History Main / AwakeningTheSleepingGiant

15th Apr '17 1:07:04 PM nombretomado
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* In SMStirling's {{Emberverse}}, the Provisional Republic of Iowa is far away from most of the action and has no reason to get involved...[[spoiler: until the Cutters kill the Republic's ruler and try to kill his family, revealing how far their tentacles extend and infuriating the surviving leadership of the Republic]]. Since Iowa is a superpower in its own right, and can call on its local neighbors for additional troops and help, this makes the strike at Pearl Harbor look like genius.

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* In SMStirling's Creator/SMStirling's {{Emberverse}}, the Provisional Republic of Iowa is far away from most of the action and has no reason to get involved...[[spoiler: until the Cutters kill the Republic's ruler and try to kill his family, revealing how far their tentacles extend and infuriating the surviving leadership of the Republic]]. Since Iowa is a superpower in its own right, and can call on its local neighbors for additional troops and help, this makes the strike at Pearl Harbor look like genius.
10th Apr '17 2:59:20 PM Seanette
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10th Apr '17 10:12:03 AM jazzyamx
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--> '''Doctor''': Good Men do not need rules. [[GoodIsNotNice Today is not the day to find out why I have so man.]]

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--> '''Doctor''': Good Men do not need rules. [[GoodIsNotNice Today is not the day to find out why I have so man.many.]]
2nd Apr '17 9:36:58 AM Macecurb
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The British intercepted the transmission and passed it along to the Americans, who promptly declared war on Germany, and began churning out ''massive'' amounts of weapons and supplies for their new European allies. Within a just a year (they needed to raise and train the troops first), ''hundreds of thousands'' of fresh US troops were available to the French Army to bolster its numbers and by the end of 1918, US troops accounted for nearly a third of the Entente force. Starving, abandoned by her allies, and outnumbered on the Western Front by 2:1, Generals Hindenburg and Ludendorff [[UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic gave up dictatorial power in favour of the Social-Democratic Party and advised them to surrender.]]

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\n** The British intercepted the transmission and passed it along to the Americans, who promptly declared war on Germany, and began churning out ''massive'' amounts of weapons and supplies for their new European allies. Within a just a year (they needed to raise and train the troops first), ''hundreds of thousands'' of fresh US troops were available to the French Army to bolster its numbers and by the end of 1918, US troops accounted for nearly a third of the Entente force. Starving, abandoned by her allies, and outnumbered on the Western Front by 2:1, Generals Hindenburg and Ludendorff [[UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic gave up dictatorial power in favour of the Social-Democratic Party and advised them to surrender.]]
1st Apr '17 4:59:52 AM StarTropes
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* The Bendu from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' is a literal sleeping giant--he's much larger than everyone else, and he prefers to keep to himself on Atollon while contemplating the BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil. When [[MagnificentBastard Grand Admiral Thrawn]] launches his attack on the nearby rebel base, Kanan rouses the Bendu to take action by calling him a coward. Unfortunately, the Bendu's response is to unleash his wrath on ''both'' sides.
2nd Mar '17 1:37:12 PM Shadow970
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* Imperial Germany's Foreign Office during World War I managed to, by acting on its own and swallowing (to paraphrase the rest of the entire German government, military, and Reichstag) ''a massive spoonful of stupid'', do pretty much the same thing as Hitler and Japan. In 1917 the Embassador to Mexico offered the country an alliance with the promise of helping [[MexicoCalledTheyWantTexasBack them reclaim Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona]]. He hoped that if the Mexicans invaded, then America would be too busy to join the Entente or send them supplies. The British intercepted the transmission and passed it along to the Americans, who promptly declared war on Germany, and began churning out ''massive'' amounts of weapons and supplies for their new European allies. Within a just a year (they needed to raise and train the troops first), ''hundreds of thousands'' of fresh US troops were available to the French Army to bolster its numbers and by the end of 1918, US troops accounted for nearly a third of the Entente force. Starving, abandoned by her allies, and outnumbered on the Western Front by 2:1, Generals Hindenburg and Ludendorff [[UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic gave up dictatorial power in favour of the Social-Democratic Party and advised them to surrender.]]

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* Imperial Germany's Foreign Office during World War I managed to, by acting on its own and swallowing (to paraphrase the rest of the entire German government, military, and Reichstag) ''a massive spoonful of stupid'', do pretty much the same thing as Hitler and Japan. In 1917 the Embassador to Mexico offered the country an alliance with the promise of helping [[MexicoCalledTheyWantTexasBack them reclaim Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona]]. He hoped that if the Mexicans invaded, then America would be too busy to join the Entente or send them supplies. supplies.

The British intercepted the transmission and passed it along to the Americans, who promptly declared war on Germany, and began churning out ''massive'' amounts of weapons and supplies for their new European allies. Within a just a year (they needed to raise and train the troops first), ''hundreds of thousands'' of fresh US troops were available to the French Army to bolster its numbers and by the end of 1918, US troops accounted for nearly a third of the Entente force. Starving, abandoned by her allies, and outnumbered on the Western Front by 2:1, Generals Hindenburg and Ludendorff [[UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic gave up dictatorial power in favour of the Social-Democratic Party and advised them to surrender.]] ]]
** It should be noted, however, that Woodrow Wilson had wanted to join the war so the US could partially dictate the eventual peace almost from the start, resulting in policies such as turning a blind eye to Britain arming supposedly civilian ships, and running war supplies to Britain on civilian passenger ships while demanding that the Germans not use submarines. The Germans were at a complete loss as to how they should handle such blatant hypocrisy, and at least one cabinet member found the situation appalling enough to resign in protest. By the time America actually declared war on Germany, the US economy had become so invested into the French and British war effort that anything less than a decisive victory would have been economically ruinous to all three Western powers.


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2nd Mar '17 1:16:14 PM Shadow970
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*** [[FridgeLogic And yet, in the sequel, the Drengin are on the verge of beating the humans back to the Stone Age.]]

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*** This leads the Drengin to ultimately force humanity to risk choosing between risking annihilation to force the Drengin to fight an insanely powerful Precursor race, or to fight said Precursors anyway and let the Drengin freely attack the war-depleted races. The latter happens, the Drengin start their war, fight all the way to Earth (which they can't actually breach)...[[FridgeLogic And yet, in and then get beaten back by human remnants enough for said remnants to reach Earth, which has been building a massive fleet to fight the sequel, exact kind of war the Drengin are on had hoped to prevent in the verge of beating the humans back to the Stone Age.]]first place.]]
28th Feb '17 12:38:06 PM hszmv1
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--> '''Doctor''': Good Men do not need rules. [[GoodIsNotNice Today is not the day to find out why I have so man.]]
20th Feb '17 7:58:48 PM LadyNorbert
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* Given a rather blatant nod in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim,'' in the seemingly quiet and inconsequential village of Riverwood. [[spoiler:One of the few surviving Blades who are being hunted by the Thalmor is actually the proprietess of the aptly named Sleeping Giant Inn. Once the {{player character}} embraces their destiny as the Dragonborn, this character is essential to completing the main plot and defeating Alduin.]]
13th Feb '17 7:58:22 PM Discar
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* The concept of "awakening a sleeping giant" may have originated in the Indian epic Literature:{{Ramayana}} with the giant demon Kumbhakarana being the UrExample. Kumbhakarana was an immensely powerful ''asura'' who through a case of ThatCameOutWrong got a boon of being able to sleep for six months, waking only to eat. When Ravana is facing defeat at the hands of Rama's invading army, he hopes that waking Kumbhakarana early, and thus enraging him will even the odds. In a rare subversion of this trope, it doesn't work. Rama is the good guy, Ravana is the BigBad and is therefore destined to lose.

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* The concept of "awakening a sleeping giant" may have originated in the Indian epic Literature:{{Ramayana}} ''Literature/{{Ramayana}}'' with the giant demon Kumbhakarana being the UrExample. Kumbhakarana was an immensely powerful ''asura'' who through a case of ThatCameOutWrong got a boon of being able to sleep for six months, waking only to eat. When Ravana is facing defeat at the hands of Rama's invading army, he hopes that waking Kumbhakarana early, and thus enraging him will even the odds. In a rare subversion of this trope, it doesn't work. Rama is the good guy, Ravana is the BigBad and is therefore destined to lose.lose.
* ''Literature/{{Domina}}'': It goes both ways with the war between America and Domina. On the one hand, Domina is a very large independent city that greatly values its freedom, with millions of [[BioAugmentation bio-augmented]] soldiers who are willing to fight to defend it--and they've been fighting ''each other'' for decades, so they're very experienced in killing. The American forces were expecting token resistance from criminal gangs, and instead find that they can barely make any headway at all. On the other hand, it is repeatedly pointed out that the only reason America is landing troops at all instead of just shelling the city is because they don't want to kill the entire city. [[spoiler:The Dagonites sinking the boats and the unexpected city shield]] make shelling the city harder than expected, but America still has nukes while Domina doesn't. In total war, America would inevitably win. [[spoiler:Luckily for Domina City, the American president didn't want a war in the first place, and was only convinced to when a Dominite exile told him it would be an easy liberation. Once the invasion stalls, he is willing to cut his losses and sue for peace]].
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