Playing With / Ungovernable Galaxy

Basic Trope: The galaxy is too large for feasible government
  • Straight: A Galactic League actually consists of mutual trade agreements and provisions for succoring citizens of other planetary systems. Its attempts to actually govern soon foundered.
  • Exaggerated: Alisander sets out to conquer the galaxy; he starts with unifying his home planet, only to find himself bogged down with the process of governing what he's conquered before he finishes even that part.
  • Downplayed: Star systems far from the central government have a lot more freedom than it quite likes.
  • Justified: Even a planet-full of people makes it difficult to control them, and this consists of billions of such planets.
  • Inverted: ???
  • Subverted: Planets seem to be totally disjoint, but digging deeper finds that a secret organization is actually controlling most of them.
  • Double Subverted: But the factions within the organization prevent its actually governing them, and there's several factions per planet.
  • Parodied: Alisander spends most of his time trying to discipline the various colonies like a galactic Badly Battered Babysitter.
  • Zig Zagged: The vast majority of the "conquered" planets are just small, single-city settlements, so there is basically one government. However, there is a high amount of unrest and a lack of FTL Radio, meaning that the military is constantly busy traveling between planets to discipline them and bring news. This means enacting any sort of major legal change is very hard, and regional governors have lots of freedom to enforce laws as they see fit... although they're quick to tidy up when the fleet arrives.
  • Averted: Galactic Superpower
  • Enforced: The game designers want an adventure-friendly cosmos,
  • Lampshaded: "The Galactic emperor does not rule so much as 'quietly make suggestions.'"
  • Invoked: Those with anarchist tendencies set out for the stars; in a galaxy so big, there's surely room for them to live the way they want to.
  • Exploited: Captain Blackheart raids freely throughout the galaxy, only taking care not to pirate any one planet too often, because they will not be able to organize an effective resistance from all of them.
  • Defied: Alexander the Star-Conqueror sets out with new enhanced AIs and surveillance equipment to control with more than human ability.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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