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Video Game: Empires: Dawn of the Modern World
Empires: Dawn of the Modern World is a 4X Real-Time Strategy Game developed by Stainless Steel Studios and published by Activision, released in 2003. Unlike Stainless Steel's other production, Empire Earth (discounting the Art of Conquest expansion), it focuses on a much shorter period of time and a much smaller number of nations, a mere nine nations over five time periods compared to the 500,000 years of human history of Empire Earth.

The end result was a game that was simultaneously a distillation and an expansion on what Empire Earth 1 was.

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  • Abandon Ware: Its Gamespy servers have been used for other games since 2007, and you can no longer buy the game off Steam.
  • A.K.A.-47: A few instances, mostly due to using generic designations for certain units, but some units are completely wrong - the KV-8 flamethrower tank is actually a T-26, for instance.
  • Badass Beard: Richard the Lionheart, Geoffrey, Admiral Yi Sun-sin, General Li, and Kwak Chae-u.
  • Baseless Mission: A few missions in all three campaigns.
  • Bash Brothers: Richard the Lionheart and Geoffrey.
  • Bowdlerize: Patton doesn't even use the F-word once in the campaign. But then again, it's a T-rated game.
  • Dynasties From Shang To Qing: One of the playable factions from Medieval to Imperial ages.
  • Faction Calculus: Compared to Empire Earth's generic units with minor stat changes, this game instead has four distinct factions in the first three ages and five in the last two. And none of them are Cosmetically Different, either, with various, and sometimes radical, differences between nations.
  • Fire Breathing Weapon/Kill It with Fire: Some ships in the game can fire incendiary rounds. Likewise, the French flamethrower and the Soviet flame tank.
  • From Russia with Nukes: What the Soviets wish to achieve in the Patton Campaign.
  • Gaiden Game/Spiritual Successor: To the original Empire Earth.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The Russian nation can pull this off with the Katyusha rocket launcher, available in World War II.
  • The Mole: Agent Frank DeMarco in the Patton campaign. He's secretly working for both the OSS and the NKVD.
  • No Swastikas: And how! All of the Swastikas are replaced with Iron Crosses. Also subverted because the word "Nazi" is used throughout the Patton campaign.
  • Peace Through Superior Firepower: The B-29.
  • Ranger: Army Rangers are available as stealth units for the Americans in World War II. Tim O'Reilly is essentially a hero version.
  • Richard The Lion Heart
  • Schizo Tech: Averted with the progression from one Age to the next, as the only time you aren't offered the option of upgrading your units to a newer version is when that type of unit falls obsolete (for instance, the transition from Stables to Factories from the Imperial to World War I eras).
  • Reds with Rockets: One of the playable factions in the World Wars is the Soviet Union/Russia.
  • Video Game Historical Revisionism: During the Patton campaign, Patton chooses to invade Sicily to capture valuable scientists who are assisting Hitler in building a nuclear bomb. His real life, questionable choices in ignoring Montgomery's Sicily strategy apparently had nothing to do with ego at all.
    • Richard's campaign is full of this as well. Scottish Highlanders that can be recruited by the English, for instance.

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