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* The Galactic Empire in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', as not only the government's influence is waning due the conflicts among the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt High Nobles]], but a string of incompetent military commanders led to multiple defeats against the [[TheFederation Free Planets Alliance]], that at one point would have been able to ''march all the way to the Imperial capital'' (the one thing that saved the Empire was the death of the Alliance admiral who inflicted that defeat, as his subordinates couldn't agree with each other long enough to do it and the Alliance government lacked the political will, giving the Empire time to rebuild their military and put a [[ThatsNoMoon gigantic space fortress]] on the invasion route). By the time of the series, the Imperial government is so weakened that Reinhard von Lohengramm was able to wipe out the High Nobles and impose himself as the Prime Minister [[spoiler: and then become emperor]], at which point the Empire is reformed and enters a new golden age.

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* The Galactic Empire in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', as not only the government's influence is waning due the conflicts among the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt High Nobles]], but a string of incompetent military commanders led to multiple defeats against the [[TheFederation Free Planets Alliance]], that at one point would have been able to ''march all the way to the Imperial capital'' (the one thing that saved the Empire was the death of the Alliance admiral who inflicted that defeat, as his subordinates couldn't agree with each other long enough to do it and the Alliance government lacked the political will, giving the Empire time to rebuild their military and put a [[ThatsNoMoon gigantic space fortress]] on the invasion route). By the time of the series, the Imperial government is so weakened that Reinhard von Lohengramm was able to wipe out the High Nobles and impose himself as the Prime Minister [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and then become emperor]], at which point the Empire is reformed and enters a new golden age.



* Melniboné from Creator/MichaelMoorcock's ''Literature/TheElricSaga'' is like this, having ruled over the entire world for almost ten thousand years under the blessing of [[GodOfEvil the Lords of Chaos]]. It is noted that its latest emperor (and series protagonist) Elric could restore much of its former power [[DefectorFromDecadence if he had a mind to.]]
* Tolnedra from the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' (Although most of the countries around it were never really under its political influence, they still ''act'' as if they controlled the whole continent once upon a time). They are a greater force for law and order in large portions of Arendia than the Arendians are, and the backstory details how they basically forced the other countries to create Sendaria at one point.

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* Melniboné from Creator/MichaelMoorcock's ''Literature/TheElricSaga'' is like this, having ruled over the entire world for almost ten thousand years under the blessing of [[GodOfEvil the Lords of Chaos]]. It is noted that its latest emperor (and series protagonist) Elric could restore much of its former power [[DefectorFromDecadence if he had a mind to.]]
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* Tolnedra from the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' (Although (although most of the countries around it were never really under its political influence, they still ''act'' as if they controlled the whole continent once upon a time). They are a greater force for law and order in large portions of Arendia than the Arendians are, and the backstory details how they basically forced the other countries to create Sendaria at one point.



** The Tevinter Imperium. The player may not visit it in the games yet, but it's a big part of the world's lore and history, and its ruins litter the game. Their decline was brought about by a congo line of disasters, starting with the emergence of Darkspawn following a failed attempt by Tevinter magisters to enter the fade and wrest control of the Golden City from the Maker(God, basically) himself. The darkspawn brought about the Blight, which raged for 200 years before finally ending, but the image of the mighty Imperium, thought invincible, weakened inspired a massive internal slave rebellion triggered by an immense barbarian invasion spearheaded by Andraste, who was a sort of fusion of Jesus and Joan of Arc who punted the Imperium right in the knockers and wrecked much of their power even as the were recovering from the Blight. Some centuries later, the Qunari showed up, settling in the northern islands, and started kicking everyone's collective asses across Thedas, including the Imperium's, until the combined forces of Thedas halted the Qunari invasions. The Imperium, rather than making an uneasy peace with the Qunari like the rest of Thedas, has been fighting a bloody and expensive and stalemated war with the Qunari ever since. In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', though, Fenris claims that [[spoiler:Tevinter's power is slowly returning. Since Tevinter is an EvilEmpire that relies on the worst of BloodMagic, this is a very bad thing.]]

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** The Tevinter Imperium. The player may not visit it in the games yet, but it's a big part of the world's lore and history, and its ruins litter the game. Their decline was brought about by a congo line of disasters, starting with the emergence of Darkspawn following a failed attempt by Tevinter magisters to enter the fade and wrest control of the Golden City from the Maker(God, Maker (God, basically) himself. The darkspawn brought about the Blight, which raged for 200 years before finally ending, but the image of the mighty Imperium, thought invincible, weakened inspired a massive internal slave rebellion triggered by an immense barbarian invasion spearheaded by Andraste, who was a sort of fusion of Jesus and Joan of Arc who punted the Imperium right in the knockers and wrecked much of their power even as the were recovering from the Blight. Some centuries later, the Qunari showed up, settling in the northern islands, and started kicking everyone's collective asses across Thedas, including the Imperium's, until the combined forces of Thedas halted the Qunari invasions. The Imperium, rather than making an uneasy peace with the Qunari like the rest of Thedas, has been fighting a bloody and expensive and stalemated war with the Qunari ever since. In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', though, Fenris claims that [[spoiler:Tevinter's power is slowly returning. Since Tevinter is an EvilEmpire that relies on the worst of BloodMagic, this is a very bad thing.]]



*** In ''Daggerfall'', the hero is sent on a personal errand for the Emperor (the protagonist is "friend" with said emperor). [[spoiler: The emperor's true goal is to have you find a ForgottenSuperweapon that was used to forge the empire and that you'll return it to him. You have the choice to give it to many factions, all with their own plot. Later games reveal that a DivineIntervention made all the game's endings happen at once, most of them cancelling out and bringing peace and some stability to the region]].

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*** In ''Daggerfall'', the hero is sent on a personal errand for the Emperor (the protagonist is "friend" with said emperor). [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The emperor's true goal is to have you find a ForgottenSuperweapon that was used to forge the empire and that you'll return it to him. You have the choice to give it to many factions, all with their own plot. Later games reveal that a DivineIntervention made all the game's endings happen at once, most of them cancelling out and bringing peace and some stability to the region]].



*** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' reveals that some time after the novels, things got worse. For a period of two years, the two moons of Nirn (the world the games take place in) disappear. When they reappear, the Aldmeri Dominion claims credit. Since the moons have significant religious importance for the Khajiiti natives of Elsweyr, the Elsweyr Confederacy divides into Anequina and Pelletine, Aldmeri vassal states. The Aldmeri Dominion then invades the Imperial provinces of Cyrodiil and Hammerfell seventy-one years later. After a long, brutal war that ends in a stalemate (at one point, a county, or "hold", of the province of Skyrim, the Reach, attempts to secede as the Forsworn Kingdom, but is quashed). Due to the peace terms, the Thalmor have a considerable presence in the Empire and given license to hunt down people who worship Talos, the Emperor Tiber Septim who became a god. Additionally, they receive southern Hammerfell. The Redguards of Hammerfell's refusal to accept this lead to the current emperor, Titus Mede II, expelling the province from the Empire. The Redguards, however, actually oust the Altmer from Hammerfell. In the game itself, the player's choices can strengthen or weaken the Empire. The civil war (which is stoked by the Thalmor) can end either with the Empire re-establishing control over Skyrim, or Skyrim seceding from the Empire. Additionally, [[spoiler: one can assassinate the emperor as part of the Dark Brotherhood, or choose to destroy the Brotherhood instead]]. Finally, the Forsworn king can either be rescued from his prison, or put down.

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*** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' reveals that some time after the novels, things got worse. For a period of two years, the two moons of Nirn (the world the games take place in) disappear. When they reappear, the Aldmeri Dominion claims credit. Since the moons have significant religious importance for the Khajiiti natives of Elsweyr, the Elsweyr Confederacy divides into Anequina and Pelletine, Aldmeri vassal states. The Aldmeri Dominion then invades the Imperial provinces of Cyrodiil and Hammerfell seventy-one years later. After a long, brutal war that ends in a stalemate (at one point, a county, or "hold", of the province of Skyrim, the Reach, attempts to secede as the Forsworn Kingdom, but is quashed). Due to the peace terms, the Thalmor have a considerable presence in the Empire and given license to hunt down people who worship Talos, the Emperor Tiber Septim who became a god. Additionally, they receive southern Hammerfell. The Redguards of Hammerfell's refusal to accept this lead to the current emperor, Titus Mede II, expelling the province from the Empire. The Redguards, however, actually oust the Altmer from Hammerfell. In the game itself, the player's choices can strengthen or weaken the Empire. The civil war (which is stoked by the Thalmor) can end either with the Empire re-establishing control over Skyrim, or Skyrim seceding from the Empire. Additionally, [[spoiler: one [[spoiler:one can assassinate the emperor as part of the Dark Brotherhood, or choose to destroy the Brotherhood instead]]. Finally, the Forsworn king can either be rescued from his prison, or put down.



* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, [[EagleLand The]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName En]][[DividedStatesOfAmerica cl]][[TheEmpire ave]] consider themselves the sole and true heirs to the [[DividedStatesOfAmerica United States of]] [[CrapsackWorld America]], despite only hanging on to [[SecretGovernmentWarehouse Navarro]] and the Oil Rig in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' (which they've lost), Raven Rock in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' (which they've lost), and implied to have holdings in the Mid-West, specifically Chicago ([[RuleOfThree which they've]] [[SubvertedTrope NOT lost]], [[SequelHook yet]]). Once feared for their [[PuttingOnTheReich Power]] [[PowerArmor Armor]], airforce, and other pre-War technology, by ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' only a handful of aging Enclave remnants live in the Mojave region, most of whom who are on the run and hiding from the New California Republic after the events of ''Fallout 2''.
** The New California Republic is another example. The continuation of the State of California, the NCR holds territory across what we would know as California, Nevada, Oregon and Baja California, Mexico. However, their population totals just 700,000 (less than 2% of California alone's current population) and most of their territory is irradiated and uninhabitable.
** Caesar's Legion in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is a young, aggressive militaristic empire with the weaponry, the manpower and the stones to take on the NCR. However they can become the VestigialEmpire if you assassinate [[BigBad Caesar]] and rally other factions like the Boomers, the Brotherhood of Steel and even the Enclave Remnants to aid the NCR in [[BigDamPlot a key battle at Hoover Dam]]. Then if you defeat Caesar's most dangeous general, [[TheDragon Lanius]] and win the battle, the Legion is effectively doomed to collapse. Even if you manage to talk Lanius into retreating, it's hinted that without Caesar, the general won't be able to hold the Legion together for much longer.
** The Institute in ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' is a futuristic science organization in Boston that has gone so far, they've developed [[spoiler:''teleportation'']] and near-human androids (Synths), giving them an edge in tactical missions and dangerous experiments. Unfortunately, they went past the point of no return in terms of their public relations and social sciences; there are literally no diplomats (and their Field Security chief is a sadistic century-old nutjob who gets crazier with each mission), they've sent enough spies and assassins to make them the enemies of everyone else, and they've gone so long tearing apart the wasteland that it's all they can think of doing at this point (You can find evidence that [[spoiler:they keep sending their Super Mutant experiments into the wasteland even though ''they literally cannot make any further scientific progress on Super Mutants at the moment'', they won't even dispose of the murdermachines, throwing them into hapless cities!]]). They've lost control of Boston and are trying to conquer the underground tunnels in an attempt to escape from the wasteland. You have one chance to redeem them, but at this point it's better to just destroy their self-sustaining bunker and force the scientists to work for various, better-strategized factions instead.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, [[EagleLand The]] [[ANaziByAnyOtherName En]][[DividedStatesOfAmerica cl]][[TheEmpire ave]] consider themselves the sole and true heirs to the [[DividedStatesOfAmerica United States of]] [[CrapsackWorld America]], despite only hanging on to [[SecretGovernmentWarehouse Navarro]] and the Oil Rig in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' (which they've lost), Raven Rock in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' (which they've lost), and implied to have holdings in the Mid-West, specifically Chicago ([[RuleOfThree which they've]] [[SubvertedTrope NOT lost]], [[SequelHook yet]]). Once feared for their [[PuttingOnTheReich Power]] [[PowerArmor Armor]], airforce, air force, and other pre-War technology, by ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', only a handful of aging Enclave remnants live in the Mojave region, most of whom who are on the run and hiding from the New California Republic after the events of ''Fallout 2''.
** The New California Republic is another example. The continuation of the State of California, the NCR holds territory across what we would know as California, Nevada, Oregon and Baja California, Mexico. However, their population totals just 700,000 (less than 2% of California alone's current population) and most of their territory is irradiated and uninhabitable.
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** Caesar's Legion in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is a young, aggressive aggressive, militaristic empire with the weaponry, the manpower manpower, and the stones to take on the NCR. However However, they can become the VestigialEmpire if you assassinate [[BigBad Caesar]] and rally other factions like the Boomers, the Brotherhood of Steel Steel, and even the Enclave Remnants to aid the NCR in [[BigDamPlot a key battle at Hoover Dam]]. Then Then, if you defeat Caesar's most dangeous general, [[TheDragon Lanius]] general ([[TheDragon Lanius]]) and win the battle, the Legion is effectively doomed to collapse. Even if you manage to talk Lanius into retreating, it's hinted that without Caesar, the general won't be able to hold the Legion together for much longer.
** The Institute in ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' is a futuristic science organization in Boston that has gone so far, they've developed [[spoiler:''teleportation'']] and [[ArtificialHuman near-human androids androids]] (Synths), giving them an edge in tactical missions and dangerous experiments. Unfortunately, they went past the point of no return in terms of their public relations and social sciences; there are literally no diplomats (and their Field Security chief is a sadistic century-old nutjob who gets crazier with each mission), they've sent enough spies and assassins to make them the enemies of everyone else, and they've gone so long tearing apart the wasteland that it's all they can think of doing at this point (You (you can find evidence that [[spoiler:they keep sending their Super Mutant experiments into the wasteland even though ''they literally cannot make any further scientific progress on Super Mutants at the moment'', they won't even dispose of the murdermachines, murder machines, throwing them into hapless cities!]]). They've lost control of Boston and are trying to conquer the underground tunnels in an attempt to escape from the wasteland. You have one chance to redeem them, but at this point point, it's better to just destroy their self-sustaining bunker and force the scientists to work for various, better-strategized factions instead.



*** It's even worse off in the third game. The Reapers began their invasion of the galaxy in Hegemony space, and the batarians got smashed so hard they didn't even know what hit them. [[spoiler: They'd been secretly studying a derelict Reaper that had been captured decades earlier, all to gain a technological edge to fight the human Systems Alliance. In the process, all of their best scientists and most of the leadership were indoctrinated and opened the door wide open to the Reapers.]] If he was spared in the above DLC, by the time Shepard meets up with Balak again, he is actually the highest ranking batarian military official left.
** The Reapers in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' threatened to turn a lot of the galaxy's civilizations into one. [[spoiler: Ironically, the Protheans' chosen successors, the asari, most closely fit the bill after the fall of their homeworld Thessia.]]

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*** It's even worse off in the third game. The Reapers began their invasion of the galaxy in Hegemony space, and the batarians got smashed so hard they didn't even know what hit them. [[spoiler: They'd [[spoiler:They'd been secretly studying a derelict Reaper that had been captured decades earlier, all to gain a technological edge to fight the human Systems Alliance. In the process, all of their best scientists and most of the leadership were indoctrinated and opened the door wide open to the Reapers.]] If he was spared in the above DLC, by the time Shepard meets up with Balak again, he is actually the highest ranking batarian military official left.
** The Reapers in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' threatened to turn a lot of the galaxy's civilizations into one. [[spoiler: Ironically, [[spoiler:Ironically, the Protheans' chosen successors, the asari, most closely fit the bill after the fall of their homeworld Thessia.]]
24th Nov '16 4:26:30 AM LordInsane
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* The Romulan Star Empire under Empress Sela and the Tal Shiar's Colonel Hakeev starts out as this in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'', having mostly coalesced together after Hobus destroyed Romulus but with the leading factions on the brink of falling out, their methods leading to increasing dissent and outright rebellion, and more than a few colonies still independently neutral or even leaning towards joining the Federation. Then a coalition of dissident factions sets up a rival government, the Romulan Republic, which rapidly gains support from various Romulan colonies as well as both the Federation and the Klingon Empire. The ensuing events are ''not'' kind to the Empire, and by the last time they're heard of, the best they manage to gather as an escort for their empress is a refitted freighter and a single mid-size warship (the Tal Shiar, having officially gone rogue, have more warships, but what's left of them are also in conflict with pretty much ''everyone'' and got fair bits of its leadership killed ''twice'' over the course of the game).
1st Nov '16 9:56:07 AM matruz
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has revealed that [[spoiler: the Walls are in reality the last bastion of the once proud Eldian Empire, formed by Eldians lead by the royal family, they settled on the island of Paradis as the Marleyan rebellion overthrew them and exiled them]].

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has revealed that [[spoiler: the Walls are in reality the last bastion of the once proud Eldian Empire, formed by Eldians lead led by the royal family, they settled on the island of Paradis as the Marleyan rebellion overthrew them and exiled them]].
11th Oct '16 1:55:57 PM matruz
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has revealed that [[spoiler: the Walls are in reality the last bastion of the once proud Eldian Empire, formed by Eldians lead by the royal family, they settled on the island of Paradis as the Marleyan rebellion overthrew them and exiled them]].
30th Sep '16 11:38:59 PM georgster101
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* In the early twentieth-century, ImperialJapan was the dominant great power of the Pacific thanks to its rapid industrialization in the late nineteenth-century, holding its original islands, Korea, parts of Manchuria, and many islands in the Pacific (including Taiwan). It shocked the "civilised" Western nations by [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] Russia in 1904-5, and had plans to expand into China and Oceania during TheGreatDepression. Before it took pretty much all of East Asia during World War 2 before being defeated, they also had significant influence in the area due to their powerful navy, leading interventions into China and Siberia, and annexing all of Manchuria before World War 2. Now, thanks to their defeat during WorldWarTwo and their subsequent occupation by the UnitedStates, Japan consists almost entirely of just its original islands, and its military has been constitutionally neutered.

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* In the early twentieth-century, ImperialJapan was the dominant great power of the Pacific thanks to its rapid industrialization in the late nineteenth-century, holding its original islands, Korea, parts of Manchuria, and many islands in the Pacific (including Taiwan). It shocked the "civilised" Western nations by [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] Russia defeating the eastern Russian navy in 1904-5, and had plans to expand into China and Oceania during TheGreatDepression. Before it took pretty much all a significant portion of East Asia during World War 2 before being defeated, they also had significant influence in the area due to their powerful navy, leading interventions into China and Siberia, and annexing all of Manchuria before World War 2. Now, thanks to their defeat during WorldWarTwo and their subsequent occupation by the UnitedStates, Japan consists almost entirely of just its original islands, and its military has been constitutionally neutered.
28th Sep '16 5:25:51 AM Odacon_Spy
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** The New California Republic is another example. The continuation of the State of California, the NCR holds territory across what we would know as California, Nevada, Oregon and Beja, Mexico. However, their population totals just 700,000 (less than 2% of California's current population) and most of their territory is irradiated and uninhabitable.

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** The New California Republic is another example. The continuation of the State of California, the NCR holds territory across what we would know as California, Nevada, Oregon and Beja, Baja California, Mexico. However, their population totals just 700,000 (less than 2% of California's California alone's current population) and most of their territory is irradiated and uninhabitable.
23rd Sep '16 4:10:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''Fanfic/NineteenEightyThreeDoomsdayStories'' for ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia,'' there are nods to Austria still feeling this despite being one of the core members of the [[TheFederation Alpine Confederation]], though with painful justification. Having been reduced to a neutral UsefulNotes/ColdWar buffer by the time [[WorldWarIII Doomsday]] came, he was powerless to stop the bloodshed [[spoiler:and save Hungary, which would come to haunt him in the years to come]].

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* In the ''Fanfic/NineteenEightyThreeDoomsdayStories'' for ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia,'' there are nods to Austria still feeling this despite being one of the core members of the [[TheFederation Alpine Confederation]], though with painful justification. Having been reduced to a neutral UsefulNotes/ColdWar buffer by the time [[WorldWarIII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarIII Doomsday]] came, he was powerless to stop the bloodshed [[spoiler:and save Hungary, which would come to haunt him in the years to come]].



* The Principality of Liechtenstein may not seem much today, but it is arguably the last remaining piece of the old UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire. It probably helped that the ruling family possessed considerable land and clout to retain their power even after Napoleon signed its death warrant. And surprisingly enough, prior to WorldWarI the Principality was somewhat ''larger,'' having included properties scattered across Austria-Hungary.

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* The Principality of Liechtenstein may not seem much today, but it is arguably the last remaining piece of the old UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire. It probably helped that the ruling family possessed considerable land and clout to retain their power even after Napoleon signed its death warrant. And surprisingly enough, prior to WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the Principality was somewhat ''larger,'' having included properties scattered across Austria-Hungary.
20th Sep '16 8:27:52 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* The Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance once had an iron grip on the entire industry, they were the absolute authority of professional wrestling the world over excepting a handful of "Independent" ([[NotWorthKilling allowed to exist]] to avoid anti trust legislation) and "Outlaw" territories (who operated in defiance of it). After Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s exodus from NWA, maintaining tentative oversight of independent promotions across a mere six countries became a challenge for them. But they pressed on, and remained a mostly respected presence (especially in Japan).
* Within the NWA itself, Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1 was one of Japan's premier promotions in the process of expanding to other nations but shrank to a largish "indy fed" with a few foreign footholds and branches after the death of its founder, Wrestling/ShinyaHashimoto. It soldiers along though and has also joined some of the other alliances that have sprung up since the NWA's decline.

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* The Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance once had an iron grip on almost the entire industry, they were the absolute authority of professional wrestling the world over excepting a handful of "Independent" ([[NotWorthKilling allowed to exist]] to avoid anti trust legislation) and legislation), "Outlaw" territories (who operated in defiance of it). it), and the whole of Europe(where promoters collectively refused to join until their own problems [[WeAREStrugglingTogether made the offer more appealing]]). After Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s exodus from NWA, maintaining tentative oversight of independent promotions across a mere six countries became a challenge for them. challenge. But they the NWA pressed on, and remained a mostly respected presence (especially in Japan).
* Within the NWA itself, Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1 was one of Japan's premier promotions and was in the process of expanding to other nations but by setting up off shore branches in them. But it shrank to a largish "indy fed" with a few foreign footholds and branches affiliates after the death of its founder, Wrestling/ShinyaHashimoto. It soldiers along though and has also joined some of the other alliances that have sprung up since the NWA's decline.
18th Sep '16 4:37:19 AM Gess
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* Russia had fallen into this in the TheNineties. Under the Soviet Union, Russian influence extended from the Pacific Ocean to the Danube to the Caribbean. They were the first to send a satellite, and then the first humans, into space. In the first post-Soviet decade, its military was engaged in bloody, indecisive war in Chechnya, had to abandon its only space station and struggled to maintain influence over the other former Soviet republics and remain a major power. Subverted in the subsequent decades which saw a recovery of Russia and the return of it as a great power. How long this lasts, of course, remains to be seen as Russia's actions in Ukraine has attracted the ire of every other Western nation, leading to sanctions and international pressure that have resulted in a collapsing economy.

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* Russia had fallen into this in the TheNineties. Under the Soviet Union, Russian influence extended from the Pacific Ocean to the Danube to the Caribbean. They were the first to send a satellite, and then the first humans, into space. In the first post-Soviet decade, its military was engaged in bloody, indecisive war in Chechnya, had to abandon its only space station and struggled to maintain influence over the other former Soviet republics and remain a major power. Subverted in the subsequent decades which saw a recovery of Russia and the return of it as a great power. How long this lasts, of course, remains to be seen as Russia's actions in Ukraine has attracted the ire of every other Western nation, leading to sanctions and international pressure that have resulted in a collapsing economy.pressure.
17th Sep '16 1:39:13 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Both the ARM and the CORE in ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation'' start their campaigns from their home worlds, having lost their galaxy-spanning empires over the last four thousand years of non-stop war. All that's left are the armies squabbling over the ruins of a galaxy. (According to the intro and manual, that is. The core at least is implied to still have digital copies of many of it's civilians.) Notably, the expansion packs make it clear that after the war finally ended, the ARM managed to build itself up into a wonderful period of reconstruction.

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* Both the ARM and the CORE in ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation'' start their campaigns from their home worlds, having lost their galaxy-spanning empires over the last four thousand years of non-stop war. All that's left are the armies squabbling over the ruins of a galaxy. (According to the intro and manual, that is. The core at least is implied to still have digital copies of many of it's civilians.) Notably, the expansion packs make it clear that after the war finally ended, the ARM managed to build itself up into a wonderful period of reconstruction. The most important elements for their war efforts, the Commanders and Gates, are LostTechnology that they can't build anymore.
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