History Main / SpaceFillingEmpire

28th Jun '16 3:40:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* The best-known example is ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'': The world consists of just three countries, Oceania (the Americas, the British Isles, Australia, and Southern Africa), [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Eurasia and Eastasia]]. The remainder of the world (the northern half of Africa, the Middle East, Southern India, Southeast Asia, the polar regions, and the Pacific islands) is a permanent buffer zone with control constantly shifting from one side to the other, and where the three powers wage endless war against each other so as to divert resources and attention away from domestic reform. Alliances constantly shift so no side gains an advantage, but officially [[InternalRetcon Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia]]. [[UnreliableNarrator But who knows for sure?]]

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* The best-known example is ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'': ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'': The world consists of just three countries, Oceania (the Americas, the British Isles, Australia, and Southern Africa), [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Eurasia and Eastasia]]. The remainder of the world (the northern half of Africa, the Middle East, Southern India, Southeast Asia, the polar regions, and the Pacific islands) is a permanent buffer zone with control constantly shifting from one side to the other, and where the three powers wage endless war against each other so as to divert resources and attention away from domestic reform. Alliances constantly shift so no side gains an advantage, but officially [[InternalRetcon Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia]]. [[UnreliableNarrator But who knows for sure?]]



* ''JenniferGovernment'' has the Corporate States of America spanning several continents.

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* ''JenniferGovernment'' ''Literature/JenniferGovernment'' has the Corporate States of America spanning several continents.



* In Taylor Anderson's ''{{Destroyermen}}'' series the Grik Empire controls, at least (the exact extent is unknown) India, southern Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Persian Gulf and most of the eastern coast of Africa. Meanwhile the Dominion controls Mexico, Central America and an as yet undisclosed portion of South America. The Alliance is heading in this direction, controlling the Philippines, parts of Indonesia and Australia and most recently, Japan and the Hawaiian Islands voluntarily and Sri Lanka by conquest.

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* In Taylor Anderson's ''{{Destroyermen}}'' ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' series the Grik Empire controls, at least (the exact extent is unknown) India, southern Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Persian Gulf and most of the eastern coast of Africa. Meanwhile the Dominion controls Mexico, Central America and an as yet undisclosed portion of South America. The Alliance is heading in this direction, controlling the Philippines, parts of Indonesia and Australia and most recently, Japan and the Hawaiian Islands voluntarily and Sri Lanka by conquest.



* SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'' duology takes place in an AlternateHistory where {{Jesus}} was killed as a baby and was replaced by a different Messiah. Thanks to the Redeemer's efforts, the Roman Empire never fell and remains stronger than ever to this day, now known only as the State with its ruler, the Possessor, having his capital in [[IstanbulNotConstantinople Lutetia]] (alternate Paris). The State controls most of Europe and has colonies in Africa and the Americas. Several vassal nations serve as the buffer zone between the State and its on-and-off enemy the Russian Khanate (Russia never threw off the Mongol yoke and becomes a mix of both cultures). The Chinese Empire is the most advanced nation in the world and controls most of Asia. The Ottoman Empire is the weakest of the major powers. Smaller nations are mentioned, such as the Aztec Empire that constantly clashes with the State's colonies in America, and Judea, which is a tiny vassal nation of the Ottomans.

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* SergeyLukyanenko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'' duology takes place in an AlternateHistory where {{Jesus}} was killed as a baby and was replaced by a different Messiah. Thanks to the Redeemer's efforts, the Roman Empire never fell and remains stronger than ever to this day, now known only as the State with its ruler, the Possessor, having his capital in [[IstanbulNotConstantinople Lutetia]] (alternate Paris). The State controls most of Europe and has colonies in Africa and the Americas. Several vassal nations serve as the buffer zone between the State and its on-and-off enemy the Russian Khanate (Russia never threw off the Mongol yoke and becomes a mix of both cultures). The Chinese Empire is the most advanced nation in the world and controls most of Asia. The Ottoman Empire is the weakest of the major powers. Smaller nations are mentioned, such as the Aztec Empire that constantly clashes with the State's colonies in America, and Judea, which is a tiny vassal nation of the Ottomans.
30th May '16 7:57:49 PM Doug86
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This trope is so prevalent that the AlternateHistoryDotCom wiki even has [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/space_filling_empire its own page]] for it.

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This trope is so prevalent that the AlternateHistoryDotCom Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom wiki even has [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/alternate_history/space_filling_empire its own page]] for it.
15th May '16 3:16:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Space-filling empires are the typical result of a game of ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' or ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. Justified in the case of the latter, as there are only seven groups of human settlers, and a few of them usually get eaten up. ''Civilization'' will sometimes have "Barbarians", who may have cities, but they are always hostile, exist to get swallowed by larger civs and never appear beyond the early game.

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* Space-filling empires are the typical result of a game of ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' or ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''.''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. Justified in the case of the latter, as there are only seven groups of human settlers, and a few of them usually get eaten up. ''Civilization'' will sometimes have "Barbarians", who may have cities, but they are always hostile, exist to get swallowed by larger civs and never appear beyond the early game.
18th Apr '16 8:59:03 AM MsChibi
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* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', the Universe of TheFourGods is divided along the cardinal compass points into four main empires, each with its own god, Seishi, climate, Shinzaho, scrolls, and priestess. Konan is in the South and worships Suzaku, Kutou is in the East and worships Seiryuu, Hokkan is in the North and worships Genbu, and Sairou is in the West and worships Byakko.
6th Apr '16 8:50:21 AM GlassRain
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* ''LightNovel/HeavyObject'' has the Legitimacy Kingdom, the Capitalist Corporation, the Information alliance and the Faith Organization. Unique in that location has no bearing on which country belongs to which group meaning there are constant skitmishes between neighbouring countries belonging to different groups.

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* ''LightNovel/HeavyObject'' has the Legitimacy Kingdom, the Capitalist Corporation, the Information alliance and the Faith Organization. Unique in that location has no bearing on which country belongs to which group meaning there are constant skitmishes skirmishes between neighbouring countries belonging to different groups.



* SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'' duology takes place in an AlternateHistory where {{Jesus}} was killed as a baby and was replaced by a different Messiah. Thanks to the Redeemer's efforts, the Roman Empire never fell and remains stronger than ever to this day, now known only as the State with its ruler, the Possessor, having his capital in [[IstanbulNotConstantinople Lutetia]] (alternate Paris). The State controls most of Europe and has colonies in Africa and the Americas. Several vassal nations serve as the buffer zone between the State and its on-and-off enemy the Russian Khanate (Russia never threw off the Mongole yoke and becomes a mix of both cultures). The Chinese Empire is the most advanced nation in the world and controls most of Asia. The Ottoman Empire is the weakest of the major powers. Smaller nations are mentioned, such as the Aztec Empire that constantly clashes with the State's colonies in America, and Judea, which is a tiny vassal nation of the Ottomans.

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* SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/SeekersOfTheSky'' duology takes place in an AlternateHistory where {{Jesus}} was killed as a baby and was replaced by a different Messiah. Thanks to the Redeemer's efforts, the Roman Empire never fell and remains stronger than ever to this day, now known only as the State with its ruler, the Possessor, having his capital in [[IstanbulNotConstantinople Lutetia]] (alternate Paris). The State controls most of Europe and has colonies in Africa and the Americas. Several vassal nations serve as the buffer zone between the State and its on-and-off enemy the Russian Khanate (Russia never threw off the Mongole Mongol yoke and becomes a mix of both cultures). The Chinese Empire is the most advanced nation in the world and controls most of Asia. The Ottoman Empire is the weakest of the major powers. Smaller nations are mentioned, such as the Aztec Empire that constantly clashes with the State's colonies in America, and Judea, which is a tiny vassal nation of the Ottomans.



* In the future of ''Literature/LunarChronicles'', there are only six nations in the world, each of them spanning continents, and together they form the Earthen Union. Emperor Kai rules over the Eastern Commonwealth, which is composed of all of Asia and many of the surrounding islands.



** Also, smaller countries and/or city-states that in history were quite independent though sharing cultural resemblence to one another were often merged into single centrally-controlled empires. This happened to the Greek City States in ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'', and most Muslim factions in ''VideoGame/MedievalTotalWar'', amongst others.

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** Also, smaller countries and/or city-states that in history were quite independent though sharing cultural resemblence resemblance to one another were often merged into single centrally-controlled empires. This happened to the Greek City States in ''VideoGame/RomeTotalWar'', and most Muslim factions in ''VideoGame/MedievalTotalWar'', amongst among others.
25th Mar '16 3:00:28 PM Morgenthaler
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* The world of ''{{Earth 2150}}'' is dominated by only two nations: the United Civilized States in the West and the Eurasian Dynasty in the East, with the Lunar Corporation controlling all of the Moon. Granted, this is the aftermath of WorldWarIII, but there's no reason why there should not have been more smaller empires.

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* The world of ''{{Earth ''VideoGame/{{Earth 2150}}'' is dominated by only two nations: the United Civilized States in the West and the Eurasian Dynasty in the East, with the Lunar Corporation controlling all of the Moon. Granted, this is the aftermath of WorldWarIII, but there's no reason why there should not have been more smaller empires.



* ''{{DEFCON}}'' has the entire world split between [[AllNationsAreSuperPowers roughly comparable atomic superpowers]], even Africa and South America! The only land that sits out the war is Australia and New Zealand.

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* ''{{DEFCON}}'' ''VideoGame/{{DEFCON}}'' has the entire world split between [[AllNationsAreSuperPowers roughly comparable atomic superpowers]], even Africa and South America! The only land that sits out the war is Australia and New Zealand.
5th Jan '16 6:18:19 AM SorPepita
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* German sci-fi series ''MarkBrandis'' has just two blocks left: The EAAU (European-American-African Union), with Australia as an associated member; and the UOR (United Oriental Republics), Asia except for the Asian parts of the former SovietUnion.

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* German sci-fi series ''MarkBrandis'' ''Mark Brandis'' has just two blocks left: The EAAU (European-American-African Union), with Australia as an associated member; and the UOR (United Oriental Republics), Asia except for the Asian parts of the former SovietUnion.



* Greater Brazil in Paul [=McAuley=]'s ''Literature/TheQuietWar'' controls South America and, in theory North America as well, although most of North America is, at best a frontier, at worst complete wilderness. The European Union and Pacific Community are also mentioned as major powers but not how big they are.

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* Greater Brazil in Paul [=McAuley=]'s ''Literature/TheQuietWar'' ''The Quiet War'' controls South America and, in theory North America as well, although most of North America is, at best a frontier, at worst complete wilderness. The European Union and Pacific Community are also mentioned as major powers but not how big they are.
14th Dec '15 7:56:01 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Fanfic/{{Worldfall}}'' is all over the place with this in the epilogue with the post-war power blocs -- Russia, renamed the Eurasian Federation, absorbs all of its Soviet era territory (minus East Germany) plus Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran; the rest of Europe becomes UnitedEurope; China absorbs most of mainland East Asia; India expands to absorb much of the remaining Middle East; Egypt and Sudan (except Darfur, which secedes as a free state) unite as the Nile Republic; the rest of North Africa becomes the nation of Sahara; what's left of the continent becomes the African Confederacy; and in the most egregious example, [[ExpandedStatesOfAmerica the United States expands]] to include pretty much the whole Western Hemisphere, becoming the United States of ''the'' America'''s'''. [[FlyoverCountry No mention is made of the Pacific nations.]]
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6th Dec '15 6:10:25 PM StarSword
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* Greater Brazil in Paul [=McAuley=]'s ''The Quiet War'' controls South America and, in theory North America as well, although most of North America is, at best a frontier, at worst complete wilderness. The European Union and Pacific Community are also mentioned as major powers but not how big they are.

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* Greater Brazil in Paul [=McAuley=]'s ''The Quiet War'' ''Literature/TheQuietWar'' controls South America and, in theory North America as well, although most of North America is, at best a frontier, at worst complete wilderness. The European Union and Pacific Community are also mentioned as major powers but not how big they are.
* The geopolitics of ''Literature/DanteValentine'' are a little hazy, but the Hegemony seems to control most if not all of the Americas, while the other major nation, Putchkin, is implied to control Asia.
4th Dec '15 8:40:30 PM CCPrime
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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps3'' has most of the world split up between two mutual defence treaties that [[HistoryRepeats intentionally mirror NATO and the Warsaw Pact]]-- the [[TheFederation Winslow Accord]] and the [[TheEmpire Common Defence Pact]]. The WA is made up of the US and UK, most of the former EU/NATO nations (since both organisations have collapsed by the 2060s), and various Western-allied countries like Japan, Israel, Saudi Arabia etc., while the CDP is led by Russia and comprises most of Eastern Europe, big chunks of Africa (who have their own smaller superstate, the Nile River Coalition), and numerous traditional "bad guy" countries like Iran and Cuba.
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