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13th Jun '17 8:56:54 AM BeerBaron
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* Tamriel in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games one through four, while initially forged with the iron fists of Imperial Legions, is held together only through [[TheChessmaster massive schemes of the last Emperor]]. It finally falls apart prior to part five.

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* Tamriel in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the Third Cyrodiilic Empire (ruled by the Septim dynasty) is one through four, while of these. While initially forged with by the iron fists of the [[BadassArmy Imperial Legions, Legions]] (with an assist from the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]]-crafted [[HumongousMecha Numidium]]) under the leadership of [[FounderOfTheKingdom Tiber Septim]], it quickly shifted to a (mostly) benevolent [[BigGood force of good]], espousing generally liberal values like religious and racial tolerance while establishing strong [[HumansAreDiplomats diplomatic]] and [[ProudMerchantRace mercantile]] ties between the provinces. Throughout the first four games in the main series, the Septim empire is in dire straights facing numerous threats (both internal and external, supernatural and mundane) and is only held together only through the [[TheChessmaster massive schemes of Emperor Uriel Septim VII]]. By the last Emperor]]. It finally falls apart prior to part five.time of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', it has completely descended into a VestigialEmpire status, with the few remaining provinces in a very fragile state.
14th May '17 11:02:53 AM AnotherDuck
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* Some of the most effective Empires start as this according to some historical theories. And even while empires, they often have what might be called a "penumbra", a sort of sphere of influence in which their culture is either admired or just accepted because everyone else seems to.
* Related to this is a fairly popular idea in international relations, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hegemonic_stability_theory hegemonic stability theory]], the gist of which is "hegemonic empires create institutions and stability that often outlive the hegemon, unlike direct empires."
30th Apr '17 3:57:29 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* This is how the current iteration of the Fjordell Empire in ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' works. Centuries ago, Fjorden was a traditional empire, but it was unable to hold onto its military conquests and eventually fell apart. Fjorden's current rulers, being rather more GenreSavvy than their ancestors, are dedicated to expanding their power through cultural and religious dominance instead, and are successful enough that, despite being small when looked at on a map, their nation has gained effective control over more than half of the continent of Opelon. Having their emperor also be [[PriestKing the head]] of the [[ChurchMilitant Derethi church]] helps, since it means that people who convert to Shu-Dereth are technically answerable to the Fjordell government regardless of national affiliation.

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* This is how the current iteration of the Fjordell Empire in ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' works. Centuries ago, Fjorden was a traditional empire, but it was unable to hold onto its military conquests and eventually fell apart. Fjorden's current rulers, being rather more GenreSavvy than their ancestors, are rulers dedicated to expanding their power through cultural and religious dominance instead, and are successful enough that, despite being small when looked at on a map, their nation has gained effective control over more than half of the continent of Opelon. Having their emperor also be [[PriestKing the head]] of the [[ChurchMilitant Derethi church]] helps, since it means that people who convert to Shu-Dereth are technically answerable to the Fjordell government regardless of national affiliation.
23rd Apr '17 10:13:45 AM nombretomado
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* In ''SwordOfTheStars 2'' the Morrigi see themselves as self-appointed protectors of the "younger races", as such their Confederation incorporates many more species than most of the other factions and players of any faction can annex minor races peacefully.

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* In ''SwordOfTheStars ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars 2'' the Morrigi see themselves as self-appointed protectors of the "younger races", as such their Confederation incorporates many more species than most of the other factions and players of any faction can annex minor races peacefully.
8th Mar '17 11:39:19 AM Jhonny
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** The United States was founded with this in mind. After the Revolutionary War, the individual colonies were seen as individual nations that banded together to become an alliance of nations with one entity (The United States Government) being the regulator of all international and inter-state issues. The thought of the United States as a national identity did not gain mainstream support until the fall out of the Civil War (General Robert E. Lee would have fought for the Union if Lincoln had asked him a day earlier... Virginia succeeded from the Union the day Lincoln asked and Lee sided with his country, which he believed was Virginia). Vestiges of this mentality still exist to this day with the concept of State's Rights (the 10th Amendment to the Constitution explicitly says that if the Constitution does not explicitly reserve a power for itself, than that power is ceded to the State). It's quite common for states to have unique personalities, attitudes, priorities, and interests that are not shared by their neighbors.

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** The United States was founded with this in mind. After the Revolutionary War, the individual colonies were seen as individual nations that banded together to become an alliance of nations with one entity (The United States Government) being the regulator of all international and inter-state issues. The thought of the United States as a national identity did not gain mainstream support until the fall out of the Civil War (General Robert E. Lee would have fought for the Union if Lincoln had asked him a day earlier... Virginia succeeded seceded from the Union the day Lincoln asked and Lee sided with his country, which he believed was Virginia). Vestiges of this mentality still exist to this day with the concept of State's Rights (the 10th Amendment to the Constitution explicitly says that if the Constitution does not explicitly reserve a power for itself, than that power is ceded to the State). It's quite common for states to have unique personalities, attitudes, priorities, and interests that are not shared by their neighbors.
8th Mar '17 6:04:04 AM hszmv1
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** The United States was founded with this in mind. After the Revolutionary War, the individual colonies were seen as individual nations that banded together to become an alliance of nations with one entity (The United States Government) being the regulator of all international and inter-state issues. The thought of the United States as a national identity did not gain mainstream support until the fall out of the Civil War (General Robert E. Lee would have fought for the Union if Lincoln had asked him a day earlier... Virginia succeeded from the Union the day Lincoln asked and Lee sided with his country, which he believed was Virginia). Vestiges of this mentality still exist to this day with the concept of State's Rights (the 10th Amendment to the Constitution explicitly says that if the Constitution does not explicitly reserve a power for itself, than that power is ceded to the State). It's quite common for states to have unique personalities, attitudes, priorities, and interests that are not shared by their neighbors.
6th Mar '17 4:05:25 AM Ragitsu
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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' features an example character from an alternate world who's backstory briefly mentions a hegemony founded by Alexander the Great.
12th Feb '17 2:24:38 PM Jhonny
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** Another aspect of Putin's foreign policy is his warm relationship with several right wing populist politicians, some of which are arguably financed with Russian money and/or extolled in Russian media outlets like RT and Sputnik News. It's telling that when Marine Le Pen of the French National Front proposed a dog whistle ban on double citizenship for French people the only nationality she explicitly exempted was Russian and French.
12th Feb '17 4:12:32 AM Kakai
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* The Cartorran Empire in ''Literature/TheWitchlands'' has mostly expanded through marriages, alliances, and enticing vassals with treaties of protection. They've only begun to turn into conquerors very recently, as there are simply no more countries willing to ally with them left.



* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' the Vedran Empire was the more traditional type until non-Vedran species began to vastly outnumber the founders and it evolved into the Systems Commonwealth. When it contacted humanity thousands of years after becoming a constitutional monarchy we joined voluntarily.

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* In ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' the Vedran Empire was the more traditional type until non-Vedran species began to vastly outnumber the founders and it evolved into the Systems Commonwealth. When it contacted humanity thousands of years after becoming a constitutional monarchy monarchy, we joined voluntarily.
31st Jan '17 12:35:17 AM LordInsane
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* Currently the Padishah Empire of Kelesh in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' is in a period of seeing this as an ideal, focusing on commerce, clandestine intelligence activities and portraying Keleshites in a benevolent light. Even during their more militaristic expansionary periods (which some groups in the Empire wish to return to, including the most showcased region of the empire, the satrapy of Qadira -- mostly because Qadira wants another go at their arch-enemy of Taldor) some elements of this was present, with the Empire being flexible about incorporating cultures and traditions, and fond of establishing autonomous satrapies.
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