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7th May '16 6:42:30 PM Carnildo
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* TheRival - Tewfik ibn Jamal to Raj Whitehall.

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* TheRival - Tewfik ibn Jamal to Raj Whitehall. Mentioned at the end of the series is that if Center's physical components had been located in Al Kebir rather than East Residence, Tewfik would have been its chosen tool for re-uniting civilization rather than Raj, and Raj would be the one left picking up the pieces after his country's leader charged headlong into military disaster.



* RoyallyScrewedUp: Governor Barholm and his nephew and heir Cabot Clerett are both raging paranoiacs who are exceedingly distrustful of Raj for various reasons, even though he has never even hinted at having any desire for the Chair.

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* RoyallyScrewedUp: RoyallyScrewedUp:
** On the Civil Government side,
Governor Barholm and his nephew and heir Cabot Clerett are both raging paranoiacs who are exceedingly distrustful of Raj for various reasons, even though he has never even hinted at having any desire for the Chair.Chair.
** On the Colonist side, Settler Ali gained the throne through a bloody civil war against his brother, and then, not being particularly secure on the throne, developed a habit of killing anyone he thought might be a threat -- or was in the wrong place at the wrong time, or was [[YouHaveFailedMe unable to do the impossible]], or...



* ShoutOut: almost too many to list.
5th May '16 8:32:57 PM Carnildo
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** The Civil Government is Byzantine Rome, the Colony is the Sassanid Empire, the Squadron and Brigade are Vandals and Ostrogoths respectively, and the Skinners are the Huns.

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** In ''The General'' pentology:
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The Civil Government is Byzantine Rome, the Colony is the Sassanid Empire, the Squadron and Brigade are Vandals and Ostrogoths respectively, and the Skinners are the Huns.Huns.
*** Seen in the background are the Halvaardi, a Fantasy Counterpart Parody of the Helvetii[[note]]tribal ancestors to the Swiss[[/note]] (ceremonial cuckoo clock hanging from the belt, anyone?)
*** Religion-wise, the Spirit of Man religion is a counterpart to Christianity, with the "of the Stars" branch being Orthodox, while the "of This Earth" branch being Arianism (and the mentioned-in-passing doctrine of the Unified Code is Monophysitism). This comes complete with a dispute between the Old Residence (Rome) and East Residence (Constantinople) religious leaders over supremacy.
18th Nov '15 4:21:54 AM Nohbody
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--> ''Spirit of Man of the Stars give me strength!''
--> '''that is not my function.'''
--> - Raj Whitehall and Center

--> '''stochastic effects may randomize even the most rigorous calculation.'''
--> - Center

--> '''if the enemy reacts perfectly, both in making a plan on the basis of statistically-insignificant intelligence and in execution of that plan, then they could successfully attack us tonight. in that case, i will begin to believe in a god myself. theirs.'''
--> - Center

--> '''i am not god.'''
--> '' No, but you're the closest approximation available within current parameters''
--> - Center and Raj Whitehall
16th Nov '15 11:48:03 PM KeithM
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The majority of the series is out of print now, but the first two books have been republished as "Hope Reborn" (available as Warlord at BaenCD), a new book, ''The Heretic'' was released in 2014.



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The majority of the series is out of print now, but the first two books have been republished as "Hope Reborn" (available as Warlord at BaenCD), a BaenCD). A new book, ''The Heretic'' was released in 2013 and its sequel ''The Saviour'' in 2014.





* AssimilationBackfire: [[spoiler: When Zentrum gets into Abel's head to brainwash him into betraying the rebellion, it is horrified to discover that a backup cope of Center and Raj was hidden in there, and Center writes itself into Zentrum's hardware, erasing it and taking its place.]]

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* AssimilationBackfire: [[spoiler: When Zentrum gets into Abel's head to brainwash him into betraying the rebellion, it is horrified to discover that a backup cope copy of Center and Raj was hidden in there, and Center easily overpowers it and writes itself into Zentrum's hardware, erasing it and taking its place.]]



* DaysOfFuturePast



* DaysOfFuturePast

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* DaysOfFuturePastDeathWorld: ''The Saviour'' reveals that Duisberg is a planet in a system with a very large and very active populations of asteroids and comets that regularly pummel the planet so that The Valley is the only significant piece of real estate at the current time that's not a blasted wasteland, and that's a result of pre-Fall technology allowing humans to protect the planet after it was colonized and partially terraformed. Center calculates that the MedievalStasis enforced by Zentrum would doom humanity on the planet to extinction since it's only a matter of time until another impactor comes in and there's nothing that anyone would be able to do to detect it, let alone stop it.
16th Nov '15 11:35:35 PM KeithM
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* BanditClan: The Skinners live in clan grouping and survive mostly by hunting the native sauroids, but their primary interaction with other cultures is to RapePillageAndBurn.

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* BanditClan: The Skinners live in clan grouping and survive mostly by hunting the native sauroids, but their primary interaction with other cultures is to RapePillageAndBurn. Not necessarily in that order.
16th Nov '15 11:34:56 PM KeithM
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* AssimilationBackfire: [[spoiler: When Zentrum gets into Abel's head to brainwash him into betraying the rebellion, it is horrified to discover that a backup cope of Center and Raj was hidden in there, and Center writes itself into Zentrum's hardware, erasing it and taking its place.]]


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* BatmanGambit: Center and Raj planned on [[spoiler: Abel being forced into linking with Zentrum so Center's backup copy could attack Zentrum directly]].
1st Jul '15 10:12:01 PM Nohbody
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* FemmeFatale: Lady Whitehall uses her feminine wiles quite freely to advance her husband's goals, fighting from the shadows the dirty political battles that Raj is ill-equipped to fight.



* ImprobableAimingSkills - Center can do things to your perceptions, just ''starting'' with overlaying gunsights on your vision, that make unlikely shots rather more likely. Battle-hardened vets stare in awe after Raj takes down several enemies with rapid pistol fire, one-shot-one-kill. At one point it enables him to shoot a grenade out of the air -- he's relieved no one saw that, because if they had, the rumors that he receives 'divine' aid would become unstoppable.

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* ImprobableAimingSkills - ImprobableAimingSkills:
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Center can do things to your perceptions, just ''starting'' with overlaying gunsights on your vision, that make unlikely shots rather more likely. Battle-hardened vets stare in awe after Raj takes down several enemies with rapid pistol fire, one-shot-one-kill. At one point it enables him to shoot a grenade out of the air -- he's relieved no one saw that, because if they had, the rumors that he receives 'divine' aid would become unstoppable.unstoppable.
** The Skinners may be barbarians using primitive firearms, but they almost always hit what they aim at, and several times the chief Skinner was able to hit objects with offhanded shots that weren't even aimed. One shot by the Skinner chief zips by Raj's head about a meter away, but he doesn't flinch from it because he knows that Skinners consider it insulting to hit something other than what they were aiming at.



* PlotHole - A Companion reported dead in the first book reappears with a promotion but no explanation in the second.
** The "death report" was a quickly shouted statement on a battlefield collapsing due to the routed soldiers the reporteress was leading. Mere battlefield gossip. Lampshaded in a later book where militia refuse to open a city gate in Old Residence due to similar reports of Raj's death, ''with Raj standing there in front of them''.
** All true, but would it have killed Drake and Stirling to put it in black and white?
** Continued discussion on [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main.TheGeneralDiscussion The General Discussion Page]].
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Guys]] - Several. There are the ''Squadrones'', ''The Brigederos'' and most vicious of all the Skinners, who are anything but [[NobleSavage noble savages]]!
* RapePillageAndBurn - According to Bellevue rules of war, what the troops are entitled to do after a city is taken by storm. The officers either take part or close their eyes to it. Things are usually brought back under control in twenty-four hours or so. In Raj's army, any violation of civilian property or persons after that is punishable by hanging.

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* PlotHole - A Companion reported dead in the first book reappears with a promotion but no explanation in the second.
** The "death report" was a quickly shouted statement on a battlefield collapsing due to the routed soldiers the reporteress was leading. Mere battlefield gossip. Lampshaded in a later book where militia refuse to open a city gate in Old Residence due to similar reports of Raj's death, ''with Raj standing there in front of them''.
** All true, but would it have killed Drake and Stirling to put it in black and white?
** Continued discussion on [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main.TheGeneralDiscussion The General Discussion Page]].
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Guys]] -
ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Several. There are the ''Squadrones'', ''The Brigederos'' and most vicious of all the Skinners, who are anything but [[NobleSavage noble savages]]!
* RapePillageAndBurn - RapePillageAndBurn: According to Bellevue rules of war, what the troops are entitled to do after a city is taken by storm. The officers either take part or close their eyes to it. Things are usually brought back under control in twenty-four hours or so. In Raj's army, any violation of civilian property or persons after that is punishable by hanging.



* ShoutOut - almost too many to list.
** Raj is called "the King of Spades" as was Robert E. Lee, and his nickname of 'Messer Raj' is very similar to Lee's "Marse Robert".
** Shakespeare's Henry V is cribbed on more than one occasion.
*** Lampshaded in the books: Raj asks Bartin Foley where he got the words for that speech, and Bartin replies that it's from a surviving fragment of a "pre-Fall" drama.
** Raj utters a variant of Cromwell's famous before-battle prayer. "Oh Spirit of Man of the Stars, you know how busy I must be this day. Do not forget me, even if I forget You."
** Suzette quotes Stonewall Jackson. "No, I don't want them to be brave. Kill them all."
** The lines: "He fears his fate too much or his desserts are small/ who will not put it to the touch to win or lose it all." are used as a toast.
*** Originally said by James Graham, Marquis of Montrose (1612 - 1650). Brilliant Scottish general who finally 'put it to the touch' a few times too many.
** And then there's all the Creator/RudyardKipling...
** ...and one to Bill Mauldin. In 'The Steel', Raj's soldiers are trudging through the muddy landscape of the Brigade's lands, heading for Old Residence, and one asks, "What's the name of this river?" On being told it's the Wolturno, he replies "Ever fukkin' river in dis country is named Wolturno."
** The second sequel series makes two mentions of an evidently frog-like native creature ... called a [[TheMuppetShow kermitoid]].
** One of the characters mentions the story of an incorruptible cop who, after being framed and thrown into a prison with ''loads'' of convicts who hated him, used [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorshach's]] line: "I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with me."
** The Halvaardi seem to like the Spartans: "-so the next tax collector who asks for 'earth and water'...gets thrown down a well to find plenty of both".
** In ''The Heretic'', Center makes several references to aspects of future-prediction calculations as '[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Seldonian]]'.

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* ShoutOut - ShoutOut: almost too many to list.
** Raj is called "the King of Spades" as was Robert E. Lee, and his nickname of 'Messer Raj' is very similar to Lee's "Marse Robert".
** Shakespeare's Henry V is cribbed on more than one occasion.
*** Lampshaded in the books: Raj asks Bartin Foley where he got the words for that speech, and Bartin replies that it's from a surviving fragment of a "pre-Fall" drama.
** Raj utters a variant of Cromwell's famous before-battle prayer. "Oh Spirit of Man of the Stars, you know how busy I must be this day. Do not forget me, even if I forget You."
** Suzette quotes Stonewall Jackson. "No, I don't want them to be brave. Kill them all."
** The lines: "He fears his fate too much or his desserts are small/ who will not put it to the touch to win or lose it all." are used as a toast.
*** Originally said by James Graham, Marquis of Montrose (1612 - 1650). Brilliant Scottish general who finally 'put it to the touch' a few times too many.
** And then there's all the Creator/RudyardKipling...
** ...and one to Bill Mauldin. In 'The Steel', Raj's soldiers are trudging through the muddy landscape of the Brigade's lands, heading for Old Residence, and one asks, "What's the name of this river?" On being told it's the Wolturno, he replies "Ever fukkin' river in dis country is named Wolturno."
** The second sequel series makes two mentions of an evidently frog-like native creature ... called a [[TheMuppetShow kermitoid]].
** One of the characters mentions the story of an incorruptible cop who, after being framed and thrown into a prison with ''loads'' of convicts who hated him, used [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorshach's]] line: "I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with me."
** The Halvaardi seem to like the Spartans: "-so the next tax collector who asks for 'earth and water'...gets thrown down a well to find plenty of both".
** In ''The Heretic'', Center makes several references to aspects of future-prediction calculations as '[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Seldonian]]'.
list.



* SufferTheSlings
* TakeThat - It's mentioned that the war dogs are often fed a particular kind of fish, a bottom-feeder with a disgusting smell, utterly unfit to be eaten by humans. The fish is called the ''avocati'' -- clearly derived from the Spanjol for "[[AcceptableProfessionalTargets lawyer]]." Only good for dog food, eh....
* ThrowAwayGuns - Barbarians like the Squadrones and Brigaderos still use flintlocks and muzzle loaders and so carry a lot of spares.
* TrueCompanions- Literally, the Companions, a circle of loyal lieutenants around Raj.
** TheLancer - Colonel Gerrin Staenbridge, second in command.
** LoveableRogue - Antin M'Lewis, former Bufford parish thief and captain of scouts.
** TheSmartGuy - Colonel Jorg Menyez, infantry leader and fortifications expert (unfortunately allergic to dogs); Colonel Dinnalsyn, chief of artillery.
** TheBigGuy -- Major Kaltin Gruder, the straightforward & unimaginative blunt instrument.
** SergeantRock - Master Sergeant [=DaCruz=].
*** [[spoiler:Subverted when [=DaCruz=] gets killed in a skirmish with the Squadrones in the second book]].

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%% * SufferTheSlings
* TakeThat - TakeThat: It's mentioned that the war dogs are often fed a particular kind of fish, a bottom-feeder with a disgusting smell, utterly unfit to be eaten by humans. The fish is called the ''avocati'' -- clearly derived from the Spanjol for "[[AcceptableProfessionalTargets lawyer]]." Only good for dog food, eh....
* ThrowAwayGuns - ThrowAwayGuns: Barbarians like the Squadrones and Brigaderos still use flintlocks and muzzle loaders and so carry a lot of spares.
spares, instead of taking time to reload that lets their opponents get free shots at them.
* TrueCompanions- TrueCompanions: Literally, the Companions, a circle of loyal lieutenants around Raj.
** TheLancer - TheLancer: Colonel Gerrin Staenbridge, second in command.
** LoveableRogue - LoveableRogue: Antin M'Lewis, former Bufford parish thief and captain of scouts.
** TheSmartGuy - TheSmartGuy: Colonel Jorg Menyez, infantry leader and fortifications expert (unfortunately allergic to dogs); Colonel Dinnalsyn, chief of artillery.
** TheBigGuy -- TheBigGuy: Major Kaltin Gruder, the straightforward & unimaginative blunt instrument.
** SergeantRock - SergeantRock: Master Sergeant [=DaCruz=].
*** [[spoiler:Subverted when [=DaCruz=] gets killed in a skirmish with the Squadrones in the second book]].
[=DaCruz=].



* VestigialEmpire - the Gubierno Civil is practically a text book example. Indeed the shrinkage is a serious problem that might lead to the extinction of Human life on Bellevue if not reversed.
* WellIntentionedExtremist - Center, who considers the cause of Human civilization worth any number of individual Human lives ... though he becomes less and less happy about it the longer he knows Raj.

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* VestigialEmpire - the VestigialEmpire: The Gubierno Civil is practically a text book example. Indeed the shrinkage is a serious problem that might lead to the extinction of Human life on Bellevue if not reversed.
* WellIntentionedExtremist - WellIntentionedExtremist: Center, who considers the cause of Human civilization worth any number of individual Human lives ... though he becomes less and less happy about it the longer he knows Raj.
1st Jul '15 9:59:59 PM Nohbody
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It should be noted that the series shares many similarities with Drake's later Literature/BelisariusSeries (not surprising really). Later, similar concept was explored by Creator/DavidWeber in his ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series, although with genocidal aliens replacing civil war.

A sequel series has Center and the [[SoulJar recorded mind]] of Raj acting as SpiritAdvisor to a couple of brothers on another world who must fight the Chosen, a SocialDarwinist [[TheEmpire Empire]] of [[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis]], ({{Expies}} of Stirling's own Literature/TheDraka), to ready their planet for entry into TheAlliance founded by The General. This series uses elements from The Spanish-American War, WorldWarI, the Spanish Civil War, and WorldWarII. Yet another sequel series does the same on another planet, with EricFlint stepping in for Stirling after the first book (Flint also co-wrote with Drake in the Literature/BelisariusSeries), and doesn't even try to disguise the nod to ancient Rome.

The majority of the series is out of print now, but the first two books have been republished as "Hope Reborn" (available as Warlord at BaenCD), a new book, The Heretic was recently released.



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It should be noted that the series shares many similarities with Drake's later Literature/BelisariusSeries ''Literature/BelisariusSeries'' (not surprising really). Later, similar concept was explored by Creator/DavidWeber in his ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series, although with genocidal aliens replacing civil war.

A sequel series has Center and the [[SoulJar recorded mind]] of Raj acting as SpiritAdvisor to a couple of brothers on another world who must fight the Chosen, a SocialDarwinist [[TheEmpire Empire]] of [[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis]], ({{Expies}} of Stirling's own Literature/TheDraka), to ready their planet for entry into TheAlliance founded by The General. This series uses elements from The Spanish-American War, WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Spanish Civil War, and WorldWarII. UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Yet another sequel series does the same on another planet, with EricFlint Creator/EricFlint stepping in for Stirling after the first book (Flint also co-wrote with Drake in the Literature/BelisariusSeries), ''Literature/BelisariusSeries''), and doesn't even try to disguise the nod to ancient Rome.

The majority of the series is out of print now, but the first two books have been republished as "Hope Reborn" (available as Warlord at BaenCD), a new book, The Heretic ''The Heretic'' was recently released.


released in 2014.





* Suzette, Lady Whitehall is a whole bundle of tropes: LadyOfWar, TheMedic, FemmeFatale, and even BrokenBird thanks to her impoverished childhood. She is also at the opposite end of the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism Sliding Scale]] from her idealistic husband -- to PoisonousFriend levels.
* AllPlanetsAreEarthlike - Somewhat averted. Bellevue's native vegetation has a reddish coloration and native lifeforms are dangerous sauroids. It's mentioned repeatedly that without aggressive hunting of the sauroids, nobody can live on Bellevue except the barbarian [[BadAss Skinners]].
** Played straight in that some of the native life is edible, and reportedly TastesLikeChicken.
* AndManGrewProud - the Fall of 'Holy Federation' that led to this mess.

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* Suzette, Lady Whitehall is a whole bundle of tropes: LadyOfWar, TheMedic, FemmeFatale, and even BrokenBird thanks to her impoverished childhood. She is also at the opposite end of the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism Sliding Scale]] from her idealistic husband -- to PoisonousFriend levels.
* AllPlanetsAreEarthlike - Somewhat averted.
AllPlanetsAreEarthlike: Bellevue's native vegetation has a reddish coloration and native lifeforms are dangerous sauroids. It's mentioned repeatedly that without aggressive hunting of the sauroids, nobody can live on Bellevue except the barbarian [[BadAss Skinners]].
** Played straight in that
Skinners]]. However, some of the native life is edible, and reportedly TastesLikeChicken.
* AndManGrewProud - AndManGrewProud: the Fall of 'Holy Federation' that led to this mess.



* BadassArmy: The Civil Government forces lead directly by Raj ultimately conquer the entire planet for the Civil Government in spite of always being kept short of men and supplies by paranoid civilian leaders and a swindling Chancellor with his fingers in nearly every economic aspect.



* BarbarianTribe - The Military Governments, descended from [[TheFederation Federation]] soldiers stationed out in the boonies. Some are VERY barbaric indeed - and NONE of the This Earth heretics speak proper Spanjol!
** Allegedly TruthInTelevision, in that any who did not speak Latin were considered "barbarians". Because non-Latin speakers sounded like they were just saying "bar-bar-bar..."
*** Replace Latin with Greek and you've got the idea.
** And when Raj refers to the barbarians as "vandals" there's serious wordplay in the context.
* BattleCry - The Colony (Allahu Akbar!), Squadron (GETTEM!), and Brigade (UPYARZ!) all have traditional battle cries.

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* BarbarianTribe - BarbarianTribe: The Military Governments, descended from [[TheFederation Federation]] soldiers stationed out in the boonies. Some are VERY barbaric indeed - and NONE of the This Earth heretics speak proper Spanjol!
** Allegedly TruthInTelevision, in that any who did not speak Latin were considered "barbarians". Because non-Latin speakers sounded like they were just saying "bar-bar-bar..."
*** Replace Latin with Greek and you've got the idea.
** And when Raj refers to the barbarians as "vandals" there's serious wordplay in the context.
* BattleCry - BattleCry: The Colony (Allahu Akbar!), Squadron (GETTEM!), and Brigade (UPYARZ!) all have traditional battle cries.



* TheCasanova: Major Kaltin Gruder, who averages three duels with outraged husbands per winter, keeps an entire mini-harem of slavegirl concubines, has had at least a one-night stand in every single town the army ever stopped in, and once managed to find a girlfriend to happily (and temporarily) shack up with within ''half an hour of first entering a city being sacked''.
** Was once heard joking that he enjoyed the opportunity to go on campaign because it gave him a chance to get out of the house and get some ''sleep''.
* TheCavalry: Riding eight hundred pound wardogs!!
** Raising the threat index by several degrees. As Raj observes on several occasions, half-ton carnivores in a bad mood are very bad news.

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* TheCasanova: Major Kaltin Gruder, who averages three duels with outraged husbands per winter, keeps an entire mini-harem of slavegirl concubines, has had at least a one-night stand in every single town the army ever stopped in, and once managed to find a girlfriend to happily (and temporarily) shack up with within ''half an hour of first entering a city being sacked''.
** Was
sacked''. He was once heard joking that he enjoyed the opportunity to go on campaign because it gave him a chance to get out of the house and get some ''sleep''.
* TheCavalry: Riding eight hundred pound wardogs!!
** Raising the threat index by several degrees. As Raj observes on several occasions, half-ton carnivores in a bad mood are very bad news.
''sleep''.



** Also Subverted: Because of the local CargoCult religion, the Governor's 'fanciest' vestments, only brought out for the most important and holy of occasions, are ... the holy jumpsuit of a pre-Fall data technician.
** Let us not forget that Suzette's 'dazzling' court outfit is in fact trailer-trash bling, but with real gold and jewels.
* EvilChancellor - Tzetzas. ''Literally'' the Chancellor. There's a joke in-story that a venomous reptile bit him and died in convulsions while Tzetzas was unaffected. Driving his own country's people so far into debt that he can enslave them and take their property for himself is just good business, as far as he's concerned.

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** Also Subverted: Because of the local CargoCult religion, the Governor's 'fanciest' vestments, only brought out for the most important and holy of occasions, are ... the holy jumpsuit of a pre-Fall data technician.
** Let us not forget that Suzette's 'dazzling' court outfit is in fact trailer-trash bling, but with real gold and jewels.
* EvilChancellor - Tzetzas. ''Literally'' the Chancellor. There's a joke in-story that a venomous reptile bit him and died in convulsions while Tzetzas was unaffected. Driving his own country's people so far into debt that he can enslave them and take their property for himself is just good business, as far as he's concerned. His greed even drove the Civil Government into renewed war with The Colony, due to his minions shortchanging the tribute payments and substituting poor quality materials in the non-money part of the tribute.



* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Civil Government is Byzantine Rome, the Colony is the Sassanid Empire, the Squadron and Brigade are Vandals and Ostrogoths respectively, and the Skinners are the Huns.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: FantasyCounterpartCulture:
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The Civil Government is Byzantine Rome, the Colony is the Sassanid Empire, the Squadron and Brigade are Vandals and Ostrogoths respectively, and the Skinners are the Huns.



* {{Handguns}} - The standard Civil Government sidearm is a five-shot revolver, similar to an early Colt. Barton Foley, however, prefers a cut-down shotgun he carries in a shoulder holster.
* TheFederation - although by the time of the novels it has long since been destroyed.
** By the time of ''The Heretic'' Center's goal of a reconstituted Federation has to some degree been fulfilled (in the form of a "reconstituted Galactic Republic"). Little else is known of it, since the focus is on a planet that isn't part of the Republic.

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* {{Handguns}} - {{Handguns}}: The standard Civil Government sidearm is a five-shot revolver, similar to an early Colt. Barton Foley, however, prefers a cut-down shotgun he carries in a shoulder holster.
* TheFederation - although by TheFederation: At the time start of the novels it novels, the Federation has long since been destroyed.
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dead for over 1100 years after a vicious civil war. Central's goal is to rebuild it. By the time of ''The Heretic'' Center's goal of a reconstituted Federation has to some degree been fulfilled (in the form of a "reconstituted Galactic Republic"). Little else is known of it, since the focus is on a planet that isn't part of the Republic.



* GloryHound: Raj worries his men will think he is this - they don't. Cabot Clerett ''is'' one however. He's a good officer but all he really cares about is his own glory.

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* GloryHound: GloryHound:
**
Raj worries his men will think he is this - they don't. Cabot Clerett ''is'' one however. He's a good officer but all he really cares about is his own glory.glory.
** The Military Government troops all put glory and pride ahead of getting the job done, which is part of why Raj was able to defeat them even at a marked numerical disadvantage.



* HorseOfADifferentColor - More like a different species, would you believe riding ''dogs''??
** That's eight hundred to sixteen hundred '''pound''' dogs. About the size of a horse. Mind you, it's a carnivorous beastie with fangs.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo - You might call this Raj's theme song - pity he can never quite believe it.

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* HorseOfADifferentColor - More like a different species, would you believe HorseOfADifferentColor: Instead of the Cavalry troops riding ''dogs''??
** That's
on horses, they ride on eight hundred to sixteen hundred '''pound''' dogs. About pound dogs that were bred up to be about the size of a horse. Mind you, it's a carnivorous beastie with fangs.
horse.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo - IDidWhatIHadToDo:
**
You might call this Raj's theme song - pity he can never quite believe it.



** More a WorthyOpponent and FriendlyEnemy I'd say. There is a definite hint they will become good friends in the future. [[spoiler:At the very end of the series, Center predicts Raj's daughter marrying Tewfik's grandson.]]
** Also, Cabot Clerett (see below).



* RoyallyScrewedUp - Governor Barholm and his nephew and heir Cabot Clerett are both raging paranoids.
** At least they have their good points; Barholm is a competent ruler, and Cabot a genuinely brave and talented military commander who, unfortunately, covets everything Raj has: his fame, his position, and especially his beautiful wife. Settler Ali ibn'Jamal, ruler of the Colony, is just a complete psycho.
*** It might even be argued that some level of paranoia is not an unreasonable response to the DeadlyDecadentCourt that is Byzantium, er, East Residence. The only reason Raj ''isn't'' a threat to the Chair is that he's [[TheHero an utterly incorruptible idealist]] with Center sitting on his shoulder, whispering in his ear what will happen ([[RunningGag plus or minus some percent]]) if he does try to take it for himself.
* ScienceIsBad - Inverted. The goal of the series is to restore the High Tech civilization that once flourished on Bellevue and, if necessary, rebuild TheFederation from there.

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* RoyallyScrewedUp - RoyallyScrewedUp: Governor Barholm and his nephew and heir Cabot Clerett are both raging paranoids.
** At least they have their good points; Barholm is a competent ruler, and Cabot a genuinely brave and talented military commander who, unfortunately, covets everything
paranoiacs who are exceedingly distrustful of Raj has: his fame, his position, and especially his beautiful wife. Settler Ali ibn'Jamal, ruler of the Colony, is just a complete psycho.
*** It might
for various reasons, even be argued that some level of paranoia is not an unreasonable response to though he has never even hinted at having any desire for the DeadlyDecadentCourt that is Byzantium, er, East Residence. The only reason Raj ''isn't'' a threat to the Chair is that he's [[TheHero an utterly incorruptible idealist]] with Center sitting on his shoulder, whispering in his ear what will happen ([[RunningGag plus or minus some percent]]) if he does try to take it for himself.
Chair.
* ScienceIsBad - ScienceIsBad: Inverted. The goal of the series is to restore the High Tech civilization that once flourished on Bellevue and, if necessary, rebuild TheFederation from there.


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* ScopeSnipe: During the southern campaign, a Brigadero was looking at the opposing Civil Government forces through a telescope... right until a shot from a Skinner plows right through the telescope and into the user's eye.
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* RiversOfBlood: After the conquest of Port Murchison, Raj muses that it's the first time he's literally seen the streets running with blood.
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** The Hafardine books has the Confederacy of Vanbert as a very clear late Roman Republic transitioning towards early Roman Empire, the Emerald League as Greece (and consequently subject to Vanbert at the time the books are set), and the Southrons filling in for (mainly Germanic) barbarians.
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