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If Lilo could go back in time to save her parents, then they could all live as one huge happy ohana. But she would be dead wrong, and the world may pay the price for her naivete.
—Summary to Empire of the Pacific
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Empire of the Pacific is a 2005 Lilo & Stitch Fanfic written by DaveNevius (known as WatsonSword at the time of the fic's publishing).

Lilo finds herself missing her parents again as she remembers the night of the accident that killed them, which she was actually in. She and Stitch use Jumba's time-traveling surfboardnote  to go back in time to that night and she has Stitch rescue them in order to have them alive with her newly-extended ʻohana. However, what she does not realize when she and Stitch go back to the present was that, as a result of saving their lives that night, she and Stitch never met after he crash-landed on Earth. Since she never needed to go to the animal shelter, she does not meet Experiment 626 there and he does not get rehabilitated, and the duo of Lilo and Stitch are now in an Alternate Timeline where 626 has become a cruel and commanding emperor of a Polynesia under his control and his influence is expanding. After the time board gets confiscated, stranding the duo in this horrible timeline, they must work with a dwindling resistance in order get the board back and save the world from the clutches of Emperor 626.

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This fanfic provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: This fic adds the detail of Lilo having been with her parents in their car on the night of the accident that would kill them, even though the original film has Lilo saying that her parents were out on their own at the time of the accident.
  • Afro Asskicker: Sam Winnfield (AKA Alt!Cobra Bubbles) has hair unlike his counterpart who is bald and gets plenty of scenes to demonstrate his fighting experience.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Given the source material, it's no surprise that this is to be expected. However, this fic has Emperor 626 speak much better English than his good counterpart.
  • All for Nothing: Lilo learns that saving her parents' lives has, apart from bringing the downfall of Polynesian (and, eventually, the rest of human) society, only extended their lives by just a few more months.
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  • Anyone Can Die: Everyone in the alternate timeline dies, including Emperor 626 after hitching a ride on the time machine with Lilo and Stitch the night of the car accident, only for Stitch to throw him into the Pacific during their fight.
  • Apocalypse How: Class 0; in the alternate timeline, Honolulu was completely destroyed by Emperor 626, who turned it into a large-scale graveyard displaying the severed heads of his victims, with Lilo's parents as the centerpiece.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • In Chapter 15, Lilo asks Stitch if he really would've done all those horrible atrocities if they had never met. Stitch initially was reluctant to answer, but admits that yes, he would've, and is all the more thankful that he met Lilo to prevent him from ever becoming the monster that is Emperor 626.
    • Stitch tries to pull this on Emperor 626 in Chapter 21 by asking him if he is happy, but the Emperor is too full of himself to see things differently, responding, "I'm the unquestionable emperor and god of the pacific islands! These people worship me!" Emperor 626 then almost immediately tries to turn the tables on Stitch with the same question, pointing out the flaws of his life in the process, but Stitch swiftly answers, "Ih," pointing out that the love of his family makes him happy. So the question does nothing but cause the two Experiment 626s to express each other's disgust by the other 626's contrasting viewpoint.
  • Asshole Victim: After seeing all the horrible atrocities he committed throughout the story, it's immensely difficult to feel bad for Emperor 626 when Stitch drops him into the Pacific ocean where he ends up drowning.
  • Bad Future: The alternate timeline where Lilo's parents survive the car accident.
  • Bald Black Leader Guy: Sam Winnfield (a.k.a. Alt!Cobra Bubbles) is the leader of La Résistance. Downplayed in that while he fits three boxes, he isn't bald unlike his counterpart.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Lilo and Stitch managed to escape from the alternate timeline, defeat Emperor 626 and let the car accident happen from a nearby cliff instead of preventing it again. However, Lilo never gets her parents back and is traumatized from her experience in the alternate timeline.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Unlike her counterpart who has wavy long hair, Alt!Nani has short hair. Personality wise, she is the second in command of La Résistance and has a very cold personality to a boot.
  • Break the Cutie: It might just be easier to say that Lilo encounters many traumatizing things in the alternate timeline.
  • Broken Bird: Alt!Nani lost her sister, parents and boyfriend to Emperor 626. No wonder she's so bitter and cynical.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: In this alt timeline, Emperor 626 personally tortured Lilo's parents, as he drugged them, had machines drill into their brains, and finally, as he broke their souls, they bowed down before the emperor, and called him God. And with the sweetest smile, he laid his hands on their shoulders, and snapped their necks.
  • Dark Fic: Lilo & Stitch is known for being a mostly light-hearted franchise. This fic shows a possibility of just how bad things could've gotten if Experiment 626 never reformed.
  • Death of a Child: The deaths of Alt!Lilo and Alt!Keoni. The former was killed in Alt!Nani's arms after being shot by one of 626's troops, while the latter was killed solely because his father attempted to start a revolt against the emperor.
  • Death Seeker: It's implied that Alt!Gantu, the very being who convinced 626 to become an emperor, has become this when he smiles just before he gets blown up.
  • Driven to Suicide: Alt!Jumba's fate, having decided that he no longer wants to be his creation's slave and further contribute to his Evil Empire. There's also some signs of Better to Die than Be Killed involved, since Alt!Jumba clearly knew his punishment for betraying 626 would be severe.
  • The Emperor: Experiment 626 becomes one in the alternate timeline.
  • Evil Counterpart: Emperor 626 is this to Stitch, being a bloodthirsty tyrant in stark contrast to the gentle and lovable Stitch.
  • Evil Me Scares Me: Stitch is disturbed to find out what his counterpart has become if he never meet Lilo.
  • Eye Scream: Alt!Jumba, having been abused by his own creation, lost two of his four eyes in the alternate timeline.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Alt!Nani turns out to be the mole for Emperor 626.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Emperor 626 acts incredibly jovial when interacting with Lilo and Stitch, but it's very obviously just to mess with them.
  • Forced to Watch: When Lilo and Stitch return to the night of the car accident after having escaped from the Bad Future and defeated Emperor 626 for good, they watch the car accident happen from a nearby cliff instead of preventing it again to make sure that they get the timeline they know back, knowing that Lilo will never have her parents back.
  • For Want of a Nail: Stitch would've taken over the entire Pacific region and caused the deaths of thousands if not millions of innocent people in the process, all because he didn't meet a little girl.
  • Heroic BSoD: Lilo suffers this when she saw her parents' severed heads.
  • Harmful to Minors: Poor Lilo is forced to endure the horrors of the alternate timeline that she and Stitch cause from saving her parents from being killed in the car accident.
  • It's All About Me: Emperor 626 has such a complete and utter Lack of Empathy, a result of him never having been adopted by Lilo, that he never genuinely cares about anybody but himself.
  • Last Stand: The resistance brings in all their remaining troops over to the Big Island of Hawaiʻi to infiltrate Emperor 626's palace in Hilo and get Lilo and Stitch to get their time machine back.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Alt!Nani became so emotionally detached from everything after losing everyone she ever loved, and is so unconvinced that Lilo from the normal timeline is a still-living version of her sister, that she willingly betrays the resistance and allows Emperor 626 to trap Lilo and Stitch, not caring about whatever happens to them.
  • MacGuffin: The surfboard time machine, which gets taken by Emperor 626's troops shortly after Lilo and Stitch arrive, forcing them to try to get it back.
  • Set Wrong What Was Once Made Right: invoked Lilo learns the hard way that she needs to let her parents die in the accident that killed them so she would meet Stitch, preventing him from becoming an absolute monster.
  • Shadow Archetype: Emperor 626 to Stitch. Emperor 626 is Stitch who later become worse and transformed into an Ax-Crazy Dictator of Polynesia because he never meets Lilo and thus never gets taught how to be good.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: With some shades of You Have Outlived Your Usefulness thrown in; Alt!Jumba reveals that Emperor 626 killed Alt!Pleakley at one point because he saw no use for him.
  • Sibling Murder: Well, "cousins", but Emperor 626 sees himself as so far above everyone else that he had all the pods of his predecessors (Jumba's other genetic experiments) destroyed in the past of the alternate timeline.
  • Suicide Mission: The resistance makes one final push into Hilo to invade Emperor 626's palace just so Lilo and Stitch can get the time machine back and restore their original timeline. Virtually everyone in the resistance but Lilo and Stitch dies.
  • Super Soldier: Emperor 626's army in the alternate timeline are hybrids of humans and the Experiment 626 genetic template created by Alt!Jumba under Emperor 626's demand, making them stronger and more durable than any human soldier.
  • Wham Shot: When Lilo and Stitch arrive in the alternate timeline, she's happy to find her original yellow home (from before Jumba and Stitch destroyed it in the original film) still intact, seemingly indicating that her parents must be alive... only for a complete stranger to answer the door, first revealing to her and Stitch that something has not gone quite right.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Alt!Nani is nowhere to be seen in the end after betraying Lilo and Stitch.
  • Wicked Cultured: Emperor 626 has more eloquent English and has acquired a taste for various Earth cultures, having amassed a large collection of fine art and sculptures from around the human world... with a notable exception of Pacific Islander and Hawaiian culture, the very region of Earth that's under his domain in the story.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: Lilo and Stitch spend about a month in the Bad Future, plus some minutes each time they visit the night of her parents' deaths. When they finally return to their normal timeline, only a short time has passed from when they first left.

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