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24th Mar '17 2:45:13 PM UnassumingOne69
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**''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' follows suit, with Ulfric/Tullius delivering his epic speech about the fate of Skyrim at the gates of Solitude/Windhelm, he is attended usually by the Dragonborn and half-a-dozen random Nords.
21st Feb '17 9:21:32 AM MasterHero
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* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'': Even for a mercenary group, [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Chaos]]'s Ragna branch is absolutely tiny, especially compared to the more advanced and sophisticated [=SMS=] branch we saw in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''. They operate out of a single warship, on a single planet, with a few squads of new-model fighters. Their pilots have to pull double duty for ground combat and infiltration when the need arises, and the singers also provide tactical support and maintenance. Thanks to the current war, they are low on funds and support from the [=UN=] and make do with what they have.
18th Nov '16 11:31:06 AM VutherA
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** Space Marine chapters have only around 1000 marines each, and most of their deployments are company sized at best, but they are still sometimes depicted as conquering entire planets by themselves.

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** Space Marine chapters have only around 1000 marines each, and most of their deployments are company sized at best, but they are still sometimes depicted as conquering entire planets by themselves.
themselves...but in their case, it's (probably) [[BadassArmy more]] [[EmpoweredBadAssNormal intentional]].
9th Nov '16 7:33:12 PM dmcreif
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* Prohibition under the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution was unsuccessful for many reasons. First, the Volstead Act (the federal law banning alcohol as enabled by the 18th Amendment) was to be enforced by only 1,520 federal agents tasked with covering the whole of the continental United States. Under censuses at the time, that resulted in a ratio of one agent per every 70,000 people and thus the Prohibition agents were wholly inadequate to either enforce the 18th Amendment within society or controlling America's vast coastlines and huge unguarded borders with Mexico and Canada. Second, the act was riddled with loopholes, as people were allowed to quite legally brew wine and cider for personal consumption at home whilst doctors were allowed to prescribe alcohol for medicinal purposes and clergymen for religious sacraments, legal technicalities which were extensively exploited and abused. Furthermore it was not actually illegal to ''drink'' alcohol, only to sell it, transport it or manufacture beer/spirits, allowing many people to quite legitimately consume whatever they had stockpiled in the period between the act passing in October 1919 and becoming law in January 1920.
4th Nov '16 6:23:42 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', the episodes showing Savage's army in the future are limited to about a dozen guys at most, which is probably the only reason why a mish-mash of superheroes and {{Badass Normals}} is able to take them down instead of being wiped out in a massed laser barrage. Savage's army is supposed to be overrunning the entire world at this point. Also, in Season 2, Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu can barely scrape together a few dozen samurai (and ''only'' samurai, no lower-ranking ashigaru at all) to wipe out a small village. How is he supposed to keep all of Japan in line? Then there's the AmericanCivilWar, where we see a few dozen Confederate and Union soldiers deciding the fate of the country. Obviously, the show doesn't have much of a budget, and most of that is being used on CGI.
14th Oct '16 6:30:58 PM KillerClowns
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* Justified in ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'', where expensive, hard-to-work bronze and similarly Bronze Age populations means most nations have a small, elite army and a occasionally a powerful mage as their entire armed forces. The armies of [[EvilOverlord Kyros]] [[TheBadGuyWins conquered]] [[VillainWorld the world]] by averting this with ''iron''. It is heavy and inferior to bronze (steel has not yet been invented), but cheap and so easily mass-produced that Kyros' legions can simply overrun any resistance.
9th Aug '16 12:58:53 PM Ripburger
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* In ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'', the cap on the number of soldiers you can have is 99, which is about two to four platoons. The amount of soldiers you send on missions is 6, at most. Yet the organisation is tasked with stopping an entire global invasion. {{Justified|Trope}} in that X-COM is not really for ''fighting'' the war, but ''winning'' it; the whole point of the organisation is learning and developing ways to fight the aliens, securing key objectives, and subverting the alien's offensives and plans, leaving the real heavy lifting to the traditional military forces. The original ''VideoGame/XCom'' was actually a bit more realistic in this regard. You started out with the ability to send up to fourteen soldiers on a mission, and researching a late-game ship design boosted this to 26.

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* In ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'', the cap on the number of soldiers you can have is 99, which is about two to four platoons. The amount of soldiers you send on missions is 6, at most. Yet the organisation is tasked with stopping an entire global invasion. {{Justified|Trope}} in that X-COM is not really for ''fighting'' the war, but ''winning'' it; the whole point of the organisation is learning and developing ways to fight the aliens, securing key objectives, and subverting the alien's offensives and plans, leaving the real heavy lifting to the traditional military forces. The original ''VideoGame/XCom'' ''[[VideoGame/XCOMUFODefense X-COM]]'' was actually a bit more realistic in this regard. You started out with the ability to send up to fourteen soldiers on a mission, and researching a late-game ship design boosted this to 26.
29th Jul '16 5:41:30 PM JackG
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* An InUniverse version in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' when the announcer at the Colosseum introduces THE BARBARIAN HORDE! which consists of just over a dozen gladiators dressed up like Carthaginian mercenaries.
29th Jul '16 7:26:53 AM Prfnoff
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* ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'':
-->The glorious army that drew up before the Black Gate numbered somewhat less than the original thousands. It numbered seven, to be exact, and might have been less had not seven [[HorseOfADifferentColor merinos]] finally bolted for freedom out from under their riders.
11th Jun '16 3:15:08 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** From the second season on the show had a noticeably larger effects and extras budget, so this gradually goes away. For instance, we see a Dothraki horde in season 6 which is much more convincingly a force of thousands even though it's supposed to be a fraction the size of the one from the first season.
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