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8th Aug '16 1:39:57 AM Caspoi
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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' makes mention of an order of wizards--of which only five exist, only three even figure into the story at all, and only two of those actually appear in person. There's a reasonable back story that [[AllThereInTheManual the main books and movies don't detail at all]]: the wizards are an undercover angelic spec ops force sent by the PowersThatBe. There's not more of them because (a) said Powers [[RageAgainstTheHeavens are still miffed]], and (b) the last open attack had mountain ranges (not to mention an entire subcontinent) as collateral damage. Five is not few because Gandalf alone saves two kingdoms, spends the prequel restoring a third and expanding a fourth, and kills his opposing number, doing more for the war effort than an ICBM would. Furthermore, it's implied in Tolkien's notes that the two "missing" wizards had been working offstage to stir up rebellion in Sauron's lands (i.e., three-quarters of the world) and prevented him from bringing his full forces to bear.

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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' makes mention of an order of wizards--of which only five exist, only three even figure into the story at all, and only two of those actually appear in person. There's a reasonable back story that [[AllThereInTheManual the main books and movies don't detail at all]]: the wizards are an undercover angelic spec ops force sent by the PowersThatBe. There's not more of them because (a) said Powers [[RageAgainstTheHeavens are still miffed]], and (b) the last open attack had mountain ranges (not to mention an entire subcontinent) as collateral damage. Five is not few because Gandalf alone saves two kingdoms, spends the prequel restoring a third and expanding a fourth, and kills defeat his opposing number, doing more for the war effort than an ICBM would. Furthermore, it's implied in Tolkien's notes that the two "missing" wizards had been working offstage to stir up rebellion in Sauron's lands (i.e., three-quarters of the world) and prevented him from bringing his full forces to bear.
27th Jul '16 6:40:16 AM AnsemPaul
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* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'': The titular Order of Ecclesia consists of... 3 people. This seems bizarre when the leader says things like "It is the desire of the Order of Ecclesia" or describes what the Order of Ecclesia is supposed to do.

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* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'': The titular Order of Ecclesia consists of... 3 people. This seems bizarre when the leader says things like "It is the desire of the Order of Ecclesia" or describes what the Order of Ecclesia is supposed to do. [[spoiler: UpToEleven and Lampshaded when Shanoa laments she's all that remains of it]]
10th Jul '16 8:31:28 PM JusticeReaper
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* The version of Akatsuki as seen in ''FanFic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'' consists of seven members ([[TrapMaster Yahiko]], [[MasterSwordsman Kyusuke]], [[MasterPoisoner Konan]], [[GunNut Kakuzu]], [[ScarilyCompetentTracker Hidan]], [[TortureTechnician Monjin]] and [[MadBomber Deidara]]) whose goal is to kill the members of the Nine Terrors for having either caused them personal harm or having caused them to lose a loved one during the 365 days of violence when the Terrors were in operation, and they are backed by a mysterious figure who provides them with financial support. Despite being small in number, their reputation is so widespread that the government actually tasks Nii Yugito, one of the Terrors who's now in their employ, to warn Naruto that they are around and will likely come after him.
5th Jun '16 1:06:36 PM karstovich2
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The House of Representatives actually used to scale with total population; if the original ratio had been maintained to the present, instead of being halted at 435, there would be about 10,000 Congressmen. Compared to that number, the current Congress is a small organization indeed. Even among people who think the size of the Congress should be increased (to make it a bit more representative, and particularly to keep states with larger populations from being shortchanged), the proposals only bump the House up to 500, 550, or at the most 650. There is a reason for this, though; once a legislature gets above a certain size, it becomes unwieldy and can't get stuff done. The largest legislature in the world that meaningfully acts as a primary lawmaking body[[note]]The Chinese National People's Congress, with over 2,000 members, doesn't count, as it is a mere rubber stamp, and the British House of Lords, with about 850 members, also doesn't count, as a large number of members never show up and because it is mostly a consultative body, providing an incentive for the Commons to think carefully before acting.[[/note]] is the European Parliament, with 751 members; the next largest are the British House of Commons and German Bundestag, with 650 and 631 members, respectively. Also, the US is a [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFederalism federation]], so although the federal Congress can seem unrepresentative, Americans are much better represented by their state legislatures, which have a lot of power. That being said, the Congress ''does'' have an alarmingly small ''staff''--in particular, its research and analysis departments, which are supposed to assess bills for their impact, inform legislatures about policy, draft bill text, and review bills to make sure they are coherent and have no embarrassing or dangerous errors, are frighteningly understaffed and lacking in resources, meaning that legislators often have to rely on dubious information presented by activists, lobbyists, corporations, and others with incentives to present biased and incomplete analyses.

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The House of Representatives actually used to scale with total population; if the original ratio had been maintained to the present, instead of being halted at 435, there would be about 10,000 Congressmen. Compared to that number, the current Congress is a small organization indeed. Even among people who think the size of the Congress should be increased (to make it a bit more representative, and particularly to keep states with larger populations from being shortchanged), the proposals only bump the House up to 500, 550, or at the most 650. There is a reason for this, though; once a legislature gets above a certain size, it becomes unwieldy and can't get stuff done. The largest legislature in the world that meaningfully acts as a primary lawmaking body[[note]]The Chinese National People's Congress, with over 2,000 members, doesn't count, as it is a mere rubber stamp, and the British House of Lords, with about 850 members, also doesn't count, as a large number of members never show up and because it is mostly a consultative body, providing an incentive for the Commons to think carefully before acting.[[/note]] is the European Parliament, with 751 members; the next largest are the British House of Commons and German Bundestag, with 650 and 631 members, respectively. Also, the US is a [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFederalism federation]], so although the federal Congress can seem unrepresentative, Americans are much better represented by their state legislatures, which have a lot of power. That being said, the Congress ''does'' have an alarmingly small ''staff''--in particular, its research and analysis departments, which are supposed to assess bills for their impact, inform legislatures legislators about policy, draft bill text, and review bills to make sure they are coherent and have no embarrassing or dangerous errors, are frighteningly understaffed and lacking in resources, meaning that legislators often have to rely on dubious information presented by activists, lobbyists, corporations, and others with incentives to present biased and incomplete analyses.
5th Jun '16 1:05:06 PM karstovich2
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The House of Representatives actually used to scale with total population; if the original ratio had been maintained to the present, instead of being halted at 435, there would be about 10,000 Congressmen. Compared to that number, the current Congress is a small organization indeed. Even among people who think the size of the Congress should be increased (to make it a bit more representative, and particularly to keep states with larger populations from being shortchanged), the proposals only bump the House up to 500, 550, or at the most 650.

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The House of Representatives actually used to scale with total population; if the original ratio had been maintained to the present, instead of being halted at 435, there would be about 10,000 Congressmen. Compared to that number, the current Congress is a small organization indeed. Even among people who think the size of the Congress should be increased (to make it a bit more representative, and particularly to keep states with larger populations from being shortchanged), the proposals only bump the House up to 500, 550, or at the most 650. There is a reason for this, though; once a legislature gets above a certain size, it becomes unwieldy and can't get stuff done. The largest legislature in the world that meaningfully acts as a primary lawmaking body[[note]]The Chinese National People's Congress, with over 2,000 members, doesn't count, as it is a mere rubber stamp, and the British House of Lords, with about 850 members, also doesn't count, as a large number of members never show up and because it is mostly a consultative body, providing an incentive for the Commons to think carefully before acting.[[/note]] is the European Parliament, with 751 members; the next largest are the British House of Commons and German Bundestag, with 650 and 631 members, respectively. Also, the US is a [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFederalism federation]], so although the federal Congress can seem unrepresentative, Americans are much better represented by their state legislatures, which have a lot of power. That being said, the Congress ''does'' have an alarmingly small ''staff''--in particular, its research and analysis departments, which are supposed to assess bills for their impact, inform legislatures about policy, draft bill text, and review bills to make sure they are coherent and have no embarrassing or dangerous errors, are frighteningly understaffed and lacking in resources, meaning that legislators often have to rely on dubious information presented by activists, lobbyists, corporations, and others with incentives to present biased and incomplete analyses.
5th Jun '16 11:11:49 AM Adeon
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* The Nsburg Volunteer Coast Guard in ''WebOriginal/{{Qwerpline}}'' consists of one person, Gordon. However since Nsburg is landlocked the volunteer coast guard is primarily responsible for inspecting sewers and culverts so more people probably aren't needed.
** Officer Steve is the only member of the Nsburg Police Department ever heard in the show, although it's not clear if he's actually the only member or not. However, since the Nsburg PD does deputize the Girl Scouts to help with riot control the department is clearly quite small.
3rd Jun '16 8:59:11 AM SteveMB
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** BigBad Dr. Drakken is occasionally shown to have a few dozen PunchClockVillain {{Mooks}} at his disposal, but in most episodes they're nowhere to be seen and the whole [[EvilPlan Evil Plot]] Of The Week is just him and DarkActionGirl Shego doing their thing. At one point, they were briefly seen in [[DenOfIniquity an employee lounge]] and took no further part in the episode. Then again, Shego is pretty much all the help he needs.

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** BigBad Dr. Drakken is occasionally shown to have a few dozen PunchClockVillain {{Mooks}} at his disposal, but in most episodes they're nowhere to be seen and the whole [[EvilPlan Evil Plot]] Of The Week is just him and DarkActionGirl Shego doing their thing. At one point, they were briefly seen in [[DenOfIniquity an employee lounge]] and took no further part in the episode. Then again, Shego is pretty much all the help he needs.needs (especially considering that the rank-and-file mooks are [[SurroundedByIdiots generally useless]] and serve as little more than [[RedShirt minor speed bumps]] in Kim's way).
3rd Jun '16 8:55:32 AM SteveMB
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See also TheMainCharactersDoEverything, which is related if there are no extras in the background, and CriticalStaffingShortage. May be a result of the characters being AlwaysOnDuty. Also compare ClubStub.

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See also TheMainCharactersDoEverything, which is related if there are no extras in the background, and CriticalStaffingShortage. May be a result of the characters being AlwaysOnDuty. Also compare ClubStub.
ClubStub. TwoTeacherSchool is a special case for school-based stories where the adult staff is severely limited to keep the focus on the students.


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** Almost every class we see at Middleton High School is [[TwoTeacherSchool taught by Mr. Barkin]]. He occasionally explains that he is substituting for another teacher who was sidelines by [[NoodleIncident some random mishap]].
1st Jun '16 9:32:12 AM thatother1dude
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* [[{{WesternAnimation/Archer}} ISIS]] initially appeared to have a full support staff and a large number of field agents, but by about season 4 they seem to have dropped down to about six people. There does seem to have been a bit of transition in terms of fatalities and budget cuts; some of the later episodes even make a plot point about how they're forced to start using people like accountants and HR reps as extra agents.

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* [[{{WesternAnimation/Archer}} ISIS]] ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'': ISIS initially appeared to have a full support staff and a large number of field agents, but by about season 4 they seem to have dropped down to about six people. There does seem to have been a bit of transition in terms of fatalities and budget cuts; some of the later episodes even make a plot point about how they're forced to start using people like accountants and HR reps as extra agents. Following this, the fifth season premiere results in ISIS dissolving, the main cast together going off for other ventures, and the other surviving employees (if there were any) presumably going elsewhere.
31st May '16 10:19:47 AM ShaneReader
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** The Faceless Men are master assassins from Braavos who are so renowned and feared that Westerosi nobles discuss them. [[All we ever see of them in the show is one man and one petite woman, and their new recruit Arya Stark. It's unclear if there're actually many more Faceless Men who all simply wear the same faces, if other members remain unseen, or if these two are really just that good.]]

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** The Faceless Men are master assassins from Braavos who are so renowned and feared that Westerosi nobles discuss them. [[All [[spoiler:All we ever see of them in the show is one man and one petite woman, and their new recruit Arya Stark. It's unclear if there're actually many more Faceless Men who all simply wear the same faces, if other members remain unseen, or if these two are really just that good.]]
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