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24th Apr '17 3:11:00 AM iroanxi
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* The Empire of ''Roleplay/ThereIsNoGATEWeDidNotFightThere'' highly resembles a fantasy Roman Empire, with the presence of many things based on Roman culture (such as some names, buildings, martial styles, the treatment of slaves, racism, and other aspects). Presented as a necessary evil and a light in the darkness despite its many faults, because it brought order to the otherwise bloody and uncivilized world.
-->We all recognise Rome as one of the greatest cultures and Empires that has ever existed. In spite of the slavery, in spite of the oppression, in spite of the naked racism, Rome was a shining beacon in the dark world.
-->The Empire is far more than Rome could ever hope to have been.
23rd Apr '17 12:37:23 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TearsToTiara'' and the sequel ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'', the Holy Empire is one. It is under the control of a CorruptChurch ran by KnightTemplar.

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* In ''TearsToTiara'' ''VisualNovel/TearsToTiara'' and the sequel ''[[VideoGame/TearsToTiara2 Tears to Tiara 2]]'', the Holy Empire is one. It is under the control of a CorruptChurch ran by KnightTemplar.
22nd Apr '17 2:15:58 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Suikoden}}'' games have the Scarlet Moon Empire and the Harmonian Empire.

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* The ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' games have the Scarlet Moon Empire and the Harmonian Empire.
17th Apr '17 5:03:17 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Envoy from the Heavens]]'', the Empire (also known as the Seven Provinces) on the MedievalStasis planet Osier appears to be the Roman equivalent for this world, except it never collapsed and shows no signs of weakening. It's more of a HegemonicEmpire and isn't actually evil. There are many satellite nations surrounding it, but none of them can hope to challenge the Empire. Like the Romans, the Empire's primary advantage is the extensive road network that spans the entire inhabited continent. The Empire is in large part responsible for keeping the world in MedievalStasis for the better part of a millennium and even the Foundation's best efforts to introduce and promote new ideas are met with resistance from the established structures. The only way that the human researchers see to force a shift is to inspire a Columbus-like discovery of the untouched continent on the other side of the planet, hoping that new nations outside the Empire's direct influence will help shift the balance of power and induce progress. [[spoiler:The humans meet opposition from a race of [[ApesInSpace ape-like]] psychic aliens, who are [[AlienNon-interferenceClause opposed to such efforts]]]].

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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Envoy from the Heavens]]'', the Empire (also known as the Seven Provinces) on the MedievalStasis planet Osier appears to be the Roman equivalent for this world, except it never collapsed and shows no signs of weakening. It's more of a HegemonicEmpire and isn't actually evil. There are many satellite nations surrounding it, but none of them can hope to challenge the Empire. Like the Romans, the Empire's primary advantage is the extensive road network that spans the entire inhabited continent. The Empire is in large part responsible for keeping the world in MedievalStasis for the better part of a millennium and even the Foundation's best efforts to introduce and promote new ideas are met with resistance from the established structures. The only way that the human researchers see to force a shift is to inspire a Columbus-like discovery of the untouched continent on the other side of the planet, hoping that new nations outside the Empire's direct influence will help shift the balance of power and induce progress. [[spoiler:The humans meet opposition from a race of [[ApesInSpace ape-like]] psychic aliens, who are [[AlienNon-interferenceClause [[AlienNonInterferenceClause opposed to such efforts]]]].
17th Apr '17 5:03:02 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Envoy from the Heavens]]'', the Empire (also known as the Seven Provinces) on the MedievalStasis planet Osier appears to be the Roman equivalent for this world, except it never collapsed and shows no signs of weakening. It's more of a HegemonicEmpire and isn't actually evil. There are many satellite nations surrounding it, but none of them can hope to challenge the Empire. Like the Romans, the Empire's primary advantage is the extensive road network that spans the entire inhabited continent. The Empire is in large part responsible for keeping the world in MedievalStasis for the better part of a millennium and even the Foundation's best efforts to introduce and promote new ideas are met with resistance from the established structures. The only way that the human researchers see to force a shift is to inspire a Columbus-like discovery of the untouched continent on the other side of the planet, hoping that new nations outside the Empire's direct influence will help shift the balance of power and induce progress. [[spoiler:The humans meet opposition from a race of [[ApesInSpace ape-like]] psychic aliens, who are [[AlienNon-interferenceClause opposed to such efforts]]]].
17th Apr '17 4:10:54 AM ChronoLegion
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* Also from Creator/SergeyLukyanenko, the Human Empire in ''Literature/{{Genome}}''. While it's certainly a powerful interstellar nation, it's about evenly matched by the [[BeePeople Czygu]]. Should a war break out between the two empires, one would be utterly destroyed, while the other one would become a VestigialEmpire. However, there are indications that the Empire is already showing signs of decay. Few in the outer fringes even know the name of the current Emperor.

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* Also from Creator/SergeyLukyanenko, the Human Empire in ''Literature/{{Genome}}''. While it's certainly a powerful interstellar nation, it's about evenly matched by the [[BeePeople Czygu]].Zzygou]]. Should a war break out between the two empires, one would be utterly destroyed, while the other one would become a VestigialEmpire. However, there are indications that the Empire is already showing signs of decay. Few in the outer fringes even know the name of the current Emperor.
17th Apr '17 4:02:31 AM ChronoLegion
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* An interesting variation in Creator/VladimirVasilyev's ''The War for Mobility'' story arc. The villainous Shat-Tsur Empire are ''former slaves'' of one of the members of TheAlliance. While this would normally lend them a measure of compassion, the fact that they are not merely retaliating for the years of slavery but are determined to dominate the galaxy (not to mention slaughtering over 70% of their former masters, many of whom are innocent) using the enormous armada they have assembled under everyone's noses means they fall squarely into this trope.

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* An interesting variation in Creator/VladimirVasilyev's ''The ''[[Literature/DeathOrGlory The War for Mobility'' Mobility]]'' story arc. The villainous Shat-Tsur Empire are ''former slaves'' of one of the members of TheAlliance. While this would normally lend them a measure of compassion, the fact that they are not merely retaliating for the years of slavery but are determined to dominate the galaxy (not to mention slaughtering over 70% of their former masters, many of whom are innocent) using the enormous armada they have assembled under everyone's noses means they fall squarely into this trope.
17th Apr '17 4:01:58 AM ChronoLegion
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* Creator/JohnScalzi's ''Literature/TheInterdependency'' series has the titular interstellar government (more formally known as the Holy Empire of the Interdependent States and Mercantile Guilds) ruling over the 47 inhabited systems accessible to humanity. While the ruling House of Wu does have the most powerful military, it's not generally used to intimidate or crush any opposition. Given the FeudalFuture setting, the titular empire's name also describes its structure, ensuring that no colony is completely self-sufficient, thus forcing everyone to cooperate and avoid war. The Church of the Interdependency is an InterfaithSmoothie primarily designed to sell the official line of the Interdependency. The Interdependency is ruled by an emperox (a gender-neutral title that's pronounced "empero"), who is always a member of the House of Wu, which became dominant due to its control over the key Hub system. [[spoiler:In the first novel, ''The Collapsing Empire'', a couple of scientists discover that the [[SubspaceOrHyperspace Flow]] channels that link the Interdependency together are about to collapse, which will not only spell the end for the Interdependency but also the vast majority of the colonies due to their non-self-reliant nature. The only colony likely to survive will be End, the only habitable planet (besides the lost Earth) in the explored universe]].
10th Apr '17 4:49:00 AM ChrisX
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If the Empire is not ObviouslyEvil, it may represent itself as the Lightbearer of Civilization, Defender of Faith, Domain of Law and Order, The Co-Prosperity Sphere, Central State of Humankind or Legitimate Regent of Humanity. PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny may overlap with these titles. The Empire may be genuinely highly civilized, wealthy, organized, and/or vital, or corrupt, bureaucratic, sybarite and/or ossified. It may be militaristic and imperialistic, or pacifistic and turned inwards. In nearly all instances, the Empire features an original founding polity, usually a race or nationality, who stand above and enjoy special privileges that are denied to the Empire's various subject peoples.

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If the Empire is not ObviouslyEvil, it may represent itself as the Lightbearer of Civilization, Defender of Faith, Domain of Law and Order, The Co-Prosperity Sphere, Central State of Humankind or Legitimate Regent of Humanity. PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny may overlap with these titles. The Empire may be genuinely highly civilized, wealthy, organized, and/or vital, or corrupt, bureaucratic, sybarite and/or ossified. It may be militaristic and imperialistic, or pacifistic and turned inwards. In nearly all instances, the Empire features an original founding polity, usually a race or nationality, who stand above and enjoy special privileges that are denied to the Empire's various subject peoples.
peoples. Overall will adhere to the trope OrderIsNotGood.
8th Apr '17 5:58:54 PM nombretomado
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* The Coalition States in ''{{Rifts}}'' can be given a ''little'' slack for establishing order in the post-Cataclysm world... but not for enforcing illiteracy, destroying pre-Rift artifacts, and brutally hunting down and persecuting D-Bees, magic users, and psychics with chilling coldness.

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* The Coalition States in ''{{Rifts}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' can be given a ''little'' slack for establishing order in the post-Cataclysm world... but not for enforcing illiteracy, destroying pre-Rift artifacts, and brutally hunting down and persecuting D-Bees, magic users, and psychics with chilling coldness.
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