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It is the eternal fate of the noble and enlightened to be brutally crushed by the armed and dumb.

Vae Victis (Woe to the vanquished)
Brennus, Gaul chieftain who sacked Rome in 390 BC

War gives the right of the conquerors to impose any conditions they please upon the vanquished.

"If anyone dares to resist my supreme authority, they shall know the devastating power of the F.L.E.I.J.A."
Lelouch Vi Britannia, Code Geass

"Fool. It's a Death Note. Without THIS there won't be any evidence to convict me! ...I am Justice!! I'm the hero who's liberating people from fear. I'm the savior who's going to be like a God of this perfect new world that everyone desires! Those who oppose me! They're the evil ones... Heh, heh. Now we'll see what happens to those who offend Lord Kira. The whole world's watching... L."
Light Yagami, Death Note

"Do you know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go get and beat you with 'til you understand who's in ruttin' command here!"
Jayne Cobb, Firefly

Leegola: Prepare to fire again, brave cowards!
Hermaphrodite: I still say, I won the debate. *Leegola strikes him in the stomach with a piece of wood.*

Those not wearing body-armor are hereby advised to keep their arguments on-topic.

One man with a gun can control a hundred without.
Vladimir Lenin

Political power flows out from the barrel of a gun.
Mao Zedong

A Smith & Wesson beats four aces
Canada Bill Jones

Sam: Florence is not part of the crew. Someone like her isn't going to stay with people like us. She's a temp! Why shouldn't I steal from her?
Helix: If you do, I will beat you with this stick.
Sam: A monosyllabic, but surprisingly effective argument.

I didn't think that Fascism was a viable form of government, but Bill beat me with a stick until I changed my mind.
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Varys: Power is a curious thing, My Lord. Are you fond of riddles?
Tyrion Lannister: Why? Am I about to hear one?
Varys: Three great men sit in a room: a king, a priest, and a rich man. Between them stands a common sellsword. Each great man bids the sellsword kill the other two. Who lives? Who dies?
Tyrion Lannister: Depends on the sellsword.
Varys: Does it? But he has neither crown, nor gold, nor favor of the Gods.
Tyrion Lannister: He has a sword. The power of life and death.
Varus: But if it's swordsmen who rule, why do we pretend kings hold all the power? When Ned Stark lost his head, who was truly responsible? Joffrey? The executioner? Or something else?
Tyrion Lannister: ...I've decided I don't like riddles.
Game of Thrones, "What Is Dead May Never Die"

Massey: Your Honor, you must help us. The military cannot be allowed to trespass on civil liberties just because they're bigger and stronger than everyone else.
Luna Judge: I agree with you in principle, counsel. In practice, however, there are numerous gray areas and quantifiable elements to take into account. For instance, you might try accounting for just how much bigger and stronger than everyone else that battleplate really is.
Massey: And here I thought you were about to lecture me on the necessary sacrifice of personal liberties for the sake of security.
Luna Judge: Speaking of liberties, it's time for you to stop taking them with my time. I'm going back to sleep now.

It is only right that I should take your realm. For none among you has the power to stop me!
Gaius van Baelsar, Final Fantasy XIV

Ahsoka Tano: I am here to bring you to justice.
Darth Maul: "Justice" is merely the construct of the current power base. A base which, according to my calculations, is about to change.

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Weiss: What's the council going to say [about your plan to leave Mantle to die]?
Ironwood: Nothing, once I declare martial law.
'RWBY, "Gravity"


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