History Main / DivideAndConquer

29th Sep '16 12:31:06 PM Morgenthaler
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** A big part of why Japan was able to just seize Manchuria from its warlord Zhang Xueliang in 1931, nab bits of Inner Mongolia from 1931-37, and occupy the North China Plain without too much hassle from 1937-45. ChiangKaiShek tested his forces against those of Japan in the 1932 Battle of Shanghai and, with their horrible performance, saw vindicated his conviction that he would have been unable to contest the Japanese annexation of Zhang's territory in an open war. He immediately ordered a ''massive'' program of armament that could well have seen his army very-nearly on-par with [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun that of Japan's]] by 1942, and strove to avoid a war until then - given [[PatrioticFervor the nature of his Nationalist Party regime]] it's hard to imagine him not declaring war on them eventually. When the war ''did'' break out in 1937 and his half-reformed forces were driven off the North China Plain and the Lower Yangzi, the Japanese allowed the [[MaoZedong Chinese Communist Party]] to basically take control of all the areas of the plain that Japan didn't want and/or couldn't control - the two maintained unofficial truces throughout the war, with the sole exception of a brief battle in 1940 ('the Hundred Regiments offensive') which had been ordered at the insistence of JosephStalin.

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** A big part of why Japan was able to just seize Manchuria from its warlord Zhang Xueliang in 1931, nab bits of Inner Mongolia from 1931-37, and occupy the North China Plain without too much hassle from 1937-45. ChiangKaiShek tested his forces against those of Japan in the 1932 Battle of Shanghai and, with their horrible performance, saw vindicated his conviction that he would have been unable to contest the Japanese annexation of Zhang's territory in an open war. He immediately ordered a ''massive'' program of armament that could well have seen his army very-nearly on-par with [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun that of Japan's]] by 1942, and strove to avoid a war until then - given [[PatrioticFervor the nature of his Nationalist Party regime]] it's hard to imagine him not declaring war on them eventually. When the war ''did'' break out in 1937 and his half-reformed forces were driven off the North China Plain and the Lower Yangzi, the Japanese allowed the [[MaoZedong Chinese Communist Party]] to basically take control of all the areas of the plain that Japan didn't want and/or couldn't control - the two maintained unofficial truces throughout the war, with the sole exception of a brief battle in 1940 ('the Hundred Regiments offensive') which had been ordered at the insistence of JosephStalin.UsefulNotes/JosephStalin.
26th Aug '16 2:12:05 AM JackG
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood''. When Black Mask asks why Batman isn't after the Red Hood, Ms Li thinks he's waiting to see which side will win, so he can take on the winner. However Black Mask knows that Batman doesn't work that way, and so must be reluctant to take on the Red Hood for his own reasons.

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* Lampshaded but averted in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood''. When Black Mask asks why Batman isn't after the Red Hood, Ms Li thinks he's waiting to see which side will win, so he can take on the winner. However Black Mask knows that Batman doesn't work that way, and so must be reluctant to take on the Red Hood for his own reasons.
26th Aug '16 2:09:21 AM JackG
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood''. When Black Mask asks why Batman isn't after the Red Hood, Ms Li thinks he's waiting to see which side will win, so he can take on the winner. However Black Mask knows that Batman doesn't work that way, and so must be reluctant to take on the Red Hood for his own reasons.
14th Aug '16 8:50:57 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/Braindead2016'': When they get him forcibly drunk [[InVinoVeritas so he'll be truthful]], a bug-infected man explains the bugs make people become more extreme in their views so they'll fight each other to a greater degree, and make it easier for them to conquer humanity.
10th Aug '16 7:17:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "[[spoiler: The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street]]", aliens do this, taking advantage of the fact that HumansAreBastards. [[spoiler:An ordinary street, in an ordinary town, suffers a sudden and inexplicable power outage, with a few suspicious items still functioning. The neighborhood gets together and comes to the somewhat strange conclusion that alien invaders are messing with things, and then start accusing each other of being in league with the invaders.]] End result: mass hysteria. Cut to two {{Human Alien}}s on a hill overlooking Maple Street, marveling at how they won't have to fire a single shot, the humans can easily be tricked into killing each other!

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "[[spoiler: The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street]]", aliens do this, taking advantage of the fact that HumansAreBastards. [[spoiler:An ordinary street, in an ordinary town, suffers a sudden and inexplicable power outage, with a few suspicious items still functioning. The neighborhood gets together and comes to the somewhat strange conclusion that alien invaders are messing with things, and then start accusing each other of being in league with the invaders.]] End result: mass hysteria. Cut to two {{Human Alien}}s on a hill overlooking Maple Street, marveling at how they won't have to fire a single shot, the humans can easily be tricked into killing each other!
4th Aug '16 9:23:50 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'' and ''Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar'', the Office of Naval Intelligence ''thinks'' they're doing this to the Sangheili/Elites. In practice, they're actually just making it harder for the most powerful pro-human Sangheili to prevent malcontents from attacking human territory; in fact, ONI's machinations inadvertently contribute to the formation of the most powerful anti-human Covenant remnant.

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* In ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'' and ''Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar'', the Office of Naval Intelligence ''thinks'' they're doing this to the Sangheili/Elites. In practice, they're actually just making it harder for the most powerful pro-human Sangheili to prevent malcontents their anti-human counterparts from attacking human territory; worlds; in fact, ONI's machinations inadvertently contribute to the formation of the most powerful anti-human Covenant remnant.
4th Aug '16 9:21:55 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'' and ''Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar'', the Office of Naval Intelligence ''thinks'' they're doing this to the Sangheili/Elites. In practice, they're actually just making it harder for the most powerful pro-human Sangheili to prevent malcontents from attacking human territory; in fact, ONI's machinations inadvertently contribute to the formation of the most powerful anti-human Covenant remnant.
28th Jul '16 9:46:12 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' partial example: in one episode Lion-O is bodyguarding some old peasant and fights off an attacker, who turns out to be Tigra. And the peasant turns out to be Mumm-Ra, who told Lion-O that a thief would attack him and told Tigra that a thief was following him. The end result was that Lion-O's magic sword was broken because he battled a fellow Cat.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' partial invoked example: in one episode Lion-O is bodyguarding some old peasant and fights off an attacker, who turns out to be Tigra. And the peasant turns out to be Mumm-Ra, who told Lion-O that a thief would attack him and told Tigra that a thief was following him. The end result was that Lion-O's magic sword was broken because he battled a fellow Cat.
4th Jul '16 7:37:08 PM Discar
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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, [[OutsideContextVillain being united under Islam soon afterwards]].

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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, [[OutsideContextVillain [[OutsideContextProblem being united under Islam soon afterwards]].



* The Aztecs used an inverted version of this; whenever they conquered an area, they seperated it into tribes and city states as appropriate, then informed the conquered peoples that they would need to provide tribute in the form of human sacrifices. However, the tribute did not need to be their own people; it was perfectly acceptable to raid their neighbors for extra sacrifices. This had a combined effect of not only draining conquered peoples of their troops and fighting power, but of making them more or less as resentful to each other as they were to their masters. Even if they could get up enough strength to try breaking free, they would have no allies. The worst the Aztecs had to fear was multiple tribes or cities independently getting enough strength to rebel then simultaneously rebelling, which was fairly unlikely -- until [[OutsideContextVillain the Spanish]] showed up and demonstrated that they could play the same game themselves.

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* The Aztecs used an inverted version of this; whenever they conquered an area, they seperated it into tribes and city states as appropriate, then informed the conquered peoples that they would need to provide tribute in the form of human sacrifices. However, the tribute did not need to be their own people; it was perfectly acceptable to raid their neighbors for extra sacrifices. This had a combined effect of not only draining conquered peoples of their troops and fighting power, but of making them more or less as resentful to each other as they were to their masters. Even if they could get up enough strength to try breaking free, they would have no allies. The worst the Aztecs had to fear was multiple tribes or cities independently getting enough strength to rebel then simultaneously rebelling, which was fairly unlikely -- until [[OutsideContextVillain [[OutsideContextProblem the Spanish]] showed up and demonstrated that they could play the same game themselves.
19th Jun '16 1:40:47 PM nombretomado
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Compare LetsYouAndHimFight. Contrast EnemyMine. #9 in TheThirtySixStratagems, making this one of TheOldestTricksInTheBook.

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Compare LetsYouAndHimFight. Contrast EnemyMine. #9 in TheThirtySixStratagems, UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems, making this one of TheOldestTricksInTheBook.
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