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The titles stem from the fact that the humans, not knowing the name of the hostile aliens, dub them 'the Conquerors'--and [[NotSoDifferent the aliens]], whose real name is the Zhirrzh, dub ''humans'' 'the Conquerors'. After initial skirmishes they're aided in that dubbing by a [[ManipulativeBastard third species]] that's had prior contacts with humans and Zhirrzh; that species chips in to tell ''both'' sides the others are known as "The Conquerors Without Reason," backed up by the belief--held by both sides, and [[MindScrew for once held accurately]]--that the other shot first. Cue escalation of conflict.

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The titles stem from the fact that the humans, not knowing the name of the hostile aliens, dub them 'the Conquerors'--and [[NotSoDifferent the aliens]], aliens, whose real name is the Zhirrzh, dub ''humans'' 'the Conquerors'. After initial skirmishes they're aided in that dubbing by a [[ManipulativeBastard third species]] that's had prior contacts with humans and Zhirrzh; that species chips in to tell ''both'' sides the others are known as "The Conquerors Without Reason," backed up by the belief--held by both sides, and [[MindScrew for once held accurately]]--that the other shot first. Cue escalation of conflict.


* TheReptilians: The Yycromae largely fit the trope, though unusually they have hair, being described as looking like "bipedal furry crocodiles".

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* TheReptilians: LizardFolk: The Yycromae largely fit the trope, though unusually they have hair, being described as looking like "bipedal furry crocodiles".


The ''Conquerors'' trilogy is a series of SpaceOpera books by Creator/TimothyZahn about humans encountering a new alien species and, thanks to a botched first contact and some misunderstandings, ending up at war. This may sound rather clichéd, but the usual Zahn skill for twists, {{Tomato Surprise}}s and more makes it a compelling story.

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The ''Conquerors'' trilogy is a series of SpaceOpera books novel trilogy by Creator/TimothyZahn about humans encountering a new alien species and, thanks to a botched first contact and some misunderstandings, ending up at war. This may sound rather clichéd, but the usual Zahn skill for twists, {{Tomato Surprise}}s and more makes it a compelling story.


* EnergyWeapon: The Zhirrzh use them as their main weapons, whereas humans and other races mostly use missiles and kinetic-based weaponry. The Zhirrzh lasers are instantaneous like RealLife ones, but produce a visible beam. While they can be dodged, that relies purely on luck and reaction lag of the gunners (i.e. move out of the line of fire faster than they can pull the trigger), and only the Copperheads manage to do it regularly given the improved reaction time granted by their cybernetic interface.



* FrickinLaserBeams: The Zhirrzh use them as their main weapons, whereas humans and other races mostly use missiles and kinetic-based weaponry. The Zhirrzh lasers are instantaneous like RealLife ones, but produce a visible beam. While they can be dodged, that relies purely on luck and reaction lag of the gunners (i.e. move out of the line of fire faster than they can pull the trigger), and only the Copperheads manage to do it regularly given the improved reaction time granted by their cybernetic interface.


* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted, but the existence of this trope tends to make people prejudiced against AI computers that come across as overly smug or boastful; [=CavTronics=]' [=AI=]s such as Max are deliberately designed to come across as humble to the point of being reticent and {{Adorkable}} to avoid this.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted, but the existence of this trope tends to make people prejudiced against AI computers that come across as overly smug or boastful; [=CavTronics=]' [=AI=]s such as Max are deliberately designed to come across as humble to the point of being reticent and {{Adorkable}} dorky to avoid this.


%%* PoorCommunicationKills: Enforced. ''Communication'' kills too.

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%%* * PoorCommunicationKills: Enforced. ''Communication'' kills too. [[spoiler: The Zhirrzh are vulnerable to radio waves and thus interpret any attempts to communicate as an attack.]]



* SuperweaponSurprise: in the last real war humanity fought the enemy had them cornered and on the verge of defeat. Then they brought out the CIRCE superweapon, kept hidden and unused until that point due to its horrible effects on its targets, and broiled the entire enemy fleet from the inside out. The rest of the races promptly crapped themselves and let humanity rule over the known universe ever since. [[spoiler: It later turns out that CIRCE never existed. The enemy fleet just got caught in an unexpected solar flare, and the human government spun the story of the superweapon to exploit the coincidence.]]

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* SuperweaponSurprise: in In the last real war humanity fought the enemy had them cornered and on the verge of defeat. Then they brought out the CIRCE superweapon, kept hidden and unused until that point due to its horrible effects on its targets, and broiled the entire enemy fleet from the inside out. The rest of the races promptly crapped themselves and let humanity rule over the known universe ever since. [[spoiler: It later turns out that CIRCE never existed. The enemy fleet just got caught in an unexpected solar flare, and the human government spun the story of the superweapon to exploit the coincidence.]]


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* BadassFamily: The Cavanaghs. (Zahn likes this trope).
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted with Borte.

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* %%* BadassFamily: The Cavanaghs. (Zahn likes this trope).
* %%* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted with Borte.



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Jacy [=VanDiver=].

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* %%* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Jacy [=VanDiver=].



* PoorCommunicationKills: enforced. ''Communication'' kills too.

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* %%* PoorCommunicationKills: enforced.Enforced. ''Communication'' kills too.



* TheStarscream: Cvv-panav.

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* %%* TheStarscream: Cvv-panav.

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The ''Conquerors'' trilogy is a series of SpaceOpera books by TimothyZahn about humans encountering a new alien species and, thanks to a botched first contact and some misunderstandings, ending up at war. This may sound rather clichéd, but the usual Zahn skill for twists, {{Tomato Surprise}}s and more makes it a compelling story.

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The ''Conquerors'' trilogy is a series of SpaceOpera books by TimothyZahn Creator/TimothyZahn about humans encountering a new alien species and, thanks to a botched first contact and some misunderstandings, ending up at war. This may sound rather clichéd, but the usual Zahn skill for twists, {{Tomato Surprise}}s and more makes it a compelling story.


* OneWorldOrder: Averted, with numerous independent countries, but Earth is dominated by the "Northern Coordinate Union" ([=NorCoord=]) which appears to be a merger of UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion.



* UnitedEarth: Averted, with numerous independent countries, but Earth is dominated by the "Northern Coordinate Union" ([=NorCoord=]) which appears to be a merger of UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion.


* UnitedEarth: Averted, with numerous independent countries, but Earth is dominated by the "Northern Coordinate Union" ([=NorCoord=]) which appears to be a merger of {{NATO}} and UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion.

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* UnitedEarth: Averted, with numerous independent countries, but Earth is dominated by the "Northern Coordinate Union" ([=NorCoord=]) which appears to be a merger of {{NATO}} UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion.

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* RedHerring: In the third book, humans discuss laser-resistant armor and discover a (impractical but working) way to finally penetrate Zhirrzh ship hulls. However, the war ends before either technology can be put into use. [[spoiler: However, the fact a third party is ''not'' aware of the latter method is used as proof they aren't working with the humans.]]


* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Fibbit.

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* AlienArtsAreAppreciated: Fibbit.Fibbit's Du'ulian weavings are famous enough to attract the attention of other races, getting her involved in the plot as a helpless victim that Lord Cavanaugh ultimately helps out of her situation.



* FailsafeFailure: Averted and then subverted (see SelfDestructMechanism).
* FantasticRacism

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* FailsafeFailure: Averted FantasticRacism: None of the races seen particularly enjoy one another's company, and then subverted (see SelfDestructMechanism).
* FantasticRacism
each has their own slurs to refer to other races.



* RousseauWasRight

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* FailsafeFailure: Averted and then subverted (see SelfDestructMechanism).


* FrickinLaserBeams: The Zhirrzh use them as their main weapons, whereas humans and other races mostly use missiles and kinetic-based weaponry. The Zhirrzh lasers are instantaneous like RealLife ones, but produce a visible beam. While they can be dodged, that relies purely on luck and reaction lag of the gunners, and only the Copperheads manage to do it regularly given the improved reaction time granted by their cybernetic interface.

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* FrickinLaserBeams: The Zhirrzh use them as their main weapons, whereas humans and other races mostly use missiles and kinetic-based weaponry. The Zhirrzh lasers are instantaneous like RealLife ones, but produce a visible beam. While they can be dodged, that relies purely on luck and reaction lag of the gunners, gunners (i.e. move out of the line of fire faster than they can pull the trigger), and only the Copperheads manage to do it regularly given the improved reaction time granted by their cybernetic interface.

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