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* MaryTzu: In the Red Alliance, Mao Zedong received a HistoricalHeroUpgrade to this. As in, Sun Tzu and Mao are believed to be the same person.


The Great Interstellar War (GIW) is a shared roleplay universe on AlternateHistoryDotCom that was started by user Blackwave. It originated as a "future what if scenario" to be discussed as characters who were in-universe, but it eventually grew to become a full-fledged tactics RP (on both land and in space) with its own comic series as a spinoff, along with various short stories and other user fiction. The GIW universe is set about a few centuries into humanity's future, and the human-controlled galaxy has been rent asunder between two power blocs: the democratic Wester Federation and the communist Red Alliance. No other major factions have been mentioned, but WordOfGod says that there are alien factions out in the galaxy that are aware of humanity but don't really care about the cataclysmic war tearing it asunder.

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The Great Interstellar War (GIW) is a shared roleplay universe on AlternateHistoryDotCom Website/AlternateHistoryDotCom that was started by user Blackwave. It originated as a "future what if scenario" to be discussed as characters who were in-universe, but it eventually grew to become a full-fledged tactics RP (on both land and in space) with its own comic series as a spinoff, along with various short stories and other user fiction. The GIW universe is set about a few centuries into humanity's future, and the human-controlled galaxy has been rent asunder between two power blocs: the democratic Wester Federation and the communist Red Alliance. No other major factions have been mentioned, but WordOfGod says that there are alien factions out in the galaxy that are aware of humanity but don't really care about the cataclysmic war tearing it asunder.


* CorruptPolitician: Both sides have their fir share of these, considering that the Westers are effectively run by NGOs and the Reds are run by a party that often sees a KlingonPromotion or two. Actually, there havnt been any CLEAN politicians shown so far.

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* CorruptPolitician: Both sides have their fir share of these, considering that the Westers are effectively run by NGOs {{NGO}}s and the Reds are run by a party that often sees a KlingonPromotion or two. Actually, there havnt been any CLEAN politicians shown so far.


** Boston's gunner and driver are named [[{{Blackadder}} George and Baldrick.]]

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** Boston's gunner and driver are named [[{{Blackadder}} [[Series/{{Blackadder}} George and Baldrick.]]

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* ACommanderIsYou: Two examples below:
** Reds are Spammer/Brute/Loyal; they rely on overwhelming numbers and firepower to win the day, and their morale and patriotism are unmatched by the Westers in general.
** Westers are Balanced/Ranger/Econmist. While their regular infantry are still very mooky, their vehicles and weaponry are noticeably more advanced technologically than those of the Reds. Additionally, their armor is better at hit-and-run tactics than the Reds' massive Dyakov and Yongkang tanks.


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* DeflectorShield: Grozny battlesuits and spacecraft, to name a couple of examples.


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* {{Jetpack}}: Battlesuits come with these standard-issue.


* TheBerserker: If Red commandos aren't [[ColdSniper detached]] or [[SociopathicSoldier unfeeling]] they become this, using combat drugs and throwing themselves at the enemy without any regard for their own survival.



* VodkaDrunkenski: The Reds are ALWAYS drinking. Awarding gifts of high quality alcohol to subordinates is often used as a substitute for medals.

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* VodkaDrunkenski: The Reds are ALWAYS drinking. Awarding gifts of high quality alcohol to subordinates is often used as a substitute for medals. The Westers get in on it as well.


** Major Lucrezia Starace and Bles from the current roster of player characters.

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** Major Lucrezia Starace and Bles from the current roster of player characters.



* AmazonBrigade: Its attempted by both sides, mostly as a morale/propaganda tool. Blue Witches Squadron commanded by 1st Lt. Bles receives focus in the RP. Noticeably they do not perform any better (and in some cases even worse) than regular units.

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* AmazonBrigade: Its attempted by both sides, mostly as a morale/propaganda tool. Blue Witches Squadron commanded by 1st Lt. Bles receives focus in the RP. Noticeably they do not perform any better (and in some cases even worse) than regular units.



* HollywoodTactics: Played straight by Selvaria Bles and the “Blue Witches,” and lampshaded a bit by the other characters.



* MsFanservice: Eagle Emily, the Westers' “pinup girl.” Selvaria Bles is a Miss Fanservice turned battlesuit commander. Often lampshaded by some of the other characters.
--> '''Starace on Bles:''' "I think I can handle a pornstar in a Beria."

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* MsFanservice: Eagle Emily, the Westers' “pinup girl.” Selvaria Bles is a Miss Fanservice turned battlesuit commander. Often lampshaded by some of the other characters.
--> '''Starace on Bles:''' "I think I can handle a pornstar in a Beria."


** General Amasova also has one in the comic: "Follow my ass as if you could HAVE IT!"

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** General Amasova also has one in the comic: "Follow my ass as if you could HAVE IT!" IT!"
* {{BFG}}: WAY too many to count, but some examples include battlesuit autocannons, (dual) tank railguns, and ship mass drivers.


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* CityPlanet: On occasion. Nova Terra, the Wester homeworld, is implied (but not confirmed) to be this.


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* FasterThanLightTravel: Of the "Hyperdrive" flavor; GIW ships travel by entering "FTL space."


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* MileLongShip: According to WordOfGod, cruisers are about 5 kilometers long, with some ships (the Reds' superdereadnoughts) reaching about ''20'' kilometers.


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* SandWorm: Ice worms, actually, on Taiga-Zhai.


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* SingleBiomePlanet: Occasionally encountered or mentioned in the RP; a notable example would be the ice-planet Taiga-Zhai.


* StrawConservative: Lazarus Dimaggio. He's like Bill O'Reilly taken UpToEleven and PlayedForLaughs.

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* StrawConservative: [[StrawCharacter Straw Conservative]]: Lazarus Dimaggio. He's like Bill O'Reilly taken UpToEleven and PlayedForLaughs.


* RatedMForManly: Shan, Boston, Feng, Zenya (kind of) all show a certain level of bluntness and testosterone on occasion.



* ShoutOut: A lot of things...
** Selvaria Bles is also the name of a character from the game VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles.
** Also, the Bersaglieri are a veteran Wester Marine unit ingame; in real life, they're Italy's elite assault troops.

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* ShoutOut: A lot of things...
Far too many to list...
** Selvaria Bles is also the name of a character from the game VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles.
** Also, the
The Bersaglieri are a veteran Wester Marine unit ingame; in real life, they're Italy's elite assault troops.



* StealthExpert: Wester Geists commandos are slightly less physical than Red spetsnaz, but are MUCH more dangerous due to their stealth abilities.

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* StealthExpert: Wester Geists commandos are slightly less physical than Red spetsnaz, spetsnaz (who take performance enhancing combat drugs), but are MUCH more dangerous due to their stealth abilities.



** Played straight by Shan himself, as his superiors are continually reassigned from the 1st Combined Arms until he is in command.
* ZergRush: Often used by Red infantry. Commissars and combat drugs help with motivating.

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** Played straight by Shan himself, as his superiors are continually reassigned from the 1st Combined Arms until he is in command.
receives the top spot.
* ZergRush: Often used by Red infantry. Commissars and combat drugs help with the motivating.


** General Amasova, Commissar Ziyi, Ann Sasaki, and Mina Glover from the comic.



** Bles often shows signs of this when interacting with her platoon.
** Dimitri Sergoff, Steave Boston, and Luke Jaeger sometimes display elements of this with their own subordinates.
** [[TheNeidermeyer Captain Zenya]] is a different take on the trope, being apparently a neglectant and PTSD suffering father, who never wanted kids in the first place, to his men. Oddly, he's actually rather decent to everyone when he's not in a position of authority.



* AmazonBrigade: Its attempted by both sides, mostly as a morale/propaganda tool. Most notably Blue Witches Squadron commanded by Lt. Bles.

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* AmazonBrigade: Its attempted by both sides, mostly as a morale/propaganda tool. Most notably Blue Witches Squadron commanded by 1st Lt. Bles. Bles receives focus in the RP. Noticeably they do not perform any better (and in some cases even worse) than regular units.



** Amasova also has one in the comic: "Follow my ass as if you could HAVE IT!"

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** General Amasova also has one in the comic: "Follow my ass as if you could HAVE IT!"



* BioAugmentation: Major Luke Jaeger. The Hei Gui assassins are a more extreme variety.

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* BioAugmentation: Major Luke Jaeger.Jaeger was genetically modified from birth. The Hei Gui assassins are a more extreme variety. And for everyone else the food is packed with performancing enhancing nutrients.



** The Overkill variant replaces it with a [[KillItWithFire Flamethrower Below the Shoulder]]



* ColonelBadass: Steave Boston, although he was promoted to General, so perhaps he's a FourStarBadass.
** Manthei, Sergoff, and Beck.



* CorruptPolitician: Both sides have their fir share of these, considering that the Westers are effectively run by NGOs and the Reds are run by a party that often sees a KlingonPromotion or two. In particular, Marshal Vostrikov is one, and Emily Jaeger shows signs of one as well.
* CurbStompBattle: Shan's spaceborne landings in the mountains on Taiga-Zhai become this, as the initial Wester invasion utterly steamrolls the Red defenses and scatters them to the wind. Remarkable in that none of the characters involved were used to fighting a battle that easy.

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* CorruptPolitician: Both sides have their fir share of these, considering that the Westers are effectively run by NGOs and the Reds are run by a party that often sees a KlingonPromotion or two. In particular, Marshal Vostrikov is one, and Emily Jaeger shows signs of one as well.
Actually, there havnt been any CLEAN politicians shown so far.
* CurbStompBattle: Shan's spaceborne landings in the mountains on Taiga-Zhai become this, as the initial Wester invasion utterly steamrolls the Red defenses and scatters them to the wind.wind due to their opponents being complete rookies. Remarkable in that none of the characters involved were used to fighting a battle that easy. Minus the [[MemeticBadass Ice Worms]].



* FourStarBadass: Engels Shan.
* FrontlineGeneral: Engels Shan, Boston, Manthei, Beck, Feng and pretty much every other flag rank character.

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* FourStarBadass: Engels Shan.
* FrontlineGeneral: Engels Shan, Boston, Manthei, Beck, Feng and pretty much every other flag rank character.character. Most tank generals are happy with this, due to being inside a well protected building sized vehicle armed with (dual) 300mm railguns. Some battlesuit generals such as Battlesmere are willing to do it as well, and General Amasova joins her infantry in the trenches.



* GeneralRipper: Played with with Feng gunning for Shan. Whats interesting is that [[DangerousDeserter Shan]] apparently doesnt hold it against him.

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* GeneralRipper: Played with with Feng gunning for Shan.is usually well mannered and reasonable, but when it comes to Shan he absolutely declares that one way or another 'The Traitor' will die. Whats interesting is that [[DangerousDeserter Shan]] apparently doesnt hold it against him.



* HandicappedBadass: Zenya has a prosthetic arm. Jaeger has a faulty nervous system. Both are still badass.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Neither Westers or Reds could be considered totally heroic, but the latter do love their swords. From infantry bayonets, to battlesuit vibroblades, commando knives and ceremonial officer jian swords. For the Westers this trope has been thoroughly discredited by association.

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* HandicappedBadass: Zenya has a prosthetic arm. Jaeger has a faulty nervous system. Both are still badass.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Neither Westers or Reds could be considered totally heroic, but the latter do love their swords. From infantry bayonets, to battlesuit vibroblades, commando knives and ceremonial officer jian swords. For the Westers this trope has been thoroughly discredited by association.



* HollywoodTactics: Played straight for Selvaria Bles and the “Blue Witches,” and lampshaded a bit by the other characters.

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* HollywoodTactics: Played straight for by Selvaria Bles and the “Blue Witches,” and lampshaded a bit by the other characters.



* IndyPloy: Zenya is not especially good at stealth. He is however good enough to fight his way out of most situations he finds himself in. Becomes a bit awkward when his first reaction in non combat situations is to go nuts.



* IronWoobie: Literally any soldier who manages to stay sane in this war.

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* IronWoobie: Literally any soldier who manages to stay sane in this war. ESPECIALLY the poor infantry (on both sides).



** The Red version of the trope is more lighthearted, with the example showcased being a volunteer homemade video produced by a mechanic on an isolated military outpost. Service in the Red Army is just as [[WarIsHell crappy as it is in the Federation army though.]]

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** The Red version of the trope is more lighthearted, with the example showcased being a volunteer homemade video produced by a mechanic on an isolated military outpost. Service in the Red Army is just as [[WarIsHell crappy just as crappy]] as it is in the Federation army though.]] though.



* KnifeNut: Zenya in particular, the Red Alliance in general, having a preference for bladed weapons and close ranged combat.

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* KnifeNut: Zenya in particular, the Red Alliance in general, having a preference liking for bladed weapons and close ranged combat.



* MsFanservice: Eagle Emily, the Westers' “pinup girl.” Selvaria Bles is a former Miss Fanservice turned battlesuit commander. Often lampshaded by some of the other characters.

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* MsFanservice: Eagle Emily, the Westers' “pinup girl.” Selvaria Bles is a former Miss Fanservice turned battlesuit commander. Often lampshaded by some of the other characters.



** Grozny suits. In Russian Gronzy means [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "to be feared."]]

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** Grozny suits. In suits, in Russian Gronzy simply means [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "to be feared."]]



* OfficerAndAGentleman: Major Luke Jaeger.


* PatrioticFervor: Red infantry are specifically noted to have much better morale than their opponents. Wester RI conscripts are [[OhCrap generally unprepared]] for the level of hardship the Reds are [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong willing to endure]] for their cause. While the Wester Army has better training and technology, the Red Army has their patriotism. The two sides are evenly matched.

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* PatrioticFervor: Red infantry are specifically noted to have much better morale than their opponents. Wester RI conscripts are [[OhCrap generally unprepared]] for the level of hardship the Reds are [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong willing to endure]] endure for their cause.cause]]. While the Wester Army has better training and technology, the Red Army has their patriotism. The two sides are evenly matched.


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** Played straight by Shan himself, as his superiors are continually reassigned from the 1st Combined Arms until he is in command.

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* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Red [[FragileSpeedster Beria battlesuits]] fly aggressively, basing their CQC techniques on eastern martial arts. For the Westers, their martial arts consist of [[CombatPragmatist less showy]] maneuvers such as grapples, tackles, and punches. Or even better, not letting the Reds get into sword range [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim in the first place]].

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