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24th May '16 9:25:50 AM LadyJaneGrey
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The size of the membership roster doesn't matter; they can be very large, but some are {{Oddly Small Organization}}s.
18th May '16 8:53:44 AM Mikedem2
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* In the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series, the Ultranationalists under Zakhaev and later Makarov are able to go toe-to-toe with the national government of Russia and ''win'', though since it's a civil war they're mostly using existing Russian hardware. After the Ultranationalist takeover, there's Makarov's splinter faction within the Ultranationalists, which manages to have a tremendous amount of influence within the Ultranationalist government, to the point that he is [[spoiler: effectively able to declare war on Europe and the United States once the existing, moderate Ultranationalist Russian president is removed from power and his advisers are killed]]. In multiplayer, [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed the Taliba- err, OpFor]] and Brazilian favela militias can somehow call down a wide variety of air support, from relatively small time UAV-launched missiles to stealth bombers, AC-130s and even a nuke.

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* Several appear in the [[Videogame/CallOfDuty Call of Duty games.]]
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In the ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare'' series, the Ultranationalists under Zakhaev and later Makarov are able to go toe-to-toe with the national government of Russia and ''win'', though since it's a civil war they're mostly using existing Russian hardware. After the Ultranationalist takeover, there's Makarov's splinter faction within the Ultranationalists, which manages to have a tremendous amount of influence within the Ultranationalist government, to the point that he is [[spoiler: effectively able to declare war on Europe and the United States once the existing, moderate Ultranationalist Russian president is removed from power and his advisers are killed]]. In multiplayer, [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed the Taliba- err, OpFor]] and Brazilian favela militias can somehow call down a wide variety of air support, from relatively small time UAV-launched missiles to stealth bombers, AC-130s and even a nuke.nuke.
** Cordis Die, Raul Menendez's terrorist syndicate from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'', makes use of the billions of dollars Menendez himself made off of decades of drug and gun-running to fund a ''massive'' mercenary army, backed up by various terrorist and anti-government organizations, capable of challenging both the US and Chinese armies, as well as huge amounts of state-of-the-art weapons, vehicles, and combat drones. The contributions from his followers - think Occupy Wall Street with roughly ''two billion people'' - must help as well. It only gets worse once he successfully hacks the US military's entire drone force to do his bidding, allowing him to launch simultaneous attacks on the major cities of both superpower nations.
** Atlas Corporation from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare'' are the largest PrivateMilitaryContractors on Earth, so powerful and influential that ''it has a seat on the United Nations Security Council.''



* Cordis Die, Raul Menendez's terrorist syndicate from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'', makes use of the billions of dollars Menendez himself made off of decades of drug and gun-running to fund a ''massive'' mercenary army, backed up by various terrorist and anti-government organizations, capable of challenging both the US and Chinese armies, as well as huge amounts of state-of-the-art weapons, vehicles, and combat drones. The contributions from his followers - think Occupy Wall Street with roughly ''two billion people'' - must help as well. It only gets worse once he successfully hacks the US military's entire drone force to do his bidding, allowing him to launch simultaneous attacks on the major cities of both superpower nations.



* Atlas Corporation from ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyAdvancedWarfare'' are the largest PrivateMilitaryContractors on Earth, so powerful and influential that ''it has a seat on the United Nations Security Council.''
11th May '16 3:43:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheKnightsTemplar were one of the most powerful organizations in Crusades-era Europe. They were the best Christian military force during the Crusades and established a financial empire that stretched across the Christian world. They were exempt from any law in Christian land, which was everywhere they operated and answered only to the Pope himself. They invented one of the earliest forms of modern banking. They had entire fleets of ships, built numerous fortresses in the Middle East and Europe and owned the whole of the island of Cyprus. However, after the Crusades, their influence waned and this came back to bite them in the ass. King Philip IV of France decided to take advantage of this by having their leaders [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured into confessing to heresy]] and [[KillItWithFire burnt at the stake]]. Despite the heresy accusations, it was really so Philip could avoid having to pay a gigantic debt owed to the Templars. They were then arrested and had their assets seized. The sheer power and size of the organization has [[ConspiracyTheorist led a few]] to suggest they still survive as a secret society to this day. These theories are (possibly) supported by the fact that Philip found the Templars' treasure vaults empty, leading to speculation that the the Templars took it elsewhere beforehand. One popular theory is that the surviving Templars helped Switzerland (conveniently located just outside of France) achieve independence, and went on to found the famously secretive [[SwissBankAccount Swiss banking system]].

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* TheKnightsTemplar UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar were one of the most powerful organizations in Crusades-era Europe. They were the best Christian military force during the Crusades and established a financial empire that stretched across the Christian world. They were exempt from any law in Christian land, which was everywhere they operated and answered only to the Pope himself. They invented one of the earliest forms of modern banking. They had entire fleets of ships, built numerous fortresses in the Middle East and Europe and owned the whole of the island of Cyprus. However, after the Crusades, their influence waned and this came back to bite them in the ass. King Philip IV of France decided to take advantage of this by having their leaders [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured into confessing to heresy]] and [[KillItWithFire burnt at the stake]]. Despite the heresy accusations, it was really so Philip could avoid having to pay a gigantic debt owed to the Templars. They were then arrested and had their assets seized. The sheer power and size of the organization has [[ConspiracyTheorist led a few]] to suggest they still survive as a secret society to this day. These theories are (possibly) supported by the fact that Philip found the Templars' treasure vaults empty, leading to speculation that the the Templars took it elsewhere beforehand. One popular theory is that the surviving Templars helped Switzerland (conveniently located just outside of France) achieve independence, and went on to found the famously secretive [[SwissBankAccount Swiss banking system]].
3rd May '16 9:30:09 PM dmcreif
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** One of its recent acquisitions is Boston Dynamics, a company that designs military robots. If that doesn't make Google look like [[Franchise/Robocop Omni Consumer Products]], I don't know what will.

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** One of its recent acquisitions is Boston Dynamics, a company that designs military robots. If that doesn't make Google look like [[Franchise/Robocop [[Franchise/RoboCop Omni Consumer Products]], I don't know what will.
3rd May '16 9:29:34 PM dmcreif
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** One of its recent acquisitions is Boston Dynamics, a company that designs military robots. If that doesn't make Google look like a ''Franchise/RoboCop''-style megacorp, I don't know what will.

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** One of its recent acquisitions is Boston Dynamics, a company that designs military robots. If that doesn't make Google look like a ''Franchise/RoboCop''-style megacorp, [[Franchise/Robocop Omni Consumer Products]], I don't know what will.
3rd May '16 8:24:03 PM dmcreif
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* Defied in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS''. The billionaire industrialist Feng tries to browbeat Frank Underwood with the vastness of his fortune, but Underwood replies that Feng's net worth amounts to the GDP of Slovakia. With Underwood in control of America's economy and military might, he's on a completely different level.

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* Defied in ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS''. The billionaire industrialist Xander Feng tries to browbeat Frank Underwood with the vastness of his fortune, but Underwood Frank replies that Feng's net worth amounts to the GDP of Slovakia. With Underwood Frank in control of America's economy and military might, he's on a completely different level.
28th Apr '16 7:27:23 PM MarqFJA
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* Most AA and all AAA-rating {{Mega Corp}}s in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' outstrip governments in power (and in the case of one, Aztechnology, practically ''is'' the government of the entirety of Latin- and South America). The UN has been replaced by the Corporate Court, where the seven AAA megacorps are the equivalent of permanent security council seats.

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* Most AA and all AAA-rating {{Mega Corp}}s in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' outstrip governments in power (and in the case of one, Aztechnology, practically ''is'' the government of the entirety of Latin- and South America). The UN UN, while still existent and quite relevant on the political scene, has been replaced effectively displaced in actual power by the Corporate Court, where the seven AAA megacorps (initially seven, now ten) are the equivalent of permanent security council seats.
23rd Apr '16 2:54:38 PM Deathhacker
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** The Ultramarines rule over the realm of Ultramar, which is an entire sector rather than a single planet as most Space Marine chapters are allowed. This is because the world they rule over is Macragge, the capital of the entire Ultramar sector, giving them de-facto kingship over the entire area.
20th Mar '16 2:35:37 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'', the antagonists are the very rich and influential Ronah family, who fund an entire army (the Crossbone Vanguard) which manages to give the EFSF a bloody nose and conquers a colony cluster. Although ''CrossboneGundam'' reveals that they were receiving assistance from the Jupiter Empire. [[spoiler:Unusually for Gundam, they're taken down not through military force, but economic pressure from the Federation and political subterfuge by one of their own.]]

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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'', the antagonists are the very rich and influential Ronah family, who fund an entire army (the Crossbone Vanguard) which manages to give the EFSF a bloody nose and conquers a colony cluster. Although ''CrossboneGundam'' ''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam'' reveals that they were receiving assistance from the Jupiter Empire. [[spoiler:Unusually for Gundam, they're taken down not through military force, but economic pressure from the Federation and political subterfuge by one of their own.]]
20th Mar '16 11:29:15 AM ZimFan89
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* ''[[http://www.kebe.com/for-all-nails/index.html For All Nails]]'', a fan continuation timeline of ''Literature/ForWantOfANail'' (see Literature below), deconstructs that book's use of this trope in regards to Kramer Associates. While the company is one the largest in the world, does practically own Taiwan, and still have their own nuclear arsenal, it's established that they've overextended themselves to the point that they're verging on financial collapse.



* Kramer Associates from the novel ''For Want of a Nail''. At one point they virtually control the government of the United States of Mexico (founded by American settlers fleeing after losing the Revolutionary War; the USM is a mish-mash of Mexican and American culture, extending from Alaska to Belize), before it becomes so corrupt they leave for Japanese Formosa. At which point they detonate a nuclear bomb (the ''only'' one in the ''entire world'' as of 1971) to safeguard their corporate interests. It was written by an economist.

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* Kramer Associates from the novel ''For Want of a Nail''.''Literature/ForWantOfANail''. At one point they virtually control the government of the United States of Mexico (founded by American settlers fleeing after losing the Revolutionary War; the USM is a mish-mash of Mexican and American culture, extending from Alaska to Belize), before it becomes so corrupt they leave for Japanese Formosa. At which point they detonate a nuclear bomb (the ''only'' one in the ''entire world'' as of 1971) to safeguard their corporate interests. It was written by an economist.
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