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Basic Trope: A once-mighty empire has seen its power and territory considerably decline over the last few years.

  • Straight: The Troperian Empire, which once ruled one-fourth of the world's landmass, had the greatest, most ferocious military of all, and a nice standard of living to boot, now controls a tenth of what they had at their height.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The Emperor wakes up to find that he now rules only a single city.
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    • The Emperor lives in the woods, the continent-spanning empire his ancestors ruled now being limited to a handful of Imperial Guardsmen and some loyal palace servants. They are reduced to begging in order to survive.
  • Downplayed: The decline of the Empire has been happening for the last thousand years, so gradually that few notice it.
    • Troperia has gone from directly ruling its territories as an empire to several large vassal states who could defeat Troperia if they united but dislike enough of the other states that they prefer Troperia ruling.
  • Justified: They good at conquering territories, but terrible at keeping them or at having good reputation.
  • Inverted: The Troperian Empire is a Rising Empire.
  • Subverted:
    • Despite economic difficulties, the Troperian Empire has been rapidly expanding its territory.
    • Despite having been reduced to a single city, the Troperian Empire is able to slowly regain all their lost land and restore their former glory.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: The Troperian Empire once ruled the galaxy, and all that's left is just a single golf course.
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  • Zig Zagged: The Troperian Empire is only a tenth of the size it was at its height, but most of the new countries have kept the Troperian laws and customs, and speak a dialect of Troperic. Several leaders of these countries are descended from the Troperian Imperial dynasties, and one of them is rapidly expanding her country's territory as the Neo-Troperia Empire.
  • Averted: The Troperian Empire is still at its height, playing a game of chess on an international scale against The Federation.
  • Enforced: The author is Obsessed with the history of The Roman Empire, especially during it's declining period, and this is reflected in his works.
  • Lampshaded: "This years Olympic Games will now be hosted in ... The Troperian Empire? Really?? Dang, I didn't know they were still around ..."
  • Invoked: The other powerful nations all take advantage of the Troperian Empire by invading it in its weakened state, further sending it into decline.
  • Exploited: The rapid decline of the Empire has caused Alice and Bob to declare the independence of their home region, as the Imperial Army is no longer the feared force it once was.
  • Defied: Despite the fact that the Troperian Empire only has one remaining city, the Emperor vows to restore the empire to former glory. He succeeds in retaking all the lost land within his lifetime, and goes down in history as the greatest Emperor Troperia has ever had.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: A grand monument is shown to be weathered as no one cares to maintain it.
  • Deconstructed: Once you get past the Lost Glory and Ending Legacy, the Decline of The Troperian Empire is most noticed in the declining quality of life for those who live in it.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: The Decline of The Troperian Empire is the main plot of The Emperor's Lament, a tragic story of a civilization's downward spiral as told by a Match-Three Game.
  • Played For Laughs: The Empire includes The Emperor's Summer Palace and nothing else, but The Royal Family is so oblivious and The Emperor is so senile that the Palaces Servants are able to trick them all into thinking The Empire is as Powerful as it was at its height 200 years ago.
  • Played For Drama: The last Troperian Emperor laments the lost glory from within the ruins of the palace, which is within the abandoned Capitol city.

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