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"As usual, Tanya has overestimated her own ability to fail and surprised precisely one person in the whole nation with her success."
The story in a nutshell, according to Slayer Anderson

With the war over and her military career in shambles, Tanya von Degurechaff has to forge a new path for herself. Fortunately, she finds an opportunity to get involved in the political scene. A safe, easy job has never been closer at hand. What could possibly go wrong?


A Young Woman's Political Record by jacobk is a Youjo Senki fanfiction that deals with what would have happened if the Germanian Empire lost the war and was subjected to a ruinous peace treaty, closely mirroring the aftermath of post-World War I Germany.

You may also read the Story Only version here.

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  • 100% Adoration Rating: Well more like 70%. After she renegotiates the Treaty of Triano, saves the economy, ousts the communists, dramatically improves the Germanian international standing and much more, Tanya receives 70% votes on her re-election, meaning she and her polical party have total political domination; her people note she can basically can run the country any way she wants.
  • The Ace: Tanya. To quote Johan Dressler:
    Lergen had found her already a perfect soldier at nine. Johan was finding her already a perfect politician at seventeen.
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  • Alternate Universe: Aside from the setting already being an alternate, magical Earth around the time of World War I, the Rus never entered the war in this one, having been tied up fighting the Akitsukushima in the east. Tanya also killed Mary Sue personally, rather than just shooting her down and Mary then getting fragged by the Allied med-evac team.
  • Armor-Piercing Response:
    Lergen: Her ambitions obviously don't end with the repeal of the Treaty.
    Zettour: Do yours?
  • Artistic License – Economics: Discussed and averted. The previous ruling coalition's solution to the economic crisis facing Germania was to continue printing more money, eventually leaving the Mark so worthless that a loaf of bread cost a trillion Marks.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Germania's incredibly advanced submariness are more than twice as fast as any other in the world and can stay submerged far longer. They're also so dangerous that Tanya considers it a minor miracle the one she was showing off didn't explode during the test.
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  • Balkanize Me: The Empire after the Great War. Most splinter countries desperately want to rejoin Germania due to cultural loyalty and it's comparative prosperity and military strength, much to Tanya's exasperation.
  • Bar Brawl: A dozen Communists try to start one with Tanya while she's giving a speech in a beer hall. She takes out eleven of them before they even realize what hit them. Visha takes out the twelfth.
  • Batman Gambit: Subverted. Zettour thinks Tanya did this when she has Elya send reports regarding her mage battalion to Lergen, telling them to play fair regarding her election as Chancellor or she would rebel. She only handed the report about her mage battalion because she thought Lergen was preparing an army in secret because of the Treaty of Triano restrictions and as far as she knew she was giving some deniable support. Lergen hadn't done such a thing and Zettour makes it sound like Tanya was making a threat.
    • After years of catching any attempted spies on Germania's naval fleet construction, Tanya gives an enthusiastic and in-depth tour of Germania's "adequate" prototypes. The Allied Kingdom ends up giving Germania generous diplomatic favors in exchange for not building a fleet of their insanely advanced subs, unaware that the subs were highly impractical and had No OSHA Compliance.
  • Berserk Button: The Treaty of Triano, the Francois, communism and shoddy economics are these for Tanya. She plays up her ire when campaigning, but she shows great dislike for them even in her private monologues.
  • Boring, but Practical: When witnessing a test demonstration of possible new assault rifles for the Germanian army, Tanya makes it clear that her desired end product should be this. Which she then emphasizes by dunking each of the proposed models in a pit filled with mud and freshly shredded pig guts, and then seeing if they will still fire. As Tanya explains, a soldier who's crawled through miles of mud and gore doesn't care about shot grouping but about whether his gun will fire in such conditions.
    • The "People's Car" as it's dubbed is designed in such a way. While most of the car companies dismiss the idea of a car an average person could afford, saying you'd have to sacrifice everything that makes a car worth buying, one designer dreams of such creating such a vehicle and goes on to create the Volkswagen Beetle.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Tanya finds that she understands the reasoning behind the Francois' declaration of war on the Empire, given they shared a border, that before the Great War the Empire was the one of the strongest among Great Powers, and that had the Empire won the Great War, they would have become the absolute power on the continent. The Republic declared war in fear of the shifting balance of power, and while the Empire wasn't responsible for starting the Great War, much of the military leadership stumbled when they forgot their Clausewitz. The Empire, however, did little more than retaliate against unprovoked attacks and, though they did use the opportunity to expand their territory and influence, never overstepped their bounds by international law.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: For anyone else, driving off an entire army corps would have been a big achievement. For Tanya, it was just business as usual, even treating it like an annoying errand that she has no choice but to do.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tanya is trying to warn the nations of Europa about the danger of the Russy Union but her warnings are dismissed by everyone west of Germania.
    • Her warnings about increasing tariffs, or printing too much money are largely ignored by her early political oposition, and later the Unified States after the stock market crash.
    • She also tries to build an alliance to stop Benedetto Muzzioli's ascent to power only to find no allies willing to intervene in Ildoa, since nobody knows yet that Muzzioli's policy of expansion could start another Great War. As Tanya states, it would only take one idiot to start the next Great War.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Tanya (who even at seventeen is still less than a hundred pounds soaking wet) gets tipsy from having a single mug of beer and, much later, gets totally drunk after two glasses of wine. Her actions while drunk are what draw her to the attention of the Germanian Worker's Party in the first place.
  • Captain Ersatz:
    • Johan Dressler is one of Anton Drexler.
    • Anton Ehrlich is one of Ferdinand Porsche (his name coming from the original's parents, Antonius Porsche and Anna Ehrlich).
    • British Naval Intelligence officer Ian Flemons is one for Ian Fleming.
    • New Amsterdam Governor Frederick Rosenvelt is one for Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    • Air Force General von Richtoffer is THE Red Baron.
    • Pierre-Michel de Lugo is an older and more politically astute Charles de Gaulle.
    • Addy Heidler still joins the Germanian Workers Party but, rather devote his entire life to politics like Adolf Hitler did, got married and opened a restaurant.
  • The Confidant: Visha is the only person Tanya trusts enough to vent her true frustrations to.
  • Cult of Personality: Tanya is entirely unaware of the one that popped up around her, initially made up of the extremists in the Germanian Workers' Party. A year into her term as chancellor, angelic statuettes of her have spread across the Germanian countryside.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Battle of Duisbusch. Thanks to the newly developed concept of stealth casting, the occupying army didn't even know Tanya was there until about a minute before she opened fire, taking out all the 32nd's senior officers and over 90% of their mages in the opening salvo. While most of the rank and file troops survived the attack, the surprise so shattered their morale that they surrendered in place the next morning.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Tanya has the attitude that honor has no place in war given what she's been through. It's best shown when fighting against the Francois' 32nd Corps: Tanya and the 203rd mages destroy all enemy tanks, plane, artillery, and air mages on an ambush in the middle of the night in an attack so devastating that the Republic Army broke and surrendered right after.
  • Character Development: Tanya is not a sociopath anymore by the time the story start; it's possible that this is because she doesn't have to fight in the front lines anymore.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The citizens of Germania suffer this on a national scale after the Empire lost the Great War and the aftermath and consequences began slamming the country.
  • Downer Beginning: The story begins after the Empire lost the Great War and slapped with a punitive treaty that leaves Tanya jobless, penniless and homeless. She obliviously rejects obliquely-made job offers and seeks refuge in her old orphanage doing odd jobs until an opportune recruitment offer from a tiny and insignificant political party comes her way.
  • The Dreaded: Tanya's already established herself as a terror on the battlefield and quickly becomes the same in politics. By her reputation alone, she is able to treat with the Allied Powers from a strong position despite Germania being initially weak and never actually meets the Francois ambassador because he fears for his life.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: After she helped train them, Germania's new aerial mages are afraid of Visha, much to Tanya's amusement.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • Regardless of their platform, businesses tend to support any party that opposes the communists as their philosophy is naturally bad for business.
    • Tanya has a bit of fondness for the Akitsukushima Empire because she was Japanese in her previous life, but she doesn't think too kindly of their imperialist ambitions or their military policies. That said, she covertly sends some advisors to aid them in their fight against the Russy Union in exchange for their aircraft carrier blueprints.
    • Tanya convinces Germania's old enemy Dacia into joining a military alliance due to their fear of Rus, poor economy, and only lukewarm support from their old allies.
    • As much as they fear or are skeptical of Tanya, the Allied Powers allow the Treaty of Triano to be dissolved (much to the Francois' anger) so that Germania and it's military can rebuild itself and act as a buffer against the Rus and Communism.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Tanya refuses to blame Germania's religious and ethnic minorities for the country's woes because they are voting citizens. Instead, she focuses people's ire on the Francois.
    • While she may hate the Germania Communist Party, she tells Elya not to target their supporters since they only support the party due to hardships they suffered from the Treaty of Triano. Once her economic policies improve the country, those supporters will happily abandon the party for a chance to get a job and roof to sleep under.
  • First-Person Smartass: Tanya thinks like this but usually refrains from speaking out loud because she doesn't want to offend the person she's talking to, mostly because they're either very powerful or have a lot of influence.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Because Tanya's knowledge from before her reincarnation, she knows how some events will happen, such as the Great Depression and the Cold War, and has been preparing herself and her country to counter them.
  • Genre Savvy: Well aware that the Akitsukushima Empire's war with the Russy Federation will not end well for the former just like what happened to Japan against the Soviet Union in Real Life, Tanya won't form an alliance with Akitsukushima to prevent Germania from getting involved in their war with the Rus.
  • Germanic Efficiency: Germania is quickly becoming this under Tanya's rule due to having the 203rd training new aerial mages, eccentric scientists and Tanya's future knowledge aiding in R&D, and solid economic theory.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: Tanya notes that she's not in the best time period for this as she's been isekai'd to a time too developed for her to be able to introduce anything that can kick off an industrial revolution or get rich and she's not really knowledgeable of any good future tech that can be developed in her situation.
    • That said, she does introduce 21st century marketing and political campaigning techniques, financial security policies and the assault rifle, among other things. She's also proposed high-level concepts like geosynchronous TV satellites, signal repeaters and noise filtering in front of engineers and stood back to see if they could run with them a decade or more before such ideas were first thought of in RL. So while she can't give radio to the Romans, she can find engineers capable of building it and giving them the idea.
  • Gray and Gray Morality: Because of the nature of politics between the nations of the story, many nation do morally grey things for the sake of their people.
  • Heroic Russian Émigré: Visha often mourns what has become of her birth country under Communism.
  • Hope Bringer: Tanya has very much become this to Germania, literally giving hope back to the citizens. After the Great War, most people had sunk into despair what with the fall of the Empire, the economy in shambles, losing a number of its territories. This all changes when Tanya comes into power and turns things around.
  • Iconic Outfit: Tanya started out wearing simple white dresses provided to her by the orphanage and her military jacket on top. She keeps the look well into her career because it's become very recognizable. This same outfit shows up on angelic statuettes going around Germania's more rural areas.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: Tanya decides to have Elya stop local polling operations specifically so she doesn't see her approval ratings until the very last minute. All well and good since she's trying to get herself removed from office, but she barely understands just how popular she is already.
    • Elya's employment is this on Tanya's part thanks to miscommunication between the two. Tanya assumes that she's hired Elya for secretarial work and to conduct polling operations, but Elya assumes that Tanya hired her for her intelligence background and quickly sets up an unofficial intelligence apparatus and secret police under the guise of "polling operations". Both events listed under The Purge happen with Tanya unknowingly ordering them.
  • Implausible Deniability: The Francois government tries to argue that the photographs of their soldiers beating, raping, and murdering civilians isn't as bad as it seems or that the presence of a someone to photograph said scenes proves there's more going on. Though they never deny those events are happening.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Ian Flemons's superiors recall him from the Caribbean on the basis that being a mage would give him insight into Tanya's character. Flemons privately lampshades how absurd such reasoning is.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Tanya easily comes off as an abrasive firebrand, especially to her enemies, but anyone who bothers to look into what she says tends to find either a point or a hidden meaning to her words.
  • King Incognito: Chapter 25 has Tanya go undercover to better understand how her policies affect the common Germanian. She drags Neuman along because Visha was asleep at the time.
  • Living Legend: Tanya starts the story as the world (in)famous Argent Silver/Devil of the Rhine. In the political field, she very quickly rises to power, saves Germania from economic ruin and makes good on her campaign promise to end the Treaty of Triano, while also getting a favorable deal from the rest of the Allied Powers that basically leaves the Francois in the dirt. POV sections from other Germanians has her described in near-mythical terms.
  • Loophole Abuse: Like how she did during the war, Tanya makes interpretations of the Treaty of Triano's wording that foreign politicians do concede indeed isn't illegal, even if they are somewhat provocative.
    • She joins the Germanian Workers' Party because it's illegal for her to be directly employed by the government, but there's nothing that says she can't join a political party.
    • Subverted by a bar patron in chapter 1 who suggests the Germania Republic change its name and join the Kingdom of Ildoa to escape paying reparations from the Treaty of Triano since it only applies to the nation called Germania. Tanya mocks the patron, since not only is the idea stupid, changing the country's name won't fool the Allied Powers, especially the Francois.
    • Every time someone mentions a standing treaty and Tanya in the same sentence, she always finds away to work around it without violating anything. This is best shown when she speaks to the Pullskan ambassador. The Treaty of Londinium forbids direct military cooperation between Germania and any of the former Imperial territories so Tanya offers new military equipment at cheap prices and to send some some advisors so that Pullska can update its military.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Prepping the firing range for the final test Tanya puts the prototype assault rifles through involves what she calls a "pigsplosion".
  • Magikarp Power: Civilian computing orbs have many limits, the main one being that it can't process too much magic but mastering it requires a great deal of finesse, which can help a mage with efficient spell-casting and even allow them to use magic undetected.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Elya secretly has the leader of the Germanian Communist Party along with his wife and second in command assassinated by making it look like a murder-suicide where the leader caught his second in command having an affair with his wife in his bedroom, killing them before killing himself. Tanya, unaware of the assassination, truly believes it was a murder-suicide.
  • Mistaken for Badass: Tanya overestimates the quality of US aerial mage training and technology. She starts off thinking that the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds are college sports teams that she'd maybe rank as on par with above average Germanian recruits and is never corrected. She also expects them to bust out a super computation orb leagues ahead of the Type 97 and leaves without learning that they don't actually have anything that comes close.
    • When Elya's agents uncover a backwards and underfunded Francois orb research facility, Tanya immediately assumes that it's a decoy. She seems to have underestimated how much she and the 203rd depleted their mage population and the effects of the recent upheavals in the country
    • Inverted: Tanya underestimates her own popularity and political power, thinking she's headed for a comfortable electoral loss. Instead her party wins in a Landslide Election.
  • Modest Royalty: Chancellery, actually, but Tanya very much prefers wearing simple dresses made by the nuns from the orphanage she was raised in, and a heavier military coat over that.
  • Moral Myopia: The Empire was held responsible for the Great War despite not being its instigator. It was the Legadonia Entente and the Francois Republic who, separately, invaded the Empire without provocation, with the Empire only defending itself and retaliating accordingly. Tanya notes that the Francois probably has the opinion that the Empire must be evil for the Republic to invade them, believing themselves completely in the right to do so at a national scale. This is one of the reason why Tanya despises them.
  • Mythology Gag: Ian Flemons (based on Ian Fleming) is nicknamed "Number 7" by his superior.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Neumann isn't particularly outstanding as a member of the 203rd and Tanya cites his heavy build and slight fear of high G-forces as detriments. During an exhibition show in the Unified States, he handily outperforms the best of the US aerial mages (at about a third faster than the top US record) to the shock of everyone around except for Tanya, who berates him for his slow time, shoddy maneuvering, and excessive showboating. Indeed, while they only understand she's browbeating him, they think it's because he showed more competence than he should have.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Tanya's actions to restore the national economy by defaulting their reparation payment to the Republic and using those resources to fix Germania ends up causing the Republic to invade and occupy the Rhine territory. Tanya expected some level of rebuke that she hoped she could use to both get negotiated settlement conditions and to get herself booted from office but did not expect them to invade as their first option, especially with the current political climate.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The Francois invade the Rhine Industrial Area to take from Germania what they are unwilling to pay in reparations. The only thing they gained was some loot and a damaged international reputation. To cap it off, the occupation ends after Tanya destroys their commanders, artillery, mages, and most of their materiel in an ambush. It also gives her the excuse to renegotiate the Treaty of Triano, voiding the reparation debt.
  • Oblivious to Love: Tanya is unaware that Visha is in love with her and seems to think at first she's in love with Elya.
  • Occupiers Out of Our Country: In a mirror to the Occupation of the Ruhr, the Francois occupy the Rhine Industrial Area when Tanya stops payments to both fix Germania's ailing economy and to draw the Francois to the negotiating table to try to wring better terms. After getting her hands on the Type 95 again, she utterly destroys the occupying forces in a single night - and does it so thoroughly that nobody outside the immediate area realizes that she'd successfully killed or captured (mostly the latter) twenty-five thousand soldiers, until she announced it on the radio the next evening.
  • O.C. Stand-in: In canon, Elya is a very minor character, only showing up in two scenes months apart in-story. She's presented as Viktoriya's friend and roommate during their time in basic; due to her penchant for finding gossip, she joined the intelligence department under the cover of being an observer mage. Here, she reunites with Viktoriya and becomes Tanya's Secret Police's leader.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lergen is in shock when it dawns on him that Zettour has been in Tanya's camp from the start.
  • Older Than They Look: Tanya's already become an adult by the start of the story but barely looks any older than she did previously thanks to a low-impact puberty. The author says that she's the kind of woman who would be carded well into her forties.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Tanya thinks she's using the Socratic method to tell Visha that she doesn't really mean to break the Treaty of Triano and provoke the Francois, she's just securing a cushy lifestyle working for a small political party. Unfortunately for her, Visha takes her words at face value.
    • Elya also finds some letters to Tanya from military manufacturers, using words like "touring facilities" or "discussing the future of the nation" to hide that they really want to hire her to be a lobbyist for them but Tanya declined them because she simply didn't know that they were actual job offers. Elya assumes she did so as part of an intricate plan to take control of Germania and lead it to glory.
    • Elya also has a habit of assuming that things that Tanya says as orders to spy on or eliminate people.
  • Only Sane Man: Lergen considers himself to be this, and Tanya to be a terrifying warmonger. Tanya, in turn, considers herself to be this, and feels apologetic more than once for having to restrain Lergen's (nonexistent) plans for aggressive actions.
  • Open Secret: It is known that the civilian uprising story is totally bunk and that it was Tanya and the 203rd that destroyed the occupying Francois forces in Duisbusch.
  • Orphanage of Love: Tanya was raised in one, and returned there after the end of her military career. The nuns there are devoted to the children, and Tanya feels she owes them for all they’ve done for her, so she makes it a point to send gifts regularly or even drop by herself when she has time.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite the animosity between their countries, Francois President Pierre-Michel de Lugo tries to assure Tanya, who after failing to convince the other nations to intervene in the Ildoan Civil War to help the elected government against Benedetto Muzzioli's faction, who wants to invade Germania after he wins the war, that Muzzioli might not invade and moderate himself just like Tanya did and even offers Germania to host the World Cup.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Rudersdorf later explains to Tanya how close she was to being sent to the rear echelon position she so wanted, but that it was his and Zettour's respect for her military accomplishments and her apparent desire to stay in the field (as they saw it) that led them to keep sending her into the meatgrinder.
  • Psycho Sidekick: Humorously, Tanya views Visha as something of this, and jokes she might try to run off to the front lines if another war does break out.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: How Zettour viewed Tanya at the beginning.
  • The Purge:
    • Upon being hired, Elya purges the Germanian Workers' Party of its old guard, ensuring that all who remain are loyal to Tanya.
    • Aside from the assassination of the communist party's leadership, she has the rest of their higher ups arrested for ties to the Russy or just disappeared.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: The Francois army occupying Rhine makes a habit of raping and murdering the civilians living there.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Despite her best efforts to warn the Imperial High Command to refuse the armistice and crush the remaining Francois forces failed because even if she is a war hero, Tanya was only a Major, so she didn't have the political power to influence such a grand strategic decision.
    • The atrocities committed by the Francois army during their occupation of Rhine end up ends up destroying the reputation of the Republic in the eyes of international community. Shortly after Tanya's forces rout their army, the current Francois president and his entire administration collapse.
    • Most nations won't interfere in other nation's matters if it is not in their best interest to do so, and vice-versa.
    • Dr. Schugel is an absolutely brilliant scientist, but his blatant disregard for safety features means all of his inventions have to be seriously overhauled before they're ready for mass production.
  • Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman: Addie Hiedler (the YS counterpart of Adolf Hitler) is a baker living in Wien (Vienna). His wife appears to be Jewish.
  • Ridiculous Exchange Rates: When the new Mark is introduced (which is backed by coal), the exchange rate with the old Mark is two trillion to one. Despite the new Mark being worth so much more than the old Mark, it's still a fairly weak currency for several years.
  • Rousing Speech: When General von Richtoffer shares his doubts about how he has no place in the new age of warfare, citing how blind he is to all the innovations Tanya is sharing, she tells him that he sells himself short and that his accomplishments (in forming the standard of aerial doctrine rather than his personal victories) are why he was given his rank.
  • Secret Police: As an accidental example, Elya and her former intelligence colleagues join the Germanian Workers' Party as this.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Tanya never quite grasps the image she projects. Rather than someone who's fickle or a liar that doesn't uphold her campaign promises, she's seen as a Reasonable Authority Figure who does more to enrich Germania and its people than any other politician.
  • Ship Tease: Boatloads between Tanya and Visha. It gets nods every now and then, mostly when the former notices that the latter is engaged in what would normally be considered wifely duties. Even the cast has picked up on it, what with Neumann fearfully looking towards Visha's room when Tanya makes an offhand joke about how they should pretend to be engaged before going King Incognito.
  • Shipper on Deck: Tanya for Neumann and the American mage he met while he was sent as an instructor as part of the orb trade deal.
  • Single-Issue Wonk: Tanya refocuses the direction of the Germanian Workers Party from Dressler's scientific socialism to railing against the Treaty of Triano. From the start of her brand awareness campaign to the vote that won her the chancellorship, she never misses a chance to decry it. This is obviously dropped when she actually does succeed in getting the treaty removed.
  • Springtime for Hitler: Pretty much the whole story to this point. Tanya tends to fail upwards, fail at failing, or her actions have unexpected consequences that work entirely to her benefit.
    • She joins a minor political party for a cushy job as a party functionary. She winds up as Chancellor.
    • Tanya provokes the Francois with an eye towards being removed from power in exchange for a comfortable exile. The other Great Powers backstab the Republic and basically tear up most of the Treaty of Triano. Notably, this was a major plank in Tanya's (thought to be impossible to achieve) party platform.
    • Tanya seeks to get voted out of office peacefully before the problems of post-War Germany can rear their ugly head. She starts a government enterprise to splinter her own ruling coalition (which contain radical Free Market Capitalists). She puts a man to work designing a cheap car for the masses, thinking it would be a marginal profit – instead he creates the Volkswagen Beetle, one of the most successful cars of all time.
      • She also pushes some financial regulations she believes will be unpopular in the Diet, that will all but ensure that Germania will withstand the Great Depression.
    • Tanya's trip to America has her making hefty demands in exchange for sharing computation orb technology in her continued bid to get removed from power. What she gets is (1) an opportunity to demonstrate the superiority of Germanian aerial mages, (2) support for Imperial reunification (starting with Osterry, at the same time wiping away the debts they have with the US) and (3) the foundations for a military alliance. All it cost her was sharing admittedly potent but already outdated orb tech.
    • Even when she's backing out of an established course of action, Tanya receives a standing ovation - as seen when she decides to stop advancing against Ildoa and instead praising the idea that no nation should interfere in another's attempts at self-determination. Which sends quite the message to the former Imperial territories.
  • Stealth Pun: Tanya has Germania declare bankruptcy over its war debts and failing economy in Chapter 11.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Tanya's future knowledge and Being X's previous interference with the Type 95 means that Germania has the highest tech computation orbs by a wide margin, and tank, plane, torpedo, and gun designs already optimized for WWII-era combat.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Tanya is clearly no longer The Sociopath by the start of this fic. It's gotten to the point that it is arguable she no longer qualifies for being a Villain Protagonist, showing genuine care toward the people of Germania, even if she keeps rationalizing her reasons.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Tanya severely underestimates her political strength. Understandable, when she's just starting out, but it gets ridiculous when, by the time the Treaty of Londinium is signed, she's imagining that her hold on power is strong following her victory but ultimately fragile enough for her to break when she actually has total political domination.
  • Undying Loyalty: The former members of the 203rd jump at the chance to join Tanya again, despite having possibly more comfortable lives in the civilian sector. It says something when they envision marching to the Reichstag to install her as Kaiserin or following her to attack the gates of Heaven and doing so gleefully.
  • World's Best Warrior: Tanya is agreed upon by both Germanian and foreign mage officers to be the absolute gold standard of aerial mage combat. One such officer claims that if you're within a kilometer of Tanya, you'll die the moment you lose sight of her; if you're within a hundred meters, you're already dead.
    "Put an orb in her hands and she's the best in the world. [...] Anyone else [other than Mary Sue], the devil was head and shoulders above. Man amongst boys, like."
  • Worthy Opponent: Sort of. Tanya has this opinion of Lieutenant John Green of the Allied Kingdom not because of his fighting ability, but because his tactical acumen gave her an excuse to keep from overstretching Germanian supply lines during the Africa Campaign.
  • You Just Told Me: Visha bluffs Tanya into admitting that she'd melted a prototype magical orb in what was supposed to be a relaxed test flight. Tanya is exasperated that Visha used a technique she'd taught her to use on a shady boyfriend on ''her'' of all people.


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