surround them, the political rubble left behind by the Empire's ongoing collapse. Seldon's "Plan" dictates that each crisis will force events down one inevitable path, which will invariably cause a drastic change in both the Foundation itself and its relationship with the nations surrounding it. During these Crises, the long-dead Seldon always steps in with a [[DeadManWriting recorded message]] telling the current generation of Foundationers what they need to hear (or a summary of the recent past), as he has predicted it decades previously. All goes well, at least as far the Foundation is concerned, until a very singular individual nicknamed "The Mule" suddenly appears on the galactic scene...

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As the decades pass and their power grows, the leaders of "the" Foundation time and again find themselves facing a major crisis, usually having to do with their relationships with the semi-barbarous star systems which surround them, the political rubble left behind by the Empire's ongoing collapse. Seldon's "Plan" dictates that each crisis will force events down one inevitable path, which will invariably cause a drastic change in both the Foundation itself and its relationship with the nations surrounding it. During these Crises, the long-dead Seldon always steps in with a [[DeadManWriting recorded message]] telling the current generation of Foundationers what they need to hear (or a summary of the recent past), as he has predicted it decades previously. All goes well, at least as far the Foundation is concerned, until a very singular individual nicknamed "The "the Mule" suddenly appears on the galactic scene...



* TheDogWasTheMastermind: It turns out that [[spoiler: Magnifico was The Mule]].

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* TheDogWasTheMastermind: It turns out that [[spoiler: Magnifico was The the Mule]].


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* StrongEmpireShriveledEmperor: Cleon II and the Mule. The former is the last strong Emperor of the Galactic Empire, yet he's bedridden due an unknown and painful disease. The latter is a mutant with enough skill and power to build a huge empire and the ability to [[spoiler: brainwash people into being his loyal servants]], but with a frail build and enough health problems to die before he's fifty.
19th Oct '17 11:01:01 AM Omeganian
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* CargoCult: During the war with the Empire, an imperial officer brings an old videotape and claims they took it on some planet where the locals have built a whole temple around it and defended it with their lives.
18th Oct '17 11:01:10 PM SantosLHalper
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* AveMachine: At one point, the Foundation creates its own techno-religion to manipulate the populace of its neighbors. It's noted that the Foundation didn't ''mean'' to make a religion, that just turned out to be the best way to get their extremely backwards, unscientific neighbors to accept modern technology again. You can almost see the anonymous Foundationer creating the religion off-screen when he finally slaps his forehead and cries AWizardDidIt. It turns out to be a great way to distribute the technology while maintaining control of the actual knowledge base and science that makes it work.

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* AveMachine: AveMachina: At one point, the Foundation creates its own techno-religion to manipulate the populace of its neighbors. It's noted that the Foundation didn't ''mean'' to make a religion, that just turned out to be the best way to get their extremely backwards, unscientific neighbors to accept modern technology again. You can almost see the anonymous Foundationer creating the religion off-screen when he finally slaps his forehead and cries AWizardDidIt. It turns out to be a great way to distribute the technology while maintaining control of the actual knowledge base and science that makes it work.
18th Oct '17 11:00:46 PM SantosLHalper
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* AveMachine: At one point, the Foundation creates its own techno-religion to manipulate the populace of its neighbors. It's noted that the Foundation didn't ''mean'' to make a religion, that just turned out to be the best way to get their extremely backwards, unscientific neighbors to accept modern technology again. You can almost see the anonymous Foundationer creating the religion off-screen when he finally slaps his forehead and cries AWizardDidIt. It turns out to be a great way to distribute the technology while maintaining control of the actual knowledge base and science that makes it work.



* CargoCult: At one point, the Foundation creates its own techno-religion to manipulate the populace of its neighbors. It's noted that the Foundation didn't ''mean'' to make a religion, that just turned out to be the best way to get their extremely backwards, unscientific neighbors to accept modern technology again. You can almost see the anonymous Foundationer creating the religion off-screen when he finally slaps his forehead and cries AWizardDidIt. It turns out to be a great way to distribute the technology while maintaining control of the actual knowledge base and science that makes it work.
18th Oct '17 10:59:50 PM SantosLHalper
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* BeliefMakesYouStupid: At one point, the Foundation creates its own techno-religion to manipulate the populace of its neighbors. It's noted that the Foundation didn't ''mean'' to make a religion, that just turned out to be the best way to get their extremely backwards, unscientific neighbors to accept modern technology again. You can almost see the anonymous Foundationer creating the religion off-screen when he finally slaps his forehead and cries AWizardDidIt. It turns out to be a great way to distribute the technology while maintaining control of the actual knowledge base and science that makes it work.


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* CargoCult: At one point, the Foundation creates its own techno-religion to manipulate the populace of its neighbors. It's noted that the Foundation didn't ''mean'' to make a religion, that just turned out to be the best way to get their extremely backwards, unscientific neighbors to accept modern technology again. You can almost see the anonymous Foundationer creating the religion off-screen when he finally slaps his forehead and cries AWizardDidIt. It turns out to be a great way to distribute the technology while maintaining control of the actual knowledge base and science that makes it work.
17th Oct '17 12:17:49 PM zzedar
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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Joranum is baffled that Demerzel spends his time trying to keep the citizens of the provinces happy, when it's only on Trantor that a rebellion would be dangerous to Demerzel's power.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: At least twice:
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Joranum is baffled that Demerzel spends his time trying to keep the citizens of the provinces happy, when it's only on Trantor that a rebellion would be dangerous to Demerzel's power.power.
** Brodrig dismisses Riose's true claim to be devoted to the Imperium -- the only reason Brodrig can imagine for embarking on a war is to seize power for oneself.
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