History Main / HegemonicEmpire

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.

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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.
30th Mar '16 12:36:38 PM GreatWyrmGold
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* The concept of a Cultural Victory in FourX games such as ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' and ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations'' is supposed to represent this.

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* The concept of a Cultural or Diplomatic Victory in FourX games such as ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' and ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations'' is often supposed to represent this.



* In the civilization stage of ''{{Spore}}'', while military cities conquer other cities and religious cities convert them with a giant preaching hologram, economic cities trade with others until they're dependent on them, then buy 'em outright.



* Getting a Cultural Victory in ''{{VideoGame/Civilization}} V'' implies this for your civilization if it is achieved - your civilization produces so much Culture (vanilla)/Tourism (expansions) that you've won over the hearts and minds of the people in the rest of the world that think you're awesome. A Diplomatic Victory could also imply this depending on the circumstances you managed to get the votes of other civilizations and City-States.
18th Mar '16 11:52:57 AM 20person
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* The New California Republic in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series is a borderline case. They can and have annexed regions by military force, but they prefer to expand through peaceful settlement and through inviting existing frontier settlements to join them. By the time of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', it is engaged in a three-way [[spoiler:four-way if you go down the Wild Card path]] power struggle over control of New Vegas, a very advanced, prosperous, and independent settlement.

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* The New California Republic in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series is a borderline case. They can and have annexed regions by military force, but they prefer to expand through peaceful settlement and through inviting existing frontier settlements to join them. By the time of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', it is engaged in a three-way [[spoiler:four-way [[spoiler:(four-way if you go down the Wild Card path]] path)]] power struggle over control of New Vegas, a very advanced, prosperous, and independent settlement.
18th Mar '16 11:52:27 AM 20person
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* The New California Republic in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series is a borderline case. They can and have annexed regions by military force, but they prefer to expand through peaceful settlement and through inviting existing frontier settlements to join them. By the time of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', it is engaged in a three-way power struggle over control of New Vegas, a very advanced, prosperous, and independent settlement.

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* The New California Republic in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series is a borderline case. They can and have annexed regions by military force, but they prefer to expand through peaceful settlement and through inviting existing frontier settlements to join them. By the time of ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', it is engaged in a three-way [[spoiler:four-way if you go down the Wild Card path]] power struggle over control of New Vegas, a very advanced, prosperous, and independent settlement.
29th Jan '16 10:22:26 AM MAI742
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* ImperialChina operated on this principle for centuries. In dynastic Chinese political theory, the Emperor was the 'Son of Heaven' and thus the legitimate sovereign of the entire world; even states that weren't directly under Chinese control were expected to recognize this fact. It only really fell apart when the rising power of the industrial West coincided with a period of relative weakness for China; unsurprisingly, the imperialist Western powers (who were used to thinking of themselves as the best people on the planet) weren't too happy to kow-tow to the monarch of some (in their view) backwards nation. A few humiliating (for the Chinese) wars later, it was getting rather difficult to keep pretending that China was the grandest place on earth; this ultimately led to the downfall of last imperial dynasty, and to the founding of Republic of China, which would eventually be superseded on the mainland by the [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny People's Republic of China]].

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* ImperialChina operated on this principle for centuries. In dynastic Chinese political theory, the Emperor was the 'Son of Heaven' and thus the legitimate sovereign of the entire world; even states that weren't directly under Chinese control were expected to recognize this fact. It only really fell apart when the rising power of the industrial West coincided with a period of relative weakness for China; unsurprisingly, the imperialist Western powers (who were used to thinking of themselves as the best people on the planet) weren't too happy to kow-tow to the monarch of some (in their view) backwards nation. A few humiliating (for the Chinese) wars later, it was getting rather difficult to keep pretending that China was the grandest place on earth; this ultimately led to the downfall of last imperial dynasty, and to the founding of Republic of China, which would eventually be superseded on conquered (on the mainland mainland) by the [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny People's Republic of China]].
15th Jan '16 11:05:33 AM megarockman
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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 PoisonedChalice 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 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 PoisonedChalice poisoned chalice as ''no-one'' likes the provincial government!
15th Jan '16 11:04:16 AM megarockman
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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 PoisonChalice 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 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 PoisonChalice PoisonedChalice as ''no-one'' likes the provincial government!



* Getting a Cultural Victory in ''{{VideoGame/Civilization V}}'' implies this for your civilization if it is achieved - your civilization produces so much Culture (vanilla)/Tourism (expansions) that you've won over the hearts and minds of the people in the rest of the world that think you're awesome. A Diplomatic Victory could also imply this depending on the circumstances you managed to get the votes of other civilizations and City-States.

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* Getting a Cultural Victory in ''{{VideoGame/Civilization V}}'' ''{{VideoGame/Civilization}} V'' implies this for your civilization if it is achieved - your civilization produces so much Culture (vanilla)/Tourism (expansions) that you've won over the hearts and minds of the people in the rest of the world that think you're awesome. A Diplomatic Victory could also imply this depending on the circumstances you managed to get the votes of other civilizations and City-States.
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