Created By: MrInitialMan on January 2, 2012 Last Edited By: MrInitialMan on February 3, 2013

Sudden Enemy Collapse

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The Federation has been fighting against The Empire for a long time. They've not made much headway, nor have they managed a decisive strike. The one day... The Empire is gone! Or maybe suddenly suing for peace or otherwise in no shape to keep fighting. There's a hole in the flag; the constituent territories are declaring independance left and right, and someone else is in charge of whatever's left. Perhaps The Rebellion worked--or perhaps an Enemy Civil War destroyed the nation. Perhaps there's been a Succession Crisis and nobody's won. Or perhaps there's been a Velvet Revolution. This is one cause of Last Plan Standing.

This is when one side of a conflict simply falls apart from within.

Examples:

Literature
  • In the 'modern' (post-1991) Star Wars Expanded Universe the Empire takes years to collapse (and even then it ends up a Vestigial Empire rather than ceasing to exist.) On the other hand the Marvel Star Wars comics of the 1980's do follow this with the Empire collapsing completely after the Battle of Endor.

Live-Action Film
  • In the 1999 adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm, as the pigs exert tighter and tighter control over the farm and adopt more human-like mannerisms, Jessie the dog convinces the rest of the animals they should abandon the farm for their own safety. They would later return to the farm and discover that the pigs' excesses had slowly done themselves in.
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country deals with how the Klingon Empire suddenly asks for peace with the Federation following the destruction of its moon, Praxis, because it was a major energy production facility and because its destruction is wreaking havoc on Qo'noS.

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Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • January 2, 2012
    Koveras
    [Grammar Nazi]Disintegration[/Grammar Nazi].
  • January 2, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    At the end of Return Of The Jedi, the impression is given that the Empire simply ceased to exist once the Emperor was dead. As detailed in the Expanded Universe, it wasn't nearly that quick or clean.

  • January 2, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
  • January 2, 2012
    DracMonster
    Needs a better title, it sounds like a redirect to Disintegrator Ray.
  • January 2, 2012
    RossN
    In the 'modern' (post-1991) Star Wars Expanded Universe the Empire takes years to collapse (and even then it ends up a Vestigial Empire rather than ceasing to exist.) On the other hand the Marvel Star Wars comics of the 1980's do follow this with the Empire collapsing completely after the Battle of Endor.
  • January 2, 2012
    samuraiweasel
    @ Koveras - first thing i noiced too...

    @ Drac Monster - agree, still trying to think of a title that doesn't sound too corny.

  • January 2, 2012
    Abodos
    Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country deals with how the Klingon Empire suddenly asks for peace with the Federation following the destruction of its moon, Praxis, because it was a major energy production facility and because its destruction is wreaking havoc on Qo'noS.
  • January 2, 2012
    MrInitialMan
    Thanks for the correction. :-)
  • January 2, 2012
    Stratadrake

    Live-action film

    • In the 1999 adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm, as the pigs exert tighter and tighter control over the farm and adopt more human-like mannerisms, Jessie the dog convinces the rest of the animals they should abandon the farm for their own safety. They would later return to the farm and discover that the pigs' excesses had slowly done themselves in.
  • January 2, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    ^??????? Did we read the same book?
  • January 2, 2012
    MrInitialMan
    I'd like to know which book Stratadrake read too.
  • January 3, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Maybe I'm thinking of the adaptations....
  • January 3, 2012
    DracMonster
    The Animated Adaptation had the animals overthrowing them. It was an infamous bowdlerization. Still wasnt this trope tho.
  • January 3, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Skimmed Wikipedia: It was certainly the 1954 animated adaptation which ended in an overthrow (Benjamin the donkey leading it), and the 1999 live-action adaptation was the one where the surviving animals (Jessie the dog leading it) abandoned the farm, leaving the pigs to their own devices, and later returning after their regime collapsed in on itself. An added metaphor for the collapse of the Soviet Union. That's the one I'm thinking of.
  • January 24, 2012
    MrInitialMan
  • January 18, 2013
    Larkmarn
    REALLY needs a new name.

    Enemy Collapse, maybe?
  • January 22, 2013
    MrInitialMan
    That may work.
  • January 22, 2013
    Arivne

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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