Western civilization begins turning into something resembling Plato's Republic or the Tau Empire, coming under the sway of the philosopher-kings known as patricians. Some people support this development more than others, and fighting ensues. This story follows the lives of four people during the course of the war: a spy, a loyalist, a rebel, and an arms manufacturer. Both sides of the war are presented in equal detail, leaving the reader to pick which is best.
Imperial Dawn offers a fairly realistic depiction of war, and explores the moral ambiguities inherent in any conflict, no matter how noble the cause.
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Imperial Dawn contains examples of:
- 20 Minutes into the Future: The setting of the story.
- Action Girl: Jennifer Ko, although given her violent nature, she could be considered a Dark Action Girl instead.
- Also, Jaina.
- Affably Evil: Blackwood is introduced as somewhat relaxed and friendly, and later takes on a sinister air, while still maintaining his charm.
- Alternate Character Interpretation: The Imperials are either a bastion of hope and progress for humanity, or terrifying Nazis.
- Badass Army: The ELITE regiments cultivate a reputation for being batshit insane beserkers.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Edward Donovan seems to start as this, supporting the Allies only because it is profitable.
- Grey-and-Gray Morality: Neither side is presented as morally superior. Both have legitimate reasons for fighting and both have their nicer and meaner moments.
- Magnificent Bastard: One for each side. The Allies have Admiral Hutchinson, who seems to masterfully manipulate his supporters while remaining genuine and charismatic. The Imperials have Blackwood, who is something of a darker James Bond.
- Putting on the Reich: Played with. The Imperials wear black uniforms, but are no worse morally than the Allies.
- Reconstruction: Of Plato's Republic, apparently.
- Screaming Warrior: The Engagement Light Infantry Tactical Enforcers, as a method of psychological warfare.
- Shout-Out: Seemingly quite a lot. The Imperials being based off of the Tau Empire is foremost among them.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: The Imperials can get this way, although they are presented as just another political system that works, not a utopia.
- Villain Protagonist: Any of the four main characters could be interpreted this way: you have an arms manufacturer, a black ops assassin, a member of a unit known for being Blood Knights, and a soldier who can be a bit too passionate about her work.