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26th Feb '17 5:56:26 AM JackG
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* In ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'' the Barons are warlords who control fixed territories and are each in charge or one main trade resource. The Barons do not really mind when one Baron is deposed through KlingonPromotion or even assassinated by another Baron. However, they take a grim view when one Baron seizes territory belonging to another Baron since this upsets the balance of power. When Baron Quinn goes to war against the Widow, he seizes her oil fields which immediately sets all the other Barons against him.

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* In ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'' the Barons are warlords who control fixed territories and are each in charge or of one main trade resource. The Barons do not really mind when one Baron is deposed through KlingonPromotion or even assassinated by another Baron. However, they take a grim view when one Baron seizes territory belonging to another Baron since this upsets the balance of power. When Baron Quinn goes to war against the Widow, he seizes her oil fields which immediately sets all the other Barons against him.
30th Jan '17 8:54:33 AM Omeganian
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* Except there was one '''Enormous''' E - the Persians. While they failed in direct assault, they always had more than enough [[EveryManHasHisPrice gold]] to ensure the balance was maintained. At least two Greek invasions of Asia were forced to stop due to the Persians bribing the invaders' neighbors into a backstab. In the end, a treaty was signed making the Persian king the main power ensuring peace in Greece.

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* ** Except there was one '''Enormous''' E - the Persians. While they failed in direct assault, they always had more than enough [[EveryManHasHisPrice gold]] to ensure the balance was maintained. At least two Greek invasions of Asia were forced to stop due to the Persians bribing the invaders' neighbors into a backstab. In the end, a treaty was signed making the Persian king the main power ensuring peace in Greece.
30th Jan '17 7:24:09 AM Omeganian
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* Except there was one '''Enormous''' E - the Persians. While they failed in direct assault, they always had more than enough [[EveryManHasHisPrice gold]] to ensure the balance was maintained. At least two Greek invasions of Asia were forced to stop due to the Persians bribing the invaders' neighbors into a backstab. In the end, a treaty was signed making the Persian king the main power ensuring peace in Greece.
15th Jan '17 2:42:35 PM Geoduck
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* This idea is always in the background of Creator/JohnChristopher's ''Sword of the Spirits'' trilogy, with the various post-apocalyptic English city-states all squabbling and skirmishing with each other, but avoiding outright conquering of rivals. This begins to break down as the series progresses although [[spoiler: at the end, the protagonist predicts that it will be the looming return of 20th century technology that will truly destroy the status quo.]]
21st Dec '16 3:21:15 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The only way to stay in power is to maintain one of these. Before the conquest, the Seven Kingdoms were relatively stable despite frequent warfare because of this trope. Then Aegon the Conqueror broke the deadlock and united them using dragons. Then the dragons died out and eventually Robert's Rebellion overthrew the Targaryens by uniting five of the nine factions against them. Then Joffrey's ascent annihilates the equilibrium into half a dozen warring factions.
2nd Dec '16 7:52:28 PM Euodiachloris
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' or "How Can Seven Kingdoms Continue To Be One Without The Tyrants Who Welded It Into One Still Being In Charge?" The answer is... finding a new balance is [[{{Realpolitik}}a rather tough process]] with permanent schism very much on the cards. And, that's without Icy Doom coming from the North and Hot, Angry Dragons coming from the East to complicate things.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' or "How Can Seven Kingdoms Continue To Be One United Without The Tyrants Who Welded It Into One With Violence and Diplomacy Still Being In Charge?" The answer for the Seven Kingdoms under King Robert Baratheon is... finding a new balance is [[{{Realpolitik}}a to replace the old proved [[{{Realpolitik}} a rather tough process]] with permanent containing more downs than ups. And, it only gets vastly more tricky as the series progresses. Permanent schism remains very much on the cards.cards at every point, mainly due to the number of people vying for control while simultaneously trying to juggle everybody else. And, that's without Icy Doom coming from the North and Hot, Angry Dragons coming from the East to complicate things.
22nd Oct '16 8:26:33 PM isoycrazy
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles:'' The Summer and Winter Courts of the Fey have a cyclic balancing act. From the summer solstice to winter solstice, the Summer Court goes from the height of its power to weakest while the Winter Court goes from its weakest to its strongest. This is reversed on the other half of the year. This balance is kept because if one side were to overcome the other it would lead to the destruction of the world as it is. If Winter wins [[spoiler:there will be another ice age]]. If Summer wins, [[spoiler:then there will be an infusion of growth in all living things, from people, to plants, to deadly viruses]]. As a result, if one side tries to gain some outside power, then the other side will seek to stop that power or gain some equal measure of strength. In ''Cold Days'' it is revealed [[spoiler:Winter has at least three times as many soldiers as Summer but they are out protecting all of Reality from entities from Outside Reality and who would destroy Reality if they had their way. Summer's forces are there to keep Winter from using the remaining portion to hurt humanity, as Mab, Queen of Winter, will sacrifice anything she needs to in the name of protecting Reality (herself included)]].
9th Sep '16 3:09:34 PM Materioptikon
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* Three of the Ancients in ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' have fallen into a precarious form of this, represented in-game as ElementalRockPaperScissors. Each seeks to destroy the one weak to their power and achieve ultimate power - [[spoiler:all ignorant that the Dead God Mantorok saw this coming a long time ago and through three {{Alternate Universe}}s tricks all three into killing each other.]]
26th Aug '16 7:38:48 AM FordPrefect
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* Ancient Rhodes, a noted MerchantCity in the Hellenistic era survived by it's expertise in maintaining the balance between the Successor States, and ensuring that it's small but [[BadassArmy extremely skilled navy]] was capable of tilting the balance back whenever one warlord became more powerful then the Rhodians liked.

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* Ancient Rhodes, a noted MerchantCity in the Hellenistic era era, survived by it's its expertise in maintaining the balance between the Successor States, and ensuring that it's its small but [[BadassArmy extremely skilled navy]] was capable of tilting the balance back whenever one warlord became more powerful then the Rhodians liked.



* Before the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Second World War]] there was Great Britain and France, the expanding Axis Powers, and the Glorious Soviet Union, each with an ideology that was unacceptable to the other two. Both the Glorious Soviets and the British knew that if they gone to war with Germany afterward they would be weakened and the other would exploit it and attack immediately. In the end the Glorious Soviet Union made a pact with Hitler to divide Poland and force Britain to go to war with the Axis Powers.

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* Before the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Second World War]] there was Great Britain and France, the expanding Axis Powers, and the Glorious Soviet Union, each with an ideology that was unacceptable to the other two. Both the Glorious Soviets and the British knew that that, if they gone went to war with Germany Germany, afterward they would be weakened and the other would exploit it and attack immediately. In the end the Glorious Soviet Union made a pact with Hitler to divide Poland and force Britain to go to war with the Axis Powers.
26th Aug '16 7:37:37 AM FordPrefect
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** Ancient Mayan city-states decllined in a similar way, as well as literal PoisoningTheWell

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** Ancient Mayan city-states decllined in a similar way, as well as literal PoisoningTheWell[[WaterSourceTampering poisoning water supplies]].
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