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The eponymous Lambda Configuration note 

More fully known as Lambda: The Magical Girl RTS.

Yes, somebody decided to make a Magical Girl RTS. Why? Because apparently, Google doesn't know about any such game yet. Except the troper responsible doesn't have much background in programming, so a full-on RTS might take quite a while to realise. So instead, that troper has decided to get into Worldbuilding and flesh out the realm where this place would be set.

Set in the Alhazred Region of a world known as Eutopia, Lambda focuses on five main factions that are caricatures of some real (and fictional) world cultures. In order to avoid becoming Avatar with Magical Girls, the author, upon consultation with a good friend, has decided to give each faction a doctrine to focus on rather than an element. They are as follows:

A Web Serial Novel has started publication order to flesh out the world more properly. Entitled Opening Move, it will follow the protagonist through boot camp and beyond. The first chapter covers Hilde, the protagonist, being smooth-talked into "becoming an adventurer" by a recruiter calling himself "Luzi". One can only guess what happens afterwards.

The project can be found here, as the original site is down. note 

This Web Original contains the following tropes:

  • Advanced Ancient Humans: Aptly called "The Forgotten". Responsible for the many Relics scattered about the region, which are identified as such by having the Lambda Configuration on them.
  • The Alliance: Soleil. Nine states on the same peninsula pooling their resources together in order to survive and profit.
  • Amazon Brigade: Only females are capable of magic. Thus, armies will consist entirely of Magical Girls.
  • Badass Army: All of them, in their own ways.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Each country has their own national colours which appear on both their flags, and the world map.
  • Decadent Court: Zafiel. Political intrigue is the order of the day as aristocrats from all around vie for power in the Council of Nobles.
  • Elite Army: The Kriegan Föderalwehrnote . Its soldiers are trained to be capable of single-handedly taking down dozens of enemies. The Legionaries of the Bellan Army, to a lesser degree.
  • Mana: Specifically mentioned to be measured in "Dinahs" (Dn)note , rather than an arbitrary, unit-less number.
  • Meaningful Name: Hilde Becker, who comes from a family with a history in baking. Justified in that Krieggarten is analogous to Medieval European Fantasy, and occupational surnames were common in that era.
  • Non-Entity General: One of the possible choices for Player Character being considered.
  • One-Man Army: The Knights of Grabacr. Each one of them is explicitly mentioned to be capable of wiping out an entire army.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The high commanders of the various factions, but most especially Dame Weissteufel of Krieggarten and the Knights of Grabacr.
  • Planet England: A minor case, notable because of the frequency of how all the Five Powers are named after their capital cities.
  • The Republic: Casus Belli, complete with a Senate and Consuls. Assumedly, it has parallels to other Roman offices.
  • Rule of Fun: Don't spend too much time thinking about how the Alhazredian cultures compare to any actual counterparts, or how they manage to avoid any linguistic or cultural mixture of some sort. Just enjoy Magical Girls blasting away at each other.
  • Shout-Out: Quite a few.
    • Krieggarten follows the Weissteufel Doctrine, named after its biggest promoter, Captain Neunhildenote  Weissteufelnote .
  • The Recruiters bear a very strong facial resemblance to Kyubey.
  • Word Salad Title: The Lambda Configuration is (at least currently) just some background fluff. The title was chosen only because the site theme had it as the background image.