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20th Jun '16 6:48:43 PM Ramidel
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* In ''VideoGame/EmperorOfTheFadingSuns'', a 4x space game where you take control of one of five noble houses in the attempt to reunite a dying galactic empire.

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* In ''VideoGame/EmperorOfTheFadingSuns'', a 4x space game where you take control the empire of one of Vladimir Alecto, as a state, is dead. However, the Imperial bureaucracy that he established, and the precedent that he set, still exist, and the five noble houses in Great Houses that actually govern parts of the attempt galaxy are trying to reunite claim the throne. Byzantium Secundus, the former capital, is maintained as a dying galactic empire.TruceZone and mostly governed by the remnants of said bureaucracy.
9th Jun '16 1:11:58 PM Jhonny
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* '''Belgium''' used to have an empire several times its own size when its king Leopold II managed to make what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo his personal property and Belgium later took it over as a "normal" colony. Nowadays Belgium is reduced to bickering over who gets to vote in the Brussels constituency and delicious waffles. On the other hand Belgium has mostly stopped massacring people in Africa, which is nice.
9th Jun '16 10:30:19 AM ReaderAt2046
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* The Griffon Empire of FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse offers an interesting twist on this trope. Instead of the Empire shrinking, it shattered into dozens of feuding kingdoms. Collectively, the Kingdoms still control about as much territory as the old Empire, and represent comparable amounts of military and economic power, but it would take something truly drastic to unify them again.
4th Jun '16 7:49:45 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheSilerianTrilogy'': The Kintish Kingdoms, which once ruled Sileria. In the past they were far more powerful, but have become overshadowed by the Valdani recently. [[spoiler: The Valdani eventually invade them.]]
3rd Jun '16 1:01:09 PM Jhonny
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* Abel in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy''. What was once an empire that dominated the entire (know to most humans) world after the Rupture of the Heavens is now just its core regions, most territories have independized of it for one or other reason and while is still the most powerful nation of the setting its forces are spread over its domains.

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* Abel in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy''. What was once an empire that dominated the entire (know (known to most humans) world after the Rupture of the Heavens is now just its core regions, most territories have independized of it for one or other reason and while is still the most powerful nation of the setting its forces are spread over its domains.
3rd Jun '16 4:28:25 AM ScorpiusOB1
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* Abel in ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy''. What was once an empire that dominated the entire (know to most humans) world after the Rupture of the Heavens is now just its core regions, most territories have independized of it for one or other reason and while is still the most powerful nation of the setting its forces are spread over its domains.
28th May '16 10:57:18 AM Jhonny
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* The Byzantine Empire was the VestigialEmpire of TheRomanEmpire making this perhaps the most spectacular example in history. And then the VestigialEmpire retreated to [ANOTHER Vestigial Empire in the form of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_of_Nicaea Empire of Nicaea]] (1204-1261), which was formed by refugees of the Imperial court and aristocracy after Crusaders occupied Constantinople. It managed to reconquer its old capital after more than half a century. The restored empire then had [[SerialEscalation yet another vestigial empire]] in Trebizond, above.

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* The Byzantine Empire was the VestigialEmpire of TheRomanEmpire making this perhaps the most spectacular example in history. And then the VestigialEmpire retreated to [ANOTHER ANOTHER Vestigial Empire in the form of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_of_Nicaea Empire of Nicaea]] (1204-1261), which was formed by refugees of the Imperial court and aristocracy after Crusaders occupied Constantinople. It managed to reconquer its old capital after more than half a century. The restored empire then had [[SerialEscalation yet another vestigial empire]] in Trebizond, above.
27th May '16 8:12:41 PM Timjames98
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The protagonist is rarely actually from the Vestigial Empire--any time one is involved in a setting, it's usually it's either a source of villains, or a setting whose politics need to be navigated in order to obtain allies. Quite often, the only mention of them may be in a CrypticBackgroundReference.

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The protagonist is rarely actually from the Vestigial Empire--any time one is involved in a setting, it's usually it's either a source of villains, or a setting whose politics need to be navigated in order to obtain allies. Quite often, the only mention of them may be in a CrypticBackgroundReference.
CrypticBackgroundReference. However there are exceptions; if a protagonist IS part of a Vestigial Empire then expect him to die in a LastStand, lead TheRemnant to found a successor state, or simply try to protect himself and his family as civilization falls apart.



Contrast with {{Precursors}}--an entire species of Vestigial Empire which tends to leave little to no working infrastructure and is also long gone by the time the story takes place. All or part of the VestigialEmpire may be TheRemnant if they're still fighting for the (usually) lost cause of restoring their former glory. An inversion is a RisingEmpire.

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Contrast with {{Precursors}}--an entire species of Vestigial Empire which tends to leave little to no working infrastructure and is also long gone by the time the story takes place. All or part of the VestigialEmpire may be TheRemnant if they're still fighting for the (usually) lost cause of restoring their former glory.

If a Vestigial Empire actually DOES succeed in restoring itself to it's former glory, than that counts as BackFromTheBrink.

An inversion is a RisingEmpire.
5th May '16 9:37:04 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' Fallen Empires are the remnants of {{Precursors}} who drew back to small isolationist enclaves. They're still powerful though, in one early multiplayer game every other faction in the galaxy ganged up on a Fallen Empire and the Fallen still managed to win.
30th Apr '16 12:49:29 PM TitaniumDragon
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* The Carolingian Empire once occupied a HUGE chunk of Europe, from Spain to Germany and a large chunk of Italy and other nations as well. It is now represented by Andorra, a delightful little enclave between France and Spain, and the 191st country in the world by area. Andorra is the only remaining daughter of the Carolingian Empire, as said in its anthem. Or "her" anthem, as it would seem.

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* The Andorra is the last surviving remnant of the Marca Hispanica, a series of border states created by Charlemange as a buffer between the Carolingian Empire once occupied a HUGE chunk of Europe, from Spain to Germany and a large chunk of Italy and other nations as well. the Moors. It is now represented by Andorra, a delightful little enclave between France and Spain, and the 191st country in the world by area. Andorra is the area, with a total land area of only remaining daughter 181 square miles and a population of the Carolingian Empire, as said in its anthem. Or "her" anthem, as it would seem.85,000.
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