History Literature / TheCourseOfEmpire

16th May '15 5:15:36 AM SeptimusHeap
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SpaceOpera novel by EricFlint and KDWentworth:

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SpaceOpera novel by EricFlint and KDWentworth:
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27th Apr '14 10:50:23 AM SpectralTime
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* HumansAreWarriors: The human held off the Jao until they could only be subdued by throwing asteroids at their cities. Allie realizes in short order that they are better on his side then as enemies.

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* HumansAreWarriors: The human held off the Jao until they could only be subdued by throwing asteroids at their cities. Allie realizes in short order that they are better on his side then as enemies. Played with according to the individual however: Yaut recognizes that not ''all'' of Aille's human servants are capable killers.



* MadArtist: The Ekhat's StarfishLanguage gives off this impression.

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* MadArtist: The Ekhat's StarfishLanguage gives off this impression. The few passages from their point of view include wild industrial dance numbers, occasionally punctuated by fits of sudden murder and blood/entrail painting with their BattleThralls.
27th Apr '14 10:48:13 AM SpectralTime
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* MilitaryMashupMachine: The spaceships used in the fight against the Ekhat are human missile submarines - with two rows of four tank turrets in place of most of the missile launches - converted into spacecraft with Jao technology.

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* MilitaryMashupMachine: The spaceships used in the fight against the Ekhat are human missile submarines - with two rows of four tank turrets in place of welded over most of the missile launches - converted into spacecraft with Jao technology.technology, then surrounded with force-fields to plug leaks and prevent the heat of the sun from killing everyone.
26th Apr '14 5:53:54 PM SpectralTime
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* BenevolentAlienInvasion: Played with. The Jao are not particularly benevolent. They are just no worse then human conquerors would be, and the Navro are particularly ''[[DeadlyEuphamism direct]]'' in their methods.

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* BenevolentAlienInvasion: Played with. The Jao are not particularly benevolent. They are just no worse then human conquerors would be, and the Navro are particularly ''[[DeadlyEuphamism ''[[DeadlyEuphemism direct]]'' in their methods.methods. Their governor has also gone quite mad.


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* MayDecemberRomance: Caitlin and Kralik are attracted to one another from the get go and get married in the end, despite him being rather older than her. Many jokes are made, some by he himself, about him being a "cradle robber."
24th Apr '14 10:13:01 PM SpectralTime
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* BenevolentAlienInvasion: Played with. The Jao are not particularly benevolent. They are just no worse then human conquerors would be.

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* BenevolentAlienInvasion: Played with. The Jao are not particularly benevolent. They are just no worse then human conquerors would be. be, and the Navro are particularly ''[[DeadlyEuphamism direct]]'' in their methods.



* CreatorProvincialism: The United States is the center of the story's action, and other nations are... not always well-represented.

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* CreatorProvincialism: The United States is the center of the story's action, and other nations are... not always well-represented.represented in a positive way.



** There's the mutual racisms between the Jao and the humans, the former seeing themselves as superior while the latter despises the other for being invaders.
** The Ekhat have four different flavors of racism depending on each faction. The Melody faction believes that all Ekhat are essentially equal, and the universe should be cleansed of all non-Ekhat life, although it will use some non-Ekhat for a while before disposing of them when they cease to be useful. The True Harmony faction shares their beliefs regarding non-Ekhat, but organizes the different species and subspecies of Ekhat into castes depending on their conception of genetic purity. The Complete Harmony faction has a similar caste system, except that they believing in "uplifting" Ekhat from lower to higher castes and inducting non-Ekhat they find useful into slave-labor as the lower castes and exterminating the rest. The Interdict faction are {{Evil Luddite}}s who believe that breaking the lightspeed barrier is sinful and isolationists who believe contact with any non-Ekhat is unclean, but they are known to talk to non-Ekhat for [[StarfishAliens reasons known only to themselves]], mostly related to curbing the advance of the other factions. The envoys they send to talk to the non-Ekhat (usually a pair) brutally rip each other apart after delivering the message to purge their now-unclean selves from the rest of the Interdict.

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** There's the mutual racisms racism between the Jao and the humans, the former seeing themselves as superior while the latter despises the other for being invaders.
** The Ekhat have four different flavors of racism depending on each faction. The Melody faction believes that all Ekhat are essentially equal, and the universe should be cleansed of all non-Ekhat life, life. The True Harmony faction shares their beliefs regarding non-Ekhat, although it will use some non-Ekhat for a while before disposing of them when they cease to be useful. The True Harmony faction shares their beliefs regarding non-Ekhat, useful, but organizes the different species and subspecies of Ekhat into castes depending on their conception of genetic purity. The Complete Harmony faction has a similar caste system, except that they believing in "uplifting" Ekhat from lower to higher castes and inducting non-Ekhat they find useful into slave-labor as the lower castes and exterminating the rest. The Interdict faction are {{Evil Luddite}}s who believe that breaking the lightspeed barrier is sinful and isolationists who believe contact with any non-Ekhat is unclean, but they are known to talk to non-Ekhat for [[StarfishAliens reasons known only to themselves]], mostly related to curbing the advance of the other factions. The envoys they send to talk to the non-Ekhat (usually a pair) brutally rip each other apart after delivering the message to purge their now-unclean selves from the rest of the Interdict.



* MadArtist: The Ekhat

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* MadArtist: The EkhatEkhat's StarfishLanguage gives off this impression.



* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Much of the resistance.

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: Much of the resistance.resistance are little better than marauding bandits.



* StarfishLanguage: Jao speech relies heavily on body language to convey emotion, and controlling it is considered an important part of conversation. At the end of the novel, Caitlin's use of both human and jao speech and body language in a merged fashion is believed to be the start of a new, hybrid language.

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* StarfishLanguage: Jao speech relies heavily on body language to convey emotion, and controlling it is considered an important part of conversation. At the end of the novel, Caitlin's use of both human and jao speech and body language in a merged fashion is believed to be the start of a new, hybrid language. The jao also picked it up from their Ekhat once-masters, whose language is ''even stranger''.
24th Apr '14 12:07:50 PM SpectralTime
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* CoolOldGuy: Both Yaut and Wrot, in diametrically opposed ways. Yaut is an OldMaster in a position analogous to a marine gunnery sergeant or a naval first mate, while Wrot is just a snarky, sarcastic guy with a heart of gold and no patience for fools.
* CreatorProvincialism: The United States is the center of the story's action, and other nations are... not always well-represented.



* DyingMomentOfAwesome: The US Army had that during the AlienInvasion.

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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: The US Army had that went down swinging during the AlienInvasion.



* FeudingFamilies: Pluthrak vs Narvo.

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* FeudingFamilies: Jao kochan are frequently at odds, with the largest being between Pluthrak vs and Narvo.



* HumansAreSpecial: Humans are the first race the Jao had come across since the founding of their empire that could actually maintain a technological civilization. The Jao, after Oppucks disastrous governorship, decided that the easiest way to get along with humans was to call them a [[TheClan "taif"]] rather then try to [[YouWillBeAssimilated assimilate them]], and the two cultures began to merge to mutual benefit.
* HumansAreWarriors: The human held off the Jao until they could only be subdued by throwing asteroids at their cities. Allie begins to realize that they are better on his side then as enemies.

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* HumansAreSpecial: Humans are the first race the Jao had come across since the founding of their empire that could actually maintain a technological civilization.civilization, or, at least, that had developed to one. The Jao, after Oppucks disastrous governorship, decided that the easiest way to get along with humans was to call them a [[TheClan "taif"]] rather then try to [[YouWillBeAssimilated assimilate them]], and the two cultures began to merge to mutual benefit.
* HumansAreWarriors: The human held off the Jao until they could only be subdued by throwing asteroids at their cities. Allie begins to realize realizes in short order that they are better on his side then as enemies.



* LaResistance: The Resistance. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

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* LaResistance: The Resistance. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Some are genuine, organized guerrillas, some are little better than roving bandits.
* LesCollaborateurs: Justly or unjustly, the Resistance tends to have this opinion of those who work with the jao.



* ProudWarriorRace : The Narvo are famous for this. Oppuck was an unfortunate example and by contrast one of the Narvo wins glory for his heroic death defending Terra; the award given him by the humans becomes Terra's heraldric symbol.

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* ProudWarriorRace : The Narvo are famous for this. Oppuck was an unfortunate example and by contrast one of the Narvo wins glory for his heroic death defending Terra; the award given him by the humans becomes Terra's heraldric symbol.symbol in the jao order.



* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: much of the resistance.
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: The Ekhat

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: much Much of the resistance.
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: The EkhatEkhat ''at best'' regard contact with other sentient life as pollution to be shunned.



* TribalFacePaint: popular among the Jao

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* TribalFacePaint: popular Popular among the JaoJao collaborators, though the jao are born with family markings.



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20th Apr '14 5:04:23 PM SpectralTime
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* TheCaligula: Governor Oppuck

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* TheCaligula: Governor OppuckOppuck [[spoiler: though it later turns out that it wasn't completely his fault, since the Preceptor's agents were drugging him into a mad sexual fervor. Thanks to the jao's unusual (to humans) reproductive biology and the clans' refusal to engage in what we would call "sexual education," he wasn't even able to understand what was happening to him before his unsanity destroyed him.]]



* CultureClash
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: the Jao

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* CultureClash
CultureClash: The entire point of the novel, though it ends rather happily with both cultures assimilating into one another.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Played with. Jao politics have some of the Jaofeatures that we would associate with this, but their pragmatic mindset reigns in most of the worst excesses.



** In many ways it is a [[TheFederation Federation]]. It is an alliance of several different clans with a sort of council ruling above them.

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** In many ways it is a [[TheFederation Federation]]. It is an alliance of several different clans with a sort of council ruling above them.them, and it periodically assimilates other races into itself. However, before Earth, most of them were primitive and quickly adopted the trappings of Jao culture. After encountering humanity, the first hints of a less-imperialistic culture begin to emerge.



** The Ekhat have four different flavors of racism depending on each faction. The Melody faction believes the universe should be cleansed of all non-Ekhat life, although it will use some non-Ekhat for a while before disposing of them when they cease to be useful. The True Harmony faction believes similarly and organizes the different species and subspecies of Ekhat into castes depending on their conception of genetic purity. The Complete Harmony faction has a similar caste system, except that they believing in "uplifting" non-Ekhat they find useful into slavery and exterminate the rest. The Interdict faction are isolationists who believe contact with any non-Ekhat is unclean, but they are known to talk to non-Ekhat for [[StarfishAliens reasons known only to themselves]]. They envoys they send to talk to the non-Ekhat (usually a pair) brutally rip each other apart after delivering the message to purge their now-unclean selves from the rest of the Interdict.

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** The Ekhat have four different flavors of racism depending on each faction. The Melody faction believes that all Ekhat are essentially equal, and the universe should be cleansed of all non-Ekhat life, although it will use some non-Ekhat for a while before disposing of them when they cease to be useful. The True Harmony faction believes similarly and shares their beliefs regarding non-Ekhat, but organizes the different species and subspecies of Ekhat into castes depending on their conception of genetic purity. The Complete Harmony faction has a similar caste system, except that they believing in "uplifting" Ekhat from lower to higher castes and inducting non-Ekhat they find useful into slavery slave-labor as the lower castes and exterminate exterminating the rest. The Interdict faction are {{Evil Luddite}}s who believe that breaking the lightspeed barrier is sinful and isolationists who believe contact with any non-Ekhat is unclean, but they are known to talk to non-Ekhat for [[StarfishAliens reasons known only to themselves]]. They themselves]], mostly related to curbing the advance of the other factions. The envoys they send to talk to the non-Ekhat (usually a pair) brutally rip each other apart after delivering the message to purge their now-unclean selves from the rest of the Interdict.



* HumansThroughAlienEyes
* HumansAreSpecial: Humans are the first race the Jao had come across since the founding of their empire that could actually maintain a technological civilization. The Jao after Oppucks disastrous governorship decided that the easiest way to get along with humans was to call them a [[TheClan "taif"]] rather then try to [[YouWillBeAssimilated assimilate them]].

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* HumansThroughAlienEyes
HumansThroughAlienEyes: The jao don't always understand human ways, but the less-bigoted among them quickly learn to appreciate them.
* HumansAreSpecial: Humans are the first race the Jao had come across since the founding of their empire that could actually maintain a technological civilization. The Jao Jao, after Oppucks disastrous governorship governorship, decided that the easiest way to get along with humans was to call them a [[TheClan "taif"]] rather then try to [[YouWillBeAssimilated assimilate them]].them]], and the two cultures began to merge to mutual benefit.



* OmnicidalManiac: The Ekhat

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* OmnicidalManiac: Though they differ in the degree of proactivity they prescribe to counter the problem, all four Ekhat factions regard non-Ekhat life as revolting pollution. The EkhatInterdict are notable in being ''so'' repulsed that even '''omnicide''' is too dangerously close to outside contact to be tolerated.



* RecycledInSpace: The theme is based on the old idea of Romans conquering Greece then ironically adopting Greek culture.

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* RecycledInSpace: The theme is based on the old idea of Romans conquering Greece then ironically adopting Greek culture.culture, or the Mongols and the Chinese doing much the same thing.


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* StarfishLanguage: Jao speech relies heavily on body language to convey emotion, and controlling it is considered an important part of conversation. At the end of the novel, Caitlin's use of both human and jao speech and body language in a merged fashion is believed to be the start of a new, hybrid language.
6th Nov '13 9:59:52 AM Bezy
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* VichyEarth: a more sympathetic take then most.

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* VichyEarth: a more sympathetic take then than most.
21st May '13 9:20:36 AM jatay3
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* RecycledInSpace: The theme is based on the old idea of Romans conquering Greece then ironically adopting Greek culture.


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* SpaceRomans: The Jao are drawn in part from the Romans, and in part from the Samurai.
21st May '13 9:16:20 AM jatay3
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* BadassArmy: The Bond of Ebazon, drawn from all the Jao clans enforces unity among them and judges disputes.


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* TheChessmaster: The Preceptor. Also Pluthrak is famous for chessmastery among the Jao.


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* FeudingFamilies: Pluthrak vs Narvo.


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* MadArtist: The Ekhat


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* ProudWarriorRace : The Narvo are famous for this. Oppuck was an unfortunate example and by contrast one of the Narvo wins glory for his heroic death defending Terra; the award given him by the humans becomes Terra's heraldric symbol.
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