History Main / DivideAndConquer

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.
7th Jun '16 5:31:02 PM Doug86
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** ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' has the villain trying to get WorldWarThree between the UK and China, just to get broadcasting rights in the latter.

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** ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' has the villain trying to get WorldWarThree WorldWarIII between the UK and China, just to get broadcasting rights in the latter.



* The entire point of Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'', where Arab nationalists nuke Denver in order to start WorldWarThree between US and USSR. It nearly works, despite the fact that there is no reason to suspect the Russians given the lack of a missile launch, built primarily on President Fowler's personal dislike of Jack Ryan, and assisted by former East German Stassi agents working with the terrorists posing as officers in the Red Army, and trick a tank brigade in East Berlin into attacking an American base in West Berlin. Those involved in the terrorist plot are also unwittingly helped by an American mole in the Politburo whose been feeding the U.S. false information in the hopes of destabilizing the current government in the USSR so he can grab power for himself.

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* The entire point of Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'', where Arab nationalists nuke Denver in order to start WorldWarThree WorldWarIII between US and USSR. It nearly works, despite the fact that there is no reason to suspect the Russians given the lack of a missile launch, built primarily on President Fowler's personal dislike of Jack Ryan, and assisted by former East German Stassi agents working with the terrorists posing as officers in the Red Army, and trick a tank brigade in East Berlin into attacking an American base in West Berlin. Those involved in the terrorist plot are also unwittingly helped by an American mole in the Politburo whose been feeding the U.S. false information in the hopes of destabilizing the current government in the USSR so he can grab power for himself.



** The Soviets tried to do this throughout their history (and started before the Soviet Union even existed yet) by trying to drive wedges between their enemies, whoever they might be at the time. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, they tried to pull Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the various White Factions apart and incite revolution in at least one of them. Before, [[FalseFriend during]], and after UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, they believed that pitting the West against the Germans would leave a power vaccum that would effectively cement Soviet dominance ([[NiceJobFixingItVillain which was thwarted by Hitler's paranoia and decision to strike at the USSR first]]). And in the Cold War they generally tried to keep the West and the Chinese from coming to any kind of agreement while trying to undermine the solidarity of the Western powers themselves.

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** The Soviets tried to do this throughout their history (and started before the Soviet Union even existed yet) by trying to drive wedges between their enemies, whoever they might be at the time. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, they tried to pull Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the various White Factions apart and incite revolution in at least one of them. Before, [[FalseFriend during]], and after UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, they believed that pitting the West against the Germans would leave a power vaccum that would effectively cement Soviet dominance ([[NiceJobFixingItVillain which was thwarted by Hitler's paranoia and decision to strike at the USSR first]]). And in the Cold War they generally tried to keep the West and the Chinese from coming to any kind of agreement while trying to undermine the solidarity of the Western powers themselves.
1st May '16 6:31:18 PM edderiofer
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* A Chinese folk tale tells of a stork and a clam locked in an endless struggle; the clam's clamped its shell around the stork's beak, planning on starving the stork to death and escaping afterwards, while the stork plans on eating the clam once it dies of thirst and lets go. A passing farmer comes along and catches the duo for dinner.
19th Jan '16 10:30:24 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* When Valkyrie's defacto leader Allysin Kay rejected [=SoCal=] Val's offer to join with Valifornia, Val dipped into her pocket book to turn Sweet Saraya, who played a key part in Valkyrie's formation and had been working on an off for them for three years, against Kay and perform a merger with the more cooperative April Hunter while the two fought.[[/folder]]

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* When Valkyrie's defacto leader Allysin Kay rejected [=SoCal=] Val's offer to join with Valifornia, Val dipped into her pocket book to turn entice to more agreeable April Hunter into performing the merger while paying Sweet Saraya, who played a key part in Valkyrie's formation and had been working on an off for them for three years, against Kay and perform a merger with the more cooperative April Hunter while the two fought.to preoccupy Kay.[[/folder]]
15th Dec '15 10:56:59 AM WillBGood
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* Occurs in ''[[ComicBook/{{Swordquest}} Swordquest: Waterworld]]'' when TheRival convinces two warring factions to settle their dispute with a CombatByChampion between the two protagonists, who [[ContrivedConicidence just happen to be on opposite sides and have forgotten who they were before.]]

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* Occurs in ''[[ComicBook/{{Swordquest}} Swordquest: Waterworld]]'' when TheRival convinces two warring factions to settle their dispute with a CombatByChampion between the two protagonists, who [[ContrivedConicidence [[ContrivedCoincidence just happen to be on opposite sides and have forgotten who they were before.]]
15th Dec '15 10:56:33 AM WillBGood
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** After the Long War ended in an Imperial victory but with the Alliance still independent, Oberstein manipulated the Alliance politicians into believing that Yang was assembling a clandestine military force to take over and restart the war (in fact Yang ''was'' assembling a clandestine military force... [[RightForTheWrongReason But to counter the Imperial fleet in case the war restarted]]), leading to Yang's arrest and attempted execution and his men freeing him, leaving the Alliance divided and giving the empire the excuse to invade.

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** After the Long War ended in an Imperial victory but with the Alliance still independent, Oberstein manipulated the Alliance politicians into believing that Yang was assembling a clandestine military force to take over and restart the war (in fact Yang ''was'' assembling a clandestine military force... [[RightForTheWrongReason But [[RightForTheWrongReasons but to counter the Imperial fleet in case the war restarted]]), leading to Yang's arrest and attempted execution and his men freeing him, leaving the Alliance divided and giving the empire the excuse to invade.
18th Nov '15 7:55:06 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* As director of wrestling operations, this was Wrestling/{{M|ontelVontaviousPorter}}VP's default strategy to dealing with wrestlers who opposed his rule of Wrestling/{{TNA}}. Forcing them to fight each other under penalty of termination was so effective it took a DeusExMachina to stop him, though the tactic eventually worked on him when Wrestling/BobbyRoode eventually turned Wrestling/BobbyLashley and MVP against each other, despite MVP recognizing the tactic and telling King and Lashley [[LampshadeHanging not to fall for it.]]

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* As director of wrestling operations, this was Wrestling/{{M|ontelVontaviousPorter}}VP's default strategy to dealing with wrestlers who opposed his rule of Wrestling/{{TNA}}. Forcing them to fight each other under penalty of termination was so effective it took a DeusExMachina to stop him, though the tactic eventually worked turned out to work on him the (weakened) group too when Wrestling/BobbyRoode eventually turned Wrestling/BobbyLashley and MVP against each other, despite MVP recognizing the tactic and telling King and Lashley [[LampshadeHanging not to fall for it.]]
18th Nov '15 7:53:45 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* When Valkyrie's defacto leader Allysin Kay rejected [=SoCal=] Val's offer to join with Valifornia, Val dipped into her pocket book to turn Sweet Saraya, who played a key part in Valkyrie's formation and had been working on an off for them for the next three years, against Kay and perform a merger with the more cooperative April Hunter while the two fought.[[/folder]]

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* When Valkyrie's defacto leader Allysin Kay rejected [=SoCal=] Val's offer to join with Valifornia, Val dipped into her pocket book to turn Sweet Saraya, who played a key part in Valkyrie's formation and had been working on an off for them for the next three years, against Kay and perform a merger with the more cooperative April Hunter while the two fought.[[/folder]]
18th Nov '15 7:53:14 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* When Valkyrie's defacto leader Allysin Kay rejected [=SoCal=] Val's offer to join with Valifornia, Val dipped into her pocket book to turn Sweet Saraya, who had been working on an off for Valkyrie since its formation, against Kay and perform a merger with the more cooperative April Hunter while the two fought.[[/folder]]

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* When Valkyrie's defacto leader Allysin Kay rejected [=SoCal=] Val's offer to join with Valifornia, Val dipped into her pocket book to turn Sweet Saraya, who played a key part in Valkyrie's formation and had been working on an off for Valkyrie since its formation, them for the next three years, against Kay and perform a merger with the more cooperative April Hunter while the two fought.[[/folder]]
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