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* GrayAndGreyMorality: The Xenonationalism and Assimilation views. While the former as suspicious, racist, and all-around jerks, they're willing to compromise with the other species, always keep their words, and ''never'' subjugate someone's free will. The latter are idealistic, xenophilic, and want to spread peace, but are also very reminiscent of TheEmpire--you will obey them or die, give up your culture or die, do as they say or die.

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* GrayAndGreyMorality: The Xenonationalism and Assimilation views. While the former as are suspicious, racist, and all-around jerks, they're willing to compromise with the other species, always keep their words, word, and ''never'' subjugate someone's free will. The latter are idealistic, xenophilic, and want to spread peace, but are also very reminiscent of TheEmpire--you will obey them or die, give up your culture or die, do as they say or die.

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* CloneArmy: See below

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* HeroicNeutral: This is Xenonationalism in a nutshell-it states that it is the right of all beings to not have outsiders meddle in their affairs. All of its choices are based around isolating humanity from alien influence, or ensuring the free will of sentient life in general.


* CrapsackWorld: While it was never exactly nice place to begin with, killing the original Council and giving the Collector Base to Cerberus causes the galaxy to turn into one giant warzone, where either the humanity enslaves most of the sentient species and systematicly wipes out the rest, or creates its own empire in Terminus, starting the era of conflict, conquest and genocide.

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* CrapsackWorld: While it was never exactly nice place to begin with, killing [[spoiler:killing the original Council and giving the Collector Base to Cerberus causes the galaxy to turn into one giant warzone, where either the humanity enslaves most of the sentient species and systematicly wipes out the rest, or creates its own empire in Terminus, starting the era of conflict, conquest and genocide.]]

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* CrapsackWorld: While it was never exactly nice place to begin with, killing the original Council and giving the Collector Base to Cerberus causes the galaxy to turn into one giant warzone, where either the humanity enslaves most of the sentient species and systematicly wipes out the rest, or creates its own empire in Terminus, starting the era of conflict, conquest and genocide.


* SpacePirates: The Corsairs are divided into RuthlessModernPirates INTHEFUTURE! and genuine Robin Hood types.

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* SpacePirates: The Corsairs are divided into RuthlessModernPirates INTHEFUTURE! IN {{THE FUTURE}}! and genuine Robin Hood types.

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: Humanity as soon as they find themselves on equal footing with the Batarians, promptly kick them... and keep kicking them.... and keep kicking them... and then, after getting bored, kick them a little more.


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* DarkerAndEdgier: The [[Warhammer40K classical]] GrimDark SpaceMarine would now be quite at home in this galaxy. Hell, the rank and file ground soldiers of humanity ''are'' actual Space Marines, given the naval terminology of the Alliance interstellar forces; they just now live up to the term.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The [[Warhammer40K [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} classical]] GrimDark SpaceMarine would now be quite at home in this galaxy. Hell, the rank and file ground soldiers of humanity ''are'' actual Space Marines, given the naval terminology of the Alliance interstellar forces; they just now live up to the term.


* NoKillLikeOverkill:
** Early human war attempts to fight the Batarians had to rely on this to score victories, thanks to their massive technological inferiority. The most glaring example is that human weapons by and large could not penetrate Kinetic Barriers without using massive amounts of fire to take them down.
** The human fleet sent to attack the Batarian Homeworld is described as thus: "The humans went out of their way to look up the largest fleet in galactic history and then overshot that by one-fourth."


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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
** Early human war attempts to fight the Batarians had to rely on this to score victories, thanks to their massive technological inferiority. The most glaring example is that human weapons by and large could not penetrate Kinetic Barriers without using massive amounts of fire to take them down.
** The human fleet sent to attack the Batarian Homeworld is described as thus: "The humans went out of their way to look up the largest fleet in galactic history and then overshot that by one-fourth."

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* NoKillLikeOverkill:
** Early human war attempts to fight the Batarians had to rely on this to score victories, thanks to their massive technological inferiority. The most glaring example is that human weapons by and large could not penetrate Kinetic Barriers without using massive amounts of fire to take them down.
** The human fleet sent to attack the Batarian Homeworld is described as thus: "The humans went out of their way to look up the largest fleet in galactic history and then overshot that by one-fourth."


* [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys All Asari Want Bad Humans]]: In this fic, Asari's who are attracted to humans tend to view them as "[[TroubleButCute wounded bad boys]]" who need "the gentle love of an Asari heroine" to "reform" them.

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* [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys All Asari Want Bad Humans]]: In this fic, Asari's Asari who are attracted to humans tend to view them as "[[TroubleButCute "[[TroubledButCute wounded bad boys]]" who need "the "[[PuritySue the gentle love of an Asari heroine" heroine]]" to "reform" "[[LoveRedeems reform]]" them.


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* InterspeciesRomance: Just like in the original universe, Shepard can romance Garrus, Tali, Thane, [[spoiler:or Morinth]], whichever side of the GrayAndGreyMorality spectrum they fall on.

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* [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys All Asari Want Bad Humans]]: In this fic, Asari's who are attracted to humans tend to view them as "[[TroubleButCute wounded bad boys]]" who need "the gentle love of an Asari heroine" to "reform" them.


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* GrayAndGreyMorality: The Xenonationalism and Assimilation views. While the former as suspicious, racist, and all-around jerks, they're willing to compromise with the other species, always keep their words, and ''never'' subjugate someone's free will. The latter are idealistic, xenophilic, and want to spread peace, but are also very reminiscent of TheEmpire--you will obey them or die, give up your culture or die, do as they say or die.


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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Once humanity gets the upper hand against the Batarians, you better '''believe''' they go on one.


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* TragicVillain: The Council considers humanity to be one, InUniverse--they're sympathetic to what they went through, but think humanity is going ''way'' overboard in retribution and needs to be either put in place or terminated.


Compare and contrast ''Fanfic/MassEffect2AULanius'', another ''Franchise/MassEffect'' AlternateUniverseFic by the same author. Also contrast two separate response fics both titled ''Paragon Reinterpretations'', one by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8943770/1/Paragon-Reinterpretations MB18932]] and the other by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8713138/1/Paragon-Reinterpretations RillyB.Dilly]], that take the Paragon route instead (The author intended to write a fic of that type as well, but never got to it).

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Compare and contrast ''Fanfic/MassEffect2AULanius'', another ''Franchise/MassEffect'' AlternateUniverseFic by the same author. Also contrast two separate response fics both titled ''Paragon Reinterpretations'', one by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8943770/1/Paragon-Reinterpretations MB18932]] and the other by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8713138/1/Paragon-Reinterpretations RillyB.Dilly]], that take the Paragon route instead (The author intended to write instead. College Fool himself talked about writing a fic of that type as well, type, called ''Paragon Persuasions'', but never got to it).
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Compare and contrast ''Fanfic/MassEffect2AULanius'', another ''Franchise/MassEffect'' AlternateUniverseFic by the same author. Also contrast two separate response fics both titled ''Paragon Reinterpretations'', one by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8943770/1/Paragon-Reinterpretations MB18932]] and the other by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8713138/1/Paragon-Reinterpretations RillyB.Dilly]], that take the Paragon route instead.

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Compare and contrast ''Fanfic/MassEffect2AULanius'', another ''Franchise/MassEffect'' AlternateUniverseFic by the same author. Also contrast two separate response fics both titled ''Paragon Reinterpretations'', one by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8943770/1/Paragon-Reinterpretations MB18932]] and the other by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8713138/1/Paragon-Reinterpretations RillyB.Dilly]], that take the Paragon route instead.
instead (The author intended to write a fic of that type as well, but never got to it).


* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: [[spoiler: Sidonis turned traitor this time because the Shadow Broker threatened his last sibling's life.]]

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* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: [[spoiler: Sidonis [[spoiler:Sidonis turned traitor this time because the Shadow Broker threatened his last sibling's life.]]



* BrainsAndBrawn: [[spoiler: Okeer and Grunt come as a package deal here, unlike in canon. Okeer doesn't do any fighting, so it's still Grunt who's the frontline companion.]]

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* BrainsAndBrawn: [[spoiler: Okeer [[spoiler:Okeer and Grunt come as a package deal here, unlike in canon. Okeer doesn't do any fighting, so it's still Grunt who's the frontline companion.]]



* CompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: With a dose of LegacyCharacter. Jack was the original Subject Zero, but that was a long time ago. Miranda is a clone, but also exhibiting aspects of Jack as a sort of split personality. On the romantic history aspect, that gets merged into Morinth.]]

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* CompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: With [[spoiler:With a dose of LegacyCharacter. Jack was the original Subject Zero, but that was a long time ago. Miranda is a clone, but also exhibiting aspects of Jack as a sort of split personality. On the romantic history aspect, that gets merged into Morinth.]]



* GoldenEnding: Explicitly averted with [[spoiler: the Suicide Mission; there is NO way to save them all unlike canon.]]

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* GoldenEnding: Explicitly averted with [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Suicide Mission; there is NO way to save them all unlike canon.]]



* {{Jossed}}: While some allowances are inevitable for AU fic, the predictions made for [=ME3=] in this fic don't quite match what canon gave us. Then again, canon history is less gruesome by orders of magnitude.



* MemeticBadass: [[invoked]] InUniverse, the ShroudedInMyth Batarian Cerberus agent Zaeed: all the war stories his canon counterpart tells are now second- or third-hand accounts.

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* MemeticBadass: [[invoked]] {{Invoked}} InUniverse, the ShroudedInMyth Batarian Cerberus agent Zaeed: all the war stories his canon counterpart tells are now second- or third-hand accounts.



** [[spoiler: If you gave the Collector Base to the Council but fail to win its favour in ''3'', humanity ends up in a position ironically similar to the Batarians before the First Contact War.]]

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** [[spoiler: If [[spoiler:If you gave the Collector Base to the Council but fail to win its favour in ''3'', humanity ends up in a position ironically similar to the Batarians before the First Contact War.]]



* ScheduleSlip: The author promised at least one more update after covering the possible endings, to be delivered within a week. That promise was made back in September 2011 and has yet to be fulfilled.



* {{Tykebomb}}: Cerberus abducted various aliens as babies and raised them to be loyal to humanity. [[spoiler: Morinth is the first Asari they did so with.]]

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* {{Tykebomb}}: Cerberus abducted various aliens as babies and raised them to be loyal to humanity. [[spoiler: Morinth [[spoiler:Morinth is the first Asari they did so with.]]



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Several Author's Notes detail plans to make Zaeed's counterpart a Batarian agent of Cerberus. However, this was dropped when they realized this would make ''three'' of the Cerberus agents in RR's [=ME2=] alien infiltrators.

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