"'This is an age in history such as has often occurred before when the enforced peace of Caesarism is the only solution.'"
-Poul Anderson, "The Star Plunderer" IN Anderson, The Rise Of The Terran Empire (New York, 2011), pp. 325-362 AT p. 356.
"'It'll be an empire in fact...and therefore it should be an empire in name...It'll be even more of a symbol now than it was in its own age.'" (ibid.)
Argos recognizes that to keep the conquered inferior would make the empire unstable:
"'All races must be equal...I think I'll borrow a leaf from the old Romans. All worthy individuals, of any race, can become terrestrial citizens. It'll be a stabilizing factor.'" (p. 360)
Flandry's period is grounded in Argos who grounded himself in old Rome.
Larry Niven and Jerry Pourmelle's Second Empire of Man follows the First Empire which had followed the CoDominium of the United States and the Soviet Union. The Imperial Great Seal shows a crown, spaceship, eagle, sickle and hammer. (Mote, p. 6) Two Imperial battleships are called MacArthur and Lenin. We have a strong sense of shared past history as we read about MacArthur and Lenin exploring the Mote System.