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13th Nov '17 10:44:16 AM BeerBaron
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*** The Second Cyrodiilic Empire was founded by Reman Cyrodiil I (though he himself would never hold the official title of Emperor). After uniting the disheveled petty kingdoms of Cyrodiil against the threat of [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] invaders, his lineage would go on to found the Second Empire. It would come to dominate all of Tamriel except for Morrowind, where the Dunmer (Dark Elf) people were protected by their {{Physical God}}s, the Tribunal. This Empire was again a largely benevolent force that, for the most part, successfully united most of Tamriel. When the last of the Reman line was assassinated, it brought the 1st Era to a close. However, the [[DefeatMeansFriendship Akaviri]] [[RegentForLife Potentates]] would rule in a continuation of the Second Empire for the first several centuries of the 2nd Era, until they too would be assassinated.

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*** The Second Cyrodiilic Empire was founded by Reman Cyrodiil I (though he himself would never hold the official title of Emperor). After uniting the disheveled petty kingdoms of Cyrodiil against the threat of [[{{Wutai}} Akaviri]] invaders, his lineage would go on to found the Second Empire. It would come to dominate all of Tamriel except for Morrowind, where Morrowind (where the Dunmer (Dark Elf) [Dark Elf] people were protected by their {{Physical God}}s, the Tribunal.Tribunal) and the Summerset Isles (though he did get them to tangentially join his Empire via terms heavily favorable to the native Altmer [High Elves]). This Empire was again a largely benevolent force that, for the most part, successfully united most of Tamriel. When the last of the Reman line was assassinated, it brought the 1st Era to a close. However, the [[DefeatMeansFriendship Akaviri]] [[RegentForLife Potentates]] would rule in a continuation of the Second Empire for the first several centuries of the 2nd Era, until they too would be assassinated.
7th Nov '17 10:41:41 AM WaxingName
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** Both ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' games have the Grannvalian Empire. The twist is that for the first half of ''Genealogy of the Holy War'', the ''main characters themselves'' build it unwittingly when Sigurd embarks on a series of military expeditions to help his friends and winds up conquering most of Grannvale's neighbors in the process. The unscrupulous nobles behind him are more than willing to take advantage of this.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'''s Daein and its King Ashnard are the best fitting, the others are all 'correct' but with a few details of note. The sequel, ''Radiant Dawn'', gives this role to Begnion, which, unlike Daein, actually is an empire. The Dawn Brigade of Daein, the Greil Mercenaries of Crimea, and the empress of Begnion end up fighting against the empire's corrupt senate.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Mystery of the Emblem]]'' offers an interesting case - the Holy Kingdom of Archanea was a steadfast ally during the previous war. However, when Hardin ascended to the throne, he rechristened it the Holy Archanean Empire, changing practically nothing else about it save for its motivations; it's the antagonistic nation of the game.

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** Both ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'' games [[VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar Jugdral]] [[VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776 games]] have the Grannvalian Empire. The twist is that for the first half of ''Genealogy of the Holy War'', the ''main characters themselves'' build it unwittingly when Sigurd embarks on a series of military expeditions to help his friends and winds up conquering most of Grannvale's neighbors in the process. The unscrupulous nobles behind him are more than willing to take advantage of this.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Path of Radiance]]'''s Radiance]]''[='=]s Daein and its King Ashnard are the best fitting, the others are all 'correct' but with a few details of note. The sequel, ''Radiant Dawn'', ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Radiant Dawn]]'', gives this role to Begnion, which, unlike Daein, actually is an empire. The Dawn Brigade of Daein, the Greil Mercenaries of Crimea, and the empress of Begnion end up fighting against the empire's corrupt senate.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem Mystery of the Emblem]]'' offers an interesting case - the Holy Kingdom of Archanea was a steadfast ally during the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight previous war.war]]. However, when Hardin ascended to the throne, he rechristened it the Holy Archanean Empire, changing practically nothing else about it save for its motivations; it's the antagonistic nation of the game.
28th Oct '17 7:07:01 PM MarqFJA
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The Empire's defining Grand {{Ambition|IsEvil}} is [[TakeOverTheWorld World]] (Or [[GalacticConqueror Interstellar/Galactic/Universal]]) Domination. Amassing TheEvilArmy, it sets out to conquer all of its neighbours and be the [[OneWorldOrder sole superpower by force of arms]]. Taking cues from history, it [[PuttingOnTheReich often resembles the historic Roman, German, British, Russian/Soviet, or Chinese empires in some way]]. Led by TheEmperor, who is usually also an EvilOverlord, EmperorScientist or GodEmperor or by some kind of [[CorruptChurch theocratic]] [[PathOfInspiration cabal]]. A theocracy of a ReligionOfEvil will almost certainly be the Empire.

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The Empire's defining Grand {{Ambition|IsEvil}} is [[TakeOverTheWorld World]] (Or [[GalacticConqueror Interstellar/Galactic/Universal]]) Domination. Amassing TheEvilArmy, it sets out to conquer all of its neighbours and be the [[OneWorldOrder sole superpower by force of arms]]. Taking cues from history, it [[PuttingOnTheReich often resembles the historic Roman, German, British, Russian/Soviet, or Chinese empires in some way]]. Led by TheEmperor, who is usually also an EvilOverlord, EmperorScientist or GodEmperor or by some kind of [[CorruptChurch theocratic]] [[PathOfInspiration cabal]]. A theocracy [[TheTheocracy theocracy]] of a ReligionOfEvil will almost certainly be the Empire.
21st Oct '17 10:24:18 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* In the military science fiction novel ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', the United States itself plays this role, having become a blind juggernaut of oppressive collectivism and Cultural Marxism.
17th Oct '17 7:38:06 PM TheNerevarine
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%%* The Kushan Empire from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.

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%%* * ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' has two examples:
** The Tudor Empire (also called Chuder in some translations) in the "Golden Age" arc is a long-time enemy to Midland which has been at war with it for 100 years and is characterized as a war-mongering, expansionist force, though it hasn't been seen in detail beyond the knight forces employed to fight the [[BadassArmy Band of the Walk]] and is mostly a background entity.
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The Kushan Empire introduced later in the series is a more prominent example: they are also an expansionist, militaristic state whose emperor was turned into a literal demon and fills the ranks of his armies with monsters and demonic legions. He launches a genocidal campaign against Midland and even manages to take over its capital, employing brutal methods of ethnic cleansing, mass rapes and other atrocities. Their invasion soon turns convenient for [[DarkMessiah Griffith]] to come in and save Midland from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.the foreign invaders with his badass Apostle army.
15th Oct '17 7:37:12 PM PaulA
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* The Literature/CoDominium (CD) in ''Falkenberg's Legions'' by Jerry Pournelle. Technically TheAlliance, consisting of the United States and the USSR, the CD becomes an interstellar empire, with Earth's nations really disliking the Alliance. It's also collapsing, because the US and USSR still hate each other.
** Eventually the [=CoDominium=] military forces leave the Earth when the USA and USSR blow each other to pieces (and other nations join in), to relocated on the planets Sparta and St. Ekaterina, where they found a full-bore aristocratic empire of their own. The last line of 'The Prince of Spartans' is "AVE. AVE LYSANDER, IMPERATOR".

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* The Literature/CoDominium (CD) in ''Falkenberg's Legions'' ''Literature/FalkenbergsLegion'' by Jerry Pournelle. Technically TheAlliance, consisting of the United States and the USSR, the CD becomes an interstellar empire, with Earth's nations really disliking the Alliance. It's also collapsing, because the US and USSR still hate each other.
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other. Eventually the [=CoDominium=] military forces leave the Earth when the USA and USSR blow each other to pieces (and other nations join in), to relocated relocate on the planets Sparta and St. Ekaterina, where they found a full-bore aristocratic empire of their own. The last line of 'The Prince ''Prince of Spartans' Sparta'' is "AVE. AVE LYSANDER, IMPERATOR".
28th Sep '17 9:59:24 PM StrixObscuro
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* ''SuperMarioBros'' has the Bowser Empire/Kingdom, or whatever it's called. Heavily militarised, run by a despotic monarch and frequently invading the Kingdom... but oddly, in later games it's shown that not only are Bowser's soldiers [[PunchClockVillain mostly just doing their jobs]], they actually [[BenevolentBoss like, respect and admire Bowser]], and are quite loyal and proud of (if not understandably scared of pissing off) the giant super-strong turtle-dragon king.

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* ''SuperMarioBros'' ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'' has the Bowser Empire/Kingdom, or whatever it's called. Heavily militarised, run by a despotic monarch and frequently invading the Kingdom... but oddly, in later games it's shown that not only are Bowser's soldiers [[PunchClockVillain mostly just doing their jobs]], they actually [[BenevolentBoss like, respect and admire Bowser]], and are quite loyal and proud of (if not understandably scared of pissing off) the giant super-strong turtle-dragon king.



* In ''VideoGame/LootersOfDystopia'', the Omega Empire, led by Emperor Duke and enforced by the Wild Trumps, rules with an iron fist over the land. The heavy taxes have crushed the economy, drugs and prostitution are rampant despite the former ostensibly being illegal, and the empire is not above using slavery or necromancy to achieve its aims.

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18th Sep '17 2:18:07 PM khalcyon2011
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* The main antagonists of ''Film/TwentyNineteenAfterTheFallOfNewYork'' are a fascist state that caused the apocalypse that Ren most of humanity infertile, and are committing horrific crimes in a desperate attempt to fix things.

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* The main antagonists of ''Film/TwentyNineteenAfterTheFallOfNewYork'' are a fascist state that caused the apocalypse that Ren rendered most of humanity infertile, and are committing horrific crimes in a desperate attempt to fix things.
12th Sep '17 7:35:07 AM Rytex
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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has the Archadian Empire, which embodies this trope, and the Rozarrian Empire which seems more benevolent, but is only peripherally involved in the story.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has the Archadian Empire, which embodies this trope, and the Rozarrian Empire which seems more benevolent, but is only peripherally involved in the story. However, as you get further and further into the game, you realize that [[GreyAndGrayMorality the Archadian Empire isn't as evil as the protagonists want to believe, and neither is the Rozarrian Empire as benevolent as they seem.]] Of the three main antagonists, only one of them has true villainous intent (Vayne just wants to rule the world as Dynast-King), whereas the other two (Cid and Venat) are working with him to wrest control of Man's future from the hands of the Occuria and, outside of simply being on the opposite side of the protagonists, aren't all that bad.
1st Sep '17 4:07:11 AM HalcyonDayz
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** Over the course of the gameplay the Klingon Empire ends up drifting back over a series of EnemyMine incidents to the TNG state of downplaying the Empire bit since it would make the Federation-Klingon alliance look less sympathetic. Several other empires or would-be empires end up ''being'' some of those EnemyMine incidents -- the alliance between the Tal Shiar and Sela's Romulan Star Empire, while mostly The Empire to other Romulans (and the Remans), make several aggressive moves in the early story, the Terran Rebellion in ''DS9'' turns out have re-established the Terran Empire (and some factions in it are interested in branching out to conquest of the other reality), [[spoiler: Laas]] makes an abortive move to use terrorist Cardassians and left-over Alpha Jem'Hadar to found a Dominion-in-the-Alpha-Quadrant, the [[spoiler: Vaadwaur]] are brutally re-creating their long-gone Supremacy...

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** Over the course of the gameplay the Klingon Empire ends up drifting back over a series of EnemyMine incidents to the TNG state of downplaying the Empire bit since it would make the Federation-Klingon alliance look less sympathetic. Several other empires or would-be empires end up ''being'' some of those EnemyMine incidents -- the alliance between the Tal Shiar and Sela's Romulan Star Empire, while mostly The Empire to other Romulans (and the Remans), make several aggressive moves in the early story, the Terran Rebellion in ''DS9'' ''[=DS9=]'' turns out have re-established the Terran Empire (and some factions in it are interested in branching out to conquest of the other reality), [[spoiler: Laas]] makes an abortive move to use terrorist Cardassians and left-over Alpha Jem'Hadar to found a Dominion-in-the-Alpha-Quadrant, the [[spoiler: Vaadwaur]] are brutally re-creating their long-gone Supremacy...
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