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10th Oct '17 3:26:04 AM Ramidel
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** In ''VideoGame/TotalWarShogun2'', the Ashikaga Shogun is the theoretical ruler of all Japan. In practice, the Ashikaga are a rump state holed up in Kyoto; the rest of Japan is [[JidaiGeki warring states]].
30th Sep '17 5:28:57 PM nombretomado
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** This is almost an {{enforced| trope}} in ''Videogame/MedievalIITotalWar''. The ByzantineEmpire is a playable faction that starts off with a very well-developed capital and a powerful army list, but said capital is surrounded by the rising powers of Hungary, Venice, Novgorod, and the Turks, and its army cannot keep pace with the other factions' advances in the endgame. It's possible to avert UsefulNotes/TheFallOfConstantinople, but doing so is usually a RaceAgainstTime.

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** This is almost an {{enforced| trope}} in ''Videogame/MedievalIITotalWar''. The ByzantineEmpire UsefulNotes/ByzantineEmpire is a playable faction that starts off with a very well-developed capital and a powerful army list, but said capital is surrounded by the rising powers of Hungary, Venice, Novgorod, and the Turks, and its army cannot keep pace with the other factions' advances in the endgame. It's possible to avert UsefulNotes/TheFallOfConstantinople, but doing so is usually a RaceAgainstTime.
24th Sep '17 10:24:22 AM Abodos
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->''"There was a time when this whole quadrant belonged to us! What are we now? Twelve worlds and a thousand monuments to past glories. Living off memories and stories, and selling trinkets. My god, man! We've become a tourist attraction. 'See the great Centauri Republic--open 9 to 5--''Earth time''.'"''

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->''"There was a time when this whole quadrant belonged to us! What are we now? Twelve worlds and a thousand monuments to past glories. Living off memories and stories, and selling trinkets. My god, man! We've become a tourist attraction. 'See the great Centauri Republic--open 9 to 5--''Earth time''.5--''[[EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Earth time]]''.'"''
24th Sep '17 10:23:36 AM Abodos
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* There are hints that Ikana from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' may be like this.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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There are hints that Ikana from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' may be like this.this, especially considering that their current King is an undead skeleton.
** The [[ShiftingSandLand Gerudo]] region in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has hints that the Gerudo people were once more widespread in the area and had accomplished many architectural marvels. In the present they are limited to a small handful of camps outside of Gerudo Town, and their massive statues and buildings elsewhere are all but forgotten.
15th Sep '17 7:14:52 PM Prfnoff
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* The Galactic Empire from Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' novels turns into this over the course of the series, and the Roman parallels are many and explicit, including a Justinian-like reconquest that collapses in on itself. By the time of the Mule, the Empire controls only twenty agricultural worlds, having abandoned its original capital planet of Trantor after the Great Sack. When the story's protagonists visit Neotrantor, the new capital, the senile Emperor is under the impression that the Empire is as strong as ever, treating the Foundation as just another world within the Anacreon Province of the Empire.

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* The Galactic Empire from Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' novels turns into this over the course of the series, and the Roman parallels are many and explicit, including a Justinian-like reconquest that collapses in on itself. By the time of the Mule, the Empire controls only twenty agricultural worlds, having abandoned its original capital planet of Trantor CityPlanet, Trantor, after the Great Sack. When the story's protagonists visit Neotrantor, the new capital, the senile Emperor Dagobert IX is under the impression that the Empire is as strong as ever, treating the Foundation as just another world within the Anacreon Province of the Empire.
11th Sep '17 4:13:02 PM Jhonny
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This nation used to [[TheEmpire rule the known world, or at least a sizable chunk of it]]. Unfortunately, for the last ''n'' years, its influence has been declining and its territory shrinking; the lands that previously were firmly under their thumbs being either snatched up by opportunistic neighbors seeing the chance to take their old enemy down a peg, or gaining independence at the hands of separatist movements smelling the weakness of their overlord and deciding that the time is ripe to claim their right to self-determination either through political means or open rebellion.

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This nation used to [[TheEmpire rule the known world, or at least a sizable chunk of it]]. Unfortunately, for the last ''n'' years, its influence has been declining and its territory shrinking; the lands that previously were firmly under their thumbs being either snatched up by opportunistic neighbors seeing the chance to take their old enemy down a peg, or gaining independence at the hands of separatist movements smelling the weakness of their overlord and deciding that the time is ripe to claim their right to self-determination either through political means or open rebellion.
rebellion. The erstwhile VoluntaryVassal is now neither voluntary nor a vassal.
9th Sep '17 4:25:58 PM nombretomado
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** The former colonies of the Valyrian Empire which became the Free Cities. Valyria was a FantasyCounterpart of the Roman Empire, and seemed destined to conquer the world until a sudden cataclysm destroyed the heart of the Empire. All that was left was a far flung group of colonies that suddenly lacked the FantasticNuke that had given Valyria so much power: [[DragonRider dragons]]. While several of these free cities (particularly Volantis) like to proclaim that they will restore Valyrian glory, everyone knows it's so much CulturalPosturing and none of them have anywhere near the ability that the Empire did.

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** The former colonies of the Valyrian Empire which became the Free Cities. Valyria was a FantasyCounterpart JustForFun/FantasyCounterpart of the Roman Empire, and seemed destined to conquer the world until a sudden cataclysm destroyed the heart of the Empire. All that was left was a far flung group of colonies that suddenly lacked the FantasticNuke that had given Valyria so much power: [[DragonRider dragons]]. While several of these free cities (particularly Volantis) like to proclaim that they will restore Valyrian glory, everyone knows it's so much CulturalPosturing and none of them have anywhere near the ability that the Empire did.
7th Sep '17 12:21:18 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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This nation used to [[TheEmpire rule the known world, or at least a sizable chunk of it]]. Unfortunately, for the last ''n'' years, its influence has been declining and its territory shrinking; the lands that previously were firmly under their thumbs being snatched up by opportunistic neighbors seeing the chance to take their old enemy down a peg, or gaining independence at the hands of separatist movements smelling the weakness of their overlord and deciding that the time is ripe to claim their right to self-determination either through political means or open rebellion.

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This nation used to [[TheEmpire rule the known world, or at least a sizable chunk of it]]. Unfortunately, for the last ''n'' years, its influence has been declining and its territory shrinking; the lands that previously were firmly under their thumbs being either snatched up by opportunistic neighbors seeing the chance to take their old enemy down a peg, or gaining independence at the hands of separatist movements smelling the weakness of their overlord and deciding that the time is ripe to claim their right to self-determination either through political means or open rebellion.
7th Sep '17 12:20:24 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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This nation used to [[TheEmpire rule the known world, or at least a sizable chunk of it]]. Unfortunately, for the last ''n'' years, its influence has been declining and its territory shrinking.

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This nation used to [[TheEmpire rule the known world, or at least a sizable chunk of it]]. Unfortunately, for the last ''n'' years, its influence has been declining and its territory shrinking.
shrinking; the lands that previously were firmly under their thumbs being snatched up by opportunistic neighbors seeing the chance to take their old enemy down a peg, or gaining independence at the hands of separatist movements smelling the weakness of their overlord and deciding that the time is ripe to claim their right to self-determination either through political means or open rebellion.
29th Aug '17 9:36:04 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The main reason the Elves and Dwarves were unable to recover was that at the height of their power they fought an utterly pointless apocalyptic war with each other. By the time it was over they lacked the numbers and surviving infrastructure to deal with new disasters.
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