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** The Empire's "treatments" for sexual deviancy look a lot like conversion therapy in the 1950s.

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** The Empire's "treatments" for sexual deviancy look a lot like conversion therapy in the 1950s.therapy.


* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: It's Baru's whole deal.

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* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: It's Baru's whole deal. [[spoiler:And Xate Yawa's.]]


* WhatTheRomansHaveDoneForUs: The Masquerade will overwrite your culture and government, make you pay for its wars, and mutilate or kill you if your conduct is deemed "unhygienic". But it will provide you with free education, effective healthcare, and sanitation. This is part of what makes them so dangerous.

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* WhatTheRomansHaveDoneForUs: The Masquerade will overwrite your culture and government, make you pay for its wars, and mutilate or kill you if your conduct is deemed "unhygienic". But it will provide you with free education, effective healthcare, and sanitation. This is part of what makes them it so dangerous.


* WhatTheRomansHaveDoneForUs: The Masquerade will overwrite your culture and government, make you pay for its wars, and mutilate or kill you if your conduct is deemed "unhygienic". But it will provide you with free education, effective healthcare, and sanitation.

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* WhatTheRomansHaveDoneForUs: The Masquerade will overwrite your culture and government, make you pay for its wars, and mutilate or kill you if your conduct is deemed "unhygienic". But it will provide you with free education, effective healthcare, and sanitation. This is part of what makes them so dangerous.


* KillItWithFire: The Imperial Navy loves burning things with Greek fire (or blowing them up with rockets and torpedoes), and the Empire's mastery of chemistry gives them a technological edge over the world's nations.

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* KillItWithFire: The Imperial Navy loves burning things things, whether with Greek fire (or blowing them up with rockets and torpedoes), and the Empire's mastery of chemistry gives them a technological edge over the world's nations. regular incendiaries or their infamous [[GreekFire Navy Burn]]



* NeatFreak: The Incrastic philosophy of the Masquerade is obsessed with hygiene and cleanliness. It is more notorious in their Navy.

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* NeatFreak: The Incrastic philosophy of the Masquerade is obsessed with hygiene and cleanliness.cleanliness on a level that goes well beyond physical sanitation and into mental and moral grounds, leading to their fascination with eugenics and psychological conditioning. It is more notorious in their Navy.



* TriggerPhrase: "Suspire Suspire Suspire", the command word with which one of the Clarified has been conditioned.

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* TriggerPhrase: "Suspire Suspire Suspire", "Suspire", the command word with which one of the Clarified has been conditioned.


* TheChessmaster: Aurdwynn is full of them. So is Baru. Her recurring flaw is seeing people as pieces on a board, to be moved as she wishes, without accounting for the fact that they're players in their own right with their own unrelated ambitions.

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* TheChessmaster: Aurdwynn is full of them. So is Baru. Her recurring flaw is seeing people as pieces on a board, to be moved as she wishes, without accounting for the fact that they're players in their own right with their own unrelated conflicting ambitions.



* CultureChopSuey: The Masquerade exhibits features of real-life empires such as those of Britain, France and China. The two former can be recognized in the Masquerade's cultural imperialism, dubious racial theories, and moral zeal. The Imperial Republic's warship names, which include ''Kingsbane'' or ''Egalitaria'', echo Revolution-era French ship names such as ''Tyrannicide'' or ''Droits de l'homme''. Aspects of Imperial China found in the Masquerade include its bureaucracy and its exams for obtaining government posts.

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* CultureChopSuey: By design, no culture in the book can be mapped directly to any one culture in real life. The Masquerade exhibits features of real-life empires such as those of Britain, France and China. The two former can be recognized in the Masquerade's cultural imperialism, dubious racial theories, and moral zeal. The Imperial Republic's warship names, which include ''Kingsbane'' or ''Egalitaria'', echo Revolution-era French ship names such as ''Tyrannicide'' or ''Droits de l'homme''. Aspects of Imperial China found in the Masquerade include its bureaucracy and its exams for obtaining government posts.



* DidntSeeThatComing: Frequently, as the book is in large part about Baru learning to be a {{Chessmaster}}.

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* DidntSeeThatComing: Frequently, as the book is in large part about Baru learning to be a {{Chessmaster}}. See FatalFlaw, below.

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** The Empire's "treatments" for sexual deviancy look a lot like conversion therapy in the 1950s.


The sequel, titled ''The Monster Baru Cormorant'', was released in October 2018.

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The sequel, titled ''The Monster Baru Cormorant'', ''Literature/TheMonsterBaruCormorant'', was released in October 2018.


The sequel, titled ''The Monster Baru Cormorant'', was released in November 2018.

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The sequel, titled ''The Monster Baru Cormorant'', was released in November October 2018.


* MacrossMissileMassacre: During the last climactic battle, [[spoiler: the Imperial forces]] roll out ''hwacha'' - cart-mounted multiple rocket launchers.

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* MacrossMissileMassacre: During the last climactic battle, [[spoiler: the Imperial forces]] roll out ''hwacha'' ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwacha hwacha]]'' - cart-mounted cart and ship-mounted multiple rocket launchers.

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* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: It's Baru's whole deal.


* KillItWithFire: The Imperial Navy loves burning things with Greek fire (or blowing them up with torpedoes), and the Empire's mastery of chemistry gives them a technological edge over the world's nations.

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* KillItWithFire: The Imperial Navy loves burning things with Greek fire (or blowing them up with rockets and torpedoes), and the Empire's mastery of chemistry gives them a technological edge over the world's nations.


The sequel, titled ''The Monster Baru Cormorant'', [[https://us.macmillan.com/themonsterbarucormorant/sethdickinson/9780765380746/ is scheduled for release in October 2018]].

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The sequel, titled ''The Monster Baru Cormorant'', [[https://us.macmillan.com/themonsterbarucormorant/sethdickinson/9780765380746/ is scheduled for release was released in October 2018]].November 2018.


* TheChessmaster: Aurdwynn is full of them.

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* TheChessmaster: Aurdwynn is full of them. So is Baru. Her recurring flaw is seeing people as pieces on a board, to be moved as she wishes, without accounting for the fact that they're players in their own right with their own unrelated ambitions.


* CulturePolice: The only values allowed in Imperial lands are Imperial values. Marriages are tightly controlled by the Imperial Jurispotence for eugenics purposes. Promiscuity, religion, and homosexuality are punishable by brainwashing, mutilation, and death.
* DarwinistDesire: The Masquerade carefully manages who in the Empire is allowed to marry who for this reason. Part of its understanding of biology is that every ethnic group has its own specialized advantages and disadvantages compared to other ethnic groups, and that those advantages can be combined or bred out by breeding those groups together -- which is also a good way to enforce cultural homogeneity!

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* CulturePolice: The only values allowed in Imperial lands are Imperial values.values, and it uses a variety of insidiously peaceful methods to write over indigenous values with its own. Marriages are tightly controlled by the Imperial Jurispotence for eugenics purposes. Promiscuity, And though force is usually a last resort, promiscuity, religion, and homosexuality are punishable by brainwashing, mutilation, and death.
* DarwinistDesire: The Masquerade carefully manages who in the Empire is allowed to marry who for this reason. Part of its understanding of biology is that every ethnic group has its own specialized advantages and disadvantages compared to other ethnic groups, and that those advantages traits can be combined or bred out by breeding those groups together -- which is also a good way to enforce cultural homogeneity!

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