History Main / SpaceFillingEmpire

18th Aug '16 3:01:29 PM Tre
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* Very early in its existence, the SciFiChannel produced a daily sci-fi/soap opera short called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FTL_Newsfeed FTL Newsfeed,]]'' in which the Earth of 2142 has consolidated into five or so super-states.

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* Very early in its existence, the SciFiChannel [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]] produced a daily sci-fi/soap opera short called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FTL_Newsfeed FTL Newsfeed,]]'' in which the Earth of 2142 has consolidated into five or so super-states.
11th Aug '16 5:51:01 AM Morgenthaler
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** In one PVPBalanced designed-for-multiplayer map in ''HeartsOfIron II: Doomsday'', the world is divided equally between six (or was it nine?) gigantic empires that each control an equal share of the globe. HilarityEnsues when the Russian Empire is fighting communist Europe.

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** In one PVPBalanced designed-for-multiplayer map in ''HeartsOfIron II: ''VideoGame/HeartsOfIronII: Doomsday'', the world is divided equally between six (or was it nine?) gigantic empires that each control an equal share of the globe. HilarityEnsues when the Russian Empire is fighting communist Europe.
9th Aug '16 4:04:57 PM nombretomado
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* ''DecadesOfDarkness'' has this with the US which conquered most of the Americas, the Russian Federation which includes most of Eurasia and various member of the Restored Empire like Central Africa.

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* ''DecadesOfDarkness'' ''Literature/DecadesOfDarkness'' has this with the US which conquered most of the Americas, the Russian Federation which includes most of Eurasia and various member of the Restored Empire like Central Africa.
9th Aug '16 1:01:31 PM Ripburger
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* The second ''{{VideoGame/XCOM}}'' game, ''Terror From The Deep'', has a multitude of countries creating empires. Notable examples include the United States apparently comprising all of North America, The European Union, Southeast Asia, and the Oceanic Alliance (Japan and Australia being the major participants). Notably, there's also a lot of ''empty'' space in the Geoscape, representing countries or alliances that aren't funding the X-Com project, and are therefore not particularly important or worth protecting.

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* The second ''{{VideoGame/XCOM}}'' game, ''Terror ''[[VideoGame/XCOMTerrorFromTheDeep Terror From The Deep'', Deep]]'', has a multitude of countries creating empires. Notable examples include the United States apparently comprising all of North America, The European Union, Southeast Asia, and the Oceanic Alliance (Japan and Australia being the major participants). Notably, there's also a lot of ''empty'' space in the Geoscape, representing countries or alliances that aren't funding the X-Com project, and are therefore not particularly important or worth protecting.
9th Aug '16 11:50:24 AM Terran117
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** UsefulNotes/Tito attempted to create something similar to this in the Balkans during the Greek civil war by making a Yugoslav, Bulgarian Greek and Albanian Communist union. Stalin, already in charge of the world's largest space filling empire, could not tolerate such a threat even from another communist nation. This led to the Tito-Stalin split.

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** UsefulNotes/Tito Tito attempted to create something similar to this in the Balkans during the Greek civil war by making a Yugoslav, Bulgarian Greek and Albanian Communist union. Stalin, already in charge of the world's largest space filling empire, could not tolerate such a threat even from another communist nation. This led to the Tito-Stalin split.
9th Aug '16 11:50:04 AM Terran117
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** UsefulNotes/Tito attempted to create something similar to this in the Balkans during the Greek civil war by making a Yugoslav, Bulgarian Greek and Albanian Communist union. Stalin, already in charge of the world's largest space filling empire, could not tolerate such a threat even from another communist nation. This led to the Tito-Stalin split.


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* British India itself was kinda this (even without the obvious fact that it was part of the British Empire), before breaking up.
* Although they've lost some of their Imperial and Cold War influence, China, Russia and the USA may still be these depending on who you ask. Size aside, the fact that the autonomous regions and states of Russia, USA and China can act as if they were a nation at times supports this.
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.
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