History Literature / TheMerchantPrincesSeries

15th Jun '17 4:46:10 PM SorPepita
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* GambitPileup: by the third book, there are at least five different factions all either shooting at each other or inches away from doing so. This is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Miriam, in the second book, asks whether there's anyone in her entourage ''not'' working for the secret service. Her maid Kara responds, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Not me!"]]

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* GambitPileup: by By the third book, there are at least five different factions all either shooting at each other or inches away from doing so. This is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Miriam, in the second book, asks whether there's anyone in her entourage ''not'' working for the secret service. Her maid Kara responds, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Not me!"]]



* MedievalStasis: thoroughly explained and explored in Gruinmarkt, and the new guard of Clan members want to drag Gruinmarkt out of the middle ages. They are opposed by older clan members and the hereditary nobility, which causes the friction of the story.
* TheMenInBlack: the Family Trade Organization, which is set up somewhere around book three or four to investigate the world-hoppers and the threat they pose. [[spoiler:Mike Fleming discovers in Book Five that WARBUCKS is the one pulling the strings, and is using it to destroy the evidence that he was involved with the Clan before his reentrance into politics.]]

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* MedievalStasis: thoroughly Thoroughly explained and explored in Gruinmarkt, and the new guard of Clan members want to drag Gruinmarkt out of the middle ages. They are opposed by older clan members and the hereditary nobility, which causes the friction of the story.
* TheMenInBlack: the The Family Trade Organization, which is set up somewhere around book three or four to investigate the world-hoppers and the threat they pose. [[spoiler:Mike Fleming discovers in Book Five that WARBUCKS is the one pulling the strings, and is using it to destroy the evidence that he was involved with the Clan before his reentrance into politics.]]



* PresidentEvil [[spoiler: Dick Cheney. No, [[BlatantLies no]] [[{{Anvilicious}} anvils being dropped]], [[BlatantLies really]]. [[NukeEm Bombs]], on the other hand....]]

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* PresidentEvil [[spoiler: Dick Cheney. No, [[BlatantLies no]] [[{{Anvilicious}} anvils being dropped]], [[BlatantLies really]]. [[NukeEm Bombs]], on the other hand....hand...]]
15th Jun '17 4:22:21 PM SorPepita
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* FeudingFamilies: there was even a civil war 30 years ago, and Miriam's return threatens to start it up again.

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* FeudingFamilies: there There was even a civil war 30 years ago, and Miriam's return threatens to start it up again.
1st Mar '17 6:06:27 PM Ramidel
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* StupidEvil: Agent Gomez in ''Empire Games'' [[CommanderContrarian consistently suggests]] using nasty, brute-force black-bag techniques.

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* StupidEvil: Agent Gomez in ''Empire Games'' [[CommanderContrarian consistently suggests]] using nasty, brute-force black-bag techniques.techniques when dealing with Rita. She gets shut down each time because Colonel Smith knows that that's the ''wrong'' way to train a covert agent.
1st Mar '17 5:45:43 PM Ramidel
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* ActionGirl: Downplayed with Miriam, she can't take anyone down during a fight, but she sure shoots people who try to kill her and doesn't wait to be rescued.
** Brilliana and Olga, on the other hand, have no such limitations. In the Gruinmarkt, marksmanship is considered [[AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits a womanly virtue]], one that both women had instilled into them by their conservative fathers.



*** From Empire Games: TheManInTheHighCastle is known as 'The Grasshopper Lies Heavy'

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*** From Empire Games: TheManInTheHighCastle ''Empire Games'': ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'' is known as 'The ''The Grasshopper Lies Heavy'Heavy''.



* ActionGirl: Downplayed with Miriam, she can't take anyone down during a fight, but she sure shoots people who try to kill her and doesn't wait to be rescued.
** Brilliana and Olga, on the other hand, have no such limitations. In the Gruinmarkt, marksmanship is considered [[AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits a womanly virtue]], one that both women had instilled into them by their conservative fathers.



* ArrangedMarriage: Both Miriam and her mother. Neither were happy about it ''at all''.

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* ArrangedMarriage: ArrangedMarriage:
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Both Miriam and her mother. Neither were happy about it ''at all''.all''.
** Attempted and failed against Olga. In the Gruinmarkt, a man who rapes a woman can force her to marry him if he can pay her bride price, so a hired rapist is sent against Olga. [[spoiler: He's expected to fail; Olga is a deadly shot. The ''actual'' plan is to blame the rape-o-gram on Miriam, so that Olga will dispose of her, which would restart the Clan civil war.]]



* TeleportInterdiction - the antagonist in ''The Merchants' War'' strings ropes all over his castle to keep out the world-walkers.

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* TeleportInterdiction - StupidEvil: Agent Gomez in ''Empire Games'' [[CommanderContrarian consistently suggests]] using nasty, brute-force black-bag techniques.
* TeleportInterdiction:
** "Doppelgangering," or having control of a facility in
the same space in both America and the Gruinmarkt to prevent unwanted world-walking, is Security 101 for the Clan. Given that the Clan's CivilWar nearly wiped them out, this is taken very seriously.
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antagonist in ''The Merchants' War'' strings ropes all over his castle to keep out the world-walkers.
1st Mar '17 4:01:57 PM Ramidel
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* OppressiveStatesOfAmerica: After [[spoiler: the Clan renegades set off a nuke]], Homeland Security quickly turned into a surveillance state. It's still America, though; a transcript of a conversation in ''Empire Games'' mentions that outright black-bag work like was done in the earlier books is ''not'' done and is prosecuted.
1st Mar '17 3:50:48 PM Ramidel
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* TimeSkip: Seventeen years between ''The Trade of Queens'' and ''Empire Games'', after [[spoiler: the destruction of the Gruinmark and the New British revolution]].
20th Jan '17 11:13:03 AM elfey
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*** From Empire Games: TheManInTheHighCastle is known as 'The Grasshopper Lies Heavy'
18th Jan '17 12:37:05 AM ryg
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The series was originally planned as four very long books, but the publisher got cold feet about the length of the books and insisted [[ExecutiveMeddling they be broken up into multiple volumes]]. The six books published so far started out as the first two books of the original plan. Stross is currently writing the "next generation" sequels (''Empire Games'', ''Dark State'', and ''Invisible Sun''), scheduled for publication from January 2017-2019.

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The series was originally planned as four very long books, but the publisher got cold feet about the length of the books and insisted [[ExecutiveMeddling they be broken up into multiple volumes]]. The six books published so far started out as the first two books of the original plan. Stross is currently writing working on the "next generation" sequels (''Empire Games'', sequels: ''Empire Games'' was released in January 2017, and the follow-ups ''Dark State'', State'' and ''Invisible Sun''), Sun'' are scheduled for publication from January 2017-2019.
in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
19th Nov '16 1:09:27 AM Ramidel
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** Brilliana and Olga, on the other hand, have no such limitations.

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** Brilliana and Olga, on the other hand, have no such limitations. In the Gruinmarkt, marksmanship is considered [[AcceptableFeminineGoalsAndTraits a womanly virtue]], one that both women had instilled into them by their conservative fathers.
10th Sep '16 8:47:00 AM cstross
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The series was originally planned as four very long books, but the publisher got cold feet about the length of the books and insisted [[ExecutiveMeddling they be broken up into multiple volumes]]. The six books published so far started out as the first two books of the original plan. Stross is currently writing the "next generation" sequels (''Dark State'', ''Black Sky'', and ''Invisible Sun'').

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The series was originally planned as four very long books, but the publisher got cold feet about the length of the books and insisted [[ExecutiveMeddling they be broken up into multiple volumes]]. The six books published so far started out as the first two books of the original plan. Stross is currently writing the "next generation" sequels (''Dark (''Empire Games'', ''Dark State'', ''Black Sky'', and ''Invisible Sun'').
Sun''), scheduled for publication from January 2017-2019.
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