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"Over a century ago, we paid for our future in blood. Every bullet fired, every bomb dropped, every tank, aircraft and warship which had unleashed its weapons and anger was a declaration to the universe. There is no power that can not be shattered by a collective will, no enemy that will deny us our destiny, no cause too great that human flesh and human steel will not rise to meet it.
A century ago our forefathers fought the right to exist. Citizens, I ask you – who among us was not humbled by their magnificent sacrifice?
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For many years we have worked to earn that sacrifice, we have sought reward in service alone. The path we chose was not an easy one, but never once we have faltered. For in our struggle, we have come to understand that the galaxy does not permit the survival of the weak and the timid.
And so today, as ships and armies march forward under the banner of our great nation, they carry with them a sacred fire that a century ago was lit in the heart of all mankind. Soon that fire will blaze across the stars, and should any stand against us, THAT FIRE WILL BURN THEIR FIELDS AND BOIL THEIR OCEANS, UNTIL THEIR MOUNTAINS CRACK AND EVERY HOPE IS BURNED TO ASH! THE ENTIRE GALAXY WILL KNOW: IF WE CANNOT MOVE HEAVEN, WE SHALL RAISE HELL!
WELCOME TO STELLARIS INVICTA!"
— Marc, opening speech

Stellaris Invicta is a Stellaris Let's Play on Twitch created by the YouTube channel The Templin Institute. The Templin Institute has also released a video of the main faction, the Greater Terran Union, and intends to release more videos detailing its history.

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Stellaris Invicta provides examples of:

  • 0% Approval Rating: Pretty much the state of the GTU post-world cracking the Tyrum homeworld.
  • Alien Invasion: Centuries prior to the start of the series, Earth was invaded by the Tyrum. However, humanity managed to cripple the invaders’ orbital command ship with an ICBM barrage, and then spent years fighting the invaders tooth and nail for control of Earth. Eventually, the invaders were pushed out of Earth, though not without great cost.
    • You could argue, and many in the GTU have, that they played the role of alien invaders for the Wessari, the Skiro, and the Vol Hive.
  • The Alliance: Much to its surprise, the GTU found itself in an alliance of convenience to avoid entanglement in a war between two fallen empires. For added embarrassment, the alliance included its erstwhile military antagonist, the Florian Matriarchy.
  • Artistic License – Astronomy: The Florian Matriarchy declares war on the GTU for building a Dyson Sphere around Barnard's Star and thus removing it from their skies. The Florian Matriarchy lies hundreds of light years from GTU territory. Barnard's Star lies six light years from Earth, and yet is so dim that it is impossible to see with the naked eye.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The GTU's final pincers move against the Unbidden, thanks to a fleet mustering in neighboring systems that lasted an entire year.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: With the Wessari. Eventually.
  • Dyson Sphere: The GTU built one around Barnard's Star. This of course lead to a war with the Florian Matriarchy mentioned above.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: The Union's revenge against the Tyrum, as delivered to their homeworld.
  • Enemy of My Enemy: The GTU was the beneficiary of this trope as many former enemies joined it in mutual defense against the Fallen Empires and, later, the Unbidden.
  • Forever War: Over the course of 232 years, from 2263 to 2495, the Terran Union was locked in conflict with the Algan Republic and its allies, fighting a total of seven wars before finally conquering them outright.
    • From 2517 to 2661, the GTU finds itself locked in a seemingly endless stream of wars, first with the Vol Hive, then the Florian Matriarchy, then the NEX computer network, then pretty much the entire galaxy in the Five Front War, then the Fallen Empires of the Mesh Ben and the Jas Gavaz, and then finally with the Unbidden.
  • Genocide Backfire: The GTU's shattering of the Tyrum homeworld leads to a near-universal hatedom among the other galactic powers.
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: The GTU appears to have little problem with genocide, provided it is against hive minds.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Invoked in-universe, as some members of the Union believe that by invading the Wessari homeworld, the Union has become no better than the aliens who invaded Earth in 2090.
  • Horde of Alien Locusts: The Tyrum Consciousness, who were the aliens responsible for invading Earth back in 2090.
  • Human Resources: The GTU, after invading the Vol Hive, thought they could consider themselves heroes after liberating a slave race from the Hive's clutches. Unfortunately the species, though humanoid, was simply mindless livestock.
  • Knight Templar: No matter how noble their intentions, it's undeniable that the GTU is taking some rather distressing actions to ensure humanity's prosperity.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Pretty much sums up the relationship between the GTU and the Wessari.
  • Merchant City: Karma, capital of the planet Moksha, and the Vaikuntha system. This is due to the fact that Vaikuntha holds the only group of settlements in the long and only hyperlane corridor conecting the outer rim to the core sectors, making it effectively the only possible route through which to move people and goods between both halves of the GTU.
  • Portal Network: The Gateways, which span the galaxy and were built by a mysterious, long-gone Precursor race (as is the case in Stellaris). The GTU theorizes that the Tyrum used a Gateway near Sol to invade Earth back in 2090. They eventually use one to return the favour, and then start building their own.
  • Planet Destroyer: The exact function for what the Sword of Terra was built.
  • Plant Aliens: The GTU has encountered at least three: The Sophox Garden of Worlds, the Algan Republic, and the Florian Matriarchy.
  • Ring World Planet: The GTU constructs one in the outer L-Cluster, which, together with the energy from the Dyson Sphere, provided the resources to counter the Fallen Empires and the Unbidden.
  • Rising Empire: The Greater Terran Union, even while being a great empire already, si still on it's way to grow even larger and more powerful.
  • Robot War The mid-game crisis is an AI uprising by a networked intelligence called NEX.
  • Standard Sci-Fi Fleet: Somewhat averted, The GTU currently has fleets consisting of Corvettes, Destroyers, Cruisers, Battleships, Battlestars, and a Planet Cracker.
  • Those Were Only Their Scouts: The GTU's battle against a networked AI called NEX turned out to be a pre-emptive strike in a gigantic combined offensive comprising most of the major powers in the galaxy.

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