Western civilization begins turning into something resembling Plato's Republic or the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Tau Empire]], coming under the sway of the philosopher-kings known as patricians. Some people support this development more than others, and [[WorldWarIII fighting ensues]]. '''''Imperial Dawn''''' follows the lives of four people during the course of the war: a spy, a loyalist, a rebel, and an arms manufacturer. Both sides of the war are presented in equal detail, leaving the reader to pick which is best.

''Imperial Dawn'' offers a fairly realistic depiction of war, and explores the moral ambiguities inherent in any conflict, no matter how noble the cause.

''Imperial Dawn'' is a work-in-progress, being posted online. It can be [[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2845665/1/Imperial_Dawn found here]].

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!!Imperial Dawn contains instances of these tropes:

* ActionGirl - Jennifer Ko, although given her violent nature, she could be considered a DarkActionGirl instead.
** Also, Jaina.
* AffablyEvil - Blackwood is introduced as somewhat relaxed and friendly, and later takes on a sinister air, while still maintaining his charm.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation - The Imperials are either a bastion of hope and progress for humanity, or terrifying Nazis.
* BadassArmy - The ELITE regiments cultivate a reputation for being [[BloodKnight batshit insane beserkers]].
* CorruptCorporateExecutive - Edward Donovan seems to start as this, supporting the Allies only because it is profitable.
* GreyAndGrayMorality - Neither side is presented as morally superior. Both have legitimate reasons for fighting and both have their [[PetTheDog nicer]] and [[ShootTheDog meaner]] moments.
* MagnificentBastard - One for each side. The Allies have Admiral Hutchinson, who seems to masterfully manipulate his supporters while remaining genuine and charismatic. The Imperials have Blackwood, who is something of a darker Film/JamesBond.
* PuttingOnTheReich - Played with. The Imperials wear black uniforms, but are no worse morally than the Allies.
* Reconstruction - Of Plato's Republic, apparently.
* ScreamingWarrior - The Engagement Light Infantry Tactical Enforcers, as a method of psychological warfare.
* ShoutOut - Seemingly quite a lot. The Imperials being based off of the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Tau Empire]] is foremost among them.
** Colonel Hayter is a reference to David Hayter, voice of [[Franchise/MetalGear Solid Snake]].
** Donovan's epiphany while reaching into the fridge seems to be a [[FridgeBrilliance reference to this very wiki]].
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans - The Imperials can get this way, although they are presented as just another political system that works, not a utopia.
* VillainProtagonist - Any of the four main characters could be interpreted this way: you have an [[CorruptCorporateExecutive arms manufacturer]], a black ops assassin, a member of a unit known for being [[BloodKnight Blood Knights]], and a soldier who can be [[DarkActionGirl a bit too passionate]] about her work.