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3rd Dec '17 12:15:12 PM FearlessSon
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* AliensNeverInventedTheWheel: Most galactic civilizations tend to be unified under a single government long before they become space-capable, and tend to focus their military development on spacepower once they get to orbit. However, humans are still fractious even at the level of having an orbital satellite network, and though human technology is necessarily cruder than spacefaring alien tech, in areas of ground and atmospheric combat it is necessarily advanced. Other species simply never had the need for things like heavy armored vehicles or fighter aircraft when such things were easily dispatched with OrbitalBombardment.
3rd Dec '17 12:04:55 PM FearlessSon
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* GoneHorriblyRight: Thikar planned the Shonghairi invasion to take place immediately after an extensive covert intelligence gathering campaign, followed by the simultaneous [[OrbitalBombardment kinetic bombardment]] of every major military base and government center on record. The idea was to cripple humanity's ability to fight back in a massive opening salvo with minimal infrastructural damage outside of that, forcing them to surrender. However, as the targets included the major administrative organizations that might negotiate surrender, no one was left to tell their forces and civilians to ''stand down'', leading to partisan actions, reprisal strikes, more partisan actions, and a protracted quagmire for the Shonghairi.
1st Oct '17 9:05:28 AM nombretomado
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* ConspiracyTheories: Unsurprisingly happens in the first few days of the attack. Later it the aliens begin to fall victim to them when bad things start happening to their bases.
21st May '17 6:16:45 PM nombretomado
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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Weapons stockpiles in Romania contained surplus Soviet weapons dating from as far back as WorldWarII and are used by the resistance forces in the region.

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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Weapons stockpiles in Romania contained surplus Soviet weapons dating from as far back as WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and are used by the resistance forces in the region.



* DieHardOnAnX: Up until the {{TwistEnding}}, it's basically ''{{Worldwar}}'' in the twenty-first century, with the political and technological issues adjusted accordingly.

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* DieHardOnAnX: Up until the {{TwistEnding}}, it's basically ''{{Worldwar}}'' ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' in the twenty-first century, with the political and technological issues adjusted accordingly.
13th May '17 3:57:45 PM Ea4g
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: It only becomes funny during the Shongairi invasion, but the take-away from the original hegemony survey of Earth counts as this. The Barthoni team took away that humans are barbarians from watching a battle from the hundred years war when they should have learned that, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, humans will try to find creative solutions to problems before giving up. From the way the invasion was conducted, that simply never occurred to anyone even though everyone had access to the same data.
13th Jul '16 8:38:01 PM Discar
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* OutsideContextVillain: Both sides are this to each other for various reasons. [[spoiler: The vampires]] throw this trope back in the alien's face.

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideGenreFoe: Both sides are this to each other for various reasons. [[spoiler: The vampires]] throw this trope back in the alien's face.
26th Apr '16 7:11:20 AM LordInsane
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* DeconstructedTrope: The story deconstructs HumansAreWarriors and HumansAdvanceSwiftly. The Shongairi witnessed the English slaughtering the French at Agincourt and see how fast human tech is progressing compared to "civilized" races and are scared to hell. So they tell their enforcer race that everyone will turn a blind eye if an accident were to happen to us...

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* DeconstructedTrope: The story deconstructs HumansAreWarriors and HumansAdvanceSwiftly. The Shongairi Hegemony witnessed the English slaughtering the French at Agincourt and see how fast human tech is progressing compared to "civilized" races and are scared to hell. So they tell their enforcer race that everyone will turn a blind eye if an accident were to happen to us...
24th Jan '16 1:25:39 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:{{Dracula}}:]] It's foreshadowed a bit, but it's called a TwistEnding for a reason.

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* [[spoiler:{{Dracula}}:]] {{Dracula}}: It's foreshadowed a bit, but it's called a TwistEnding for a reason.



* [[spoiler: FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire]]: [[spoiler: Vlad is ''trying'' to be one of these, but the Shongairi are ''pushing'' him. He deliberately makes Stephen a vampire in order to be one of these and his MoralityPet.]]

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* [[spoiler: FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire]]: FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: [[spoiler: Vlad is ''trying'' to be one of these, but the Shongairi are ''pushing'' him. He deliberately makes Stephen a vampire in order to be one of these and his MoralityPet.]]



* [[spoiler: ImmuneToBullets: The vampires.]]

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* [[spoiler: ImmuneToBullets: [[spoiler: The vampires.]]



* [[spoiler:OurVampiresAreDifferent: Instant intangibility/gaseous form, invulnerability to conventional weapons, undetectable to thermal or night vision, no need to breathe, and no vulnerability to holy items.]]

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* [[spoiler:OurVampiresAreDifferent: Instant OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Instant intangibility/gaseous form, invulnerability to conventional weapons, undetectable to thermal or night vision, no need to breathe, and no vulnerability to holy items.]]
24th Jan '16 1:24:44 PM Morgenthaler
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* GaulsWithGrenades: In ''Chapter XXIV (24)'', it is briefly mentioned that a French antiaircraft battery had brought down three more Shongairi landing ships.



* [[UsefulNotes/TheBiteOfDracula Romanians With Rifles]]: We get some looks at the Romanians fighting off Shongairi forces with T-72 tanks, doing [[CurbStompBattle just as well as the US]] and ground forces trying to protect refugees.



* UsefulNotes/UkrainiansWithDepletedUranium: Ukrainian soldier Pieter Ushaklov and his squad fight the Shongairi invaders in his home country and assist resistance fighters.



* YanksWithTanks: F-22 Raptors belonging to the USAF are the first to shoot down Puppy landing ships and they continue the fight against them both on home soil and in the Middle East.
2nd Dec '15 6:17:57 AM NTC3
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