History Main / HegemonicEmpire

20th Jun '16 1:06:14 AM Albert111
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* UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin's policy towards the former Soviet republics is essentially creating one of these as a replacement for the USSR. To date it's more or less successful in Central Asia where most of its leaders are happy to support Moscow and with Armenia, Belarus and Moldova. Surprisingly many Balkan and Central European states such as Serbia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Greece are happy to support Russia.

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* UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin's policy towards the former Soviet republics is essentially creating one of these as a replacement for the USSR. To date it's more or less successful in Central Asia where most of its leaders are happy to support Moscow and along with Armenia, Belarus and Moldova. Surprisingly many Balkan and Central European states such as Serbia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Greece are happy to support Russia.
20th Jun '16 1:04:52 AM Albert111
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* UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin's policy towards the former Soviet republics is essentially creating one of these as a replacement for the USSR. To date it's more or less successful in Central Asia where most of its leaders are happy to support Moscow and with Armenia, Belarus and Moldova. Surprisingly many Balkan and Central European states such as Serbia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Greece are happy to support Russia

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* UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin's policy towards the former Soviet republics is essentially creating one of these as a replacement for the USSR. To date it's more or less successful in Central Asia where most of its leaders are happy to support Moscow and with Armenia, Belarus and Moldova. Surprisingly many Balkan and Central European states such as Serbia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Greece are happy to support Russia Russia.
20th Jun '16 1:04:18 AM Albert111
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* UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin's policy towards the former Soviet republics is essentially creating one of these as a replacement for the USSR. To date it's gotten a pretty cold reception, though Russian media ''did'' play a major role in Kyrgyzstani President Bakiyev's overthrow[[note]] after he obtained a major loan from Russia in exchange for expelling the U.S. from the Manas Air Base and then agreed to let the Americans stay in exchange for more rent[[/note]].

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* UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin's policy towards the former Soviet republics is essentially creating one of these as a replacement for the USSR. To date it's gotten a pretty cold reception, though Russian media ''did'' play a major role in Kyrgyzstani President Bakiyev's overthrow[[note]] after he obtained a major loan from Russia in exchange for expelling the U.S. from the Manas Air Base and then agreed to let the Americans stay in exchange for more rent[[/note]].or less successful in Central Asia where most of its leaders are happy to support Moscow and with Armenia, Belarus and Moldova. Surprisingly many Balkan and Central European states such as Serbia, Macedonia, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Greece are happy to support Russia
9th Jun '16 10:09:59 AM ReaderAt2046
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* This has been Equestria's ''modus operandi'' for several centuries in Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse. After she'd secured what she felt she needed in the way of resources, defensive borders, etc, Princess Luna switched to extending power via her exarchies. These are a number of realms (currently there are six), that owe fealty to Luna in some way or other but are otherwise self-governing, providing Equestria with strategic depth and additional ponypower and resources without the need to actually go to the trouble of running these regions.
1st Jun '16 4:09:02 AM LordInsane
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* The Tamul Empire from ''The Tamuli'' (the sequel series to ''Literature/TheElenium'') by Creator/DavidEddings is one of these - they conquer other countries by usually only needing the threaten war as they have one of the finest fighting forces in the world in the shape of The Atans - a people who through centuries of selective breeding are the biggest, strongest and most skilled soldiers ever. They then exercise authority through the existing power structures, don't interfere with the existing culture, religion customs or social order, impose minimal extra taxes and the only real rule they enforce is banning war between provinces. Not for nothing are they known in universe as "history's finest imperialists". They don't even punish revolutionaries - if revolutionaries appear in a province they take this as a clear indication that something has gone seriously wrong in the local governance and will usually offer the job to the revolutionaries - who will discover that this is a poisoned chalice as ''no-one'' likes the provincial government!

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* The Tamul Empire from ''The Tamuli'' (the sequel series to ''Literature/TheElenium'') by Creator/DavidEddings is one of these - they conquer other countries by usually only needing the threaten war as they have one of the finest fighting forces in the world in the shape of The the Atans - a people who through centuries of selective breeding are the biggest, strongest and most skilled soldiers ever. They then exercise authority through the existing power structures, don't interfere with the existing culture, religion customs or social order, impose minimal extra taxes and the only real rule they enforce is banning war between provinces. Not for nothing are they known in universe as "history's finest imperialists".imperialists" (despite their empire being more-or-less ''accidental'' -- the Tamuli didn't set out to conquer the continent, the Atans swearing themselves to them just meant that all those relatively minor squabbles that neighbouring nations have tended to end up with Atans in the the neighbour's capital and the Tamuli having another province in their empire). They don't even punish revolutionaries - if revolutionaries appear in a province they take this as a clear indication that something has gone seriously wrong in the local governance and will usually offer the job to the revolutionaries - who will discover that this is a poisoned chalice as ''no-one'' likes the provincial government!
30th May '16 11:58:33 AM Woggs123
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* Some have accused Germany of being this inside the European Union. Whether this is actually true depends a lot on whom you are talking to. The phrase about Germany being "too big for Europe and too small for the world" relates to the problem of Germany being (in theory) able to dominate most European countries economically and (at least in the past) militarily but unable to do really go toe to toe with major empires outside of Europe. Interestingly, some European leaders have actually called for Germany to act ''more'' like this, making them in essence VoluntaryVassal s.

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* Some have accused Germany of being this inside the European Union. Whether this is actually true depends a lot on whom you are talking to. The phrase about Germany being "too big for Europe and too small for the world" relates to the problem of Germany being (in theory) able to dominate most European countries economically and (at least in the past) militarily but unable to do really go toe to toe with major empires outside of Europe. Interestingly, some European leaders have actually called for Germany to act ''more'' like this, making them in essence VoluntaryVassal s.[[VoluntaryVassal voluntary vassals.]]
17th Apr '16 2:22:18 PM zarpaulus
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* In the ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' ExpandedUniverse, when Jagged Fel becomes Emperor of the Imperial Remnants he launches the "Victory Without War" campaign expanding through aid to planets ruined by the most recent galactic war. It continues until his grandson's reign when the Sith pull a coup. It then resumes when his great-granddaughter restores the Empire.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Star Wars|Expanded Universe}}'' ExpandedUniverse, when Jagged Fel becomes Emperor of the Imperial Remnants he launches the "Victory Without War" campaign expanding through an "Imperial Mission" that provides aid to planets ruined by the most recent galactic war. It continues until his grandson's reign when the Sith pull a coup. It then resumes when his great-granddaughter restores the Empire.



* Most of the Archailects that rule the Sephirotic Empires of ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' prefer to expand my memetic engineering than messier forms of warfare. But the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-topic/45ce432e44565 Solar Dominion]] is one of the more notable, being an Empire ruled by a GodEmperor that has stood for over 8,000 years with its celebration of personal identity and potential.

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* Most of the Archailects that rule the Sephirotic Empires of ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' prefer to expand my by memetic engineering than messier forms of warfare. But the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-topic/45ce432e44565 Solar Dominion]] is one of the more notable, being an Empire ruled by a GodEmperor that has stood for over 8,000 years with its celebration of personal identity and potential.
17th Apr '16 11:24:07 AM frogpatrol
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You know the typical portrayal of TheEmpire: Militaristic, totalitarian, [[CaptainObvious imperialist]], immensely powerful and massively dysfunctional. The sort of empire that rules over its occupied provinces with an iron fist, blatantly eradicating all sorts of dissent through mass executions, concentration camps, indiscriminate incarcerations, BigBrotherIsWatching and indefinite detentions.

[[WellThisIsNotThatTrope This is not that trope]]. This Empire works a bit differently.


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You know the typical portrayal of TheEmpire: TheEmpire? Militaristic, totalitarian, [[CaptainObvious imperialist]], immensely powerful all-powerful and massively dysfunctional. The sort of empire that rules over its occupied provinces with an iron fist, blatantly eradicating all sorts of dissent through mass executions, concentration camps, indiscriminate incarcerations, BigBrotherIsWatching and indefinite detentions.

[[WellThisIsNotThatTrope
detentions. ''[[WellThisIsNotThatTrope This is not that trope]]. trope]].'' This Empire works a bit differently.

differently.



A Hegemonic Empire maintains control by ''making other people '''want''' to be part of it,'' typically by varying combination of RuleOfCool and [[FriendlyEnemies being the lesser of two evils]]. Therefore, it justifies all of its potential infringements in civil liberties or human rights as NecessaryEvil.

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A Hegemonic Empire maintains control by ''making making other people '''want''' ''want'' to be part of it,'' it, typically by varying combination of RuleOfCool and [[FriendlyEnemies being the lesser of two evils]]. Therefore, it justifies all of its potential infringements in civil liberties or human rights as NecessaryEvil.



Although a Hegemonic Empire practices soft-power methods, it '''never''' means that the empire cannot be [[AffablyEvil evil]], [[VillainWithGoodPublicity corrupt]], or at the very least ALighterShadeOfGrey, nor does it mean that the empire is incapable of wielding hard power [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant when provoked]].

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Although a Hegemonic Empire practices soft-power methods, it '''never''' ''never'' means that the empire cannot be [[AffablyEvil evil]], [[VillainWithGoodPublicity corrupt]], or at the very least ALighterShadeOfGrey, nor does it mean that the empire is incapable of wielding hard power [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant when provoked]].
12th Apr '16 12:35:57 PM Jhonny
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* Some have accused Germany of being this inside the European Union. Whether this is actually true depends a lot on whom you are talking to. The phrase about Germany being "too big for Europe and too small for the world" relates to the problem of Germany being (in theory) able to dominate most European countries economically and (at least in the past) militarily but unable to do really go toe to toe with major empires outside of Europe. Interestingly, some European leaders have actually called for Germany to act ''more'' like this, making them in essence VoluntaryVassal s.
3rd Apr '16 3:16:16 AM Adept
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* The Empire of Abel in ''AnimaBeyondFantasy'' is fueled by this trope, especially before it broke up, letting each nation (which were ''all'' those human in the world of Gaïa) under its control to have its own governments, etc.

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* The Empire of Abel in ''AnimaBeyondFantasy'' ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' is fueled by this trope, especially before it broke up, letting each nation (which were ''all'' those human in the world of Gaïa) under its control to have its own governments, etc.
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