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26th Mar '17 9:45:11 AM nombretomado
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*** NorthKorea pursued a strategy of playing the Soviet Union and China against each other, ensuring that North Korea would always be backed by a major communist power whilst also avoiding becoming a subservient puppet state to either country. TheGreatPoliticsMessUp was a huge disaster for North Korea, since it meant they were now stuck with China and couldn't periodically switch their loyalties to another communist power. The solution? Nuclear weapons! And essentially extorting Chinese support based on the prospect of millions of North Korean refugees flooding over the border in the event that the regime were to ever fall.

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*** NorthKorea UsefulNotes/NorthKorea pursued a strategy of playing the Soviet Union and China against each other, ensuring that North Korea would always be backed by a major communist power whilst also avoiding becoming a subservient puppet state to either country. TheGreatPoliticsMessUp was a huge disaster for North Korea, since it meant they were now stuck with China and couldn't periodically switch their loyalties to another communist power. The solution? Nuclear weapons! And essentially extorting Chinese support based on the prospect of millions of North Korean refugees flooding over the border in the event that the regime were to ever fall.
7th Mar '17 2:24:29 AM Morgenthaler
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** The war between the EasternRomanEmpire and Sassanid Persia that took place from 602 to 628 weakened both countries so much that the Arabs were able to invade and conquer all of Persia and half of the Eastern Roman Empire. The Arabs did not actually instigate the conflict, as they were still a disorganized bunch of tribes, but they took advantage of the situation, [[OutsideContextProblem being united under Islam soon afterwards]].
** HenryVII, in order to eventually subjugate the Irish clans, used a ploy called Surrender and Regrant. Any Irish tribal leader who swore loyalty to Henry ("Surrender"), would be given their lands back, plus an English aristocratic title ("Regrant"). English titles are inherited by the eldest son (or nearest male relative), where as Irish clan titles were inherited by a successor chosen by a representative body of the clan. This meant that, further down the line, the inheritance would fought over between the claimant under English law and the claimant under Irish clan law, giving the English an opportunity to "intervene".

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** The war between the EasternRomanEmpire UsefulNotes/EasternRomanEmpire and Sassanid Persia that took place from 602 to 628 weakened both countries so much that the Arabs were able to invade and conquer all of Persia and half of the Eastern Roman Empire. The Arabs did not actually instigate the conflict, as they were still a disorganized bunch of tribes, but they took advantage of the situation, [[OutsideContextProblem being united under Islam soon afterwards]].
** HenryVII, UsefulNotes/HenryVII, in order to eventually subjugate the Irish clans, used a ploy called Surrender and Regrant. Any Irish tribal leader who swore loyalty to Henry ("Surrender"), would be given their lands back, plus an English aristocratic title ("Regrant"). English titles are inherited by the eldest son (or nearest male relative), where as Irish clan titles were inherited by a successor chosen by a representative body of the clan. This meant that, further down the line, the inheritance would fought over between the claimant under English law and the claimant under Irish clan law, giving the English an opportunity to "intervene".
5th Mar '17 10:42:35 AM Morgenthaler
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## Partition of Mandate Palestine into [[ArabIsraeliConflict Israel and Palestine]] (although the second bit didn't get off the ground) in 1948.

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## Partition of Mandate Palestine into [[ArabIsraeliConflict [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Israel and Palestine]] (although the second bit didn't get off the ground) in 1948.
28th Feb '17 11:03:49 AM Allronix
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** This was how the Republic ''survived'' as long as it did. Various incarnations of the Sith Empire tried to conquer the Republic, and were a brutal state built on warfare and individual prowess. Your average Sith or Imperial soldier could more than outclass their Republic or Jedi counterpart. But the Sith also ran on ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and KlingonPromotion, and their non-Force-wielding underlings emulated their Sith masters. Engineering even a small amount of dissent in the ranks tended to get the Empire imploding before it caused too much damage to the Republic. It was only when Palpatine embraced this tactic himself by engineering The Clone Wars (essentially a Republic civil war) that the Republic collapsed.



* The end game of Darth Vitiate in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. Set himself up as Emperor of the Sith, use the Sith to contract with the Mandalorians, use the Mandalorians against the Republic (devastating both)b while staying hidden. Divide the Jedi using the war (which accounts for the protagonists of the first two games), by turning Revan, Malak, and their followers. When that plan didn't work, lie low and spend the next ''three centuries'' in hiding, then use the Sith Empire against the Republic and Jedi. But the Sith empire he allegedly ruled was just a ruse - he was ''embezzling'' from it the entire time to fund and build an entirely new Empire on the side under the identity of "Valkorian." The end game was to destroy both the Republic and Sith empires, then use the Eternal Empire to wipe up what's left and/or destroy the whole universe and set himself up as AGodAmI.

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* The end game of Darth Vitiate in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. Set himself up as Emperor of the Sith, use the Sith to contract with the Mandalorians, use the Mandalorians against the Republic (devastating both)b both) while staying hidden. Divide the Jedi using the war (which accounts for the protagonists of the first two games), by turning Revan, Malak, and their followers. When that plan didn't work, lie low and spend the next ''three centuries'' in hiding, then use the Sith Empire against the Republic and Jedi. But the Sith empire he allegedly ruled was just a ruse - he was ''embezzling'' from it the entire time to fund and build an entirely new Empire on the side under the identity of "Valkorian." The end game was to destroy both the Republic and Sith empires, then use the Eternal Empire to wipe up what's left and/or destroy the whole universe and set himself up as AGodAmI.
28th Feb '17 10:53:50 AM Allronix
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* The end game of Darth Vitiate in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepubic'' and ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. Set himself up as Emperor of the Sith, use the Sith to contract with the Mandalorians, use the Mandalorians against the Republic (devastating both)b while staying hidden. Divide the Jedi using the war (which accounts for the protagonists of the first two games), by turning Revan, Malak, and their followers. When that plan didn't work, lie low and spend the next ''three centuries'' in hiding, then use the Sith Empire against the Republic and Jedi. But the Sith empire he allegedly ruled was just a ruse - he was ''embezzling'' from it the entire time to fund and build an entirely new Empire on the side under the identity of "Valkorian." The end game was to destroy both the Republic and Sith empires, then use the Eternal Empire to wipe up what's left and/or destroy the whole universe and set himself up as AGodAmI.

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* The end game of Darth Vitiate in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepubic'' ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' and ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. Set himself up as Emperor of the Sith, use the Sith to contract with the Mandalorians, use the Mandalorians against the Republic (devastating both)b while staying hidden. Divide the Jedi using the war (which accounts for the protagonists of the first two games), by turning Revan, Malak, and their followers. When that plan didn't work, lie low and spend the next ''three centuries'' in hiding, then use the Sith Empire against the Republic and Jedi. But the Sith empire he allegedly ruled was just a ruse - he was ''embezzling'' from it the entire time to fund and build an entirely new Empire on the side under the identity of "Valkorian." The end game was to destroy both the Republic and Sith empires, then use the Eternal Empire to wipe up what's left and/or destroy the whole universe and set himself up as AGodAmI.
28th Feb '17 10:52:34 AM Allronix
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* The end game of Darth Vitiate in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepubic'' and ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''. Set himself up as Emperor of the Sith, use the Sith to contract with the Mandalorians, use the Mandalorians against the Republic (devastating both)b while staying hidden. Divide the Jedi using the war (which accounts for the protagonists of the first two games), by turning Revan, Malak, and their followers. When that plan didn't work, lie low and spend the next ''three centuries'' in hiding, then use the Sith Empire against the Republic and Jedi. But the Sith empire he allegedly ruled was just a ruse - he was ''embezzling'' from it the entire time to fund and build an entirely new Empire on the side under the identity of "Valkorian." The end game was to destroy both the Republic and Sith empires, then use the Eternal Empire to wipe up what's left and/or destroy the whole universe and set himself up as AGodAmI.
31st Jan '17 11:29:30 PM MadAnthony94
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** And incidentally, the great detective being manipulated is none other than Sherlock Holmes, the less competent mastermind is Professor Moriarty, and the plot ultimately culminates at Reichenbach Falls.
31st Jan '17 11:26:17 PM MadAnthony94
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* ''TheHoundOfTheDUrbervilles'' features a two-way version of this, with a pair rival criminal masterminds each trying to pit a great detective against the other (although one of them is rather incompetent at it, turning himself into a much more obvious target than his rival). The eventual winner is [[spoiler: the detective himself. The masterminds wind up getting each other killed, meaning he pulls an ''accidental'' version of this trope]].
20th Jan '17 5:58:59 AM Dravencour
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->''"Siamese fighting fish -- fascinating creatures. [[FearlessFool Brave, but on the whole, stupid.]] Yes, they're stupid. Except for the occasional one, such as we have here, who lets the other two fight. While he waits. Waits until the survivor is so exhausted that he cannot defend himself, and then like SPECTRE... he strikes!"''

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->''"Siamese fighting fish -- fascinating creatures. [[FearlessFool Brave, but on the whole, stupid.]] Yes, they're stupid. Except for the occasional one, such as we have here, who lets the other two fight. While he waits. [[VictoryByEndurance Waits until the survivor is so exhausted that he cannot defend himself, and then like SPECTRE... he strikes!"''strikes!]]"''
15th Jan '17 9:59:41 AM bobdog54
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** The Dutch, French and English East India Companies had low (think 10%) and ever-decreasing numbers of European personnel which eventually, after the Sepoy (Indian Soldier) Rebellion of 1857 resulted in the English East India Company being dissolved and and replaced by the British Raj, which directly administered two-thirds of the subcontinent's territory and population with an Indian Civil Service of no more than 2000 men. Only the very top level of the administration was British, and the remaining third of the subcontinent was governed by states loyal to the British Crown

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** The Dutch, French and English East India Companies had low (think 10%) and ever-decreasing numbers of European personnel which eventually, after the Sepoy (Indian Soldier) Rebellion of 1857 resulted in the English East India Company being dissolved and and replaced by the British Raj, which directly administered two-thirds of the subcontinent's territory and population with an Indian Civil Service of no more than 2000 men. Only the very top level of the administration was British, and the remaining third of the subcontinent was governed by states loyal to the British Crown
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